If you are looking for a Telecaster with a bit of an edge then the Vintage Modified Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster is a quality guitar.
If you are looking for a Telecaster there are a wide array of models to choose from. However, if you are looking for an edge then the Vintage Modified Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster looks the business. But does it live up to all the promise?
I have to admit that I never used to like the Telecaster guitar. I was always a super strat kind of guitarist, which perhaps gives you an idea of my musical tastes. To me the Telecaster was just too basic, no locking tremolo, no humbuckers. It just looked boring. However, as my hairline has receded so my tastes have changed and the Telecaster has gained a certain appeal. This appeal increased when I tested the Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster a couple of years ago. In fact I loved the guitar so much I purchased one and have to say it is now my favourite guitar. Now I must admit that the bias of my youth has meant that for much of my guitar playing life I have missed out on the absolute joy that it is to play a Telecaster.
There are a number of Telecasters out there from your basic models to the more hot rod versions. The Vintage Modified Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster is a very good example of a hot rod version of the classic.
The Thinline Telecaster is a semi hollow body version of the solid body Telecaster. Designed by German luthier Roger Rossmeisl in 1968, it was introduced in 1969 and updated with a pair of Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups, Bullet truss-rod and 3-bolt neck fixing in 1972.
The vintage modified Squier 72 thinline Telecaster is Squier’s interpretation of the 72 Fender classic. But does it recreate the greatness of the original or is it a pale imitation?
First thing to say is that the Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster looks stunning, I especially like the sunburst version that I tested. The semi hollow body is made from ash which looks amazing with the sunburst finish and white pearloid pick-guard. The bolt on 21 fret maple neck is cut with the modern C-shape which is a nice slim-line neck to play. My only whinge is the gloss polyurethane finish can feel a bit tacky as you try to whizz up and down the neck. I have never really liked gloss finished necks because I feel that my hand doesn’t move as freely as it does on a non gloss finished neck. However, that is just a personal preference and certainly is not a flaw with this guitar. The build quality is first rate. The bridge is not the standard Telecaster style bridge but a vintage style Strings-Through-Body bridge with 6 Fender Stamped Steel Saddles.
The standard Telecaster pick-up configuration has been changed for the 72 Thinline Telecaster wide range humbuckers in the bridge and neck positions. The pick-ups can be accessed through a 3 way selector switch and there is a master volume and tone dials. All the hardware is chrome which adds to the overall high spec of the Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster.
The Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster sounds great. As a semi hollow body guitar there is a great acoustic tone which provides a lot of volume when unplugged. The output unplugged is warm and mellow and sounds really good for what is a relatively cheap guitar. Plugged in the guitar has a great clean tone. The neck pick-up is warm and rich with a great blues rock tone. Switch to the bridge pick-up and the tone becomes bright and punchy with lots of funk like qualities. Turn the volume up and the guitar really starts to growl with a rich tonal output which would keep the rock and metal fans amongst you happy. All in all the tonal output of the Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster is extremely versatile. If you like blues, rock, country or jazz this guitar has something for you. Let’s face it the pick-up combination provides enough high gain output to satisfy the metal heads as well but I think the look of the guitar would preclude this group from giving the Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster a go.
To sum up the Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster is a really good guitar. The looks and feel of the guitar are first class with a real attention to detail in the build quality. The sound of the guitar is excellent and extremely versatile. However, the look of the guitar means that the Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster perhaps has a limited audience. But if you fit into that audience then this could be the guitar for you. I certainly can’t recommend it enough.
You can buy the Squier 72 Thinline Telecaster through Gear 4 Music.
|Squier Vintage Modified 72 Thinline Telecaster|
|Body||Semi hollow ash|
|Bridge||Vintage Style Strings-Thru-Body Tele® Bridge with 6 Fender Stamped steel saddles|
|Neck Shape||Modern "C" shape|
|Frets||21 medium jumbo|
|Fretboard radius||9.5" (24.1 cm)|
|Nut Width||1.65" (4.2 cm)|
|Scale Length||25.5" (64.8cm)|
|Bridge Pickup||Wide ranging humbucker pickup|
|Neck Pickup||Wide ranging humbucker pickup|
|Pickup switching||3-Position Blade|
|Controls||Master Volume, Master Tone|
|recommended retail price||£384|
|If you love this guitar -||Buy Now through Gear 4 Music|
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