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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
  • 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 144 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (121)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (8)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (6), Experienced (4)

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!!

Reviewed by 144 customers

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5.0

This Is A Workhorse!

By n/a

from Maine

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

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 had an original Thinline with humbuckers and Bigsby that I ordered through the Army BX in Germany in 1974. I played over 1200 gigs with that axe for 10 years and wore out the frets. Wish I hadn't sold it then! It had a sound like no other guitar I've ever played or owned. (About 35 of them). I plan on getting this MIM very soon as I have a MIM Baja Telecaster and it is top a top quality Tele without reservation. All I have to do is listen to the CD's of bands I played in with that 74' to know I want another one. Nuff' said!

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would buy this guitar again...

    By Humberto

    from Yuma Az.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    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:

      Awesome piece of equipment.

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very nice guitar

      By Montrose

      from Clyo, (Bluestown) GA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      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

        About Me Professional Musician

        Ask me a question

        Verified Reviewer

        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 !

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great guitar

          By Screen Dorr Slim

          from Allens Grove WI

          About Me Professional Musician

          Verified Reviewer

          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.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Another great MIM

            By Unimakboy

            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.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar

              By Ronnie Wallace

              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.

                (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                What a bueautiful sounding guitar.

                By Preacher

                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.

                (12 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                AMAZING GUITAR!!!!

                By The dude

                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!!!

                  (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Love this guitar

                  By Whodat1

                  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...

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