This semi-hollow Telecaster® Thinline design is showcased on a rich natural-finish mahogany body with f-hole and attractive white pearloid pickguard. The gloss maple neck has 21 medium-jumbo frets and a modern 9.5” radius; other features include vintage-style tuners, three-saddle bridge and set of custom alnico V single-coil pickups.
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I spotted this 'T' in a music store back in 1992. At that time the head decal sported Fender, not Squier. It played superb from the beginning. I fell in love with it. Much like the quote from Zappa: 'the one that stares back at you is the one for you'.
I changed out the pick-ups for Seymour Duncan's and changed the machine heads for Schaller. I'm not a big fan of Japanese P.U.s and Gotoh. It traveled with me for over 22 years to some of the most bizarre places in the world. Frets are holding up fine. Electronics are in good working condition. Recently I changed the jack-plug. To describe the sound - it has a dark twang that completes the signature T sound. No feedback problems whatsoever. It will probably outlive me.
Fly boy Bogus owns this item
I play this baby everyday around 4+ hours and it keeps very close to tune. Has the same quarks as a Telecaster has. I just love the tone and sound this thing cranks out. I use a VOX Vt40+ amp with it and I am able to get almost any sound I need. It can really crank out the clean sounds and twang when needed and smacks out Led Zeppelin, CCR, Doors, and anything else I need. Very light, easy to finger chords and leads. This guitar has held up well and people who are into guitars just love the sound and looks. People say Squires don't hold up or sound well, but when they pick up and play this baby they are amazed. I have been looking to add to my collection and look at guitars a lot. I as have a Les Paul Standard and trying to find something in the middle also. Every time I leave the guitar shop I find I like my guitars better then the ones I tested.
I sure if I had a big spending budget I could find something better. I'm just saying The thinline is a wonderful dependable guitar that sounds exceptional and is at a unbelievable price and if you went with the Fender 60's thinline you would spend 2k more. Most of the reviews here already fill in the blanks. Hope this helps, only a test drive will tell you if it fits your hand or not.
AlanField owns this item
This is just one of my favorite guitars. It is very light, has a different tone even though has the same pick ups as the CV50 BSB guitar. Very bright... maybe because of the steel bridge and barrels. Great looking guitar with the natural mahogany and wonderful finish. This guitar has a very skinny C shape neck. I like it.. heard where some don't like the skinny neck, doesn't bother me.. I like it. I just hope it the neck stays stable and doesn't flex. So far so good after 1 year. Love this guitar.
Iowacarver owns this item
I've played this guitar quite a few times, trying to figure out what it is that the Thinline says to me. I think the particular one I play is trying to say "buy me, buy me," but I don't really care for it. It plays well and has good fit and finish but it just has the wrong sound for me. It sounds a little off as a Tele, although it sounds really good. I have used it for amp testing, trying to get a Tele sound from the amp and this guitar has its own distinct sound. Definetely not a bad tone, just a little different than a Tele. If you want something just out of the 'norm', but you want to be able to get the classic blues and country sounds, give the Thinline a look-see. It has the standard Chinese Fender feel, which is to say the standard of the industry for Chinese guitars. Hard to tell it isn't a MIA except for the name.
I used to play professionally and now mostly do home recording. I own about nine guitars, nearly all of them vintage (e.g., a 60s Strat, a Guild Starfire ) or reasonably high end (several PRS, a boutique acoustic). I had never owned a Telecaster and started shopping for one...I looked at pretty much every model out there over about a 3-4 months' time. Since a lot of the Tele bridge pickups were a bit too harsh for me, I gravitated toward the fuller sound of the '69 and '72 Thinline reissues. But their necks were too big for me. I was about to give up and order a custom build (and drop more than $2K) when I saw this guitar on my way out of the shop and pulled it down and tried it. It felt great...the neck was a thinner (modern) profile, the single-coil pickups were full and throaty, and it was exceptionally light (maybe 4-5 lbs). Initially, I was put off by the fact that it was a Squier, but after going back and playing it a few more times I just had to let that prejudice go. As I was ringing up the guitar, I mentioned to the shop owner that I couldn't believe how good this guitar was for what I paid. He agreed, saying that this guitar was as good in quality to "guitars that sell for thousands." I've recorded with it some already...it works well as a rhythm guitar in the background and it growls nicely with even a moderate amount of gain. I set it up and intonated it myself (using the stock 3 saddle bridge) and it came out great. It was a really pleasant surprise to find a guitar that was a great fit for me at this price, when the simple truth was that I was willing to spend 4 or 5 times as much as this cost to get my Tele. Some other reviews I've read made comments that the bridge could be upgraded. I found myself agreeing with that assessment, and so I went ahead and installed a Barden replacement bridge with compensated saddles a while back. But after playing this guitar and hearing it on the few recordings I've made with it, I'm glad I bought this and I'd do it again.
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|Model Name:||Classic Vibe Telecaster® Thinline, Maple Fingerboard, Natural|
|Body Material:||Semi-Hollow Mahogany|
|F Holes Sound Holes:||"F" Hole|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.625" (41.3 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Standard|
|Bridge Pickup:||Custom Vintage-Style Single-Coil Tele|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Vintage Style Single-Coil Tele|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||3-Saddle American Vintage Strings-Through-Body Tele with Chrome Barrel Saddles|
|Pickguard:||4-Ply White Pearloid|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Switch Tips:||Barrel Style|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Semi-Hollow Mahogany Body with â€œFâ€? Hole, â€œCâ€? Shape Maple Neck, Knurled Chrome Control Knobs, Black Dot Position Inlays, Gold Squier® Logo, Original Barrel Switch-Tip, Synthetic Bone Nut|
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