Fender 72 Thinline Telecaster Review 2021

Fender is obviously one of the world’s most renowned and largest manufacturers of guitars and hence their knowledge of guitars and accessories has an expert touch that can be instantly recognised by anybody. This collaboration guitar along with Squier has made the best of modified telecasters more affordable and advanced with a hint of vintage touch and design

Squier Vintage Modified '72 Tele Thinline review

Features of Fender Thinline Telecaster

Looks and build:

The guitar looks more beautiful than the pictures can give credit for. The body and back is made of Basswood while the fretboard is made of Rosewood. The top and neck Material is Maple surfaced with a polyester gloss finish with a convincing vintage tint. Also available in three different options: Charcoal Frost Metallic finish option in addition to timelessly cool Black and Three-color Sunburst, it also features a 70s-style large headstock to top off with the vintage look. 

With a powerful humbucking bridge-pickup tone and a basswood body, a bolt-on plump maple neck profile, a 9.5”-radius rosewood fingerboard comprising 21 medium jumbo frets and parchment dot inlays- This guitar is here to stay and slay!

Size and dimensions:

The modified vintage style telecaster weighs around 16.42 pounds. The total length of the guitar is 44.3 inches consisting of a body length of 20.4 inches and a depth of 8 inches while the length of the scale of 25.5 inches which sums up why we added it to our list of lightweight guitars

Sound and Feel:

The neck of the ’51 offers enhanced tonal quality and it’s great for players with small hands. The single humbucker on this guitar produces crisp and clear tones wonderful thick noise suitable for chords and the bright and colourful noise for solo

The modified telecaster gets full points for nailing the authenticity part with the old school looks and vintage tone, that too at this price range. Has a very smooth playing neck and has a fast action, however nothing extraordinary. the C shaped neck increases playability and comfort 

Technicality:

All electronics have been manufactured keeping in mind high end and a higher resonant frequency. The Squier Vintage Modified 51 has two pickups. There’s an open-coil humbucker at the bridge and a standard Strat single-coil pickup at the neck. The master volume control knob also doubles as a push/pull coil-split to turn your humbucker into a single-coil at the bridge position. 

A curated combination of components has been fit in, including an SH pickup, rotary pickup, open and single-coil pickups. Duncan Designed HB-102 humbucking bridge pickup and SC-101 single-coil neck and middle pickups used in the guitar do not have a great reputation for quality but will do the job. In the worst cases, they will need a replacement. However, the five-way pickup switch with a white tip and three-ply pickguard (white-black-white) have great reviews for both quality and effectiveness.

White numbered volume control knobs and Three-way toggle pickup switch, four black “skirted” amp control knobs are amongst the prominent features as advertised by the brand. vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge with vintage-style tremolo arm, vintage-style chrome tuners, chrome hardware and engraved neck plate help in justifying the title of the guitar- The vintage telecaster. 

The modified telecaster has a new way of handling slotted tuners which have been a hit amongst many. They have slots on top rather than a hole through the post and guitar nerds are loving it. While there are few others, that do not entirely like the idea or think it makes no major difference. The gauge strings from the factory assembly are of sizes .009, .011, .016, .0.24, .32, .042. You can change it with the preference of style and liking. The telecaster boasts 3-Saddle Vintage Style Strings through the body with Chrome Barrel Saddles. It is advised by many buyers, however, that they will need replacements as well

Accessories:

A hex tool to adjust guitar action and a whammy bar is included in the package. Gigbag and other accessories have to be bought separately.

Fender 72 Thinline Telecaster Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Great sounds, can produce both thick and bright sounds; Suitable for people who play music of multiple genres
  • true to fender thickness and suitable for small hands
  • Affordable piece amongst the high-end fenders
  • Has a fast action and stays in tune

Cons

  • Needs initial set up and not suitable for a beginner to DIY such stuff; Saddles and pickups might need to be replaced (in some cases only)

Final review:

The guitar has a great feel and sound to it and is worth the price. Other than the fact that some parts will need replacing for some customers, this guitar is worth buying for beginner and semi-professionals if you are looking for an affordable and playable range of guitars and like to experiment with different styles.