Think of a Fender Telecaster with two humbucking pickups. What most likely comes to mind is one of those mutilated classics – guitars someone thought they could improve upon by adding their own special touch (though the word “disaster” more typically comes to mind when thinking of such instruments). But oddly enough, in 1972, most likely to lure players away from “that other company” – the one that had a lock on humbucker-equipped instruments – Fender introduced the ’72 Telecaster Deluxe. This was a rather odd combination of a Tele body, a Strat neck, and two humbucking pickups, with the tried-and-true combination of two volume and two tone controls plus a 3-position toggle switch. The concept was sound, but the marketplace still expected Fenders in configurations they’d come to know and love. So the Tele Deluxe slowly faded away by 1981.
Thankfully, the average guitar player today understands a lot more about what makes certain guitars sound the way they do. If a player feels most comfortable with a blonde maple neck and the timeless outline of the Telecaster, they’d have no problem turning to the company if they decided they wanted a Fender that had the added warmth and complex midrange of a pair of humbuckers. Sporting an alder body, a 3-ply black pickguard, a vintage Strat string-through-body hard tail, and two custom-wound humbucking pickups, you can probably already hear in your head what that might sound like. But now you add a maple neck and fingerboard with a comfortable “C”-shape profile, 21 medium-jumbo frets, and a large Strat-style headstock, and you have the Fender playability you love with the thicker humbucker sound you’re after. You also get to choose your color: Walnut, 3-Color Burst, or basic Black. Best of all, the ’72 Telecaster Deluxe is afforably priced and comes with a nicely padded, deluxe gig bag and free FedEx shipping right to your door!.