Like its ancestor, the Classic Series '72 Telecaster® Deluxe guitar rocks a pair of Fender® Wide Range humbucking pickups and a quartet of skirted control knobs. Other features include an alder body, "C"-shaped maple neck with bullet truss rod nut, three-bolt neck plate with Micro-Tilt™ adjustment, maple fingerboard, large headstock, three-position pickup switch, vintage-style string-through-body hard-tail bridge and vintage-style tuners.
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I played a Standard Squier Telecaster and that was not bad. I like the look and feel of a Tele, a workhorse that can do everything, but I wanted a bigger sound. I wanted an upgrade to a real Fender, so I tried Mexican Fender Teles, 50’s, 60’s. Great guitars but still too thin for me. And then I saw and played a '72 deluxe. Way above my humble budget but I was sold. You feel Tele, but it sound like… no, not like a tele, definitely not… no, not like a Les Paul, less dark, clearer… yes, it sounds like a deluxe. I fell in love with that sound. I hear people complaining about the wide range humbuckers and that it does not sound enough Tele. Agree, if you want a genuine sounding Tele, then this is not your guitar. Play, hear yourself then judge.
I play modern rock, some blues, classic '70s rock, Nirvana from time to time. And this beauty can do the job. I use a Mustang modelling amp, and had to modify all my previous settings because it has much more sustain and lows and mids than a standard Tele.
The finish of the guitar is great. The neck has 12” radius, so flatter than the normal 9.5”. The neck is also somewhat thicker than a modern-c. I bought my guitar 2nd hand from somebody who could not get used to that. I love it. So again, play first, then judge. Mine has a special limited color: Tangerine Flake. In sunlight it sparkles like a '70s disco-mirror-ball. It suits the guitar, but in plain black this baby is a killer too.
For now I only use one electric guitar and with this one I can play what I want.
One interesting observation: nobody visiting my house can resist touching it, guitar and non-guitar lovers. There is some kind of natural attraction.
jsmets owns this item
Have read many reviews on how bad this thing sounded, but wanted to try one for myself. A friend of mine had the Tele custom reissue and thought it sounded fairly good. I have a 70s Tele Deluxe and love it. The pickups in this one were disappointing. They weren't horrible, but didn't have the bite and spankiness of my original. They are definitely not the Wide Range pups of old that still had a lot of single coil flavor to them. For someone used to the modern Gibson-type sound, this would be a cool alternative. But the pups definitely need some work. And for those having issues with the toggle switch, take the switch out and adjust the contacts because they sometimes get a little off and clean them with a good contact cleaner. I do this pretty regularly on my old Deluxe. This beats buying a whole new switch.
I own this guitar in the Aqua Flake finish, a color that was a limited run. It is, easily, the most beautiful guitar I own, and I have 3 Strats (62 RI, Classic Player, Japanese), another Telecaster, a P-bass, Les Paul Customs/Standard, etc. The workmanship is first rate, and it plays like a dream. This guitar is the coolest looking thing on the planet! However, the pickups are the WORST sounding of ANY electric guitar I've ever played in my life! ($99 cheapies, included!) I have a few nice amps. (Marshall 70's MKll 2-12 combo, Fender Custom Vibrolux, and a couple of Laney Lionhearts) These are all tube amps, and all my other guitars sound harmonically rich/complex through these amps. Sadly, not so with the Tele Deluxe. I've upgraded all the pots to 500k, and while there was a dramatic improvement in the high end, it sounds a bit harsh, and did nothing for the fact that the pickups need to be changed out. The ones that come with the guitar, to me, sound like they put out the fundamental tone, no problem, but, that's about it. The sound is completely lifeless. Sterile would be a good way of characterizing them. Opening the case, each and every time, makes me want to get to playing it, right away. But, upon plugging it in, it's always a big disappointment with the sound that it puts out. This, after having changed to better wiring and pots, and having adjusted the height of the pickups, as well as the steel screws. I think Fender should offer the guitar with 500k pots. Also, take out the bar magnet. Put in the alnico threaded pole pieces like everyone else who is offering aftermarket Wide Range pickups. It's a shame that the tone-conscious buyer has to shell out an extra $300-$400 to make the guitar usable. Honestly, it's the only Fender product that I've ever bought that I am completely disappointed with, in terms of sound.
jamesbordy owns this item
Since '98 I have wanted one of these babies. I now finally own one and it was the best deal last year. The only gripe I have with it, is the neck pickup is very quiet and haven't had the time to sit down and really investigate it. When I brought it my friend kept saying that pickup doesn't sound right? Anyway to play it, is just a great feel, the space between the strings has helped improve my finger-picking, with this in mind Quality of finish is very impressive. Right now I am looking to upgrade my pickups. Think I'm going for a DP156 in the neck and not sure about the Bridge?
Any way thank you Fender, This is a beauty!
Bozmod owns this item
I have 3, all FSRs.
The 1st (Olympic White finish), was purchased as a used item. The 2nd (Natural finish) I bought new. Both of these have been customised (with Bare Knuckle pickups - Steve Steven's set in one and a Warpig at the bridge in the other with an Ibanez Flying Finger by the neck, 500k pots, selector switch, new pick guard to accommodate the regular sized pickups, strap locks and screw-in output jack socket). I use the Olympic White Tele Deluxe as my main gigging guitar with the Natural Tele Deluxe as the back up. After having done these modifications with pro set ups, both guitars remain excellent gigging workhorses.
Playability: I've never had problems with the three bolt neck fixing and tuning remains rock solid.
The size of the neck is a little chunky for my personal taste, as is the Fender string spacing, but I've become used to those specifications over the years. The instrument balances well when it's slung around your neck and plays as good when sitting down and resting on your thigh. The belly cut on the back of the body is a bonus for comfort if you enjoy a beer or three.
Asthetics & build quality: The 72 Deluxe Tele is, IMHO, one of the best looking Fender 6 string solid bodies available. As to why these models weren't seemingly that popular during the decade they were made, I'm not sure but I'm enamoured with Fender's CBS oversized Stratocaster headstocks. The finish on the Olympic White body could've been better applied, ie: more evenly but I think this may evolve into a cooler look as it naturally ages. The Natural finish is also eye-catching; elegant without being over the top and my example has two well matched pieces of alder for the body - the join of those two pieces being hard to spot.
I also have a Tele Deluxe in Aqua Flake. I'll be keeping this factory standard and free from modifications as it may turn out to be a collector's item. This was ordered online and was perfect straight out of the box.
I love 'em and recommend 'em.
istvanski owns this item
This guitar looks vintage but sounds old school and modern at the same time. Humbucker pickups are very strong with a good tone and character. Excellent guitar.
nicolasolivieri owns this item
Most already know how well made the higher end Mexican made Fenders are. I have an older '52 Tele reissue and this is almost as well made. This guitar's playability is the best of any Tele I've ever played. Sliding up and down the neck is nearly effortless. The Fender wide range humbuckers don't sound anything like the originals but I've found that they sound better than most players give them credit for. They have their own tone which will take a proper setup and some amp knob fiddling to dial in. I'm okay with the tone but would like it even better if Fender spent some time at the drawing board refining the design of the current WRHBs to better mimic the tone of the originals.
freakengine owns this item
I just purchased one of the Classic series 72 Tele Deluxe and it is way ahead of anything I have played for sound and playability. This includes two Fender American strats, a couple Gibson Les Pauls, and many Epiphones. I can't wait to play it daily. Highlight of the day! Most of us won't spend $2000. to $3000. dollars for a guitar so this gives a great result for much less money.
wmharris owns this item
I have owned my Fender Telecaster Deluxe (walnut) since 1973 along with a Fender Twin Reverb amp (With 2 12's) and hard shell case. Played in band for many years. They both look and play like new. If you want to be a #1 guitar player you have to play a #1 guitar.
ford1973 owns this item
Let's start with the negatives.
I've had to replace or repair the toggle switch maybe five times in 8 years.
It took me a long time to get used to the width of the neck.
I kinda wish it had Atomic humbuckers, but only because that's what's on my Toronado and that's what I'm used to.
Having said that, if I were a little less heavy handed with the toggle switch it might last better.
And if I were a better guitarist the size of the neck wouldn't have bothered me.
And if I wanted something that sounded exactly like my Toronado, I'd have just carried on playing the Toronado.
The good stuff.
Like every Fender guitar I own or have owned, the build quality is exceptional (except maybe that toggle switch!).
The neck is perfectly finished, the frets are uniform, the truss rod does its job exactly as it should, the join between neck and body is flawless in spite of the hammer it has taken in transit and on stage over the years.
I've had a little bit of trouble sourcing parts for it (a replacement for a cracked tone knob, a good quality 42mm nut, pickup screws) but if you take better care of your kit than I do you probably wouldn't need to worry about that sort of thing.
My only genuine gripe with this guitar is that it only comes in 3 colour options.
The walnut looks a bit naff and I don't do black guitars with black pickguards, so by default I had to get the sunburst, which is fine, but imagine how good this guitar would look in Lake Placid Blue or Fiesta Red with a white pickguard. Or maybe even black with a tortoise shell pickguard?
And why no rosewood fingerboard option?
Sharp_Kid owns this item
I have only owned a Black 72 Telecaster deluxe for 3 months but it has become the guitar I always reach for 1st. The C shaped neck fits my hand perfectly and feels so natural. The sound out of this girl and her 'buckers, have an edge on the classic telecaster bite that's just what I'm looking for at the moment. Try one out if you get a chance.
dr_itch owns this item
There is something about the wide range humbuckers and sturdy straight forward design of this Telecaster that makes it enjoyable to play. I have never seen it as a Les Paul equivalent but rather a unique sounding guitar with its own characteristics. I personally prefer the smaller non seventies sized headstocks on my Fender guitars, with the exception of this one where it just seems to look right at home.I bought mine back in 2004 when Fender first started reissuing them and have kept it since being pleased with my purchase.
garyfm owns this item
My black 72 deluxe was recomended to me by a great guitar player in my local shop. handing me the 72 he instructed me to play a c cord, this blow my mind, i had not been able to do a C cord till that time. Talle just felt great. sounded great my first real guitar. still love that black 72.
mandal owns this item
|Model Name:||Classic Series '72 Telecaster® Deluxe Maple Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||12" (305 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Bullet Style|
|Headstock:||Large '70s Style|
|Neck Plate:||3-Bolt "F" Stamped with Micro-Tilt™|
|Bridge Pickup:||Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)|
|Pickup Switching:||3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender Vintage "F" Stamped|
|Control Knobs:||Skirted Amp Knobs|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
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