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Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar   

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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, an...Read More

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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).

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

FEATURES Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Semi-hollow or chambered body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Ash
  • 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: 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: Master volume, tone
  • 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

Get retro: order the '72 Thinline today!

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FenderClassic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 140 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (117)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (6)
  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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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5.0

Great guitar

By 

from Allens Grove WI

About Me Professional Musician

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 Thinline Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing since the 60's and have owned and played many guitars. I have the American Thinline with the widerange humbuckers and the sound is nothing like anything I have played before. In a word I would call it chimey. These are great pickups and with the semi hollow body the thing just rings out. I have the natural finish and the ash is very nicely figured and the neck is very playable. It's very hard to explain the sound but through my Blues Jr it is fantastic for the Blues that I play.

    Comment on this review

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Another great MIM

    By 

    from Petersburg, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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.

      Comment on this review

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By 

      from Atlanta Georgia

      About Me Professional Musician

      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.

        Comment on this review

        (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What a bueautiful sounding guitar.

        By 

        from Birmingham, Alabama

        About Me Professional Musician

        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.

        Comment on this review

        (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AMAZING GUITAR!!!!

        By 

        from Lockport newyork

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        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!!!

          Comment on this review

          (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Love this guitar

          By 

          from St. Louis, MO

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming

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

            Just started playing again and impulse purchased this fender. Best decision I've made in a long time. Warm, fun and beautiful. Buy one...

            Comment on this review

            (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Guitar - Glad a friend recommended

            By 

            from Maryland

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Tele Thinline

            By 

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Very nice guitar

            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.

            Comment on this review

            (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

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