1993 Fender U.S. 52 Vintage Telecaster, as made famous by Graham Coxon
Really, as made famous by so many, but this one the original spec and year of Blur's Modern Life Is Rubbish, and Graham Coxon's most iconic guitar from the Britpop years.
The original 52 Telecaster is an icon in its own right - with many variants, this guitar has never gone out of production since it was first introduced. From blues to country, from rock to indie, this guitar has made it into the hands of many of the greatest guitarists in the world. This particular model is part of the God's Own Guitars collection in recognition of the fantastically versatile & innovative Graham Coxon. He's adapted original models over his career, and has a wonderful Fender Signature model to his name, but it was a U.S. Vintage 52 Telecaster that he was most often seen with in the early Blur years, as they established themselves as one of the pre-eminent bands through the Britpop years and beyond. In near mint condition, this is an absolute beauty.
See & Hear It In Action
Hear it in the expert hands of Greg's Guitars: A wonderful YouTube player, recommended for so many other reasons, here playing the exact same model and year Reissue.
Charmless Man (1995): The official video for Charmless Man, with Graham Coxon playing his 52 Reissue.
U.S. 52 Vintage Telecaster
Number of Frets
Vintage Style Tele
More commonly known as the "52 Reissue", the U.S. 52 Vintage model appeared in the December 1981 price list, with first guitars shipped towards the end of 1982. In July 1998, the U.S. Vintage Series was rebranded to the American Vintage Series.
The decal Fender "Spaghetti" logo and "Telecaster" name is applied on top of the lacquer, rather than underneath, in keeping with the original 52 design.
These guitars are often also often known as "Blackguard" Teles, due to the single-ply matt black pickguard.
Pictures of Graham Coxon with a Blonde Telecaster in his hands are just a Google search away - with the original spec, with a humbucker in the bridge position, or with his own Fender Graham Coxon Telecaster, also part of the collection. It's a guitar that he's made his own, adding new shades of versatility to one of the world's most iconic guitars.
Sources & Links
Guitar HQ: A great piece of analysis, comparing the original 1952/1953 Fender Telecaster on which the '52 Reissue was based.
Telecaster Discussion Page Reissue (TDPRI): For a great mix of debate, fact and personal opinion about the differences between the originals and the Reissues.