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Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst Maple Fretboard

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The Fender '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar is a versatile tone machine. 1972 was a magical year for the Telecaster, as the venerable design spawned options and new designs left and right. The Cu... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar is a versatile tone machine. 1972 was a magical year for the Telecaster, as the venerable design spawned options and new designs left and right. The Custom took a classic alder body and added a C-shape maple neck, bullet truss rod, vintage string-thru Tele bridge and 3-bolt neckplate brought to life by a Wide Range humbucking neck pickup and a traditional single-coil bridge pickup. Controls include 2 volume and 2 tone knobs plus a 3-way toggle switch. Black/white/black pickguard.

Includes a gig bag.

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Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C standard
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Maple or Rosewood
  • Radius: 7.25"
  • Fret size: Vintage-style
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SH
  • Neck: Wide range humbucking
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Standard single-coil
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 3-saddle vintage-style
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: Vintage-style
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Gig bag
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Mexico
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FenderClassic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 89 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • School bands (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

he wanted lemonade...

The 72 tele is more than a looker, it is a tone monster. With a warm bucker up front and a hot single in the back, the tele is more than dimensional. Leo...Read complete review

The 72 tele is more than a looker, it is a tone monster. With a warm bucker up front and a hot single in the back, the tele is more than dimensional. Leo wanted this guitar to sound like lemonade, a sour sting with the coil and a sweet warm sustaining bucker. That's exactly what he got too. I've played a 73 original custom and I've owned a 72 ri, they are very similar, great action, great tone, everything you could want from a tele and then some. The four knobs help structure the core sounds and give you nearly limitless options. My 72 had a tunning stabilalty problem, other than that the guitar was great!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

All that - but no bag of chips

Always wanted one of these since seeing Keith Richards play one around 1981 when I was first starting to play. Got mine over the Fourth of July weekend from Musician's Friend (super fast...Read complete review

Always wanted one of these since seeing Keith Richards play one around 1981 when I was first starting to play. Got mine over the Fourth of July weekend from Musician's Friend (super fast delivery, THANKS!) and was very pleased with the overall fit and finish - beautiful sunburst, beautifully grained alder, solid neck pocket joint, screws were straight and flush, really well assembled. I'd especially praise the beautiful, dark rosewood fretboard. Just gorgeous. Sorry, Gibson! Where I would slap Fender quality control is that two of the three leads off the three way switch were missing solder connections. Someone had simply threaded the wire through the pot lug and twisted it to hold, yet never applied any solder. First impression playing was a scratchy switch that ruined my first test drive. Bummer. I would note that the pickup cavities and routes are not shielded, this is not necessarily a dig at Fender, I think they were probably just doing the 1972 thing and not using the shielding paint they apply on their modern guitars. The guitar is a decent player as is, but the guitar needed a full set up including truss rod adjustment and the fret ends needed to be filed down. Given the wiring issue and the lack of even a "rough in" set up (all the saddles required MAJOR adjustment)I can't go more than three stars for this guitar at this price point. Very nice but a little more attention to detail, huh, Fender? For those thinking about using the guitar as a modding platform, consider swapping out the Fender replica Wide Range Humbucker and the volume and tone pots for that pickup as well as the factory steel saddles which are not compensated for intonation. The 72 Custom covers a lot of ground from Blues to Classic Rock and even approaches a hollow body, jazz sound if I dial in the pickups just right. Glad I made the purchase, I'd do it again in a heartbeat, just be aware there may be some bugs in the works.

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5.0

Wow

By Rocker chix

from Denver

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

    My dream guitar. Could not ask for better. The best of two worlds rock and country twang. Outstanding tone. Very nice feel on the fret board.

     
    5.0

    Quality

    By Jesse

    from Earth

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

      This is my 1st MIM TELE very nice took it out of the box and played it like I owned it forever all my others are USA , nice job on this fender !
      Yes I'll buy another!

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By guitarzan

      from Florida

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

        I actually started out on one of these, back in the 70's. I'm glad they are still making them. One of the great guitars of all time.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Nice Guitar

        By Teleman

        from New Jersey

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Nice neck
        • Solid Build
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          This is a really nice guitar, especially for the money. Very versatile instrument and great sounds in all three pickup positions. I really like the wide range humbucker. Very jazzy and warm. The bridge pickup is a little thin and brittle, but can easily be replaced. Nice quality rosewood neck and sunburst finish. Like most guitars in the price range it could use a setup, but again, no big deal. I've owned and played a lot of Teles, this one is a deal!

           
          5.0

          Wish I bought this guitar first.

          By Don

          from Washington, PA

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Great looks
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          This is my third guitar in the search for the right one.I wish I had bought it first! With the single coil and humbucker I can get so many different tones. Hey even Kieth Richards says that's what is great about the original 72. I bought mine used at the advice of the shop owner. It looked new it was taken care of so well. After handling new MiM Strats and Tele's I was shocked at how much higher quality this was. Smooth as glass finish, frets are not rough and do not snag my hand. I see complaints about poor set up and small problems but I think that comes when you don't buy from a shop. Not knocking MF at all but a box store is going to miss stuff. A personal shop gives you the service. I highly recommend this guitar especially for someone wanting to have a large range of tone and only can have one or two guitars.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Nice Purchase

          By Carl

          from Vancouver, WA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

          Out of the box this guitar sounds great! The bridge pickup gives you that classic Tele sound you just can't get anywhere else. The Wide Range humbucking neck pickup provides a nice warm tone that when overdriven still maintains clarity, especially with the high E. What surprised me the most was the absolute usability of the middle pickup selector position. A very, very usable tone, especially for rhythm.

          My main draw back is that out of the box I still need to do considerable setup. Fret buzz especially on the low E was noticeable and the fret dressing needs cleaned up (very inconsistent). So be warned that to make it a very nice MIM Tele you will still need to drop 45-50 $$ somewhere to have an expert get it 'just right' (or do it yourself if you have the skills). Still - way cheaper than a Custom Shop which makes it a very serviceable axe.

          (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          72 Telecaster Custom

          By DSW FEVER

          from NC

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

            I am not going to waste a lot of time in this review, I have several guitars , a couple of vintage guitars that are highly valuable & sought after as well as some US Made fenders as well, I read all the reviews before ordering, as to say they are very helpful before ordering, I really did not know what to expect, I have never had & or played any MIM Fenders, however when I took this custom out of the box I was blown away, it was already tuned, action was set, & ready to go! Totally amazed! I would recommend this to anyone , I have had an original 72 custom, the plan was to order this & compare to the original 72, then send it back, however its a keeper! I'm a player & a hobbyist, I ran this through a 65 deluxe (original not a reissue) its great.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Go Fat, Go Thin, Take One Home!!!

            By Gear Junkie

            from Central NJ

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics
            • Wide Tonal Choices

            Cons

            • May Need Initial Set Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

            I've wanted one of these for a long long time, so my expectations were really high. I had to fill other needs on my list of guitar purchases, so this guitar was put on hold, but never forgotten. I've had several instances in which I've played other people's 72's and always like the wide range of tone options and really smooth playability. If you want to hear great tone, Keith Richards played one in the early to mid 70's and you can get an idea as to what this Telecaster can do. If you are looking for a traditional Telecaster sound, you've got it, but if you like that Tele feel and need the beefier tone that's not a standard humbucker sound, just toggle up. The fact that you have independent volume and tone controlls is a big plus in my book. There are only three downsides to this guitar, you don't have the traditional Tele neck pick-up (I personally don't care), it may need an initial supplemental set up to stay in tune, depending on how it came from the factory. The third downside it that the re-issues still have the 3 bolt neck joint, which is a hold over from the Fender CBS era, so if you neck joint shifts, your tuning goes out. This can be fixed, but requires a professional luthier and is fairly inexpensive to fix. This is something that typically happens under extremely hard play and time. If you are looking for a Telecaster, don't buy one until you check this one out and if you are like me who chases the holy grail of tone, this one is a must have.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            What a steal

            By brownbuffalo

            from west texas

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

              I've been playing over 10 years and this is my first nice electric. I've played my friends
              Gibsons and American Fenders.I got the sunburst with the ebony fingerboard for cheap on MF because it has a dent that breaks the nitro right about where my right arm rests. It was a great deal but it was money I didn't have so I played it for 3 weeks without an amp since mine is on the other side of the country. The solid feel and quality of it blew my mind. You can really feel the notes in the wood. Just got paid and picked up a little blackstar ht-1 for it. This thing sounds amazing. It does anything I want. I mostly play oldschool country/outlaw country/americana/southern rock stuff and this thing is the best. The cleans I can get out of this amp just sound like classic telecaster butter. This thing plays so nice that it makes me think I'm better than I am. I named her Sharon

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Outstanding Guitar and Value

              By Bluesman5363

              from California

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Smooth Fast Neck

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rockbluesworship

                Comments about Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Custom Electric Guitar:

                I concur with Mr. Johnson from MD who wrote an excellent review prior. I had previously owned this guitar, then sold it to a friend who had fallen in love with it. I regretted it and bought another. Reason; simply put,this may be a MIM, but Fender came up with a gem at a great price. The neck is smooth and fast. Mine seems like a thicker "C", but I like a healthier feeling neck for my style of music play. The Wide Range HB in my humble opinion sounds great, but each of us has our own tastes. Yes, this is a 3 bolt neck guitar, but I've never had an issues with them. I don't toss or swing my guitar but do shake and pull back for tone emphasis, and still I've never had an issue. I did mod the guitar with a Callaham made Vintage T-bridge with brass saddles at the suggestion of my luthier buddy. It has given my guitar a brighter and longer sustain quality which I prefer on my guitars as I can always darken by adjusting the tone knobs. I own other Fenders, G&L, Epi's, Gibsons, Taylor, and Martin, and still would rate this MIM Tele as a favorite. In a recent article I read that even the pros use more MIM's than they we realize. After all, the money is in the USA mades. Not knowing, as I own USA mades as well, but happy with the Fender MIM's. For the price, you can't go wrong with this guitar.

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