1972 was a big year for the Telecaster® guitar - it was available in designs, with more options than ever before. The Classic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline has the dual-humbucking pickup configuration introduced in that year, with other features that include a semi-hollow ash body with f-hole, "U"-shaped maple neck with bullet truss rod nut, three-bolt neck plate with Micro-Tilt™ adjustment, maple fingerboard and vintage-style string-through-body hard-tail bridge and vintage-style tuners.
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I've had this guitar for about a year and it is certainly my main guitar. The "wide range" pickups truly can cover a wide range of sounds, with a great clean sound from both the bridge and neck position. The feel of the neck is just as outstanding as the tone. For those of you reading this who are skeptical of a glossy finished maple neck: don't be. The feel and sound will amaze you once you play it. I do agree with zonetones, make sure the pickup height is even and at a right height for both pickups after you get the guitar. Other than that minor setup issue, this is a great reliable and versatile guitar that is a great value for any player.
srgilbert57 owns this item
I haven't even had mine for 24 hours yet and I think it's amazing. Definitely worth every penny you'll spend on it by far!
KaiNomori owns this item
My old 72 roars like a pissed off lion through my old Ampeg VT-22 and plays like a dream, so what is the point of this review? These new Thinlines are so close, It's kind of hard to tell the difference, other than the neck seems slightly fatter and the pickups seem to be a little thinner in the mid-range. BUT, the one I played at Guitar Showcase in San Jose was through a Marshall DSL100H 100W tube amp head, and I can't remember what the speaker cab was...not a Marshall. Regardless, if you have ever played/owned an original 72, I think anyone would agree, that these new models are a pretty close second, and the price for what you are getting is right on the money, as the craftsmanship is as good as the old ones. They really are. My 2 cents.
This was my main stage guitar between 2002 and 2004. It was an absolute monster that could be dialed back for the most amazing tone and expression. The only warning that I'd give is to make sure the pickup heights are set and balanced. Mine initially had too much treble on the neck and ended up taking a few heads off. Balanced, though. perfect for my tastes.
zonetones owns this item
New strings and a little fine tuning on the action and I have a new favorite go to guitar.Great job from the guys at fender.
hrfrdhowie3221 owns this item
This is the second Classic Series '72 Tele Thinline I have owned. It is so different than any other Fender I have. First of all, I love the Natural ash finish. I love the vintage neck radius. So easy to play and I bought it with the action very low and I use .009's on it. Now, the sound! The two humbuckers give it such a beefy tone. They may not be as good as the original Seth Lover designed ones, but they sure work for me. And the semi-hollow body just makes this thing come alive! You could go for the American made model but this will more than suffice! Oh yeah, it is also LIGHT as a feather! Now, that can't be said for too many Telecasters!
Spareparts owns this item
Fender definitely capture the classic looks of the '72 Thinline. With unmistakable F hole , mother of pearl pickguard ,engrave Fender logo on the Wide Range pickups,250K potentiometers , 70's tuners and beautiful natural finish. This guitar looks good and plays well .The body , neck, finish are perfect I set this guitar up with 10's and had no problem with setting intonation as well the action to spec's . My big grip from factory is poor job on the fret dressings . After some work on the frets the guitar plays great and with the semi hollow body it is a nice guitar to play acoustic . That comes in handy in early morning or late night jam where you can not plug in . The Wide Range pickups are not threaded CuNiFe magnets of the original design Seth Lover made for Fender in the 70's .The new pickups have a different sound from the originals . But, it does not mean that it lacks in tone. They are the quietest humbucker I have ever played. I play mostly Fender amps 68 bandmaster, 67 princeton reverb, 65 Super Reverb reissue and a champ. I find it easy to get the tone I want from this guitar with no problem . I get a very rich overdrive when wanted to push an amp.Clean tones are almost singel coil like with spank and you can dig in for growl . Playing slide will take you to the delta. I'm a telecaster man and this man is very happy with his '72 thinline. Thanks Fender.
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|Model Name:||Classic Series '72 Telecaster® Thinline, Maple Fingerboard, 3-Color Sunburst|
|Body Material:||Semi-Hollow Ash|
|F Holes Sound Holes:||"F" Hole|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||"U" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Black Dot|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Bullet Style|
|Neck Plate:||3-Bolt "F" Stamped with Micro-Tilt™|
|Bridge Pickup:||Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|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|
|Pickguard:||4-Ply White Pearloid|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Flat-Top|
|Switch Tips:||Top Hat Style|
|Strings:||Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||"F" Hole, 3-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt™ Adjustment, "Bullet" Truss Rod Nut, Synthetic Bone Nut|
|Included Accessories:||Deluxe Gig Bag|
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