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Used Fender Custom Shop '52 Closet Classic 2012 Butterscotch Blonde


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Here's a special treat for collectors and road warriors: The Fender Custom Shop '52 Closet Classic Telecaster. If this looks like it stepped out of a time machine, that's the right idea. This piece from the Fender Custom Shop in Corona California is built to sound, look and feel like the golden age of the Tele and we think they nailed it. From the moderately relic'd Butterscotch Blonde finish to the fat "U" shaped neck, this Tele is au natural and offers truly classic tone with the comfort and reliability of modern craftsmanship. It comes with the original tweed case, hardware, case candy and is in near mint condition. As life long Leo Fender enthusiasts it's refreshing to see a guitar of this caliber brought back to life for today's players.

This guitar is in impeccable shape with virtually no fretwear and no cosmetic defects other than the purposeful relic'd aesthetic. Comes with original tweed Fender hardshell case and all of the original contents.


This USA Fender Custom Shop '52 Closet Classic Telecaster features:


  • Nitrocellulose Butterscotch Blonde finish on premium Swamp Ash
  • Maple U-Shaped neck, 7.5" radius, 1-5/8" nut
  • Roughly .9" depth at 1st fret and 1" at the 12th fret
  • 1-ply Black pickguard
  • Fender Custom Shop '52 Tele Pickups
  • Master Volume and Tone controls
  • 3-position pickup switch
  • (3) Brass compensated bridge saddles
  • Kluson style tuners
  • Fender CS Deluxe hardshell case including bridge cover, polishing cloth, care guide and certificate
  • Made in Corona, California on 04/09/12


As a long-standing G&L dealer, we have affinity for anything Fender related. This piece is particularly special because it comes from the Custom Shop in Corona, CA where they put their best and brightest craftsmen. To say the '52 Closet Classic is a throwback to a golden era is a little bit of an understatement considering the two pickup Telecaster was originally introduced in the summer of '51. As for the Custom Shop, they made no compromises on the presentation: Thin Nitro Cellulose Butterscotch Blonde finish on lightweight Swamp Ash, single ply black pickguard (don't worry it's not BakeLite) and a hefty 1-piece maple neck. If you're a Leo Fender nerd like us, this is a really cool look into the manufacturing techniques that made him a legend. These guitars were production masterpieces because of their simple and effective design that ended up being indispensable for professional musicians and hobbyists looking for something solid. The lack of a separate fingerboard meant that the likelihood of tedious repairs was low, and if anything did go wrong, you could pop the neck off with a few screws and voila: Everything you needed to make the guitar whole again was more accessible than any other instrument of that era.

Made in the Corona Custom Shop, it has the workmanship you would expect from a top notch Fender with specs directly pulled from a 1952 model. The neck on this is really special for a few reasons. The profile is a submarine style "U" shape that playability aside, has a monsterous tone of it's own. This is partially due to it's generous taper (around .9"-1") but also the one piece construction and thin vintage frets. Fat Chords and single notes have incredible resonance and the curved 7.25" radius creates a versatile platform for different playing styles.

The original Custom Shop pickups on the '52 are wound to period correct specs for sublime "bassy" neck tones and delicious bite in the bridge. The three way switching and master volume/tone is as simple and effective as ever, and it even comes with an attachable bridge cover for the original look and feel. A guitar like is the best of both worlds: It's built to feel and sound like the best of vintage gear, but with modern quality control and consistency.