'72 Telecaster Custom review by Fender

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.2 (118 votes)
Fender: '72 Telecaster Custom

Price paid: $ 600

Purchased from: K&S Music

Sound — 10
I play blues, rock, and folk/rock. I use a variety of good amps with it including, Marshall JMD-1 two twelve combo, Peavey Delta Blues fifteen inch, HRDX Tweed Sp Ed, Vox VT30, 2011 '65 Deluxe Reverb RI, Peavey 6505+ combo. Effects not needed for a great tone with a good amp. Sounds super great on Fender clean, very excellent with overdrive, effects. Very quiet, especially with the gate on the Marshall JMD-1. The '72 Custom Tele has very excellent stock pickups and a really great stock sound. This quality of having excellent stock sound definitely deserves to be noted and supported by a ten rating.

Overall Impression — 10
I have been playing guitar for around forty years on a regular basis, fifteen years seriously. I have some other very excellent guitars well worth mentioning elsewhere. I would replace this guitar forth with if it were lost or destroyed. This guitar looks great, but, more importantly, it feels incredible in my hands, accommodates my fret hand incredibly, provides a range of excellent tones, has some decent weight, balances very well, produces a sound that is totally rewarding and provides immediate gratification. It is capable of making the most out of a decent amplifier. This guitar compliments other more Traditional Telecasters, has a sound of its own, and strikes a cool visual vibe when compared to the typical Strat or Les Paul. It has a very serious and cool vibe of its own that it stands behind with serious quality and a solid sound. I bought this guitar because it has a great range of tone and a very serious Fender Telecaster look, with the HOT rodded appearance that it is equipped with a supercharger, and it reinforces it's serious image.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Perfect as it is excellent in all way as it was received into my possession, brand new. It is a heavy guitar and seems to be heavy duty in its construction, but is very beautiful and a work of ART in itself. This is a heavy guitar that doesn't just have a lot of extra weight because of bad choices of wood by the manufacturer. I think the extra weight is a strategic consideration that was taken into consideration by the designers when this guitar was still in the planning stage, where they were trying to design a super nice guitar to meet a very special goal.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Very beautiful, well built guitar with everything in the right place. Great finish and beautiful wood grain. The neck is lightly finished and very beautiful. The factory action is excellent as well as the set up. The guitar played and sounded better than the Road Worn similar version with the Seymour Duncan '59 neck humbucker; and I really like SD '59 HB's, so this says something about the criticized Wide Range HB in its current stock form - I like it very much, a very unique and excellent sound. Very great stock bridge pickup too, nothing like the junk that was on my MIM Standard Tele I recently bought and replaced with excellent Seymour Duncan Alnico II Pro Tele pickups - very, very beautiful pickups that allow this MIM Standard Tele to sound like I think a real nice Tele should.

Features — 10
Made 2011. MIM. Maple fretboard. Vintage sunburst. This guitar has all the features that you need to supercharge a Telecaster and take it to a level way above the stripped down level of a Traditional Telecaster. It has the pickup compliment to bring this guitar into a new area of awesome Telecaster tone, developing the typical Telecaster sound into something totally untouched before by a Traditional Telecaster. It is a HOT rodded sound that retains a quality of sound that is unique and superior to the typical mediocre guitar. This is a special, very special, rendition of the Traditional Telecaster that retains a very serious Telecaster vibe but moves forward with a serious sound that is both delicate and roaringly awesome in a new and unexpected way. This could be considered a conservative looking "sleeper" type of HOT rodded guitar that is capable of springing out of the woodwork of the stage to surprise many a serious musician that is expecting to hear more of the same old standby.

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