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A replica classic brings back the sound of the '70s.

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 has a single f-hole accent, humbucking pickups, and a white shell pickguard. Includes deluxe gig bag ($55 value).

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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
  • String-through-body bridge
  • Includes a gig bag

Get retro: order the '72 Thinline today!

 

Classic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Accessories: Deluxe Fender Gig Bag
  • Binding: None
  • Body: Ash
  • Bridge/Tremolo: '70's Strat Non Trem
  • Case Included: Yes
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot inlays
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Schaller "F" Style Machines
  • Neck Joint: Bolt-On
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.65"
  • Pickguard: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Type: 2 Humbuckers
  • Pickups: 2 Reissue Fender "Wide Range" Humbuckers, (Neck & Bridge)
  • Scale: 25 1/2"
  • Strings: Fender Super 250L's (.009 to .042)
  • Unique Features: Non-Veneered Semi-Hollow Body w/ "F" Hole, "Bullet" Truss Rod Adjustment
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FenderClassic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

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(15 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT GUITAR, GORGOUS, SUPER SOUND & QUALITY

By Jon P

from Hazleton, Pa

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

Super sound, great appearance no flaws at all, very solid well made guitar. The humbucker pickups give the tele more body, yet still give enough tone for country if that's your bag.

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(15 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I own it and love it.

By Ray-2iNcS

from San Francisco Bay Area.

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

I walked into a local music store to buy some supplies, when I saw the '72 Fender Thinline on display. It's appearance immediately caught my eye. I picked it up, played it, and found it hard to put down. I wasn't in the market for a new guitar, but after seeing and playing it, I fell in love with it, and had to buy it. The sound is incredible. So much so, that my Strat is now a backup guitar. It has a very versatile range of sounds that covers the whole spectrum of musical styles. It also has the capabilities of sounding like an electrically amplified acoustical guitar. I have a feeling that this will be my favorite of the four guitars that I own.

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(18 of 39 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nice Guitar

By TBird

from Pittsburgh, PA

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

This guitar has a really great, "fat" humbucker sound. The action is great, allowing you to play light strings without having them sound "poppy." The electronics are high-quality and the construction is very secure. My youth pastor at church has owned this for about 2 years now and the only flaw is that there is some rust on the bridge and pickups. Otherwise, its excellent.

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(4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

this is a great guitar

By shooter3004

from indiana

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

This is a great guitar for all of U rockers out there, especially for it's price. the neck is great and the pickups are amazing. If you're looking for a great guitar, this is the one.

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(29 of 53 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar for the price!!!

By JOnHinTz

from Milwaukee, WI

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

This guitar I have had for about 3 years now and love it. Positives are the looks, extremely fast neck, a nice light body, good resignation because of the semi-hollow body. Some negatives are the pick-ups. They have a tiny/twang type of sound to them that is pretty normal for Tele's. If you like that sound it is perfect. I replaced the pick-ups with two Seymour Duncan model 59' humbuckers.

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(5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My baby

By chrisjordan

from england

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

I love my thinline tele! It's absolutely perfect. Jangly yet not so that it overpowers what you're playing. Great tone and depth and perfect for rhythm in a rock band because it's versatile enough to fit a wide range of styles. The pickups are great. Basically this is the best guitar I've ever owned.

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(5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My dream guitar

By Dave-qGspB

from Bostons North Shore

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

For the last 5 years I have made a serious effort to learn guitar. My first electric was a Santana SE (PRS) and it was wonderful. One day at a guitar shop I picked up the Tele, and my PRS was traded in hours later. This guitar has a perfectly balanced feel, and sound. The neck enables me to play scales or barre chords with ease. Couldn't be happier.

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(39 of 70 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This axe brings out the outlaw in you

By Ed Cregger

from Pennsville, NJ

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

Its beauty is obvious. It plays like every other Telecaster, fantastic, but with a mellower, smoother tone. An unseen benefit is its relatively light weight. Who can play well when a guitar weighs too much? No one. This guitar is light on the shoulder. It sings like the old friend that it is.

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(82 of 135 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exactly what I was looking for!

By Dennis Carter

from Rochester, NY USA

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

This guitar is a real bargain. The neck is straight and the notes are true. The sound makes you want to rock! The smooth finish on the fretboard feels great for those sustained, bent notes. I love my new guitar!

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(16 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender Telecaster Thinline 72, 2nd February 2003, 875 words

By Guidewell

from Norfolk, England, in view of the North Sea

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

This guitar is a faithful reproduction of the 1972 pattern American hollow body Telecaster Thinline, built now in Fenders plant at Ensenada, Mexico. Thinlines first appeared in 1968. They were in most respects standard Telecasters but had routed out bodies with f shaped sound hold cut into the top and a back plate glued on, making them slightly deeper than the solid model. Besides the f hole, the Thinline was distinguished by a sunburst body, an unfinished rosewood fingerboard and a graceful pick guard that did not encompass the bridge pickup. Rory Gallagher used one at this time with his band Love Sculpture. In 1972, construction and furnishings were changed. The Body was cut from a slightly thinner blank and sections were cut away, leaving a frame with two cavities and a centre post to bear the neck, pickups, tailpiece and through body stringing. Separate back and top plates were glued in place and a new design pearloid pick guard was added. The pick guard has a wavy top to allow for the sound hole and a long tail for pickup selector, volume and tone controls. Fenders own Humbucking pickups were substituted for the single coil models to fatten the sound and reduce the feedback, which can be a problem with single coil semi-acoustics (unless you learn how to tame and use it). Thinlines have been in and out of production ever since. The last batch was mostly 1968 pattern built in Japan. I gather some had a Fishman power bridge but Ive never had my hands on one. The new Thinline has this 1972 configuration. Body parts are made from ash, the top being straight-grained quarter sawn sounding board quality. This is joined via Micro Tilt mechanism to a standard Fender maple neck/headstock with exposed bullet truss rod. The body, neck and fingerboard have a clear low gloss finish over the natural wood (a three colour sunburst version is available). All furniture is chromed steel apart from nickel frets and a bone nut. The balance is slightly different from a solid Telecaster, which I like. The 0.25 depth difference is hardly noticeable. If you know the Fender neck from other models you will not be surprised by the ease and naturalness with which you can play this instrument. If you havent tried the Fender neck youll find it a little more slippery than one with a bare unfinished fingerboard but that shouldnt hamper your style. The profile is generously rounded up to the 14th fret werer it flattens out to join the body at the 16th. Because there is no heel and the Telecaster upper bout design lets you tuck your left hand well into the cutaway, you can easily make complex figures and barrT chords in high positions. The 25.5 scale gives you plenty of room for fingering above the octave so all 21 frets are useable. Tone ranges from the mellowness of a full size semi acoustic to the sharp sting and sustaining qualities of a solid lead. Youll get the fattest and fruitiest tones by partnering this guitar with a quality all-tube amplifier. For domestic use, a 15W combo is all you need. Stick with all tube heads and multi-speaker cabs for performance. Class B transistor amps with large diameter single (cone flapping) loudspeakers sound a bit thin by comparison. This applies to all chambered guitars because their resonance qualities come over to an audience much better when they are amplified by full-spectrum amplification and tightly controlled transducers. Well-designed Class A tube circuits maintain smooth power output at extremes of the frequency range. The Mexican Thinline is smaller and heavier than a traditional semi acoustic but does have its resonant quality. Its lighter and fuller sounding than a solid but has the same sustaining power and resistance to feedback. There was no comparable instrument until Winter NAMM 2003, when Fender introduced the chambered single coil Telesonic and Stratosonic. These tend a little more towards the true solid body lead guitar. If you want to go down the electro acoustic path but dont like a single cutaway traditional acoustic (and you want something better quality than the Telecoustic and Stratocoustic), it might be worth waiting for the graphite topped Acoustasonic Strat (013-9700-Colour) to hit the market around Easter. If you like what youve read about the Thinline youll find little to criticize if you buy one. For the purist its a pity the string contact points are high friction (brass or carbon fibre bridge saddles and button string separator would have been better than the chromed steel saddles and butterfly) and the through body stringing angle could be reduced. These measures would make tuning faster and more stable and stop string windings from catching on the saddles. I missed the old Telecaster bridge cover but it didnt cost much to buy one and clip it on Otherwise, my Thinline was well made, beautifully finished and easy to adjust to my taste. It looks and feels hand crafted by people who love guitars. With the Thinline, Fender has quietly been occupying a little unexploited niche in the guitar spectrum. How long it will be before someone else weighs in is anybodys guess, but Id be very interested in a Thinline style Gibson SG.

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