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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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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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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).

Features
  • 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
 
4.6

(based on 41 reviews)

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67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

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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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Very poor quality control

The finish is great. However I replaced it at guitar center for manufacturing issues on two separate guitars. The first guitar: the nut was cut too deep and the holes in the body...Read complete review

The finish is great. However I replaced it at guitar center for manufacturing issues on two separate guitars. The first guitar: the nut was cut too deep and the holes in the body for the strings weren't aligned to the bridge.
The second guitar they sent me had a shallow neck pocket and the saddles were raised to their highest level. Couldn't lower the action at all.

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(56 of 73 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar, well made, super sound

By JON PLESCE

from Hazleton, Pa

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

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

(17 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just what I needed

By Mike Ritter

from Akron, Ohio

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

I've had an American Standard Stratocaster for almost 20 years and I decided I wanted something to complement it. I was looking at American Standard Telecasters and loved them, but I decided I wanted something a little further from the sonic spectrum of my Strat. I picked up the Thinline instead and I absolutely love this guitar. I've been playing guitar for over 25 years so I know when I have something special. This guitar is made in Mexico and the quality is very impressive. The design of the guitar gives it a lot of character not only in looks, but sound also. I play everything from hard rock, country to blues and it works great for everything.

(12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A guitar that sounds as beautiful as it looks

By Zelig504

from New Orleans, LA

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

I was immediately taken by the look of the natural ash body Thinline Tele but when I played it, I fell in love. It is such a unique instrument - I mean how many electrics do you know that have half semi acoustic and half solid? The Fender wide range pickups are much better than their Gibson competitors - and for most of my life I played only Gibson SG's and Gibson L6S's. They are designed to allow more high frequency through and thus give the tele that sharp, piercing sound you want with a good solid bass background. The action is wonderful, though I always have my guitars set up by Metairie�ۡ���s Guitar Tech, and the sound is gorgeous. The neck pickup has a bell tone that rivals the neck pup on my beloved Stratocaster. And the bridge pup has bite but just a bit more body than a Strat bridge pup. The quality is first rate. The neck and all components are made in Fender's USA factory and the guitar is assembled in Mexico. But trust me; this is quality work all around. Although this is a re-issue of the 1972 Fender Thinline Telecaster, it plays like the vintage instrument. The story behind the guitar is that Fender was losing market share to Gibson in the early 70�ۡ���s since the fat sound of humbucker SG�ۡ���s and Les Paul�ۡ���s were the preference of rockers. Then Fender heard that Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones had pulled the factory pickups out of his telecaster and installed Gibson humbuckers �ۡ���� so Fender decided to come up with this unique Telecaster. Sad story �ۡ���� it didn�ۡ���t catch on and was shortly discontinued and that�ۡ���s a shame as this guitar is so much better than the 1968 Gibson SG Standard I played during those years. The only downside I have with this guitar is that it keeps me from playing my Start which I also love.

(11 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beautiful guitar with a beautiful sound

By Jayhawk

from Lawrence KS

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

This guitar has an amazing sound. Wonderfully full, clear, crisp sound especially the bridge pick up. Also sounds good distorted. Has more of a country twang sound then I would like but it is a tele. Low action and wide tele neck makes it a joy to play, and is the best looking guitar around. Anyone in the market for a telecaster should try this one out.

(8 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Bring on the twang!

By NashvilleCat

from Undisclosed

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

A buddy of mine recently got the Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline and I've decided that this will definitely be the next guitar that I purchase. I played his through a VOX Brian May Custom amp and this things loads of tone and sustain. It's got that great twangy sound that Tele's are known for if you play country but it works equally as well for blues and rock. Best of all, it's made quite well for an instrument in this price range. When you pick one up and play it, you can tell that it's made with the quality that Fender is known for. Definitely a great value. I highly recommend it.

(8 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You wish you had mine!

By gibson59LPguy

from Springfield, MA

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

I play mine thru a Boss GT8 and stereo out into two Fender tube amps, one combo and one vintage head/cab. I got a custom tortoise-shell pickguard made for mine, because I think white pearloid looks very flashy and femmy (to each their own) and I got rid of the chrome knobs and put on amp knobs, so mine is different loooking. Mine happens to be set up with very low action, and I get no buzz. What comes out of the big humbuckers is a semi Tele sound, but much warmer. I play Pantera type metal with it and it sounds huge. Try many before you buy -others I've played were not set up well new, but mine was used and set up insane. This is a great guitar, don't let the Made in Mexico trick you - mine is much nicer than many Americans I've played...

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unreal

By Em Octopi

from Oakland

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

I have always played hollow body guitars, however, they just did not have enough meat to the sound. Then, I picked up the 72 Telecaster Thinline and will never need another guitar...ever. The sound is incredible, from the bluesy lows to the jazz highs the clean channel is untouchable. Now lets get into the MEAT. When I cranked the gain I was not expecting the rich full body tone that this delivered. I play in a Hard Rock group so I need that full gain sound and this delivered in every way. All the pick ups on each setting delivered flawlessly. The Maple neck is for lack of a better term "butter." The action flows without a hitch and I can go from one spectrum of the neck to the next with ease. My band plays in a low tune setting and this guitar never gets out of tune. I have a few guitars but I will only be needing/playing one from now on. GET THIS GUITAR.

(6 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Decent Tele with Awful Pickups

By Scott

from MO

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

The Thinline Telecaster looks pretty cool on initial inspection, but after plugging it in to a few amps I set it back down and walked away. Its very playable, with nice neckwork and an excellent body, but the Humbuckers used here just don't suite the guitar. It reminds me of an Epiphone Les Paul Standard in that regard - just a kind of mushy, not very dynamic, ho-hum sound. Replace the pickups and it'll probably scream, but personally, I'm happier using my Nashville American Telecaster in middle/bridge for a better tone along the same lines.

(5 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

72' Thinline

By Fenderman05

from Rochester NY

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

This is a great guitar. I origanaly bought it for my dad but as soon as I started playing it I could'nt put it down! I love the way that it plays and sounds. It has a vintage feel to it and is capable a wide tonal range. Featuring 2 Fender humbuckers instead of the standered 2 single coils, it has a meater more distortioney sound. Great Sound, great looks, great guitar.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Tone to The Bone

By Bluesly

from North Carolina

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

I thought this guitar would sound more "Gibsonesque" but it still has the growl and tone of a Fender,,Overall there is that quiet volume of a Humbucker,,but you can still dial in that Glasslike tone that Fenders are known for,as well as some good 'Chicken Pickin' with the Bridge pick-up and if you are good at Tweaking,,you can get a whole palette of tone from this Axe and it works great with a modeling amp..The neck is adjustable but don't look for those big frets used on the newer models,remember,this is a reissue of an excellent '70's idea.......

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