Price paid: $ 700
Purchased from: Tom Lee Hong Kong
Sound — 7
The 'wide range' humbuckers and alder body give the '72 Tele Deluxe a very thick and warm sound. It is good for heavy rock and punk, and maybe blues. However it doesn't have as much tonal variety as the Standard single-coil Tele's since the humbuckers can't make the sharp sounds. I use my guitars on a 15W amp, the sound is pretty good even without effects.
Overall Impression — 8
I play from blues to heavy rock, it is a good match for most heavy rock songs but sometimes I prefer to use my other guitars in blues or country. The only things I don't like about this guitar is the classic style neck which is thicker than most other guitars, which is sometimes uncomfortable to play especially when jamming. Also I think the Tele bodies aren't that well shaped and smooth because the body doesn't have the curve they have on Strats which let the right arm to rest IMO. It's a very nice and special guitar but if it was stolen I would get another guitar which feels more comfortable than the '72. I also wish there is a tremolo bridge fitted because it is String-thru, installing Strat bridges won't be a problem. Anyways the '72 Deluxe has a very good warm sound and is more Gibson and heavy rock style, it has a good finish, good sound and certainly a good guitar for 700$.
Reliability & Durability — 9
The guitar seems to be very durable, but I think the pickups could be improved since they don't really fit that well. The guitar is good enough to last, except for the pickguard which I scratched on mine and it's hard to find an aftermarket 72' Tele pickguard. I carry it around in the gig bag which came with it, the gig is think and cushioned so it would be ok. The guitar will withstand Live playing but I think the most important factor is how comfortable to play or if you like the feel of it or not.
Action, Fit & Finish — 7
The finish is very good, the pickups on mines weren't adjusted too well and there were minor problems with the pickup adjustment screws so it was hard to adjust and I scratched my pickguard several times. However the other parts of the guitar is fairly good quality and I especially like the maple neck which has a nice finish and made from good quality wood.
Features — 8
This reissued '72 Telecaster Deluxe is made in 2006-2007 from Mexico. It has 21 frets and a C-shaped maple neck. The '72 Telecaster Deluxe is available in alder and Ash, mines is a walnut alder. The body style is Tele but string-thru, and it has Gibson style 3-way pickups. The main difference between the '72 Tele Custom and Deluxe is that the Custom has a single coil neck pickup and the Deluxe has humbuckers for both neck and bridge. It also has seperate 2 volume and 2 tone controls for the 2 humbucker pickups. The '72 Tele Deluxe comes with a gig bag, tools for the neck adjustment and manual.