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Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar  

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The Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar is a classic. 1972 took the Tele into new zones, giving it dual humbuckers for a meatier sound, and a new pickguard design for an updated look. This ... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar is a classic. 1972 took the Tele into new zones, giving it dual humbuckers for a meatier sound, and a new pickguard design for an updated look. This reissue is authentic in every detail: semi-hollow ash body, 7.25" radius fingerboard, die-cast machine heads, nickel silver frets and a 6-saddle string-thru-body bridge. Also features a single f-hole accent, humbucking pickups, and a white shell pickguard. Includes deluxe gig bag ($55 value).

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  • Semi-hollow ash body
  • Single F-hole accent
  • Dual humbucking pickups
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • White shell pickguard
  • 7.25" radius fingerboard,
  • Die-cast machine heads
  • Nickel silver frets
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FenderClassic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 195 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (161)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (9)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Practicing (8)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar, well made, super sound

This guitar is the real deal. Very well made, no flaws at all on the beautiful natural ash finish. It came perfectly set-up right out of the box which shocked me. The sound...Read complete review

This guitar is the real deal. Very well made, no flaws at all on the beautiful natural ash finish. It came perfectly set-up right out of the box which shocked me. The sound is the best part, it's more versatile than any single coil tele., yet still gives enough tone for you country players. The neck pickup gives a sweet Les Paul type smooth sound. The maple neck is very easy to play, with great action, and very smooth. If you can't play this guitar, give back the money you spent on lessons. I have a Gibson SG which is my favorite guitar in my collection but this is now 2nd. The sound is much more rounded than a single coil pickup tele, plays any kind of music, and it's a Fender so it should last forever. And the most important thing is the value, for this price you will not find a more versatile guitar as well made, and with such a beautiful appearance. By the way it also records very well. I have a 16-track studio, and this is just as good as my 61 SG. Anyone out there who writes lyrics to rock-pop-blues songs, and would like to write them for my music please contact me at plescejj@ptd.net. thanks

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Buyer beware

The sunburst models are really gorgeous guitars, look really cool. Guitar gets some great surprising tones, and lots of sustain. Bridge pup with lots of gain sounds great. Neck pickup is somewhat...Read complete review

The sunburst models are really gorgeous guitars, look really cool. Guitar gets some great surprising tones, and lots of sustain. Bridge pup with lots of gain sounds great. Neck pickup is somewhat muddled. Stays in tune OK with 10's, but not with 9's. Vintage tuners mediocre - have some rough spots. Gets a lot of feedback at higher volumes. My main problem was the small neck (big hands) and the frets. Bending became a chore, fingers felt cramped. Also beware of these MIM Fenders. Some of the necks do not line up that well with the bridge. And setup will not fix this. So you get an E string way too close to the fretboard edge. For $800 you are MUCH better off getting the Fender American Special Telecaster, that guitar neck is great, and sounds great too.

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5.0

Rich Tone, Great for Intermediate Players

By Jackie

from Indianapolis, IN

About Me Novice

Pros

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

Cons

  • Bad W Distortion

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

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

I love my tele thinline. I was actually in the market for a hollow body electric guitar (gretsch or epiphone), but, although they sound awesome, they are simply way to big for me. This guitar offers a rich tone because of the hollowness but also allows some slight distortion. I'm not into tons of distortion, so that isn't a problem for me. I've played some small gigs with this- sounded wonderful. Not too girly looking but not too manly looking either. I love love love the natural wood with the white pick guard.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing guitar !!

By Guido

from Fairfax VA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    Surprised at the excellent quality of this guitar. I was really blown away. I hear from good sources that MIM guitars now have all American parts and are just manufactured in Mexico. The wood is beautiful w/ maple neck and has fantastic tones. It is a rock solid guitar and it plays like butter, AND holds it's tune without any issues. AS with any guitar, get a good set up and you will be a happy camper. Promise !

    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Don't waste your money

    By Christian Rocker

    from Kewanee, IL

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

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

      I bought one used at the local Guitar Center. Fender missed the mark with this one. You buy it because it is pretty and the tone is great. Then, you take it home and soon wish you had never met her. These sell new for what? Wow, bend a string or turn up the distortion and watch it sound like a dying duck. The tuners are junk and there are no replacements in fender locking tuners that fit in without drilling and leaving holes from the original tuners. Man...I wanted that guitar to be good. I'll wait for Fender to put better tuners on it, or I'll buy the Squier version that has different tuners. Hmmm

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very comfortable to play

      By MinorPentatonicAddict

      from Midwest

      Pros

      • Fast Comfortable Neck
      • Great sound
      • Light Weight

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

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

        I have a 12.5 lb Les Paul that's getting tougher to pick up and lug around as I get older. This Thinline is very light compared to that beautiful beast. I have the natural finish model and it's gorgeous. The neck pick up sings the blues...very warm, creamy tone. The bridge pup has plenty of spank and you get some SICK pinch harmonic squeals out of the bridge pup. Glossy fret board makes post bend vibrato a breeze...almost like your fingers are on an ice rink. Back of neck is glossy as well but very fast and comfortable. Needed a pro set up as the action was quite high; had it strung with .011-.049s and it plays effortlessly. I'm still playing my LP, but when my bones are creakin' I'll pick up this one. I'm very pleased.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar

        By Screendoor Slim

        from Allens Grove WI

        About Me Professional Musician

        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 Thinline Electric Guitar:

          I have been playing since the 60's and have owned and played many guitars. I have the American Thinline with the widerange humbuckers and the sound is nothing like anything I have played before. In a word I would call it chimey. These are great pickups and with the semi hollow body the thing just rings out. I have the natural finish and the ash is very nicely figured and the neck is very playable. It's very hard to explain the sound but through my Blues Jr it is fantastic for the Blues that I play.

           
          5.0

          What a guitar!

          By MinorPentatonicAddict

          from Midwest

          Pros

          • Great Blues Tone
          • Lightweight
          • Super fast neck

          Cons

          • none

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

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

          I don't gig. I'm a hobbyist...but I'm addicted to playing the guitar. An hour in the morn and a couple more after work. I'm not a guitar collector, either. I have a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender parlor acoustic. In my 50s, it's getting to be a job picking up and playing my 14+ lb Les Paul. Some days my elbow and wrist hurt just from picking up the beautiful beast. Compared to my LP, this guitar is light as a feather. Amazing blues sound when using the neck pick up with some gain and a splash of reverb. The neck pup sounds warm and dreamy when played clean. You get the notorious Tele spank and twang out of the bridge pup. Very interesting unique squeals when doing pinch harmonics using the bridge pup. The middle position would be the sweet spot for any genre of rhythm playing. The neck is glossy but super fast...it doesn't stick at all. The fret board is also glossy which makes bend vibrato quite easy almost like your fingers were on an ice rink. It needed a set up as the action was way high for my taste. It also came with 009-042 strings that were like dental floss. Had the action lowered and set up with .011-,049 strings and it is playing very nicely. Stays in tune well. I'll continue to play my Les Paul for the rest of my life, but when my old bones are clicking, I'll pick up this one. Very pleased with this purchase!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Could convert a Gibson guy.

          By Oleh

          from North Plainfield NJ

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

          Let me be clear- I do NOT typically like Fenders. My first professional guitar was a 78 Strat that I practically gave away because I really didn't like the sound or the noisy pickups. All my life I have been playing Les Pauls, ES175, ES335, Gretsch, L7, etc. With the double coil pickups on this guitar, the noise typically associated with this guitar is non-existent. The semi-hollow aspect gives the guitar a bit of an ES335 sound while still retaining the character of the Tele that Fender players love. The neck is wonderfully fast (Prob the only thing I have missed about Fenders when I switched over to Gibsons). The setup was good, but not great, so I did have to spend 20 minutes tweaking the truss rod, string height, pickup height, and intonation. I think this will be my main guitar for a while.

           
          5.0

          Really Great Guitar!

          By Greg

          from Arkansas

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

          I've had this guitar around a year now and it's my favorite Fender I own. It has such a great and unique sound. You get that awesome twangy Tele sound from it. I actually hate playing it sometimes just because I want to stare at it because it's so beautiful. This is a great guitar to own.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Another great MIM

          By Unimakboy

          from Richmond, VA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy Action
          • Good Feel
          • SOLID

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

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

            Smooth playability, well constructed. If looking for a less "jangly" tone I suggest a set of flat-wound .12 or lighter. I have the sunburst model and am thinking about replacing the pick guard with a more subdued color than the white one. I bought mine used and though she came without the Allan wrenches and no backpack straps for the gig bag, I am very happy. Now I only need to find the perfect clean amp. Thanks again MF.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar

            By Ronnie Wallace

            from Atlanta Georgia

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

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

              Super sound and tone. Great value and craftsmanship.

              I did have to have a setup right but other than that it is a super sounding and playing instrument.

              Thanks Fender. I have and always will be a "Fender" man.

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