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):


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:

2013 Fender American Deluxe Thinline Telecaster Olympic White, Fender SKB Case

USD 1799.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 18:58:02


USD 4295.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 16:15:44

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar Maple Candy Apple Red + Case

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-18 20:05:17

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe (Black Transparent)

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-18 16:34:20

Brand New Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Tele 3 Tone Sunburst Demo

USD 832.49 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 19:17:51

Fender Deluxe Tele Thinline 3-Tone Sunburst Semi-Hollow Telecaster Guitar w

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-18 14:01:15

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline - Sunburst

USD 924.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 17:59:47

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Candy Apple Red Electric Guitar w/Gig Bag

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-18 17:03:15

Fender Modern Player Thinline Deluxe Semi-Hollow Telecaster in 3-Tone Sunburst

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 18:17:41

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Electric Guitar 3-Color Sunburst

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-21 14:49:12

Rare Fender Thinline Jaguar MIJ with hardcase

USD / 1200.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-18 04:24:02

2014/15 FENDER Classic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar Natural

USD / 379.00 (37 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-21 21:38:07

2011 Fender Telecaster Thinline '72 Reissue Natural Finish W/Case

USD 599.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 19:57:54

Fender Thinline Telecaster '72 Reissue 1994 Factory Bigsby (Made in Japan)

USD 899.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-23 20:34:27


USD 4295.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 16:15:44

Fender Classic Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar ( RARE ) cherry red, Squire

USD 425.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-21 23:43:33

1972 Fender USA Telecaster Thinline reissue w/Original Fender Seth Lover Pickups

USD 2500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-24 23:40:28

Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Natural Re-Issue (947) (CPP014583)

USD 499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 21:04:45

Fender Custom Shop LTD Thinline Tele Rosewood Neck, Relic Vintage Blonde (875)

USD 3960.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 20:53:47

Fender American Elite Telecaster Thinline - Natural

USD 1595.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 00:58:43

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

Peavey USA Wolfgang Standard Archtop Hardtail Guitar w/OHSC MINT!
USD 1049.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 17:15:52
Peavey Wolfgang Hardtail USA Electric Guitar
USD 899.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-21 03:00:45
EVH Wolfgang Special Electric Guitar
USD 500.00 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 15:22:03


Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars


Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars

Washburn DIME Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitar Pantera
USD 299.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-18 22:56:11


Michael Schenker Signature Guitars


Tony Iommi Signature Guitars

USD 1999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 01:19:45
Epiphone Tony Iommi Signature Custom Guitar from Japan
USD 860.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-24 13:48:09


Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars


George Lynch Signature Guitars

New George Lynch Skull and Bones Electric Guitar Body Dream Warriors
USD 399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 23:33:09
ESP GL-56 George Lynch Guitar Rare First Run 1 of 52
USD 1500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 22:37:00
esp ltd gl-200 george lynch guitar kamikaze
USD / 375.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-23 23:48:25


Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars

ESP LTD KH-602 Kirk Hammett Signature Series Guitar Black
USD 899.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 06:54:29
LTD KH-25 Kirk Hammett Signature Factory distressed Guitar Black
USD 550.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-23 20:39:04


Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

BUDDY GUY Guitar Pick - 2001 Polka Dot Pickboy
USD / 7.50 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-18 01:11:46
Buddy Guy - Born to Play Guitar [New CD]
USD 7.48 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 08:24:30
USD 2.25 (3 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 23:05:37


Eric Clapton Signature Guitars

Eric Clapton Guitar Pick E.C. Was Here E.C. Was There Blue
USD 99.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-24 19:35:08
Eric Clapton Crossroads Blues Festival Guitar Pick Lot Of Two
USD 6.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 18:21:54
Eric Clapton CF Martin Signature Guitar Pick
USD / 25.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 22:45:02


Eric Johnson Signature Guitars

ERIC JOHNSON Tones CD Blues Guitar Texas Shred Wounded Bird Records
USD 4.00 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 23:13:44
ERIC JOHNSON Seven Worlds CD Guitar Blues Rock Guitar SHRED
USD 5.00 (4 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 23:13:40
ERIC JOHNSON EJ Song Explorations on Acoustic Guitar and Piano CD
USD 4.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 23:13:41


Jeff Beck Signature Guitars

Fender Jeff Beck Strat Electric Guitar (Olympic White)
USD 399.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-25 00:12:55
Fender Custom Shop Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar Surf Green
USD 4000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-24 19:50:27


Steve Vai Signature Guitars

1988 Ibanez guitar Steve Vai Jem 777 DY
USD / 7000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 18:41:11


Joe Satriani Signature Guitars

Ibanez Joe Satriani SIGNED JS 100 Signature Guitar AUTOGRAPHED
USD 400.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 01:52:06
Ibanez Joe Satriani Signature Electric Guitar Muscle Car Orange
USD 2499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-24 19:00:12
Ibanez JS24P Joe Satriani Signature Electric Guitar Candy Apple LN
USD 1319.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 19:13:49


Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars


John Petrucci Signature Guitars

Sterling John Petrucci JP150 Electric Guitar Neptune Blue
USD 134.50 (7 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 02:11:51
Sterling Music Man John Petrucci Signature Guitar Signed AUTOGRAPHED
USD 400.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-19 01:53:47


Steve Morse Signature Guitars

Steve Morse Tour Guitar Pick
USD / 10.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 15:30:21
DEEP PURPLE Steve Morse tour Guitar Pick Concert
USD 19.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 02:20:11


John 5 Signature Guitars

John 5 Guitar Pick Rare New Zombie John5 Manson
USD / 9.99 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-18 21:02:49
John 5 Dracula very rare guitar pick
USD 99.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-23 23:04:57


Angus Young Signature Guitars

USD 9.50 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-24 18:06:05
Angus Young Autographed AC/DC Electric Guitar - PSA/DNA LOA
USD 1299.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-21 15:16:58

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 Standard HSS Strat Stratocaster Wiring Harness 5 Way 2T1V Pots
USD / 28.88 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-24 22:32:39
Fender Strat Hss electric GUITAR PLANS - Full scale detailed
USD 14.98 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 12:04:10
Fender Deluxe Strat HSS Blizzard Pearl (208)
USD 799.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 20:11:00
Fender Deluxe Strat HSS Tungstun (346)
USD 824.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 20:10:58
Fender Deluxe Strat HSS Blizzard Pearl w/ IOS Connectivity (479)
USD 699.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 20:11:03
Fender American Deluxe Strat HSS Shawbucker Black (816)
USD 1549.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 20:19:32
Fender American Deluxe Strat HSS Shawbucker Olympic Pearl (441)
USD 1549.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 20:34:34
Fender 0147200309 Deluxe Strat HSS Candy Apple Red (920)
USD 824.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 20:11:06
Squier Vintage Modified HSS Strat
USD 299.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 02:02:04

Squier Affinity Series Fat Strat Electric Guitar w/tremelo #6344
USD 169.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-18 05:44:33
Series 10 "Fat Strat" Left Handed Guitar with Floyd Rose
USD 319.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-23 14:07:41
2008 Squier by Fender : Affinity Fat Strat : Rare Purple : Fully Set Up
USD 199.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 19:59:42
Fender Deluxe Fat Strat Guitar from Japan
USD 1890.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-23 10:35:05
Fender Deluxe Fat Strat Used Guitar Free Shipping from Japan #mig46
USD 1772.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-24 03:12:34
Fender Deluxe Fat Strat E.Guitar Free Shipping Stratocaster Type Black
USD 1660.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-22 13:35:09

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 Heavy Metal Strat With Padded Gig Bag
USD 475.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 01:54:56
1989 Greg Howe High Gear Fender HM Series Strat Guitar Print Ad
USD 3.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-23 23:01:26

Fender HM Heavy Metal Strat With Padded Gig Bag
USD 475.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-11-20 01:54:56