72 Telecaster Re-Issue - Almost as nice as the original !
I picked up this reissue on Friday, and havenít put it down. I made the mistake of my life selling my Ď78 tele deluxe and have been waiting for a reissue. (Guitars last forever - some relationships donít.....)
Out of the box the fit and finish jumped off the page - it gleams. Black on black, maple and chrome.... hummmmm..... very sexy. Although tunned down for shipping, the set up and intonation were bang on when tunned up to pitch. The neck is fast and slinky, and frets are all spot on - no buzzing or high spots. Tough to play slide on without raising the action. Itís very, very fast.
This guitar was made to push amplifier tubes - no over the top stinging treble tele tones - lots of grit and grind outta the two big humbuckers. Having played the blues semi professionally for more than 25 years through strats and a variety of overdrive pedals, I wonít require any more wall warts! I turned it up through my clean channel on a Peavey Delta Blues and its got just the right bit of crunch. Select the neck pick up, roll of the tone knob and it's creamy tone all the way. Switch to the bridge and it's classic drive. Kicking into the drive channel, and unbeliebly there's still more tone!
Plugging direct into the PA board, the guitar still carries its tone through the solid state circuitry, (less the pick attack and diminished warmth) Pugged into Behringer V2 its outstanding - the Tele Deluxe screams - in a really great sort of way! Through a '70 deluxe reverb itís just heaven.....
Down sides are few - the tuners are vintage so the gear ratio is low - hey this IS a reissue and technology has changed in everything - including tuners. A small problem with a loose pick up was immediately repaired by the dealer.
Lost of less than complimentary things have been written about Mexican made Fenders. This is the third MIM Fender I have owned of a dozen guitars of various makes both middle and high end axes and these guitars are good value for money. The 72 tele deluxe reissue is no exception.
In summary, this is a very affordable, well made, great sounding reissue blues/ classic rock guitar for intermediate and serious players alike. Consider changing the tuners. Well done Fender!