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Golden Age '52 Body for Tele


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Perfect reincarnation of one exceptional 1952 Telecaster®. One-piece lightweight body gaining attention for it's great tone.

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Golden Age 52 Body for Tele
 
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0452 Swamp Ash Yes
$163.50

0451 Clear Pine Yes
$145.50


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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

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.

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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Golden Age 52 Body for Tele
Golden Age '52 Body for Tele
 
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5 2-04-2014
52 telecaster

Golden age 52 tele body finished in butterscotch blonde nitro. I used my american standard tele neck. Sounds amazing!!! So much clarity, definitely an up grade from the standard alder with a poly finish. I even put nitrocellulose on the bakelite pickguard.

Brent549  Columbus, OH
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5 12-13-2013
golden age pine tele body

I've been wondering for a long time how pine would sound.Well what can I say other than WOW. Well with the golden age pickups and a four way switch plus a hipshot B bender, It is the guitar of my dreams!!!!

Grey Eagle Mandolins  Richmond Va Read my reviews (3)
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4 11-05-2013
nice piece of swamp ash, but...

Nice piece of wood. Can't even see the joint. Looks like it had a skillfully replaced "chip out", from the planer, below the bridge, but it's tough to see from a far. String almost-through holes not evenly spaced, for some reason. Had to plug and re-drill. Neck pocket was perfect size and placement.

GKW  NY Read my reviews (2)
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5 7-16-2013
Swamp Ash Body

Arrived within 5 days! beautiful ash body

Neil Turner  Sassenheim, The Netherlands Read my reviews (3)
5 7-06-2013
Assembly Complete - Ash Body

This one came out pretty good. I wanted to see one with a traditional Cherry wood stain finish followed by a nitro cellulose lacquer top finish and no grain fill.

David S  Seattle, WA Read my reviews (18)
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5 5-13-2013
Fine piece of Ash

This is my second build and I've had this body since November waiting for better weather and humidity to begin. This time instead of color tinted lacquer I went with a Cherry oil stain and will top that with clear nitrocellulose lacquer. Here is the first coat of back stain and I love the gain on this body. This is going to Big Red.

David S  Seattle, WA Read my reviews (18)
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5 3-24-2013
Top Quality Time Saver

I purchased a 52 Swamp Ash Golden Age body for a Tele build as a try out. I have done a number of Tele's of varying incarnations and using various woods. I have been really impressed at the quality of this body, the grain matching and joint were perfect which is a big deal for me cos I always prefer natural finishes when possible. After all why would you cover beautiful timber with paint? The big bonus is the time saving. This build is looking like being about 45% of the time I would normally take. If the ferrule holes were completed it would have been an improvement but that would not suit those who wished to use bridge string mounting I guess so that cans that idea. The option would be good though. All in all I'm really pleased and expect I will source a few more in coming months.

Anderson Dufty  Mt Barker, West Australia
5 3-05-2013
Swamp Ash

I built it as an Esquire, and the finish consists of one coat of white grain filler and 3 ounces of your nitro lacquer. Finished weight of the instrument is 7 lbs. 4 oz. What I'd really like to emphasize is the perfect fit of your maple neck to the body pocket. Everything was extremely snug and perfectly aligned the first time I assembled the axe. There's a clarity and sustain in this instrument that I don't think I've ever heard from a Tele-style axe in over 50 years of playing. Friends have literally sold their Teles after playing this thing. It was a first project for me, and I'm certain anyone who can disassemble and put back together an electric guitar could create an exceptional instrument. You guys have a really good thing going here.

Ed S.  Columbus, OH
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5 12-11-2012
Pine clear

Nice light body with beautiful grain. Things you need to know.

- Body has some router marks and will need fine sanding.
- pine is soft and you are likely to mark it if you don't have experience with it
- The string holes (for ferrules) through the body do not come pre drilled. However there is a starting hole. Ferrule placement can be tricky.

Otherwise a joy and it sounds as good as it plays.

Jorge Aquiles  Los Angeles, CA Read my reviews (4)
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4 10-05-2012
Nice Body

I got the swamp ash (mine is 4.6 lbs). Looks great. You cannot see the seam from the front or back. The neck and string holes do not go all the way through. My neck fits fine. Ready for sanding, staining, and a clear nitro finish.

Gregg  MN Read my reviews (4)
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