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.
Swamp Ash: 4.50 pounds (2.0 kg)
Clear Pine: 3.50 pounds (1.6 kg)
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.
Holes for mounting the bridge are drilled. 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.
#0452 Swamp Ash has holes for string-thru-body that are fully drilled and routed to 3/8" (10mm) diameter for string ferrules.
#0451 Clear Pine has holes for string-thru-body that are partially drilled, giving you the option of using a top-mounted bridge instead.
Ready for final shaping, sanding and finishing.