Dating telecaster body
The right Tele usually ends up being a lifer, in our experience.
The various eras produced recognisably different Tele tones - some darker, some twangier.
For context, some of the Guitarist magazine staff have commented that it's the only way to truly end up bonding with a guitar, and also explains their reluctance to chop and change axes with any regularity.
We spent a lot of time on this and it was really hard for production to get consistent colour matches.
But now we're pretty happy."The '52 is the heaviest of the three mentioned - not by much, but enough to notice.
For certain, this guitar feels tougher to play than more modern Standards and super-tweaked Custom Shop models.
Tougher isn't always negative, however - many players insist on some fight in the guitar to bring out the best in their technique and tone.