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Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar  

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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 three decades ago. Crafted with an alder body, one-pi... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 three 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.

Features
  • Exact duplicate of original
  • Alder body
  • '70s large Strat headstock
  • One-piece C-shaped maple neck
  • 3-bolt neck plate with Micro-Tilt adjustment
  • Bullet truss rod nut
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • 6-saddle string-thru bridge
  • Dual humbuckers with alnico magnets for fat, gritty tone
  • Chrome pickup covers
  • 3-way switching
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FenderClassic Series '72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 220 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (175)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (17)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (15)
  • Practicing (13)
  • Recording (13)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love mine

I've been playing Teles for decades, and have owned a (vintage) 72 Thinline and a 78 Custom, so I know these pickups. This guitar is fantastic. This is the only non US...Read complete review

I've been playing Teles for decades, and have owned a (vintage) 72 Thinline and a 78 Custom, so I know these pickups. This guitar is fantastic. This is the only non US Fender I've ever owned and it is a gem. The only thing that really needed to be done was drilling out the neck holes on the body so the screws would pass through. Once that is done the neck set up perfectly and hasn't moved a bit. I don't own a bad tele and I go to this one quite a bit for gigging. I've thought about replacing the pick ups, bridge and tuners but really can't justify it. Mine is wanut, or as we described it back in the seventies "babysh#t brown." The nitro finish is gorgeous and has aged well in the five or so years I've owned it. At eight hundred clams this is a lot of guitar for the money.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

72 Telecaster Deluxe

If you like Telecasters and you have limited experience, you may like this guitar.
I bought this guitar having never played a Telecaster, but I wanted the experience. It is a great...Read complete review

If you like Telecasters and you have limited experience, you may like this guitar.
I bought this guitar having never played a Telecaster, but I wanted the experience. It is a great looking guitar, and the Humbuckers perform well. I love the individual tone and volume controls. Some people love the sound of the Telecaster, I am not one of them. I did the upgrade of the pots and didin't see a lot of improvement in the sound. Maybe it's just because I didn't care for the guitar. The neck was a little thick for my taste.
As a MIM, I guess it's OK. I noticed that no one in these reviews mentioned the static created by the pick guard not being grounded properly. I creates noticable noise in your amp, and is a frequent complaint about this guitar in other WEB blogs. It is correctable by using dryer sheets to remove the static, or go to the expence of having the wireing shielded and the pick guard grounded better. This should not be necessary on a new guitar. Fender knows about it.
For the value, if you want to correct the problems yourself, it's OK.

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5.0

Excellent vintage rock tones

By Evan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Got it on sale from GC; great warm sound with AC/DC punch.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Would reccomend

By Jam man

from Florida

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 Deluxe Electric Guitar:

    Great product

     
    5.0

    Love it

    By Jake

    from Breckenridge, Colorado

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    Sounds great and smooth as butter

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth a try, then worth your money!

    By Joe C.

    from Dallas, TX

    About Me Experienced

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

    I've owned this for a year and a half and have used it on stage regularly. This is definitely what you want to go for if you enjoy Fender guitars but want a very warm tone. I enjoy Gibson sound but the Fender feel, and this guitar gives me a healthy dose of each. I haven't paid for set up or have had to tweak anything on it since I bought it, and I'm an absolute stickler with intonation and action. I've received compliments after performing from tone-junkies and more experienced musicians than me. I'm definitely glad I bought this.
    -12" neck radius is super comfortable to play for long periods of time, lead or rhythm.
    -Deep, thick, warm tone gives it good tone for gritty rock, hardcore, or jazz!
    -Pickups don't feel too hot to me, not as pronounced bite as a single coil (of course); wouldn't be my choice for blues or country.
    -Low action, no buzz, clean intonation.
    -Tuners work great. I've played on stage for a few hours almost straight and it has stayed in tune.
    -Thick, rich Gibson sound with familiar Fender feel and comfort.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent Guitar!

    By Robbie

    from Wyckoff NJ

    Site Member

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

    I recently purchased a tele deluxe 72 with the walnut finish and I absolutely love it! I love the way it looks - it is a very unique looking guitar because it is a combination of both a telecaster and a stratocaster. It can really stand out at a live performance due to its unique look. The guitar comes with two fender wide range humbuckers and they are incredible. They give the guitar a very special warmth that I have not found with other guitars. They provide very creamy clean tones. My favorite is the middle position, which I think sounds the best with no effects. The tone of this guitar on the clean setting is very pure. The humbuckers can handle distortion like pros. I like to kick on a lot of distortion when I play and these can handle any pedal I use. They have a really fat powerful sound when used with distortion. This is the first guitar I have owned with a maple neck. Normally I use rosewood but the switch over was seamless. Overall great guitar, I am extremely happy with my purchase!

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love mine

    By grantini

    from wilmington, de

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        I've been playing Teles for decades, and have owned a (vintage) 72 Thinline and a 78 Custom, so I know these pickups. This guitar is fantastic. This is the only non US Fender I've ever owned and it is a gem. The only thing that really needed to be done was drilling out the neck holes on the body so the screws would pass through. Once that is done the neck set up perfectly and hasn't moved a bit. I don't own a bad tele and I go to this one quite a bit for gigging. I've thought about replacing the pick ups, bridge and tuners but really can't justify it. Mine is wanut, or as we described it back in the seventies "babysh#t brown." The nitro finish is gorgeous and has aged well in the five or so years I've owned it. At eight hundred clams this is a lot of guitar for the money.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        More than I wished for

        By Buddy

        from Texas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • The Set-up Was Excellent

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

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

          The old guitarist ain't what he used to be... I owned an original '72 back in the day. Put myself through college picking up weekend gigs, teaching a little, and generally creating great memories with the black / maple version of this guitar.

          This Mexican - made model arrived beautifully set up. I was very pleased with the intonation, low string height (with zero buzz), and general quality. Someday I may mess with the electtronics, but for the time being, I will simply enjoy a guitar that exceeds my memory of the original.

          Don't go thinking the humbuckers will produce a sound like the Gibson. They won't. The guitar doen't have the ear-splitting highs of the standard Tele, either. But I like like the mellower middle zone that it finds. It is the right guitar for my tastes, and a good one for old fingers finding their way around familiar tunes on the "chunky" Strat neck.

          All in all, the quality seems to be better than my original. 'Much more than I asked for.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful guitar

          By Fred Ks

          from Kansas

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

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

          I play mostly gospel and some soft country. I have several archtops-Gretsch, Ibanez, Epiphone.. I have a Gibson LP and a Gibson semi-hollow and a Strat. I don't care for the twang of the LP or the Strat. Bought this guitar for the small size and to try the humbuckers. The quality of this guitar is absolutely perfect. Not a single flaw that I can find. It's as heavy as the Les Paul, but smaller. I love the Jazz sounds of the Gretsches and this guitar will get close. It's not a Gretsch, but it will get close to the same sound, or it will get the twang that I don't care for also.... It's very versitile for sound and after about 15 gigs, it's become my go-to guitar playing through an AS100D Marshall or my Fender Blues Deluxe. When it arrived, it had a bad fret buzz on the high E string. The original strings (9s) were too mushy for my taste, so I changed them out with 11s and it raised the string above the first fret enough to stop the buzz, and also gave it a tone that I liked better. However, I had to flatten the low E-string before it would fit into the slot and hole in the tuning knob. Also changed the setup by adjusting the truss rod and brough the strings down to 1/16 above the 14th fret. Verty fast neck now and easy to play. Tuning machines are alright but cheap. Was going to swap out with locking tuners, but found none that would fit or match the holes already in the headstock. The 72s have 2 screws, unlike every other Fender tuning machine. The Gig bag is very good quality and thick enough to protect the guitar and will carry as much or more than the solid case I already had. Makes it very easy to carry from gig to gig.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best.

          By Highesttide

          from Somerset, Ky

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Hardcore Music
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • School Bands
            • Showing OFF
            • Shows
            • Small Venues

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

            i reccomend this guitar, to anyone.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Goldilocks Would LOVE This Guitar!

            By Cody

            from DFW Texas

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

            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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