Over the past 60+ years, the Fender Telecaster hasn’t wandered too far from its basic configuration, and in its various incarnations has come to be viewed as a reliable workhorse for a widely diverse variety of artists.
The first major change didn’t happen until 1968, when Fender’s Roger Rossmeisl decided to build a lighter alternative to the basic slab Tele. The result was the Thinline Telecaster.
New appointments on the Thinline included a 12-screw pearloid pickguard, a semi-hollow body, and a bass-side f-hole. Instead of using a cap on the body, Fender sliced the back from pieces of ash or mahogany, routed out chambers, and then put the pieces back together to form the finished semihollow body. The rear-routed guitar weighed about seven pounds and had a maple neck and fretboard.
This a Fender ’72 Telecaster Thinline vintage reissue electric guitar built in Japan around 2005 we think. It sports Fender’s “Crafted in Japan” (CIJ) banner, which means this Tele was definitely made after 1992.
The guitar boasts a pair of Fender Wide Range humbuckers, which are a reissue of the original Seth Lover design. These pickups are fat and full sounding while still having a distinctive top end character, and the semi-hollow ash body provides both a midrange punch and a certain airy quality.
Finish Details: Original natural polyurethane finish.
Body Details: Ash body routed hollow above the pickups & glued to ash back
Neck Material: One piece maple neck & fingerboard
Neck Profile: Medium C shape
Frets: 21 original medium frets in good condition
Fingerboard Radius: 7.5“
Nut Width: 1 5/8″
Electronics: 2 x Fender Wide range Humbuckers – reissues of original Seth Lover design
Original wiring with three-way selector switch, volume and tone controls .
Pickup Measurements: Neck 11.5 k Bridge 12.0 k
Hardware: Kluson style tuners. Original nut appears original. Shortened Fender Tele bridge with 6 fully adjustable saddles.
Weight: 6.8 lbs
Cosmetic Condition: This guitar is in excellent, as new condition. Not a mark on it anywhere. The only sign of use is some very light fret wear on 3 frets. Not even a mark on the MOTS (Mother Of Toilet Seat) pickguard.
This Thinline plays well in all registers with no buzzing or dead spots, and the action is medium low and could easily go lower. Truss rod is fully adjustable.
Neck pocket is stamped TN-72 D.
This is a virtually new ‘72 Tele Thinline reissue in fabulous condition and ready to rock.
These CIJ guitars usually come in a gig bag, but a bonus here is the included Gator hard case in good condition.