Initially launched in 1968, the Telecaster Thinline started as a way to produce a lighter guitar out of ash. After a few years of redesigning, it began its first full year of production in 1972 and was Fender's first guitar to feature humbuckers and their first Tele with six adjustable saddles. The American Vintage II 1972 Telecaster Thinline pays homage to those early models, and it's perfect for players seeking a premium semi-hollow guitar with a classic look, sound, and feel.
The 1972 Telecaster Thinline features a curvy pearloid pickguard mounted to a semi-hollow ash body, giving it a period-correct aesthetic and a sweet, resonant sound. Its "C" shaped hard rock maple neck feels nice and comfortable, and its 7.25" radius fingerboard is excellent for playing chords and rhythm riffs. It also features numerous period-correct appointments, including a "Bullet" style truss rod nut, a three-bolt neck plate with a Micro-Tilt mechanism, and "F" stamped tuners.
Fender equipped this Telecaster Thinline with a pair of Wide Range humbuckers that give it a vintage voice with deep lows, full-bodied mids, and clear highs. These pickups feature CuNiFe magnets, which had been out of production since 1981, and give them a dead-on '70s Telecaster Thinline sound.
The Telecaster Thinline has long been the guitar of choice for Fender fans seeking a Tele with a warmer, rounder, bass-heavier sound. If that sounds up your alley and you love classic guitars, then the Fender American Vintage II 1972 Telecaster Thinline is an excellent choice.
Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Shape: 1972 "C"
Neck Construction: 3-Bolt
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)
Fingerboard Material: Maple
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Side Dots: Black
Number of Frets: 21
Truss Rod: Bullet Style
Truss Rod Nut: Bullet Style
String Nut: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Nut Material: Bone
Body: Semi-Hollow Ash
Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Body Shape: Telecaster®
Body Material: Semi-Hollow Ash
Bridge: Pure Vintage 6-Saddle String-Through Body Hardtail with Bent Steel Saddles
Bridge Cover: Includes Chrome Bridge Cover
Bridge Mounting: 3-Screw Vintage-Style Hard-Tail
Pickguard: 4-Ply Aged White Pearloid
Pickup Covers: Chrome
Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
Switch Tip: Top Hat Style, Black
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines: Pure Vintage Fender® "F" Stamped
String Trees: Butterfly
Neck Plate: 3-Bolt "F" Stamped with Micro-Tilt™, Serialized
Strap Buttons: Vintage-Style
Bridge Pickup: Authentic CuNiFe Wide-Range Humbucking
Neck Pickup: Authentic CuNiFe Wide-Range Humbucking
Pickup Configuration: HH
Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
Switching: 3-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup