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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

Get retro: order the '72 Thinline today!

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FenderClassic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 145 reviews)

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Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Good tone (9)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (11)
  • Practicing (10)
  • Recording (9)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (5)

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AMAZING GUITAR!!!!

I will start by saying I was a little scetched out about buying an instrument at this price point with it being a MIM tele but man I'm so glad I did this thing is...Read complete review

I will start by saying I was a little scetched out about buying an instrument at this price point with it being a MIM tele but man I'm so glad I did this thing is
Is just a dream to play!! I've been playing for 25 years plus I've had countless high end guitars that have ranged anywhere from 1000-3200 and this guitar is no exception I've had this guitar now for a little over a month I play the guitar through an axe fx 2 I can't remember the last time I've had this much fun!!You can get some great jazz tones out of this guitar I've found it to be an awesome blues guitar and if your looking for a modern sound it's also there. If your your a little unsure about spending this kind of money on a MIM guitar rest assure this guitar has great build quality, amazing tone,and with a little intonation adjustment it's pretty playable right out of the box. Don't wait any longer the price keeps going up buy one now!!!

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Ain't nothin' like the real thing

I bought this guitar two years ago and have been relatively happy with it. The construction is decent, neck pocket is a little sloppy. The neck is good, back contour is fat,...Read complete review

I bought this guitar two years ago and have been relatively happy with it. The construction is decent, neck pocket is a little sloppy. The neck is good, back contour is fat, frets are finished decently. The frets are tiny so combined with the small fingerboard radius bending washes out quickly, at about a step and a half. The urethane finish on the back of the neck is very grippy, which is not conducive to position changes. I have an original '72 Thinline as well, and the two are nothing alike. This is not an American instrument and should not be compared. This is not an "easy" guitar to play due to the small frets. I certainly would not recommend this instrument for a beginning player. It needs a string change to 10's and a serious setup done. Electronics, wiring, and connections should be checked and the cavity needs to be shielded with a good ground to the bridge. It's a novel reproduction piece of Fender history but I would recommend going the extra bucks for an American Tele or American Deluxe if you're looking for the dirty Humbucker tone or find a real '72 Thinline if it's gotta be this instrument. As for price, you get what you pay for. This is not a $2500 guitar so don't expect it to play like one!!

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(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AMAZING GUITAR!!!!

By The dude

from Lockport newyork

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Pros

  • Awesome Blues Guitar
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great Jazz Sound
  • Great Versatility
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I will start by saying I was a little scetched out about buying an instrument at this price point with it being a MIM tele but man I'm so glad I did this thing is
    Is just a dream to play!! I've been playing for 25 years plus I've had countless high end guitars that have ranged anywhere from 1000-3200 and this guitar is no exception I've had this guitar now for a little over a month I play the guitar through an axe fx 2 I can't remember the last time I've had this much fun!!You can get some great jazz tones out of this guitar I've found it to be an awesome blues guitar and if your looking for a modern sound it's also there. If your your a little unsure about spending this kind of money on a MIM guitar rest assure this guitar has great build quality, amazing tone,and with a little intonation adjustment it's pretty playable right out of the box. Don't wait any longer the price keeps going up buy one now!!!

    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Tele Thinline

    By Charles Ipson

    from Pittsburgh

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

    Love it!
    I have owned this guitar for about 10 years now. I re-wired mine with a 5 way switch and a coil tap volume knob. (My wiring diagram is from a PRS) The pickups are wired such that they can easily be split to become 4 single coils. This adds some strat and classic tele sounds. I play it with a Vox amp and really could not be happier with the sounds I can get.
    The bridge saddles could be a better quality, but otherwise I am very satisfied with the fit and finish. The tuners are a real plus, just like a P bass.
    A great looking guitar, plays well, lots of variety in the sound. Neck is still true as an arrow after a decade.

    (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    NIce Guitar for the Money

    By John Hermens

    from New Hampshire

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

    You want to buy a Fender at a reasonable price for a little more "woody" of a feel and sound. This might be it.
    I search for a few weeks for a guitar I could use for blues/jazz. I looked at lower end Gretch, Epiphone, all semi-hollow bodys. I finally selected this tele. I was a little nervous because of the made in Mexico stigma, but I was quite suprised. It's a great guitar for the price.
    Maybe it's hit or miss with these Mexican Fenders but mine seems pretty well built. It's more fun to play than my American Strat. Nice maple fingerboard, great fit and finish, no flaws I can find. I just had to set the intonation and I was good. The pickups are probably not the best HB's in the world but after playing around with the heights, I put them back where they were, a little low, and I like them there. The action is set just a hair higher than my strat but again, it plays well and for know I will leave that alone as well. I am pleasantly suprised by this guitar's quality.
    I don't know how you could argue that this is not a very good guitar for the price. I think my best advice is that once you get all off your gear setup properly for this guitar, you will love it.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You Can't Go Wrong.

    By Gina Gilbert

    from Ohio

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

    I have played guitar for over 13 years now and I've been searching for a semi-hollow body to add to my arsenal for almost a year's time. I have played everything from the big Epiphone and Gibson axes to Paul Reed Smith. As a matter of fact, after playing one of these, I chose it over the PRS Custom Semi-Hollow SE. The neck is buttery smooth, love the thin profile. I can play rock, country, blues, and bend the strings to the moon and back with this axe. It's so versatile that this has become the guitar I will play ALL the time. I can switch between music genres at the drop of a hat, and everything I play sounds good.

    I played it in the store through a tiny Fender amp and it sounded great. When I got home and rigged it up to my Crate GTX212 (120 W), I was amazed. If you wanted to upgrade, you could purchase new pickups, but to be honest, the ones it comes with are hot already. Whether played clean or overdriven, this guitar has it all. It was also nice to get a semi-hollow and a Tele all in one guitar - that doesn't disappoint.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Guitar for the Right Player

    By dshaw3

    from York, PA

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

    Let me begin by saying that this is a great guitar. It does what its supposed to (namely, bring the ROCK) and it does it well. I've owned my Thinline for about two years now, and it's been my ONLY guitar for about 23 of those months. Some argue that the tone is a mixture of Fender and Gibson tones, but in my opinion I don't hear much of either. The Thinline can be very warm, even with new strings on its neck pickup, and never, ever, gets any real kind of Fender twang. It's meaty even when its not playing anything heavy, which makes it a near perfect rhythm guitar in my book. If you want an idea of what you're getting tone-wise, listen to "Cath" by Death Cab for Cutie. That's exactly what this puppy sounds like with overdrive.Getting to the meat of the review- the pickups are hot, be prepared to be rolling back your volume for anything that isn't balls out. I went and found an old Fender amp knob with numbers on it that fits the straight pots and that minor change has made a huge difference in dialing in tones. Likewise, I would also suggest switching out the stock 250 K pots for 500 K pots. Before the switch I had a huge problem cutting through a mix, as the tone could be a little muddy, but the 500's seemingly take a blanket off of the pickups. Lastly, do yourself a favor and get the rid of the little plastic cap on the pickup selector, mine was dead after two weeks. Cap covers for standard strats fit tighter and get the job done. I feel that these few things need to be brought to the attention of a potential buyer. This really is a great instrument, but it lacks the capstone aspects that really set foreign instruments apart from American made ones. A few tweaks and this guitar is golden. Last notes- It's way prettier in person, I almost cried when it received. Also, it's rock solid, it stays in tune for longer than most guitars and takes to gigging really well. I've played two hour shows with the thing with only one or two re-tunings throughout. It's a solid piece of sapient rock and roll manwood. Go ahead, spill beer on it. It likes beer.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a bueautiful sounding guitar.

    By Preacher

    from Birmingham, Alabama

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    Pros

    • Superb Tone

    Cons

    • Craftsmanship Is Superb

    Best Uses

    • Concerts And Churches
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

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

    When I first picked this guitar up I was surprise by its thin neck. I play contemporary gospel with a Jazz sound and this guitar has given me a sound that I have been looking for for years. Its almost like being in a dream world. The neck is superb and the action is so smooth it almost makes me cry when I play it. I think every blues and Jazz guitarist should own one.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    tecity

    By TIm

    from Reno, NV

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

    I have several guitars... actually to many. My Thinline is really something special the more I play it the more I like it. I constantly will shift between 3 or 4 guitars when I practice but when I pick up the Thinline it is hard to put down and switch to something else. BTW mine is a Mexican assembled Thinline. As far as I am concerned you can play any style of music with this guitar. If I could only have one guitar I think I would go with this one.
    I'll be brief. I have 4 Telecasters and each one is different, but the Thinline w/ the 2 humbuckers is my favorite. I love the simplicity of the setup. 1 volume, 1 tone and a 3 way switch. Each position on the 3 way switch gives you a distinctly different sound which you can further alter with your tone knob on the guitar or the knobs on your amp. I can get more treble out of my humbucker Thinline than my other Telecasters that all have single coils. My preference is to play with the P/U selector switch in the middle utilizing both humbuckers. But I also love the sounds when using either the bridge or the neck P/U. Great sound, great feel, great guitar.
    I have the natural with the white pearl pickguard. Beautiful and flawless overall.
    You could spend lots more money on lots of different guitars and not touch the fidelity of a 72 re-issue thinline.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Very nice guitar

    By Rockerduck

    from Marietta,GA.

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

    I bought the 2 tone Ash 72 RI. It sounds nice and woody, much different sounding than my Les Paul and Stratocaster. I left a review when I first got it and I'm still amazed at the sounds I can get out of it. It travels to all my gigs with me. The Fender Mex factory knocked one out of the ball park with this guitar.
    2 tone, 2 pick ups, too nice
    I've had mine for a couple of years and not a problem.
    I'm sure I could sell this to anyone who played my guitar.

    (5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By Dan Kitchens

    from Georgia

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

    Buy this IF: You need versatility and your play spans more than one genre.

    Dont BUY IF: You are a trying to get a super-chunky sound.
    Great looks. Lightweight. Fast neck. Different sound (Semi-Hollow).
    Minor issues. Need to upgrade pots & caps if you want to have better humbucker range/tone. Tone knobs may become loose.
    Great guitar for the price. Would be hard finding more versatile guitar for the money.

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Another great MIM

    By Unimakboy

    from Petersburg, VA

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    Pros

    • Easy Action
    • Good Feel
    • SOLID

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

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

      Smooth playability, well constructed. If looking for a less "jangly" tone I suggest a set of flat-wound .12 or lighter. I have the sunburst model and am thinking about replacing the pick guard with a more subdued color than the white one. I bought mine used and though she came without the Allan wrenches and no backpack straps for the gig bag, I am very happy. Now I only need to find the perfect clean amp. Thanks again MF.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      72 Telecaster Thinline

      By rollingrockguy22

      from Elko, NV

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

      I have to say that I have owned 2 of these guitars, one being a vintage model, and the only difference I could find is the little stamp on the back that says "made in Mexico" - it is a very fine guitar.

      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar

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

      Well made, great Musicians Friend price and overall a nice sounding instrument for the budget minded.
      What a pretty piece of worh this guitar is.
      Given the price and where it was made it was out of the box ready to play
      Good solid value for the money and with the sale that Musicians had for the holidays I had to get three different guitars

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      72 Thinline

      By T Rock

      from Atlanta, GA

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

      I just received this guitar, and I have to say it's all I was hoping in a Tele. The Fender humbuckers provide that extra umph I need. Playing through a Marshall, this guitar provides the sustain I like to feel, more so than the standard Tele twangier pickups. Good all around choice whether playing a hot solo or clean rhythm.

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice guitar

      By Montrose

      from Clyo, (Bluestown) GA

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      Pros

      • 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 Thinline Electric Guitar:

        Nice, light, and well made guitar. Feels good in my smaller hands, and plays easily. Sounds good too!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing guitar !!

        By Guido

        from Fairfax VA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

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

          Surprised at the excellent quality of this guitar. I was really blown away. I hear from good sources that MIM guitars now have all American parts and are just manufactured in Mexico. The wood is beautiful w/ maple neck and has fantastic tones. It is a rock solid guitar and it plays like butter, AND holds it's tune without any issues. AS with any guitar, get a good set up and you will be a happy camper. Promise !

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar

          By Pastor

          from Georgia

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

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

            Super sound and tone. Great value and craftsmanship.

            I did have to have a setup right but other than that it is a super sounding and playing instrument.

            Thanks Fender. I have and always will be a "Fender" man.

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar - Glad a friend recommended

            By n/a

            from Frederick, MD

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • NONE AT THIS TIME

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

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

            A local musician plays a tele. Has a strat as well but the work horse guitat is the tele. I bought the Hollow body version as I heard they were good. I have a "Fender" strat (old one), a SG 335 Classic and am Epiphone Les Paul Pro. I find myself grabbing the tele more than the others. Fun to play and great sound with the Humbuckers. I will say that Musicians Friend was GREAT helping me with this.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Fender 72 reissue thinline

            By THE MIX

            from South Carolina!!!

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

            I bought this 2009 72 reissue a few months back. It had been hanging in the store for a while and I really wanted a 72. I couldn't be more pleased.The fit and finish is great. Neck pocket is nice and snug. Great overall classic looking guitar. The set up was not so great at first and I did have to set the guitar up for my personal playing preferences which are as low as I can get the strings with out buzzing. PickUps: Brighter than the orginals and Japanese reissues. The neck pickup was a little muddy to begin with but once I set the pickup height and gave it some gain it really shine. Bridge pickup can still give you that Tele spank if you want it and still bright. Over all a very good guitar. I own this and it's a great rock,blues,modern rock guitar.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            1 Hot Axe

            By Happy Pappy-KyWaT

            from nashville, tn

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

            I bought this almost just on looks. I have many guitars so there was nothing to lose. Oh boy...This now is the ONLY electric I play. The pickups are the hottest I've ever played. They will growl with my 5 watt epi tube amp as well as larger amps. Looks, quality, and a neck like butter round this out as one awesome guitar.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            /m/(>.<)/m/ ROCK ON!

            By jimmypage60lp

            from steel city

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

            i stopped in my local guitar store two days ago.. i was playing some epi les pauls and pretty much settled on a nice one with p-90s in it and sounded great... so as the guy was ringing it up i tried out this guitar.. i've always liked the looks of these but never got the chance to play one. pretty much within 5 seconds i told the guy to cancel the les paul cuz i was getting this one.. has awesome action, great sustain.. amazing feel to it and looks awesome for a tele

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