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Mexican Telecaster 72 Reissues


A 72 Telecaster Thinline Sunburst

There are broadly speaking three Telecaster 72 RIs The Thinline, The Custom and The Deluxe. These are easily distinguished, the Thinline is a semi hollow HH with an F Hole the other two are solid bodied, the Deluxe being HH and the Custom SH. This page will deal with the standard runs but there are numerous FSRs some of which I will highlight on a separate page.


72 Telecaster Thinline

First introduced in 1999 and described by Fender as a faithful 70s reproduction it is in fact a reasonable reproduction of a version 2 thinline. It has an Ash body and was first available just in natural but three colour sunburst was added the following year.

Thinline Natural


72 Telecaster Custom

Also launched in 1999 this is a reasonable reproduction of the 70s custom but the 70s models themselves had some variations in saddles and pickguard. Available in Black or Sunburst the sunburst was alder the black alder or poplar.



72 Telecaster Deluxe

The Deluxe an Alder bodied guitar in Black, Sunburst or Walnut was released in 2004


More detail


Model

Thinline

Custom

Deluxe

Body

Ash Semi Hollow

Alder or Poplar

Alder

Fretboard

Maple

Maple or Rosewood

Maple

Radius

7.25"

7.25"

12"

Profile

U*

U

C

Frets

21 Nickle silver vintage

21 Nickle silver vintage

21 Medium Jumbo

Pickguard

White

BWB

Black

Neck attachment

3 bolt microtilt

3 bolt microtilt

3 bolt microtilt

Headstock

Tele style bullet truss rod adj

Tele style bullet truss rod adj

Large strat style bullet truss rod adj

Controls

1 vol 1 tone tele style

2 vol 2 tone skirted

2 vol 2 tone skirted

Pickups

2 wide range HBs

1 tele single coil 1 wide range HB

2 Wide range HB

Colours

Natural Sunburst

Black or Sunburst

Black Sunburst or Walnut

Bridge

6 saddle strat style

3 saddle tele style

6 saddle strat style





* In some of the Fender literature it says the neck profile is C in others U.
There have been a fair few special runs of these models please click the link below for information on and pictures of some of them.

A look at some FSRs