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Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar   

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For the first time in 30+ years, a painstakingly accurate re-creation.

In this first-ever reproduction, the Fender '72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar duplicates every cosmetic nuance of the original introduced over 3 decades ago. Crafted with an alder body; one-piece, C-shaped, maple neck; a Strat headstock; 6-saddle string-thru bridge; dual humbuckers with alnico magnets for unique fat and gritty Tele tone; and 3-way switching. Includes deluxe Fender gig bag.

Includes a gig bag.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: C standard
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.65" (42mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Wide range humbucking
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Wide range humbucking
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Volume 1, volume 2, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-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 '72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 165 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (131)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (12)
  • Recording (12)
  • Practicing (11)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Goldilocks Would LOVE This Guitar!

Man it was a hard road to get to this guitar but it was absolutely worth it. I've gone thru quite a few phases over the last 20 years & have owned everything...Read complete review

Man it was a hard road to get to this guitar but it was absolutely worth it. I've gone thru quite a few phases over the last 20 years & have owned everything from PRS, to Taylor, to Fender, to Agile, to Gibson, to Ibanez & so many more. I've played the best to come out of America & I've played the worst to come out of Asia & everything between.

I decided on the 72 Deluxe because I wanted something different. I've outgrown the desire to "fit in" & I was sick of sounding like everyone else. Everyone's familiar with the warmth of a Les Paul and the spank of a Tele or Strat, but I've owned them all & none of them offer very complex tones in my opinion. You mostly have to rely on the amp and EQing to make them sound "different". On their own, they're either this or they're that, thus the reason why so many guitarists own multiple guitars.

The 72 Deluxe Tele is unique in every aspect. From the Wide Range pickups, to the Strat neck, to the volume/tone knobs, and to the most important thing of all...the sounds this thing can produce! It's perfect for a 1-guitar-kinda-guy like me who likes to rely on 1 trusty axe for all my playing needs and desires and doesn't want to look or sound like every other guitar player. Does it sound like a Tele or a Strat? No, it does not. Does it sound like a Les Paul? No. Does it sound like a mix between them all? Perhaps, but I wouldn't just label it an in-between guitar because it has its own unique character that has nothing to do with either a Tele, Strat, or LP. This is the guitar I've been searching for all these years but never knew it!

The highs are crisp & much clearer than a traditional humbucker-equipped guitar minus the dreaded "ice-pick" factor. The lows are nice and round, without being overpowering & mud-inducing. The mids are very well-voiced. That's where this guitar really shines. The mid-range just hits that sweet crunchy-not-nasally spot for me every time I hear it. You just have to hear it for yourself I guess. Each pickup configuration has its own unique characteristics. The bridge has a little Tele spank & a lot of clarity on cleans & saturates very nicely when overdriven. I'm extremely happy playing everything from mildly distorted blues licks, to punk & hard rock, to chunky palm muted djent bliss. The middle position has a little Strat spank & it's great for clean strummed chords, blues & jazz licks. The neck pickup sounds equally good clean or overdriven. Perfect for leads, blues, jazz, & just an all around nice warm tone.

The neck is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, features on this guitar. As good of quality, if not better, than most American made necks out there. I mean, it's absolutely dead on. When set up properly, the action is low with zero buzz & I tune down to drop B & I'm only using 11s. That says something. It's comfortable and extremely fast. Honestly, it's probably the best neck I've ever played & that's including a couple of Paul Reed Smiths. The tuners are solid & rarely allow the strings to go out of tune if you know how to properly string an instrument. The input jack & toggle switch aren't the greatest quality but they're cheap & easy fixes. I've seen a lot of others comment on swapping out the pots in favor of 500k versus the stock 250k pots. Yeah it'd be interesting to hear the difference but personally, I have no problem with the way it sounds now so I probably won't ever bother unless I get really bored someday. Not to mention that's no easy fix for most do-it-yourselfers.

What more could I ask for in a guitar? Not much really. It's unique in terms of looks & tone. It plays beautifully. It blends the warmth of humbuckers with the spank and midrange of a single coil & the result is a sound all its own. It's reliable. It's exactly like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Not too thin, not too thick, it's just right.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

72 Telecaster Deluxe

If you like Telecasters and you have limited experience, you may like this guitar.
I bought this guitar having never played a Telecaster, but I wanted the experience. It is a great...Read complete review

If you like Telecasters and you have limited experience, you may like this guitar.
I bought this guitar having never played a Telecaster, but I wanted the experience. It is a great looking guitar, and the Humbuckers perform well. I love the individual tone and volume controls. Some people love the sound of the Telecaster, I am not one of them. I did the upgrade of the pots and didin't see a lot of improvement in the sound. Maybe it's just because I didn't care for the guitar. The neck was a little thick for my taste.
As a MIM, I guess it's OK. I noticed that no one in these reviews mentioned the static created by the pick guard not being grounded properly. I creates noticable noise in your amp, and is a frequent complaint about this guitar in other WEB blogs. It is correctable by using dryer sheets to remove the static, or go to the expence of having the wireing shielded and the pick guard grounded better. This should not be necessary on a new guitar. Fender knows about it.
For the value, if you want to correct the problems yourself, it's OK.

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5.0

Love mine

By 

from wilmington, de

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I've been playing Teles for decades, and have owned a (vintage) 72 Thinline and a 78 Custom, so I know these pickups. This guitar is fantastic. This is the only non US Fender I've ever owned and it is a gem. The only thing that really needed to be done was drilling out the neck holes on the body so the screws would pass through. Once that is done the neck set up perfectly and hasn't moved a bit. I don't own a bad tele and I go to this one quite a bit for gigging. I've thought about replacing the pick ups, bridge and tuners but really can't justify it. Mine is wanut, or as we described it back in the seventies "babysh#t brown." The nitro finish is gorgeous and has aged well in the five or so years I've owned it. At eight hundred clams this is a lot of guitar for the money.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      More than I wished for

      By 

      from Texas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • The Set-up Was Excellent

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

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

        The old guitarist ain't what he used to be... I owned an original '72 back in the day. Put myself through college picking up weekend gigs, teaching a little, and generally creating great memories with the black / maple version of this guitar.

        This Mexican - made model arrived beautifully set up. I was very pleased with the intonation, low string height (with zero buzz), and general quality. Someday I may mess with the electtronics, but for the time being, I will simply enjoy a guitar that exceeds my memory of the original.

        Don't go thinking the humbuckers will produce a sound like the Gibson. They won't. The guitar doen't have the ear-splitting highs of the standard Tele, either. But I like like the mellower middle zone that it finds. It is the right guitar for my tastes, and a good one for old fingers finding their way around familiar tunes on the "chunky" Strat neck.

        All in all, the quality seems to be better than my original. 'Much more than I asked for.

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        5.0

        Beautiful guitar

        By 

        from Kansas

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

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

        I play mostly gospel and some soft country. I have several archtops-Gretsch, Ibanez, Epiphone.. I have a Gibson LP and a Gibson semi-hollow and a Strat. I don't care for the twang of the LP or the Strat. Bought this guitar for the small size and to try the humbuckers. The quality of this guitar is absolutely perfect. Not a single flaw that I can find. It's as heavy as the Les Paul, but smaller. I love the Jazz sounds of the Gretsches and this guitar will get close. It's not a Gretsch, but it will get close to the same sound, or it will get the twang that I don't care for also.... It's very versitile for sound and after about 15 gigs, it's become my go-to guitar playing through an AS100D Marshall or my Fender Blues Deluxe. When it arrived, it had a bad fret buzz on the high E string. The original strings (9s) were too mushy for my taste, so I changed them out with 11s and it raised the string above the first fret enough to stop the buzz, and also gave it a tone that I liked better. However, I had to flatten the low E-string before it would fit into the slot and hole in the tuning knob. Also changed the setup by adjusting the truss rod and brough the strings down to 1/16 above the 14th fret. Verty fast neck now and easy to play. Tuning machines are alright but cheap. Was going to swap out with locking tuners, but found none that would fit or match the holes already in the headstock. The 72s have 2 screws, unlike every other Fender tuning machine. The Gig bag is very good quality and thick enough to protect the guitar and will carry as much or more than the solid case I already had. Makes it very easy to carry from gig to gig.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best.

        By 

        from Somerset, Ky

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Hardcore Music
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • School Bands
          • Showing OFF
          • Shows
          • Small Venues

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

          i reccomend this guitar, to anyone.

          Comment on this review

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Goldilocks Would LOVE This Guitar!

          By 

          from Dallas, Fort Worth Texas

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          Ask me a question

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

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

            Man it was a hard road to get to this guitar but it was absolutely worth it. I've gone thru quite a few phases over the last 20 years & have owned everything from PRS, to Taylor, to Fender, to Agile, to Gibson, to Ibanez & so many more. I've played the best to come out of America & I've played the worst to come out of Asia & everything between.

            I decided on the 72 Deluxe because I wanted something different. I've outgrown the desire to "fit in" & I was sick of sounding like everyone else. Everyone's familiar with the warmth of a Les Paul and the spank of a Tele or Strat, but I've owned them all & none of them offer very complex tones in my opinion. You mostly have to rely on the amp and EQing to make them sound "different". On their own, they're either this or they're that, thus the reason why so many guitarists own multiple guitars.

            The 72 Deluxe Tele is unique in every aspect. From the Wide Range pickups, to the Strat neck, to the volume/tone knobs, and to the most important thing of all...the sounds this thing can produce! It's perfect for a 1-guitar-kinda-guy like me who likes to rely on 1 trusty axe for all my playing needs and desires and doesn't want to look or sound like every other guitar player. Does it sound like a Tele or a Strat? No, it does not. Does it sound like a Les Paul? No. Does it sound like a mix between them all? Perhaps, but I wouldn't just label it an in-between guitar because it has its own unique character that has nothing to do with either a Tele, Strat, or LP. This is the guitar I've been searching for all these years but never knew it!

            The highs are crisp & much clearer than a traditional humbucker-equipped guitar minus the dreaded "ice-pick" factor. The lows are nice and round, without being overpowering & mud-inducing. The mids are very well-voiced. That's where this guitar really shines. The mid-range just hits that sweet crunchy-not-nasally spot for me every time I hear it. You just have to hear it for yourself I guess. Each pickup configuration has its own unique characteristics. The bridge has a little Tele spank & a lot of clarity on cleans & saturates very nicely when overdriven. I'm extremely happy playing everything from mildly distorted blues licks, to punk & hard rock, to chunky palm muted djent bliss. The middle position has a little Strat spank & it's great for clean strummed chords, blues & jazz licks. The neck pickup sounds equally good clean or overdriven. Perfect for leads, blues, jazz, & just an all around nice warm tone.

            The neck is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, features on this guitar. As good of quality, if not better, than most American made necks out there. I mean, it's absolutely dead on. When set up properly, the action is low with zero buzz & I tune down to drop B & I'm only using 11s. That says something. It's comfortable and extremely fast. Honestly, it's probably the best neck I've ever played & that's including a couple of Paul Reed Smiths. The tuners are solid & rarely allow the strings to go out of tune if you know how to properly string an instrument. The input jack & toggle switch aren't the greatest quality but they're cheap & easy fixes. I've seen a lot of others comment on swapping out the pots in favor of 500k versus the stock 250k pots. Yeah it'd be interesting to hear the difference but personally, I have no problem with the way it sounds now so I probably won't ever bother unless I get really bored someday. Not to mention that's no easy fix for most do-it-yourselfers.

            What more could I ask for in a guitar? Not much really. It's unique in terms of looks & tone. It plays beautifully. It blends the warmth of humbuckers with the spank and midrange of a single coil & the result is a sound all its own. It's reliable. It's exactly like Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Not too thin, not too thick, it's just right.

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very pleased!

            By 

            from Worcester,ma

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording

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

              I own a Gibson DC les Paul and the 2steve morse sig. Guitars ,love em all...years ago I gave a tele up and always regretted it,this guitar hit the spot!..... Good craftmanship,great sound,and very enjoyable to Play!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              SWEET!!

              By 

              from Xenia, Ohio

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast neck
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Nearly Exact To Original

              Cons

              • Not Make In America
              • Thinner Finish

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • On The Road Rig
              • Recording
              • Working Axe

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

              This reissue is very nearly exact to the original I had in the 70's. Look and feel are very close.
              Fast neck. Came with a good set up. Wish it was made in the USA. A good replacement for a long lost friend.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Pretty nice guitar

              By 

              from New Jersey

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Flat Sound
              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

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

              Great guitar. Looks better than in the pictures. The only problem I see with this guitar is that the pick ups are just "mehh". I tried plugging into go for a blues sound and they are almost not hot enough. Same goes for rock. They are good clean but with the guitar like this it would be nice to get a little crunch out of it.

              It is a pretty expensive guitar to begin with. To do a pick-up replacement could cost a bit depending on what you want. I wish they put better pick ups in this thing.

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Defective string guides/string trees

              By 

              from New Jersey

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Good Feel

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

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

              This guitar wouldn't stay in tune until I replaced the string guides
              On the headstock.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great All Around Guitar

              By 

              from Nova Scotia, Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

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

                This is not your grandpa's Tele. Any traditional Telecaster users will not enjoy this guitar if they prefer the sound of the traditional setup. This "Frankentele" as it were features a Strat neck & headstock, wide range humbuckers, and a three bolt neck.

                The craftsmanship and sound quality for a Mexican made Fender is out of this world good. When I first picked it up I could have swore that it was American. The action could not be more perfect (though I think it may have been set up by the staff at the shop at which I purchased it). The fret edges are smooth as silk and the strings feel like butter under my fingers. The wide range humbuckers really sing on both the clean and gain channels on my Blackstar HT-5R. Every note can be heard in a chord and the notes just chime out beautifully.

                I managed to snag a killer deal on this guitar but I would have gladly paid the MRSP for this bad boy. Simply awesome guitar.

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