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In this first-ever reproduction, the Fender '72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar duplicates every cosmetic nuance of the original introduced over 3 decades ago. Crafted with an alder body; one-piece,... Read More

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Overview

In this first-ever reproduction, the Fender '72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar duplicates every cosmetic nuance of the original introduced over 3 decades ago. Crafted with an alder body; one-piece, C-shaped, maple neck; a Strat headstock; 6-saddle string-thru bridge; dual humbuckers with alnico magnets for unique fat and gritty Tele tone; and 3-way switching. Includes deluxe Fender gig bag.

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
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Wide range humbucking
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Wide range humbucking
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-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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4.7

(based on 41 reviews)

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Inspect It First, Then Buy It

The pickups in this guitar make it completely worth it - big, thick, sound. Output is good, tone shapping is good. The whole thing is pretty solid. Two cautions - the neck...Read complete review

The pickups in this guitar make it completely worth it - big, thick, sound. Output is good, tone shapping is good. The whole thing is pretty solid. Two cautions - the neck has a microtilt which is not my favorite because the neck just doesn't feel as stable at the neck joint. Secondly, and most importantly, the quality control on the neck alignment is terrible. I've seen probably five of these guitars and three of them were crooked at the cutaway (meaning the low E at the twelfth fret was almost off the fretboard. Be sure to put your hands on the guitar, look down the neck, and make sure alignment is even. I got a good one and this has been my favorite guitar after having a LP Jr, Strat, and a Tele. Don't even worry about the MIM - That means very little nowadays. I wish it didn't have to break the $500 mark.

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Be Prepared

I received this guitar a few days ago and although I love its look and what the pickups are capable of (at least in my case) be prepared to do some work. The...Read complete review

I received this guitar a few days ago and although I love its look and what the pickups are capable of (at least in my case) be prepared to do some work. The intonation was off, no big deal if you know how to tweak it, but the biggest suck factor of all is that the nut came unfinished. There were slots for the strings but they were basically all filed or not filed for any string other than the high E. So I had to actually file the nut for the strings. Okay.... that was a pain, strike 2, then to top it all off the pickups weren't properly adjusted nor were the pole pieces. And let me tell you something, after about two hours of adjusting I still can't get a D chord to sound without a terrible tremolo sound. This guitar sounds awesome for soloing and even some drop D heavy stuff but I'm at the point where I might just have to take it in for a professional to get the pickups right. Basically this is a project guitar (for me, I don't know if all of these are made by incompetent workers) so be prepared to put some money into it. The look, feel, and sound as far as single note play is great. Just don't get your hopes up for this thing to jam out of the box.

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5.0

Goldilocks Would LOVE This Guitar!

By Cody

from DFW Texas

Man it was a hard road to get to this guitar but it was absolutely worth it. I've gone thru quite a few phases over the last 20 years & have owned everything from PRS, to Taylor, to Fender, to Agile, to Gibson, to Ibanez & so many more. I've played the best to come out of America & I've played the worst to come out of Asia & everything between. I decided on the 72 Deluxe because I wanted something different. I've outgrown the desire to "fit in" & I was sick of sounding like everyone else. Everyone's familiar with the warmth of a Les Paul and the spank of a Tele or Strat, but I've owned them all & none of them offer very complex tones in my opinion. You mostly have to rely on the amp and EQing to make them sound "different". On their own, they're either this or they're that, thus the reason why so many guitarists own multiple guitars. The 72 Deluxe Tele is unique in every aspect. From the Wide Range pickups, to the Strat neck, to the volume/tone knobs, and to the most important thing of all...the sounds this thing can produce! It's perfect for a 1-guitar-kinda-guy like me who likes to rely on 1 trusty axe for all my playing needs and desires and doesn't want to look or sound like every other guitar player. Does it sound like a Tele or a Strat? No, it does not. Does it sound like a Les Paul? No. Does it sound like a mix between them all? Perhaps, but I wouldn't just label it an in-between guitar because it has its own unique character that has nothing to do with either a Tele, Strat, or LP. This is the guitar I've been searching for all these years but never knew it! The highs are crisp & much clearer than a traditional humbucker-equipped guitar minus the dreaded "ice-pick" factor. The lows are nice and round, without being overpowering & mud-inducing. The mids are very well-voiced. That's where this guitar really shines. The mid-range just hits that sweet crunchy-not-nasally spot for me every time I hear it. You just have to hear it for yourself I guess. Each pickup configuration has its own unique characteristics. The bridge has a little Tele spank & a lot of clarity on cleans & saturates very nicely when overdriven. I'm extremely happy playing everything from mildly distorted blues licks, to punk & hard rock, to chunky palm muted djent bliss. The middle position has a little Strat spank & it's great for clean strummed chords, blues & jazz licks. The neck pickup sounds equally good clean or overdriven. Perfect for leads, blues, jazz, & just an all around nice warm tone. The neck is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, features on this guitar. As good of quality, if not better, than most American made necks out there. I mean, it's absolutely dead on. When set up properly, the action is low with zero buzz & I tune down to drop B & I'm only using 11s. That says something. It's comfortable and extremely fast. Honestly, it's probably the best neck I've ever played & that's including a couple of Paul Reed Smiths. The tuners are solid & rarely allow the strings to go out of tune if you know how to properly string an instrument. The input jack & toggle switch aren't the greatest quality but they're cheap & easy fixes. I've seen a lot of others comment on swapping out the pots in favor of 500k versus the stock 250k pots. Yeah it'd be interesting to hear the difference but personally, I have no problem with the way it sounds now so I probably won't ever bother unless I get really bored someday. Not to mention that's no easy fix for most do-it-yourselfers. What more could I ask for in a guitar? Not much really. It's unique in terms of looks & tone. It plays beautifully. It blends the warmth of humbuckers with the spank and midrange of a single coil & the result is a sound all its own. It's reliable. It's exactly like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Not too thin, not too thick, it's just right.

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3.0

Be Prepared

By Justin

from Chesapeake, Va

I received this guitar a few days ago and although I love its look and what the pickups are capable of (at least in my case) be prepared to do some work. The intonation was off, no big deal if you know how to tweak it, but the biggest suck factor of all is that the nut came unfinished. There were slots for the strings but they were basically all filed or not filed for any string other than the high E. So I had to actually file the nut for the strings. Okay.... that was a pain, strike 2, then to top it all off the pickups weren't properly adjusted nor were the pole pieces. And let me tell you something, after about two hours of adjusting I still can't get a D chord to sound without a terrible tremolo sound. This guitar sounds awesome for soloing and even some drop D heavy stuff but I'm at the point where I might just have to take it in for a professional to get the pickups right. Basically this is a project guitar (for me, I don't know if all of these are made by incompetent workers) so be prepared to put some money into it. The look, feel, and sound as far as single note play is great. Just don't get your hopes up for this thing to jam out of the box.

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5.0

Handy 3 guitars in one!

By John Stribula

from Palmer, Pa.

I first heard of this guitar on youtube. The sounds and tones made me wonder, how can a Tele sound this mellow and yet have that PUNCH! Being a player of over 35 years, I took the chance and bought this one. I didn't go to the store to check it out. I wanted to really feel it and hear it for myself. A Strat, Tele, and LesPaul all in one? Yep! The action was perfect right out of the box. I adjusted the bridge pickup a little and that was it. I was playing Clapton for a while, then rang out some old Johnny Winter, and country western sounds. This ax is one of my favs and will be for a long time. I hope. lol Add overdrive and this this turns in your wildest dreams. The neck is adjustable to different tastest. The 2 tone and volume controls are speedey like a Les Paul and if your handy with Gibsons knobs you'll be right at home here. Fender out did themselves. Great Guitar!!!

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5.0

Amazing Hybrid!

By Josh Wiggs

from St. Louis, MO

I needed a guitar with beefier humbucking tones than a single-coil but I didn't want the fat neck of a Les Paul. Not only does this guitar have incredible humbucking sound but you can also get the classic single-coil tones! Absolutely amazing piece of work! Looks great, feels great. Had it for a month and can't put it down. If you're looking for a guitar with the best of both worlds then this is it!

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4.0

72 Telecaster Deluxe RI MIM

By Matt Swies

from Gahanna, Ohio

I loved the original version of this guitar (72-78, however since I did not have 2000.00, I looked at this. I read everything on the web I could find, Seth Lover pu's vs Reissue, Vintage Tunning peg replacement, American made vs Mexican. Surprisingly, once the guitar arrived I was blown away. Not only does this have a great feel to it, it sounds fantastic. I was worried that the RI pick ups would be muddy (thx internet)But once I dialed this thing in on my amp, it sounded great, growl of the tele and the thickness of a les paul. All that with the neck of a 70's strat. I do recommend a set up. I also replaced the plastic nut with a bone nut(made a big difference). Made the rock gods smile!!!lol.

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5.0

from my cold dead hands

By Maegan Crowley

from portland, me

i got this guitar used from guitar center at an insanely low price and i have to say whatever you heard about mexican fender forget it this is amazing the neck is as nice as any of the american special strats down at my local store i will never let go of this guitar it is perfectly balanced and a joy to play

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4.0

Amazing Guitar

By Elliot Stebner

from Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bought this thing two years ago, loved it ever since. The Telecaster Deluxe has dual Humbuckers that can really crank out some nice tones. It's amazingly versatile too, it can get really bluesy but it can throw out some really aggressive rock tones with no problem. The neck feels great, if a little slow. It almost feels like a strat neck sometimes, but is unmistakeably a tele. The guitar looks amazing, the finish still looks awesome. It's also a heavy beast, so that's something to consider if you plan on playing long gigs. As great as it is, it's still a MiM guitar, so the quality IS compromised a bit. I've had to make a few repairs and adjustments to the guitar since I've gotten it, so be weary. All in all, it's a great guitar for the money, so if you're on a budget under $1000, this is definitely a guitar worth checking out.

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5.0

100%

By jay tone

from portland, me

satisfied completely the range of sound you can get from this thing is endless not to mention its drop dead sexy sliding my hand up the neck is like slipping on an old pair of jeans and the maple fretboard makes my fingertips feel like they died and went to disney world... buy this guitar!!!

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4.0

Tele Deluxe 72 Series

By DD Magpie

from texas

I researched the sound and feel of many guitars before making my purchase. The Tele Deluxe has the look I want while being a versatile guitar that has great action and great tone. The guitar is lightweight (not as light as the thinline), but is able to be adjusted to play different styles of music. I play primarily blues, alternative, progressive and classic rock, and with the help of a decent amp and a distortion pedal I can get the guitar to sound like anything I want. I have only had the guitar for a month now, but have not found any negatives. And for the price, I feel like I got a top of the line instrument for a reasonable price. I recommend this instrument to budding musicians as well as experienced giggers.

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5.0

unique sound, great neck, cheap hardware

By Michael Hough

from Grass Lake, Mi

I have one of these great Telecasters. I have owned it for two years now, and have played it both onstage and at home. I love the sound of these "Wide Range Pickups." I play this Tele and my Gibson SG through the same pedalboard and amp setup using a line switcher, and they each have their own voice when everything else is the same. The Fender can be brighter than the Gibbie (as it was designed to be) but there isn't any Tele shrillness or Strato quack. No spiky ice-pick to the ears sounds from this guitar, unless you want to eq it that way, and I think you could. The first thing that appealed to me was the maple neck. It's fast and feels good in my hand. It is also quite different from the neck on my SG, so it took a little getting used to, but (surprisingly to me) the frets are fine, I haven't had any work done on them and it plays all right. The stock pickups sound great to my ears. You should know that these are like regular humbuckers, not the CuNiFe magnet pickups of the originals. These have alnico magnets like other Humbuckers. I like the sound, as I said. Guys have said that some of these MIM guitars have either the bridge or the nut placed slightly to one side or the other, so that your fingers and strings can fall off the fretboard while playing, so that's something to look at when you're considering buying one of these. MIne's fine. Mods I've done to this guitar was to replace the pots, the jack and the three way switch with a kit from Stew Mac. Quite a few players have commented on the low quality of these parts, and not just on MIM guitars, but Gibsons and higher grade Fenders etc. So I just took an evening and re wired it and everything works fine. I installed an 'electro socket' to replace the regular Telecaster jack mount which is notorious for falling apart. The electo socket is a great upgrade, solid as a rock. I also replaced the tuners with Grover Locking tuners and that helps me onstage because I use other tunings besides standard. The stock tuners were fine, but I like the Grovers better. I like to play slide on this guitar, it just screams.

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