If you missed your chance at the popular ’06 run you might want to do some digging around at a few of the higher-end guitar retailers (no, GC doesn’t count,) because a new limited run of Fender Thin Skin ’52 Teles in Butterscotch Blonde is hitting stores, and like their predecessors they’re likely to be going fast.
While still dressed in Fender’s “Thin Skin” Nitrocellulose Lacquer Finish, and once again carrying a set of comfy Dunlop 6015 frets (a really nice modification to an otherwise “vintage” instrument,) this latest batch also eschews the period-correct 7.25“ fingerboard radius for a flatter 9.5” radius, making it a bit less temperamental than a truly vintage Telecaster.
To mix things up a bit, the ’52 Thin Skin ships with a vintage-style Tele bridge already installed, but Fender also throws in a modern 6-saddle bridge for those who prefer to perform their own upgrade at no extra cost.
Along that same vein, the package apparently includes full wiring diagrams and a new capacitor, so with a little bit of elbow grease you can bring the switching system up to modern Telecaster specs as well.
The Specs The guitar will also sport a body of premium ash, single-piece maple U-shaped neck with “thin skin” finish (25.5“ scale length,) maple fretboard with 21 frets, dual Custom Shop Tele singlecoils, master volume & tone controls, 3-way pickup switching, chrome hardware, and a single-ply back pickguard.
Accessories include a Fender ”Limited Edition“ backplate, and an old-school Vintage Tweed case. The ’52 Thin Skin Telecaster is selling for a street price of around $1500… very close to what you’d spend on a production level American Vintage ’52.