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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 ... Read More

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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
 
4.7

(based on 39 reviews)

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    (30)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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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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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.

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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

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    5.0

    Very comfortable to play

    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.

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      5.0

      What a guitar!

      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!

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      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.

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      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.

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      4.0

      Awesome sounding

      By Arthur Hagen

      from Granby, CT

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

      For the price, this is a lot of guitar. The double humbuckers, while not being individual magnet ones like the old 72s were, still have that mesmerizing Fender humbucking sound. It's easily playable, looks and sounds awesome, and so close to the far more expensive American '72 Thinline that it's a steal. If there's anything to criticize, it's that the nut is a bit flatter and taller than I like it on a tele, and the top fret gaps rather deep. If you have strong fingers, it's easy to get unintentional bending.

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      5.0

      wow..

      By Alick Swiden

      from white bear lake, mn

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

      i have always been a skeptic of fender guitars... but i just picked up one of these (used) in a local music shop and after a tiny bit of noodling around i can tell you ANYONE would be proud and happy to own this guitar. its beautiful. every inch of it is beautiful. a natural look and feel over every part of it. the fretboard, i would say, is the key to making this the fretboard. smooth, easy playing, and the fretboard is polished and shines more than the rest of the guitar! also this is one of the few fenders with TWO humbuckers. and it sounds just fantastic. i tried it out with metal amp settings and blues and jazz and cleans. it can do it all very well. its a beautiful, natural, versatile, and has high playability. superb

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      5.0

      Fantastic!!!

      By Zachary Tyndall

      from Houston, TX

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

      I went into guitar center with every intention of getting a single coil tele in the $500 range and totally passed this up because of its price and its humbuckers until my friend picked it up and handed it to me and basically forced me to play it. i fell in LOVE! my friend told me that i actually sounded GOOD when i played this guitar (and its pretty tough to make me sound good). my fingers just floated over the fretboard. it took me a while to save up the extra bread for it but i finally got it about 4 months ago and it hasn't let me down. the day after i bought it my strap slipped and i dropped it on my hardwood floor and the only damage was a small chip in the lacquer next to the neck (which just adds character), and a wobbly input jack (which a couple weeks ago resulted in a loose wire. $10 to get that fixed at GC, so no big deal). apart from that it just needed a quick setup and it was as good as new. The sounds this thing puts out are beautiful and there is a HUGE range of tones that you can get out of this thing. i play it through a Vox AC15c1 and i put some GHS boomer 11s on it and i get tones David Gilmour would be jelous of. i play in a jazz combo and it works great for any kind of jazz we've done from Latin to swing to "elevator" jazz. It also works great for overdriven electric blues/rock and everything that ive tried to use it for. my one and only complaint about this guitar is the machine heads. they stay in tune quite well but they are pretty stiff and hard to get in tune in the first place, particularly the low E string, but it may just be because of the somewhat heavy strings i use. im planning on upgrading them to some fender deluxe locking machine heads for about $60, so no big deal. as far as looks go its just plain sexy. mine is the natural finish, which at first i didn't like but it quickly grew on me and now i wouldn't have it any other way. the weight is great, nice and light. its actually come close to blowing away a couple times on windy days (no joke). anyway, a fantastic guitar that i expect to be playing for the entirety of the foreseeable future.

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      5.0

      Stunning Telecaster with great sound

      By Christopher Wyatt

      from Charlotte NC

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

      The finish on the guitar was fantastic and the setup was very good. I didn't make any adjustments surprisingly. Action was low, no fret buzz which you will get on a Fender. The sound is the selling point here. If you love artists like Jonny Lang and that blues sound then this should be your go to guitar for clean blues. Has a great twangy pop to it on the bridge pup. Neck is smooth sounding. Overall great sound from these two humbuckers, I don't plan on switching them out and if I do it would be for a serious upgrade like TV Jones. I play this guitar through a Blues Junior NOS and the sound is just perfect. Crystal clear blues runs and licks that sound fantastic. I recommend the Thinline Tele. Natural finish.

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