'72 Telecaster Deluxe review by Fender

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 5
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 9
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.4 Good
  • Users' score: 8.8 (144 votes)
Fender: '72 Telecaster Deluxe

Price paid: £ 645

Purchased from: Cranes Swansea.

Sound — 7
I play a few different styles ranging through pop punk and metal and this guitar is capable of handling both quite well. Running the guitar through a Marshall 100MG (doesn't really do it justice) the guitar's clean tone isn't amazingly bright but has quite a full sound even with the treble high and the bass lower. Be careful when pushing the bass though as it begins to sound duller and looses its richer tone. Switching to distortion, the guitar covers most levels of gain quite well from blues to heavier stuff. As with the clean tones, keep clear of too much bass as it does ruin the sound.

Overall Impression — 8
Despite the slight problems with its reliability, this Tele is a good all round guitar which provides its owner with scope for lots of different styles. Before buying the product however I would make sure you ask for the wiring and the intonation to be checked before purchasing it. The guitar however blew a Standard tele away and is something I would definatly purchase again despite its flaws.

Reliability & Durability — 5
The durability and reliability of the guitar is where it's let down a bit. Despite the good set up, I started to experience problems with the intonation quite regularly as well as minor difficulties with the Bridge saddles. I've had the guitar for two years now and the pickups have been working fine but their is a slight earthing problem with the jack socket. The guitars neck is incredibly reliable despite the other problems. The finish is incredibly thick but does chip easily. Despite these issues, the guitar is reliable enough to be played without a backup.

Action, Fit & Finish — 9
While the guitar's action was set up beautifully when I recieved the guitar, the pickups were adjusted incorrectly, which was something I asked to be sorted before leaving the store, there were no major flaws with its set up. The finish was entirely unflawed.

Features — 8
Made in Mexico in 2007 (judging by the serial number) this guitar was relased as a FSR model in Alpine White finish. The guitar features a 21 fret maple neck with a Strat style headstock as well as Fender tuning pegs. The body is a tele style body with a single contour. The guitar features two (passive) Fender wide range humbuckers with a LP style 3 way pickup Switch and two volume and two tone controls and a Vintage string through Strat bridge. The guitar also came with a gig bag as well as allen key's for adjusting the Bridge and a Line 6 Spider III 15 was included with the guitar.

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