My new Fender Thinline 72 RI is Awesome!

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


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:


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 Thinline Deluxe Telecaster

USD 339.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 15:02:58

1974 Fender Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Natural Vintage Electric Guitar

USD / 2299.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 17:29:43

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe 3 Color Sunburst Maple

USD 420.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-19 21:00:06

Brand New Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Maple Fingerboard in Candy Apple Red

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 19:17:51


USD 4295.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 16:15:44

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline - Sunburst

USD 924.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 17:59:47

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Candy Apple Red

USD 829.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-24 17:51:56

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar 3-Tone Sunburst w/ Gig Bag

USD 829.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-24 17:51:38

Fender Modern Player Tele Thinline Deluxe Guitar Black Trans Maple Fretboard

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-23 18:54:40

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe - 3-Color Sunburst

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 15:27:21

2016 Fender Squier Vintage Modified '72 Telecaster Thinline Tele! NO RESERVE!!!!

USD 202.50 (16 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 02:05:40

Fender Classic 72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar

USD / 485.00 (9 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 00:52:37

Fender Cabronita Thinline

USD 380.00 (9 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-23 14:48:19

Fender Modern Player Thinline Deluxe Telecaster

USD 339.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 15:02:58

Fender Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar Black Transparent

USD 300.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 14:05:58

Fender TC-90 (TC90) Thinline Electric Guitar (Rare)

USD 399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-23 01:00:01

Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline - Natural with Maple Fingerboard Guitar

USD 500.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 23:54:41

Fender American Elite Thinline Semi-Hollow Telecaster 2017 Natural Ash

USD 1999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 21:08:17

Fender '72 Telecaster Thinline Reissue 2004 MIM Made in Mexico

USD 475.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 19:39:50

2013 Fender '69 American Vintage Thinline Telecaster Olympic White W/ Hard case!

USD 1599.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 22:52:58

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 USA Electric Guitar New Mint 2009
USD 1800.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 21:51:24


Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars

Dean Dave Mustaine Zero Angel of Deth II Electric Guitar and Gigbag
USD 275.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 22:12:48
Dean V Dave Mustaine Guitar, Rust In Peace with Case
USD 799.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-26 05:39:14


Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars

Dean Dimebag Darrell ML CAMO Electric Guitar
USD 275.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 22:12:48
USD 455.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 00:44:52
Pantera Dimebag Darrell Signed Autographed Guitar Signature Autograph
USD 960.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 23:44:53


Michael Schenker Signature Guitars

Dean Michael Schenker Retro Electric Guitar Flying V Custom
USD 249.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 22:26:05
USD 14.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 21:00:02


Tony Iommi Signature Guitars

USD 20.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 17:53:04
Epiphone Electric Guitar Tony Iommi Sg Custom
USD 1000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 15:36:19
Epiphone Electric Guitar Tony Iommi Sg Custom [Left-Handed]
USD 1178.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 15:34:34


Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars

Epiphone Zakk Wylde Electric Guitar
USD 395.00 (12 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 00:39:44
Epiphone Les Paul Zakk Wylde Bullseye Electric Guitar
USD / 599.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 02:51:46
Signed Zakk Wylde electric guitar authenticated by JSA#E57477
USD / 450.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 16:59:20


George Lynch Signature Guitars

New George Lynch Skull and Bones Electric Guitar Body Dream Warriors
USD 375.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 17:16:43
george lynch custom guitar
USD 700.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 16:40:07


Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars


Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

Buddy Guy autographed guitar strap
USD / 79.00 (17 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 11:48:48
Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar [New CD]
USD 7.24 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 08:24:30
Stone Crazy Blues * by Buddy Guy .12" BLUES GUITAR LP
USD 7.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 23:55:18


Eric Clapton Signature Guitars

Martin 000-28EC Eric Clapton Signature Guitar #15102
USD / 1499.00 (33 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-19 18:26:34
Eric Clapton/Steve Winwood guitar pick
USD / 150.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 09:39:08
Eric Clapton guitar pick
USD / 300.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 02:13:15


Eric Johnson Signature Guitars


Jeff Beck Signature Guitars


Steve Vai Signature Guitars

Ibanez UV70P Steve Vai Premium 7-String Signature Guitar with case
USD 500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-26 01:27:01
Ibanez Steve Vai Limited Edit (Guitar #3301F16516)
USD 6999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 16:41:59


Joe Satriani Signature Guitars


Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars

Jackson Randy Rhoads Electric Guitar w/EMGs Damaged in shipping #4702
USD 199.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 20:06:47
1992 Charvel Randy Rhoads Model CRR-068 Boutique Guitar jackson
USD 1299.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-26 01:20:11
Jackson RX10D Randy Rhoads Electric Guitar flying v
USD 400.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 01:11:53


John Petrucci Signature Guitars


Steve Morse Signature Guitars

MUSIC MAN / Steve Morse Y2D Dark Lord Music Man Electric Guitar
USD 5093.42 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 01:00:56
MUSIC MAN / Steve Morse Y2D Black Burst Music Man Electric Guitar
USD 3871.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 01:01:00
MUSIC MAN / Steve Morse Y2D Purple Sunset Music Man Electric Guitar
USD 3871.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 01:00:53


John 5 Signature Guitars

Squier John 5 Signature Telec (Guitar #CGS1706284)
USD 449.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 14:59:32
JOHN 5 Rob Zombie Band guitar pick VGC black
USD 3.29 (11 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 14:28:15
Squier J5 Telecaster John 5 Signature Electric Guitar
USD 449.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-24 17:38:09


Angus Young Signature Guitars

Custom Shop Replica Angus Young SG Guitar Wine Red
USD 449.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 00:41:19
AC/DC Angus Young Guitar Pick
USD 35.55 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 04:00:03

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.

Fender Strat HSS MIM upgrade
USD 177.00 (4 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-23 06:04:17
Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT - Arctic White
USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 16:18:02
Fender Deluxe Strat HSS Blizzard Pearl (208)
USD 799.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-19 20:11:00
Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT - Brown Sunburst
USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 16:18:09
Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT - Black
USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 16:18:07
Fender Deluxe Strat HSS Blizzard Pearl w/ IOS Connectivity (240)
USD 699.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-19 20:11:04
Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT Electric Guitar (Arctic White)
USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-24 11:11:01
Fender American Deluxe Strat HSS Shawbucker Olympic Pearl (632)
USD 1549.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-19 20:34:34
Squier Strat Pack HSS - Brown Sunburst
USD 299.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 16:18:02
Fender 0147200309 Deluxe Strat HSS Candy Apple Red (920)
USD 824.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-19 20:11:06

fender fat strat deluxe made in USA - high end fat strat
USD 500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 19:58:19
Godin Session Fat Strat
USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-24 23:00:28
2008 Squier by Fender : Affinity Fat Strat : Rare Purple : Fully Set Up
USD 189.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-23 00:09:17
Fender American Standard Double Fat Strat Candy Apple Red
USD 1100.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-25 02:20:25
Series 10 "Fat Strat" Left Handed Guitar with Floyd Rose
USD 319.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-22 14:07:41
Squier Standard Fat Strat Special Edition Black Mirror
USD 249.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 20:41:17
Fender American Deluxe Fat Strat Used Electric Guitar FREE Shipping
USD 1400.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-24 12:21:25

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
USD 650.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-20 20:31:11
1989 Fender HM Squier Strat Electric Guitar Original Neck Plate
USD 39.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 01:55:31
1989 Fender HM Squier Strat Electric Guitar Original Truss Rod Cover
USD 29.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2018-01-21 01:53:29