Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline - Natural with Maple Fingerboard

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Natural
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Classic Custom '72 Telecaster

Since 1946, the name Fender has become synonymous with all things rock 'n' roll: from Buddy Holly to Jimi Hendrix to Eric Clapton to Kurt Cobain and everything in between. Fender's iconic instruments such as the Telecaster, are known the world over as the instruments that started the rock revolution, and they continue to be highly prized among today's hottest guitarists and collectors alike. Notable Telecaster players include Muddy Waters; Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones; Jimmy Page (on Led Zeppelin's studio recordings); Andy Summers of the Police; Jonny Greenwood, Thom Yorke and Ed O'Brien of Radiohead; Prince; Bruce Springsteen; Roy Buchanan; and The Edge of U2 has also begun to use a Telecaster on a regular basis.

1972 was a magical year for the Telecaster guitar. With several new designs, the Telecaster guitar was available with more options than ever before. The '72 Tele Thinline features a warmer and rounder, semi-hollow ash body, "U"-shape maple neck, Bullet truss rod, '70s vintage hardtail strings-through Strat bridge, three-bolt neckplate, and two Fender "Wide Range" humbucking pickups. The Thinline Tele not only has a sound all it own, but it's also lighter

Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline Features:
  • Color: Natural
  • Body: Semi-Hollow Ash Body
  • Neck: 1-Piece Maple, "U" Shape, (Gloss Polyurethane Finish)
  • Fingerboard: Maple, 7.25" Radius (184 mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 Vintage Style Frets
  • Pickups: 2 Fender "Wide Range" Humbuckers, (Neck/Bridge)
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Blade
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail Bridge
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Schaller Vintage "F" Style Tuning Machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • "F" Hole
  • 3-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt Adjustment
  • "Bullet" Truss Rod Nut
  • Pickguard: 4-Ply White Pearloid
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Case: Deluxe Gig Bag included

Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline - A classic reissued!
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Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline (Natural) - Guitar of the Day

Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape Telecaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Semi-Hollow Ash
Body Finish Polyester
Color Natural
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on
Neck Shape U
Fingerboard Material Maple, 7.25" Radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black Dots
Number of Frets 21, Vintage Style
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Hardtail
Tuners Vintage Style
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Fender "Wide Range" Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Fender "Wide Range" Humbucker
Controls 1 x Volume, 1 x Tone, 3-way switch
Strings Fender Super 250L, (.009-.042)
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number 0137402321

Customer Reviews

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72 tele

Excellent set up fantastic sound. Chris McCown and crew at sweetwater have been an amazing experience . Never baught a gutiar on line before. I will again from y'all. Delivery and follow up is 1st rate. I'm in the customer service industry, and sweetwater knocked it out the park. I've been playing for 47 yrs in one band or another and this was such an easy purchase, flawless. I'll be calling you back soon. Thanks again.

Best guitar in production

I wanted to wait a few months after acquiring in a trade before I posted a review. I've been playing for about 12 years and currently play lead and rhythm at my church. I've went through tons of guitars looking for "the one" that I'd play til I die. That fits like a glove. And bingo, here she is. This is probably the best guitar I've ever played and this isn't me just in the cupcake stage. It feels better than the American made teles I've played. It sounds nice and bright yet has depth and fatness due to the wide range humbuckers. But it still retains the bite in the bridge position that teles are known for. With a little distortion, you can roll the volume off to clean up nicely. The finish and wood are superb and I can't tell you enough how great it is that it's semi hollow. Feels like a feather! Yet not so light that it feels like a toy. I can't get over the looks of it either. Stylish yet not too flashy. One thing I will say negatively is that the tuners are a little sub-par. It takes a minute for them to respond. HOWEVER once you get it in tune, it STAYS in tune. there's a reason Fender quit making this reissue in America. Bc they got it right in Mexico. I strongly recommend getting this guitar. It'll be your absolute favorite.
Music background: Worship leader


I'm eighteen, and have only been playing guitar since I was fourteen, so take this for what it's worth. But, in my opinion, this is an amazing guitar, especially for it's price. Everything from the smooth playability, the beautiful looks, amazing sound and feel, it's just my favorite guitar to use. I saw this first when I was fourteen, and finally decided I would drop the money for it, after finally deciding music would be my career/focus. You will not be disappointed. And of course, sweetwater is awesome, so buy it from here.

Fantastic 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 !
Music background: Professional Musician (35 years }

Clean and Full

This is by far my favorite guitar. I've played them all, and this is the one that fits me. From my experience, this has the cleanest tone without getting a wimpy sound. The wide range pick ups create sparkley tone while still creating a beefy, full tone. The hollowed out design also gives the instrument a little more breath, in my opinion. Sound is great for my use-modern worship. The tone communicates perfectly through my pedals. The feel is also great. the neck is a little chunkier than your standard tele, but I've come to really like and appreciate it. The semi-hollowed out design creates a very convenient weight relief, which comes in handy during those long gigs. All in all, great guitar. I love all the features, from the vintage tuners to the 6 saddled bridge. Great guitar that's worth way more than the price.
Music background: Creative Arts Director, Music Teacher
See also: Semi Hollows, Fender, Fender Semi-hollowbody Guitars