Here is a vintage 1972 Fender Telecaster Thinline semi-hollowbody electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 383085, is in excellent 100% all original condition and includes the original hard shell case! The 1972 Telecaster Thinline specifically, was the 1st year production version to feature a pair of Seth Lover designed Wide Range Humbuckers, replacing the traditional Tele pickup arrangement. The first several batches featured several desirable transitional appointments which were borrowed from the previous generation with regular dual single-coils, most importantly, the earliest humbucking pickup Tele Thinlines sported a Mahogany body, a Pearloid pickguard, and a maple neck with a single string-tree. It is seemingly ubiquitous that with the presence of WRHPs, the construction developed into utilizing entirely Ash bodies, however, for a very brief 3-6 month period in 1972 only, earlier style Mahogany bodies were sometimes used. Fender enthusiasts, Tele twangers, and serious collectors will all recognize the scarcity of such a variant.
Serial Number: 383085 (F Plate)
Potentiometer Codes: 137-7218 (CTS)
Weight: 8 lbs. 2 oz.
Body Stamp: “SPECIAL”
As previously mentioned, this ’72 Tele Thinline is in 100% all original condition. It has been preserved in intact pristine structural shape, with no modifications, no repairs, no breaks, no cracks, and no issues whatsoever. Aside from small areas of isolated playing wear on the edge of the body only, there is no real significant condition defects. The walnut polyurethane finish is very rich, and much more attractive than other examples which are infamous for their fade to an odd light-brown natural color. The body is heavily weather-checked, but in a very pleasing way. The pickguard is in nice shape aside from a very small broken tip near the treble side of the fingerboard’s base. This pearloid material commonly shrank, and these guards are notorious for warping, cracking, breaking, chipping, etc. Overall, this particular pickguard is very nice.
The neck feels fantastic, and features a somewhat deep D-shape neck profile. Slightly more substantial than your average early-’70s Tele neck, the pronounced and punctuated thicker maple perfectly complements the tonally dark semi-hollow mahogany body. With a natural acoustic resonance that is enjoyable when unplugged, this guitar truly comes to life when plugged in; which is primarily due to the brilliance of the Wide Range Humbuckers. The reason a single mid-70’s Wide Range Humbucker has sold for upward of $700 on eBay in the past, is because this is a very special sounding pickup. The transparency and articulation created by the semi-hollow Mahogany and the dynamic WRHPs is absolutely incredible. Loud, aggressive, and full of musical overtones, yet, still precise, and balanced, this guitar has something extra that Thinlines rarely have.
The original case is in very excellent shape, with no odd wear nor distracting odors.