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Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst

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The semi-hollow mahogany body makes it easy on the shoulder and gives it sustain that can go forever. Special features include Schaller vintage "F" m...Click To Read More About This Product

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A classic loved for its lightweight body and singing tone.

The semi-hollow mahogany body makes it easy on the shoulder and gives it sustain that can go forever. Special features include Schaller vintage "F" machine heads, nickel silver frets, Vintage Tele pickups, 3-saddle string-thru-body bridge, and an authentic '69-style pickguard.

Includes a gig bag.

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FEATURES
Body
Body shape: Single cutaway
Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Mahogany
Body finish: Gloss
Orientation: Right handed
Neck
Neck shape: U
Neck wood: Maple
Joint: Bolt-on
Scale length: 25.5"
Truss rod: Standard
Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
Material: Maple
Radius: 7.25"
Fret size: Medium jumbo
Number of frets: 21
Inlays: Dot
Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
Pickups
Configuration: SS
Neck: Vintage-style single-coil Tele
Middle: Not applicable
Bridge: Vintage-style single-coil Tele
Brand: Fender
Active or passive: Passive
Series or parallel: Series
Piezo: No
Active EQ: No
Special electronics: None
Controls
Control layout: Master volume, tone
Pickup switch: 3-way
Coil tap or split: No
Kill switch: No
Hardware
Bridge type: Fixed
Bridge design: 3-saddle vintage-style
Tailpiece: String thru body
Tuning machines: Vintage-style
Color: Chrome
Other
Number of strings: 6-string
Special features: Pickups
Case: Gig bag
Accessories: None
Country of origin: Mexico
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FenderClassic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (43)

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    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good feel (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
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(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Thinline tele 69 Reissue MIM

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

I really like this guitar a lot. Everything else I say will be positive after I get one negative out of the way. The only thing that caused me not to give it 5s across the board was, as I see some other reviewers have noted, the stock pickups are pretty harsh and too trebly. Although I really like single coil vintage twang and deliberately want that sound much of the time, I am always trying to find the right balance on tone control and amp settings to get it where I like it without the treble having too much of the icepick factor. The stock pickups on this guitar, especially the bridge pickup, seemed to go straight to the icepick factor. I could never really get the balance I was looking for, so I swapped them out for some other vintage tele type pickups from a particular pickup manufacturer and it's better now (also much more output now, which I wasn't necessarily expecting), although I still have to watch the treble to stay short of the "too much treble" mark that moves into icepick territory. With that out of the way, the rest is really positive. I have the 3-tone sunburst and it is a big-time beauty. It gets plenty of compliments for its looks. In person it looks even better than in the pictures, especially the lighter colored part of the wood near the bridge. It's nice and light, no problem to have strapped over the shoulder for hours at a time. I really love the look and feel of the maple fretboard and neck. I have not found a single finish or quality control flaw. I have found the tuning performance to be fine (big humidity/climate changes will cause it to wander a little, but to me that's not the guitar's fault, and one retune seems to take care of it). Unplugged this guitar is a lot of fun as well, as a semi-hollow. This guitar falls into the category of instruments I choose not to take out very often because I want to protect it. I have not gigged with it because I have less expensive instruments that I have modified and I would rather see one of those damaged or stolen than this one. I do have to add, though, that if I were going to do it again, I might actually opt for the Squier Thinline tele instead (the mahogany one). In case some purist is reading this in disbelief, that is not a criticism of Fender, though, just an acknowledgement of how well the Squier falls in line with the idea of this particular guitar. I have played the Squier unplugged and plugged in at 2 different places, and I like it about as much as my MIM Fender version (and the Squier is about half what I paid). Really, if you like thinline teles -- and there is a lot to like about them -- you can't go wrong with either the Squier or the Fender.

(6 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great project

By blackguardplayer

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar prior to the universal price hike that has occurred on instruments within the past couple of years, I believe it cost me around 5ish - which, considering, is a real bargain. At the base the guitar is chock-full of mojo, but it needs a few upgrades to make it a truly dependable gig guitar. As other reviewers have mentioned, a pickup swap is important, i put lindy fralins on mine, the 250k pot is subjective, but i feel it gives more warmth to the overall character. I also put in glendale compensated saddles for perfect intonation, new tone capacitor, and the 4 way switch (that gives you a bridge and neck in series option creating an almost faux humbucker - like a warm lead boost). Last, I put an electrosocket input jack, for stability. Overall, with the exception of pickups, these are all relatively inexpensive upgrades which will make this or any part-caster great

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Screaming Vintage Tone!

By TaylorHart

from Virginia

Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar at a local music store and have fallen in love! I'm playing it through a Fender Hotrod Deville 212 Combo, and it sounds amazing! It was definitely a God thing that I was able to buy this GORGEOUS guitar. The pics really don't do it justice. The tone is professional. Sounds GREAT clean and overdriven. Great feel. Love the tuners. Intonation is nearly flawless and holds it's tune for a long time even when played hard. GREAT guitar!

(5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good axe becomes great with a little extra work.

By Karl-PVdEw

from Phoenix AZ

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Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

i received my thinline as a gift from my girlfriend (now wife) who didn't know anything about guitars, but liked the looks of this one. i initially loved the way it plays (it's really light, so you can hold it for hours), and i loved the neck. but hated the stock pickups, especially in the neck. The bridge was ok at low volumes. but overall it was *way* too trebly and muddy to be useful for much more than a novelty.rather than let it gather dust, i put some work into it -- had a pair of duncan alnico II's put in, got a nice setup, swapped out the 500k pots for 250ks, and WOW! now this thing is a great tele, definitely my favorite electric. still trebly, but you can roll back the tone a bit and it sounds killer. the bridge is full of twang, and the neck is clean and full, the way a tele should be. very versatile, and great for alt rock (no wonder the guys in coldplay and radiohead play thinlines)...i wish i would have had the tech throw in a 4-way switch so i could get the humbucker-like setting that the new tele's have. i didn't think of it at the time...maybe someday. i suspect that setting might be really juicy on this axe...So here's the thing -- if you are willing to put something extra into this guitar, you can still get a sa-weet looking, sounding and playing axe for not much more than a grand. that's a bargain, and well worth the effort.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great guitar, misleading photos

By x

from x

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

great guitar, misleading photo. it looks like a natural ash finish but when i got it it was a natural mahogony body. nice, but not what i expected.

(4 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

SWAP THE PUs

By dimethyltryptamine

from ottawa, ontario

Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

garbage pickups, not much sustain and strings go SLIGHTLY out of tune quite fast but remain just barely out of tune forever. however it's very playable, comfortable and just has a charm to it... i rated low but i still love it

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Tele

By markmuller48

from Klamath Falls, Or

Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

I got mine on a trade, the moment I saw it I had to play it. Amazing. I have owned tele's, I own a strat. I play the tele around the house through either my Line 6 guitar port or my vintage 30 watt ampeg bass amp w/ a 15" speaker and run the guitar through my Digitech aritst pedal and between the two I come up withy some cool stuff. I also play the thinline and my strat through a '72 randall bluesman w/4x10 65 watt combo.The Tele is true to it's older brothers and the mahogany body and maple neck are the greatest wood combinations for any high quality guitar. I erecommend this Thinline for any genre of music. I play most of it,Jazz,blues,country and rock. Nothing sounds better. Not even the strat.

(4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Shoddy Mexican Craftsmanship.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

This is a good guitar at it's core, but don't even think about buying it unless you are willing to perform modifications:1- The stock pick ups are TERRIBLE. I couldn't believe how harsh and noisy they were. Replace with either Vintage Telecaster Noiseless Pick-Ups or Seymore Duncans.2- Wiring and grounding was not as good as it should have been and this contributes to a lot of hum and noise in the guitar. This guitar needs to be re-wired properly.Once these two modifications are performed, you will have a great sounding guitar. It sounds quite different than a normal tele, and it has a really "open" sound because of the F-Hole.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

'69 Thinline Reissue

By Teleman03

from Klamath Falls, Or

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Pros

  • A Real Rock Machine
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Play Any Genra
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Blues
    • Country
    • Hip-hop
    • Jamming
    • Jazz
    • Metal
    • Practicing
    • Punk
    • Recording
    • Rock
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

    You can buy a more expensive edition but you cannot buy a better thinline Tele. This has it all-71/4" radius U shaped neck original single coil pup's, 21 fret's and a mahogany body w/maple fretboard on my 2003 model. Get one today from MF and see for yourself what playing in the past is all about.

    (2 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Savage

    By Robert Ponce

    from Port Hueneme California.

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Make In Usa Only

    Best Uses

    • Play For Yourself

    Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

    Rock & Roll benefitted from the signature sound emanating from this baby ax. Other genres also benefitted. If you're a real musician, this baby will thrill you. It will give you what you ask for and then some. Be nice to it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I hate to put this guitar down. Love it

    By Bed Rock

    from Rural Alabama

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Light Weight
    • Play For Hours

    Cons

    • 21 Frets I Like 22

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Playing By Myself
    • Playing With My Band
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

    Love the weight, less than 5 pounds, and sound of this guitar. One day I might put some Joe Bardon pick ups on this guitar, still sounds great, just as it is.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Just wonderful!

    By ThinlineFan

    from Chicago

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    Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

    I picked up a '69 thinline in a trade. I am completely blown away. This could be my main axe for life. I can't think of one thing to modify. For the price this has to be the best deal ever on any Fender guitar. You won't be sorry for trying this guitar.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing Telecaster

    By Diller

    from nj

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    Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

    I've had this guitar for about 2 years now. I have to say that this is one amazing guitar. I play everything from classic rock to metal on it, and it handles it with no problems. It's held up well to all the abuse that I have given it with the only repair needed was an input jack.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    69 Tele Still The Best

    By Les-5m7hD

    from Gulfport, MS

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    Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

    Bought one used in 1972 and also owned a 1972 thinline--both natural. The 69 bowled me over. I just bought a black 69 reissue. Plays and sounds just like the original. These guitars are timeless and are a great value for the $$$. I own 2-strats and an Epiphone Les Paul Standard. This tele is still my favorite. It just feels right.

     
    5.0

    Beautiful peice

    By Daniel

    from Normal, IL

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

      Picked one of these up used from a local music shop, the previous owner had replaced the stock pickups with a set of Texas Specials and they sound absolutely fantastic. The guitar feels amazing to play, sounds amazing, and looks amazing. Definitely worth checking one of these out.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Review

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

      by far the best sounding fender guitar in its price range. my only concern is that it may be too fragile to own for a long time, therefore i'm going to get something else.

       
      5.0

      wonderful guitar

      By hank

      from Louisiana

      Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

      i've been playing this guitar for 3 years now as my main guitar. I've beaten the hell out of this thing on the road and gigging. it's never broke on me and stays in tune despite me beating the strings. I gave it an 8 on features because it's not built for features. a 9 on quality because on my guitar the quality control missed a screw on my pickguard. that's ok though, i just shove picks under my pickguard there. this guitar has been amazing i hope i die with it.

       
      5.0

      awesome

      By Sean-QyOyT

      from Lynn Haven, FL

      Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

      I found this guitar on accident. I walked into my local shop with the intent on buying an american tele or a gibson but on my way to the guitar section I noticed this beaute hanging on the wall. No matter what guitar I picked up after that I just kept looking at the 69' thinline and comparing it. After about 1 hour in the shop I just decided to get it. On my tele though it is a dark walnut finish witch is amazing. I walked out of the store with this beast and a lot of cash left over and couldnt be happier. The p-ups are bright and posses that tele twang but have some hum, noiseless p-ups would be a smart upgrade if you dont dig the sound. My only flaw is that I wish fender threw in an ashtray bridge cover, that would've been 1337.

       
      5.0

      Amazingly Nice

      By Charles William Johnson III

      from Surrey, England

      Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar as a birthday gift for myself and it is incredible. It is nice how light it is because you can play long sets and it won't hurt your shoulder. The tuners are also very nice. The semi-hollow body makes it sounc very smooth. The combination neck and bridge pickup makes a classic sound. Buy it if you can.

       
      5.0

      Great guitar

      By SlyBiscut

      from Phoenix, AZ

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      Comments about Fender Classic Series '69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar:

      This is my second electric guitar. I just happened to find a limited edition thinline 69 in a creme color with natural color flames on the bottom of the body, front and back, and on the headstock (only 350 made). I've had it for a week and I've already fallen in love with it. The F-hole in this guitar definately adds an extremely unique, almost acoustic sounding tone. I could definitely use a better amp, but even so, it still sounds amazing, and it was exactly what I wanted. If you're looking for a warm tone but still with lots of clarity, this is the guitar for you. Get it!

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