#1
I have finally narrowed my ultimate tele search down to two guitars:
The Fender Telecaster Thinline '69
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-69-Telecaster-Thinline-Electric-Guitar?sku=510123


The Fender Telecaster Thinline '72
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Fender-72-Classic-Telecaster-Thinline-Electric-Guitar?sku=510474



As I'm sure you've noticed, the main difference between the two is that the '69 has single coils and the '72 has humbuckers... hmmmm.
Which would be better for me? I play blues, classic rock, progressive rock, jazz, and some hard rock. I know the '69 would handle everything for me, but I'm not sure about hard rock (think ozzy/sabbath).
As for the '72, I know it would handle the hard rock, but I'm afraid I'll lose out on some blues tones that would sound much better with single coils.

What are your opinions? Keep in mind that if I got the '69, I would switch the pickups to a noiseless set.
Thanks!
#2
Hmm.. I wouldn't believe a semihollow to be epic sounding under alot of gain, well, they sound great but are very very prone to feedback. I have no trouble playing Ozzy stuff on my strat (single coils) and with the semihollow-ness it would already add thickness to the sound.

On the other hand, single coils arent the only pickups for blues, humbuckers sound just as good if you know how to eq them. And before anyone tries to suggest that the 72 doesnt really have humbuckers, like the original (it originally had 'wide range buckers' which sounded alot more single coil-ish and bright) but actually has literal modern, proper humbuckers under those oversized covers.

I believe they actually ran out of the materials to build the original kind.
#3
I've got a tele with single coils and i can handle all the types of music you listed just fine. I'd say you'd slightly lose the blues tone quality with humbuckers. Not too much, though.
#4
Tbh I would say neither.

To start with, humbuckers are FANTASTICV blues pickups, myself being a blues fan and player and I play 90% Les Paul. Listen to Freddie King, Albert King, BB King, early Eric Clapton (Bluesbreakers and Cream), Peter Green and Joe Bonamassa and tell me humbuckers aren't as good for blues.

Anyway, when it comes to guitars, both of those are fairly good, but the humbuckers on the '72 aren't that good IMO. Humbuckers would definetly suit you MUCH more than single coils. I would instead check out these:
http://www.rondomusic.com/al3000mhsb.html
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/ESP-LTD-EC400VF?sku=512884
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Washburn-X50PRO-Deluxe-Electric-Guitar?sku=514242
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/product/Epiphone-Les-Paul-Custom-Electric-Guitar?sku=518350
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#5
Oh, I always n00bishly thought of humbuckers as only higher gain stuff. I'll have to check them out more openmindedly! And thank you very much for all the suggestions Gabel. I appreciate the help a lot, but I am settled on a tele. I've been narrowing my new guitar down for the past 6 months, and I started out looking at strats, then SGs, then LPs, then PRS SEs and a bunch of other stuff, and then teles. For me, teles are the best guitars. I just didn't enjoy playing the les pauls I played, and I tried pretty nice ones. Just hated the feel and look. Then I even tried an MIA Strat and liked the squier tele more
I am just a 100% tele freak. I appreciate the suggestions though

I'd also like to clarify: when I mentioned ozzy and sabbath in the hard rock, I should have made it more clear that that is about 2% of what I play. It's just for my school's basketball games. I never play hard rock until I have to. 90% of what I play is straight blues, then prog rock is just pink floyd and rush. I really just need a blues guitar, but it would be great if it could also cover hard rock for when I need it. But I want a blues guitar definitely. Unfortunately I think teles are more country than blues, but for some reason I'm addicted to them
#6
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Oh, I always n00bishly thought of humbuckers as only higher gain stuff. I'll have to check them out more openmindedly! And thank you very much for all the suggestions Gabel. I appreciate the help a lot, but I am settled on a tele. I've been narrowing my new guitar down for the past 6 months, and I started out looking at strats, then SGs, then LPs, then PRS SEs and a bunch of other stuff, and then teles. For me, teles are the best guitars. I just didn't enjoy playing the les pauls I played, and I tried pretty nice ones. Just hated the feel and look. Then I even tried an MIA Strat and liked the squier tele more
I am just a 100% tele freak. I appreciate the suggestions though

I'd also like to clarify: when I mentioned ozzy and sabbath in the hard rock, I should have made it more clear that that is about 2% of what I play. It's just for my school's basketball games. I never play hard rock until I have to. 90% of what I play is straight blues, then prog rock is just pink floyd and rush. I really just need a blues guitar, but it would be great if it could also cover hard rock for when I need it. But I want a blues guitar definitely. Unfortunately I think teles are more country than blues, but for some reason I'm addicted to them



Then the 69 is dead perfect for you. No doubt in my mind.

Ps - I play alot of country with my strat, and Muddy Waters, and many of the classic classic bluesmen used teles on their recordings.
#7
^ cool, thanks a lot! I'll definitely check them both out more carefully before buying though. And I might as well check out a les paul for gabel! I feel bad because he posted all those links
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#9
You will lose alot of tele character if you swap those pickups out for PAF-style humbuckers, most notably the twang.
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