Golden Age '52 Body for Tele

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Golden Age '52 Body for Tele Swamp Ash

Swamp Ash

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Golden Age '52 Body for Tele Clear Pine

Clear Pine

Item # 0451
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Golden Age '52 Body for Tele

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Perfect reincarnation of one exceptional 1952 Telecaster®.

In the early days, Fender bodies were made on shop tools, by hand. Small variations from one guitar to the next are the result of this handwork, and every so often a "Best of the Best" vintage Fender turns up.

Our '52 Body is a flawless recreation of one of those great Teles®. It's shaped exactly like the original, but we've left the final sanding and finishing for you—just as if you were in Fender's Fullerton workshop back in the day.

Choice woods for Golden Age Solidbodies

Swamp Ash: We've selected best quality Southern swamp ash, lightweight and toneful. Our swamp ash has striking grain like the fantastic '52 Tele we started from.
Nearly seamless grain matching: our swamp ash pieces are sawn and selected for superb grain matching. This gives the almost seamless look that's so important under transparent finishes.

One-piece Clear Pine: Related to spruce and cedar, pine is a very light softwood gaining lots of attention for its great tone. Golden Age pine bodies are made from Eastern White Pine that is grown, harvested, and processed in Ohio. This pine is clear and straight-grained, milled from trees we've found that will yield full-size bodies in one piece. (Lumber yard pine won't do.) No need to worry about pine sap seepage: we kiln-bake each piece until any pitch inside is thoroughly crystalized.

Knotty Pine: We also make a Knotty Pine version with quirky character, for making a guitar with a wild side!

Shaped like a true '52
The shape of the body and electronics cavities exactly match the 1952 original. The body is 1-3/4" thick with the correct 1/8" radius. The small router hump next to the neck pocket, and the 7/8" flat at the output jack, are quirks we retained for vintage accuracy.

Golden Age 52 Tele Details

Holes for mounting the bridge are drilled. Holes for string-thru-body are partially drilled, giving you the option of using a top-mounted bridge instead. Neck mounting holes are started in the traditional 4-screw placement, it's easy to finish them out with a hand drill. Our Replacement Neck for Tele Guitar is a perfect fit.

Ready for final shaping, sanding and finishing.

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I am building a tele and bought this body. The grain looks great... by the pictures on the website you would think the glue joint would be invisible and mine is clearly two pieces of wood. I am planning a clear/tinted paint job and will see how it turns out. Would be nice if they would sell different grades, if you are using solid color who cares. I would rather pay more for bookmatching or grain matching.


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It should be known that I'm a long time Customer of Stewart McDonald and normally have nothing but praise for their products and services, they truly make life easier for Folks in My line of work. That being said, I would strongly suggest that they find a New Vendor for these bodies, reason being is the neck pocket is only 9/16" deep, a full 1/16" shy of the standard 5/8" spec....I of course didn't find this out until the build for the Customer was just about completed and after mounting the neck. So this can certainly be corrected by Me w/ a router and a top bearing bit, but will certainly effect My bottom line,,,,So I regret to say it will be the very last Body I will purchase (it was my 1st) until You change Vendors...this is not a small mistake...a neck pocket that is 1/16" too shallow on a Bolt neck build is a Huge deal, especially for the Home builder or inexperienced. Sorry I had to write this negative review, but your Buyer needs to know this...I strongly suggest that You check the depth of the neck pockets on your remaining bodies in stock.

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