Category Archives: Fender

Fender Guitar reviews, the Mexican and American made Strat or Stratocaster made famous by Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and so many others! Fender is also home to the Telecaster, widely used in Country music and made famous by Bruce Springsteen, Prince, and many, many others.

My new Fender Thinline 72 RI is Awesome!

This is my new Fender Thinline 72 RI (reissue):

fender-thinline-72-RI-deluxe

The image is stock, I’ll post one of my playing it soon. I used to be a Gibson man, and I was kind of “anti-Fender”. I liked classic rock, metal, 80’s hair bands, modern rock. But the last couple years I’ve been heavy into the blues. It’s funny sometimes – as you age you learn to appreciate different types of music more. For the first time in my life I pretty much (now) understand how and why players use different configurations of Fender and Gibson guitars and amps. Now I use my volume knob (on the guitar), and I used to just play on “10”, and the only use the amp volume. Then again – I used to have solid state amps, and now I have really good boutique tube amps.

I like the Telecaster sound, by my main instrument for awhile now has been my Mexican Tele with a Seymour Duncan little ’59 in the bridge, and a single coil in the neck. There’s something about that configuration that just suits me. It’s not too light, dirty when I want it, but not muddy like a Les Paul. It’s great for nearly any type of music.

Last week I saw a guy on the local Craigslist had a ’72 RI Thinline Tele for sale, but he was willing to trade for the right guitar. One of the guitars he wanted was a Reverend, and I just happened to have one that wasn’t getting much use. In 1972 Fender put out a Thinline Telecaster (that I’ve been able to find) in 2 different types – “deluxe” and “custom”. The deluxe ’72 Tele is unique because it has 4 knobs (like a Gibson), 2 volume, and 2 tone – in addition to 2 “wide range” humbuckers. That, and the fact that the thinline has the signature F-hole tonebox on top for a slightly brighter sound.

So, I decided to setup an appt for a guitar swap – and the guy like my Reverend, and I liked his Tele. It had a C shaped neck a little fatter then my Mexican Tele, but was actually easier to play (for me). So I took it home and cranked it up, and if there’s anything I’ve learned the last few years it’s the fact that every guitar is different. The guy I bought it from said that he switched the pots out for 500K because it was (in his opinion) too “dark”. I don’t know about dark, but I like guitars with the 500K mod because the gain rolloff is different than with standard 250K volum pots.

On my Tele with the lil ’59 Seymour pickup it starts to get dirt around 5 or 6, and progresses up all the way to 10 until it’s full bore. On the new Thinline 72 I don’t start to get dirt until about 8 (on the same rig and pedals), and the sound at “10” on the volume is a bit different (slightly more harsh). The “widerange” humbuckers are not what you’d expect. You’re not going to get a Gibson sound, but it’s not a single coil either. It’s not exactly like a P-90 (or as dark). The best way to describe it is a humbucker that has more clarity (and is more defined). The bridge is really bright, the neck pickup is really deep and ambient.

I love my Tele with the little ’59, but the thing about this Thinline is I can set the bridge pickup at one volume, and the neck pickup at another. Then I can go from neck rhythm to bridge leads with ease. With my other Tele it’s one volume for all.

There’s another Thinline back on the market now called the Thinline 69 RI:

fender-thinline-69-RI

You can see in the image above that the Thinline ’69 is a traditional Tele in both pickups and controls. It has the F-hole cutout, but the neckplate is a 3 bolt (where the ’72 RI is a 4 bolt neck).

I’m grateful to have this as a new addition to my guitar collection, you can find it at musicians friend for about $800 bucks:

Fender Classic Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar Black

Check Musician’s Friend Price for ’72 Thinline RI Deluxe

There are some decent auctions on the Thinline as well:

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Maple Fretboard Black Transparen

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-29 18:00:02

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Sunburst Electric Guitar

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 15:48:13

Fender Deluxe Tele Thinline Rosewood FB E/Guitar 3-Color Sunburst - 0147600300

USD 791.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 19:20:37

Fender Deluxe Thinline Telecaster

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 22:05:21

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe - Maple Fingerboard - 3-Color Su

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 16:05:15

Fender Deluxe Thinline Telecaster

USD 924.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 22:28:01

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline - 3-Tone Sunburst

USD 924.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 14:30:30

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe - 3-Color Sunburst +Cables

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-29 15:27:21

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Guitar, Maple Fingerboard, Candy Apple Red

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 12:29:06

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar (Candy Apple Red) w/ Delu

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 18:02:07

Fender 69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar - Black

USD 829.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-31 21:22:25

Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar with SKG Case

USD / 353.00 (7 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 15:36:33

Fender Squier Vintage Modified 72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar 3TSB -NEW

USD 449.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-30 17:00:42

Fender Telecaster Thinline '72 - Natural finish

USD 399.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 17:50:00

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Sunburst Electric Guitar

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 15:48:13

Fender Squier Classic Vibe Telecaster Thinline

USD 425.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 16:28:12

Fender Deluxe Tele Thinline Rosewood FB E/Guitar 3-Color Sunburst - 0147600300

USD 791.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 19:20:37

Fender Squire Telecaster Thinline S/N:ICS16008603

USD / 299.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 21:37:19

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Maple Fretboard Black Transparen

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-29 18:00:02

Fender Telecaster Jim Adkins JA-90 Thinline Transparent Black w/ Fender Case

USD / 550.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 23:24:13

My Favorite Signature Guitars

Seems like everyone and their brother has a “signature guitar” anymore. You seem them from time to time in Guitar Center or the latest Musician’s Friend catalog, but never all at once. The kind of seem to come and go. I decided to list my favorite signature guitar models all at once for you to check out. These are my favorites from Eddie Van Halen, Dave Mustaine, Dimebag Darrell, Michael Schenker, Tony Iommi, Zakk Wylde, George Lynch, Kirk Hammett, Buddy Guy, Eric Clapton, Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Slash, Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, John Petrucci, Angus Young, and Steve Morse. I wish I had them all!

 

Van Halen Wolfgang Signature Guitars

EVH Wolfgang WG Standard Electric Guitar Transparent Black Maple
USD / 450.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 20:53:54
NEW VINTAGE STYLE WOLFGANG AMBER FLAME MAPLE 6 STRING ELECTRIC GUITAR
USD 169.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 01:00:24
EVH Wolfgang Special HT Hardtail Guitar
USD / 449.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 00:48:31
EVH Wolfgang Special Electric Guitar
USD 565.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-30 10:06:50

 

Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars

Dean Guitars Zero X Dave Mustaine Electric Guitar - Classic Black NEW
USD 269.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 16:03:32
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine's King V Anarchy guitar neck
USD / 36.99 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 22:32:48

 

Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars


 

Michael Schenker Signature Guitars

Dean Michael Schenker MS Retro V Electric Guitar - Free Shipping!
USD 266.46 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 16:29:26
Vintage DEAN MICHAEL SCHENKER baby FLYING V ELECTRIC GUITAR
USD / 199.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 01:51:08

 

Tony Iommi Signature Guitars

Tony Iommi SG Guitar NEW
USD / 650.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-30 23:41:06
BLACK SABBATH Tony Iommi guitar pick
USD 20.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-29 14:21:55
Black Sabbath Tony Iommi Guitar Pick.
USD / 10.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 03:18:59
Laney Tony Iommi Signature 15W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
USD 591.15 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 13:25:32

 

Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars

GIBSON BULLSEYE ELECTRIC GUITAR Zakk Wylde EMG 81/85 9-V Battery 2017
USD 400.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 20:51:08
Epiphone Zakk Wylde Signature Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar Bulls Eye
USD 599.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 22:00:27
zakk wylde guitar epiphone custom
USD 255.00 (3 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 17:35:14
GIBSON BULLSEYE ELECTRIC GUITAR Zakk Wylde EMG 81/85 9-V Battery 2017
USD 500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 20:51:08

 

George Lynch Signature Guitars

ESP LTD George Lynch Series GL-256 Distressed 2 Tone Burst Electric Guitar
USD / 365.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 15:48:47
ESP LTD GL-600SS George Lynch Signature Electric Guitar!!!
USD 949.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 20:23:31
ESP LTD GL200K George Lynch Kamikaze Electric Guitar Graphic Finish
USD 499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 03:01:53
Esp guitar Skulls and Snakes GEORGE LYNCH
USD / 1800.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-29 03:43:11

 

Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars


 

Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar [New CD]
USD 6.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 08:24:30
Buddy Guy – 2017 Tour issued guitar pick
USD 24.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-31 17:28:29
Buddy Guy 2000 guitar pick
USD 14.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 22:23:42

 

Eric Clapton Signature Guitars

Fender Electric Guitar (Eric Clapton Signature Full Size)
USD 399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 20:42:20
ERIC CLAPTON SIGNED GUITAR
USD 2399.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 22:14:34
Fender Artist Series Eric Clapton Signature Stratocaster Electric Guitar
USD 1599.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 02:02:43

 

Eric Johnson Signature Guitars

Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar
USD 1299.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 17:49:58
Eric Johnson Best Of Guitar Recorded Versions Tab Book NEW!
USD 17.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-30 14:07:35
Fender Eric Johnson Stratocaster Electric Guitar
USD 1899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-30 18:47:47

 

Jeff Beck Signature Guitars

jeff beck guitar pick
USD / 99.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 19:24:59

 

Steve Vai Signature Guitars

Ibanez JEM77P Steve Vai Signature Blue Floral Print Electric Guitar
USD 1499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 22:21:47
IBANEZ STEVE VAI ELECTRIC GUITAR JEM JR BLACK
USD 399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 14:54:07

 

Joe Satriani Signature Guitars

Ibanez Joe Satriani JS100 Electric Guitar w/ Hardshell Case
USD / 374.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 14:32:39
Ibanez Joe Satriani JS1000 Electric Guitar
USD / 800.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 23:26:34
Ibanez JS1000 Joe Satriani Electric Guitar
USD 1089.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 20:00:31
Ibanez Joe Satriani JS1000 Electric Guitar SIGNED BY JOE!
USD / 1227.93 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-29 19:50:57

 

Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars

2017 Jackson Randy Rhoads RR24 guitar with case
USD 700.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 15:21:04
Washburn Tour Series Ace Frehley guitar Wonderbar Randy Rhoads
USD / 11.49 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-29 01:55:56

 

John Petrucci Signature Guitars


 

Steve Morse Signature Guitars

Music Man Steve Morse electric guitar with case
USD 1629.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-24 23:12:13
Steve Morse Tour Guitar Pick
USD / 10.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-25 01:43:01
STEVE MORSE JUST THE RIFFS GUITAR TAB SONGBOOK TABLATURE
USD 23.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-24 23:09:31

 

John 5 Signature Guitars

John 5 Telecaster Electric Guitar
USD 3720.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 18:47:06
Music Man John Petrucci Majesty 6-String Electric Guitar, Arctic Dream
USD 2900.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-30 19:56:25
John 5 Guitar Pick Rob Zombie Marilyn Manson Jasper RARE john 5
USD / 55.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-29 10:22:31

 

Angus Young Signature Guitars

AC DC SIGNED GUITAR X5 ANGUS YOUNG PROOF
USD 1800.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 10:27:51

HSS Strat Review

This is my “HSS Strat Review” – or “What I Hate Standard Strats!”

I never used to to think I was really either a “Gibson” or “Fender” kinda guy. The first guitar I became really partial to was my Ibanez Artcore semi-hollow body. Well, now that it’s rewired with “Pearly Gates” pickups in both the neck and bridge – maybe that’s why! I had quite a few before this that I got rid of for one reason or another. There are two things I look for in a guitar, and they are “tone” and “versatility”. A standard strat (to me) has NO tone whatsoever in the bridge position, the neck is great for jazz or blues, but all positions lack…..well for lack of a better term – “balls”.

I play a wide variety of music from pop, to rock, southern rock, country, blues, classic rock, dance, disco, a bit of everything. When you’re talking about versatility, I tend to think that humbuckers are the way to go because you can go “balls out” if you need to for say “Gimme 3 Steps”, but cut it down for a very bluesy “Fool For Your Stockings”. You’re good for either “Brickhouse” or “Free for All”.

On the other hand, I saw a guy in a bar not to long ago with a great rig playing the hell out of a standard strat on a Pink Floyd cover and he sounded great! Then the next song was “You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC, and my jaw dropped when I heard the tinny, trebly, horrible fake-distorted sound of that strat! There’s just no way that guitar could EVER sound heavy enough for that (or any other) hard-rock based sound.

In addition – I even owned (and paid $900 for) an “official SRV signature” strat from Fender’s custom shop last year. I finally sold it (digusted) a week later, because (while very playable) it just wasn’t versatile enough (sound-wide) for me at the time. Now fast forward to last month, when I was in my local GC, and I checked out 2 or 3 of the HSS (humbucker, single coil, single coil) “fat” strats, both American and Mexican made. I plugged these into a Vox, 3 different Marshalls, a Peavey, a Fender, and a Line 6. I have to say – I wish I would have bought one of these a long time ago…

The HSS or “fat strat” gives you a humbucker in the bridge position, and then 2 single coils. So if you want to belt out Pink Floyd on the neck with chorus and bad-ass delay, great! But you can go “balls-out” in bridge with your AC/DC and Angus impressions no problem! Now, to be sure – I STILL wouldn’t recommend this for death metal or anything (check out the Ibanez ART300 for that), this type of strat is probably the only kind that can handle most types of hard rock. I had forgotten how many of these there were back in the 80’s, and that would probably explain why I hadn’t seen many of them in the store over the years (again) until now. Back in the 80’s in the land of hair metal – these were called “heavy metal strats”, and those are kind of rare to find today.

Here are some great deals on HSS Fat Strats on eBay right now, the retail for a mexican made strat is about $399, and American Made is $799+. You can get great deals both new and used on eBay for these guitars.

Strat Harness HSS DeathStar II Solderless Custom by KellingSound
USD / 89.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 12:00:23
Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT Electric Guitar (Arctic White)
USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-27 19:33:38
Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT - Brown Sunburst
USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-31 12:54:57
Brand New Fender Deluxe Stratocaster Strat HSS Candy Apple Red Demo
USD 742.49 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-30 23:28:16
Fender Deluxe Stratocaster HSS "Fat Strat"
USD 500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-31 20:59:16


Fender Vintage Modified Fat Strat Squire 2012
USD / 200.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-28 12:02:50
Fender Deluxe Stratocaster HSS "Fat Strat"
USD 500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-31 20:59:16
Fender Squier Fat Strat with Gig Bag
USD / 129.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 04:33:30

Here’s the latest auctions on eBay for “HM” or “Heavy Metal” strats, there are usually under 6 or so for sale at any given time (there are getting rarer by the day).

Fender HM Strat - EXCELLENT CONDITION !! Includes Hardshell Case
USD 1299.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-29 19:04:59
Vintage 1988 Fender H.M. Strat with Hard Shell Case.
USD 1250.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-07-26 21:23:19