Price paid: € 925
Purchased from: MusicStore (KÃƒÂ¶ln)
Sound — 10
I'm all in for tone versatility, from clean to heavily distorted. I've played the Thinline through a Roland Cube 60 (SS modelling amp) for a long time, and I recently bought a Boss GT-8 (multi-effects processor) for more tone variety. However, I tested the guitar through many other amps in the store before buying it, both SS and tube amps. My first impression about the sound of this guitar, was that it's not at all like the "Standard" Tele sound. The wide-range humbuckers and semi-hollow body make the sound richer, fatter and fuller than the single coil "twang" that Teles are known for. The semi-hollow body, along with the string-through construction, also provides great tone and longer sustain. What striked me most and what made this guitar so attractive to me, though, was how the Vintage output humbuckers were capable of a very wide range of tones! I tested out quite a few guitars in the store, through quite a few amps, and in my opinion this guitar was the most versatile. On a clean channel, the neck pickup can provide smooth and warm rhythm, while the bridge pickup gives the sound that "twangy" Tele character! On a gain setting, you can get fat, crunchy rhythm tones through the neck pickup, and cutting lead tones through the bridge pickup... Unlike the "Standard" Telecasters, the Thinline is able to suit a lot of different styles, including blues, jazz, funk, pop, classic rock, and even metal (with the right amp and/or effects! ). Overall, the most outstanding quality of the sound of this guitar is it's versatility.
Overall Impression — 10
I have not even a second regretted buying this guitar. First of all, I am still in awe of it's beauty, with the natural finish and the F-hole in the body. Second of all, the excellent craftmanship leaves this guitar practically flawless. And thirdly and most importantly, the versatility in tone that you can get from this guitar outclasses all other Telecasters and a great deal of other guitars. This is the guitar's most attractive feature to me... Overall, I couldn't imagine a better guitar for my style (or "range" of styles! ). I have been playing for 4 years now, and had the opportunity to play a lot of different guitars in that time, but I'm still positive that the guitar I own is the most versatile guitar I've ever played. This is a great guitar combining the amazing looks of a Telecaster with the amazing sound of a Les Paul. I'm in love with mine, and I couldn't imagine replacing it, ever...
Reliability & Durability — 9
Like I said above, I haven't had any hardware problems with this guitar so far. The tuning machines look sturdy, the bridge components look solid and keep the guitar in tune at all times, and the strap buttons are very firm and solid. Apart from a very slight crackle in the volume control, which will probably be fixed when cleaned out, there are no failing electronic components either. The only thing you need to watch out for is the finish, if you go for the Natural (transparent) finish like me. So overall, all hardware and electronics have been in excellent state over the last couple of years. I haven't played Live with it, but I imagine this guitar would be able to withstand it with easy, and I wouldn't hesitate to gig with it without a backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
When I pulled the guitar out of the bag, it was perfectly set up, and I didn't have to set it up again since (I've had it for 3 years now). The action was good, but as I prefer rather low action, I lowered it slightly using the height-adjustable saddles. I never needed to adjust action or intonation since! I never had any major hardware or electronic problems, nor were there noticeable building flaws. Some minor issues I could mention: the "Bullet" bolt for the adjustable truss rod came loose once and buzzed when I played due to string vibrations, but when I found out I just fastened it again and it hasn't come loose since. Also, the occasional rusty screw that every guitar suffers from after a while, almost isn't worth mentioning. Overall, the guitar was in perfect condition when I received it, and after a couple of years I still don't have any problems with it at all! There's a lot of craftmanship put into this guitar, especially considering it was made in Mexico...
Features — 9
The Telecaster Thinline '72 is a Fender Classic Series model made in Mexico, and introduced in 1999. It's a reissue of the original 1972 Thinline model, with some changes made to it. Still, most features make this guitar look and feel very Vintage... Neck:The guitar features a 1-piece maple neck with the Standard Fender scale length of 25.5", which is 0.75" longer than the Standard Gibson scale length. The C-shaped neck has a radius of 7.25", which is faithful to the original neck shape. The maple fretboard features 21 Vintage style frets. On the classic Telecaster-style headstock, you'll find Vintage Schaller "F" style tuners and an adjustable "Bullet" bolt for the truss rod. Body: The semi-hollow Ash body comes in Natural, Sunburst or Black finish (polyester). The most outstanding feature, however, is of course the "F"-hole, which gives the guitar its unique look. The neck is attached to the body using a 3-bolt neck plate with unique "MicroTilt" adjustment. Other than that, the body features a White Pearloid pickguard. Hardware and electronics: The Vintage HardTail string-through bridge uses Strat-style components (bridge, saddles) instead of the Vintage Tele-style bridge. Both the neck and bridge pickups are passive Fender "Wide Range" humbuckers, and are operated with a 3-way selector and a single master volume and tone control. Accessories: The guitar came with a Fender Deluxe Gig Bag (not a hard case, unfortunately).