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 Transparent Black Maple Neck

USD 249.99 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 18:25:36

Fender Telecaster Thinline Tele Deluxe 1981 US Bullet Lollar Wide Range Callaham

USD 999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-02 02:00:16

Fender Deluxe Thinline Telecaster CAR *New Model* W/Gig Bag

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 12:20:08

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline - 3 Color Sunburst HOME PAK

USD 974.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 19:59:28

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline, Rosewood - 3 Color Sunburst

USD 924.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 00:51:12

2016 Fender Deluxe Thinline Telecaster Tele Guitar Ships Worldwide Unplayed!

USD 799.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 17:12:02

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

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 16:05:15

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline - 3-Tone Sunburst

USD 924.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 14:30:30

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Maple Fretboard Black Transparen

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 18:00:02

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar (3-Tone Sunburst) w/ Delu

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 17:00:46

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Transparent Black Maple Neck

USD 249.99 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 18:25:36

Fender Classic 72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar

USD 450.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 15:23:33

2011 Fender Telecaster Thinline Mahogany VG-Ex MIM w/ gig bag '69 Classic

USD 399.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 22:07:52

Fender Telecaster Thinline Tele Deluxe 1981 US Bullet Lollar Wide Range Callaham

USD 999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-02 02:00:16

Fender Telecaster 72 Thinline Electric Guitar MZ4194759

USD 630.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 20:01:40

Fender Limited Edition American Elite Mahogany Tele Thinline, Pre-Sale Only

USD 1999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 19:06:46

2001 Fender Thinline Telecaster 69 Reissue MIM with upgrades & Gig Bag

USD 515.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 00:07:24

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

USD 2500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 23:40:28

Fender Classic Series '72 Telecaster Thinline Semi-hollow body - Natural

USD / 500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 23:49:03

Fender Custom Shop Thinline Telec (Guitar #R88538)

USD 7650.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 18:36:51

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 STANDARD ELECTRIC QUILTED PURPLE GUITAR
USD 449.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 17:33:40
Evh Wolfgang Standard Guitar
USD / 305.00 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 19:26:52
EVH Wolfgang Special Stealth Hardtail Guitar with TSA EVH Case
USD 255.00 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 15:39:53
EVH Wolfgang Special Electric Guitar Sunburst Excellent!
USD 699.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 02:00:34

 

Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars


 

Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars

Dimebag Darrell sticker RARE Tribute Pantera Original Dean Guitar
USD 5.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 02:34:07
Washburn DIME Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitar Pantera
USD 450.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 17:46:55

 

Michael Schenker Signature Guitars

Dean Michael Schenker MS Retro V Electric Guitar - Free Shipping!
USD 292.45 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 15:36:18
Dean Michael Schenker Standard Guitar, MS STD HSPACK, Case Bundle
USD 417.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 18:26:53
Dean Michael Schenker Standard Guitar, MS STD
USD 299.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 18:26:49

 

Tony Iommi Signature Guitars

Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Custom Electric Guitar
USD 251.00 (12 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 01:05:39
Epiphone Tony Iommi Ebony Electric Guitar SG & Case
USD 640.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 19:01:41
Tony Iommi SG Guitar NEW 2010 model
USD / 650.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 08:23:53

 

Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars

Epiphone Les Paul Custom Electric Guitar with Zakk Wylde Custom Pick Ups
USD / 200.00 (37 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 16:27:45
Gibson Custom Zakk Wylde Signature Rough Top EMG Electric Guitar LP
USD 4848.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 04:44:06

 

George Lynch Signature Guitars

ESP LTD GL-256 George Lynch? Electric Guitar- Sparkly Gold
USD 128.50 (30 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 23:54:01
ESP LTD George Lynch Signature GL-200K Kamikaze Electric Guitar
USD 399.20 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 03:43:57
Esp Ltd L2 George Lynch Electric Guitar Reverse Hard Case 80s
USD 799.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 00:15:17
ESP LTD George Lynch GL-200 MT Guitar w/HSC ~ USED
USD 399.99 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 20:22:06

 

Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars

LTD KH-202 Kirk Hammett Signature Guitar w/EMG's and Hardshell Case
USD 449.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 18:29:39
Esp Ltd Kirk Hammett Guitar Body
USD 140.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 23:58:16
ESP LTD Kirk Hammett KH-202 Electric Guitar
USD 200.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 20:22:08
ESP / LTD KH-602 Electric Guitar Kirk Hammett Model in Black - LKH602
USD 719.16 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 16:39:32

 

Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

Buddy Guy Guitar Play Along 8 Songs! Tab Book NEW!
USD 15.39 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 19:44:15
BUDDY GUY guitar pick (older)
USD 50.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 23:08:51
Buddy Guy 2011 Guitar Strap
USD 130.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 15:35:34
Buddy Guy Guitar Player 2017 Magazine (3 Copies)
USD 12.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 02:48:29

 

Eric Clapton Signature Guitars

FENDER STRATOCATER Eric Clapton Blackie Used Electric Guitar
USD 1050.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-02 05:25:52
Eric Clapton guitar music t-shirt
USD 14.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 06:37:26
Martin Guitars 000-28EC Eric Clapton Model – Sunburst
USD 4029.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 21:20:55

 

Eric Johnson Signature Guitars

Fender Eric Johnson Guitar
USD 530.00 (7 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 18:32:51

 

Jeff Beck Signature Guitars

Fender Custom Shop Jeff Beck Sig (Guitar #XN10700)
USD 4200.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 16:57:38
Fender Custom Shop Jeff Beck Stratocaster Electric Guitar Surf Green
USD 4000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-25 19:10:43

 

Steve Vai Signature Guitars

Ibanez Universe UV777 Steve Vai 7-string Guitar. UV
USD 990.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 18:10:50
ibenez electric guitar steve Vai style pearl white with case
USD 400.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 14:52:21
Ibanez JEM 7 V Steve Vai Signature Model Guitar
USD 1125.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 20:01:24
Ibanez JEM JR Steve Vai Signature Guitar
USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 16:45:51

 

Joe Satriani Signature Guitars

Ibanez BLACK Dog Joe Satriani Guitar
USD 11.87 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 06:44:30
Ibanez JS700 TR Solid Body Electric Guitar & Case - Joe Satriani
USD 445.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 21:47:33
Ibanez JS2400 Joe Satriani Signature white Guitar near Mint
USD 1600.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 02:34:09

 

Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars


 

John Petrucci Signature Guitars


 

Steve Morse Signature Guitars

Steve Morse Tour Guitar Pick
USD / 10.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-26 00:22:37
Used Electric Guitar Musicman Steve Morse Signature MORSE BLUE BURST
USD 2328.30 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-30 02:43:27
STEVE MORSE Stressfest CD Dixie Dregs Deep Purple Shred Guitar
USD 2.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 21:37:32

 

John 5 Signature Guitars

Music Man John Petrucci Majesty 6-String Electric Guitar, Arctic Dream
USD 2900.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 19:56:25
Music Man John Petrucci Majesty Electric Guitar Arctic Dream
USD 2949.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 19:05:10

 

Angus Young Signature Guitars

ANGUS YOUNG SIGNED SGC MODEL ELECTRIC GUITAR JSA LOA
USD 2000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 16:15:10

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.

Wiggins Brand, hand wound HSS Strat set, Alnico, Wood, MADE TO ORDER
USD 230.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 17:36:57
Epiphone FAT S210 HSS Strat-style Electric Guitar
USD 150.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 17:44:42
Fender Standard HSS Strat Stratocaster Wiring Harness 5 Way 2T1V Pots
USD / 28.88 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-02 03:27:55
Squier Strat Pack HSS - Candy Apple Red
USD 299.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 13:31:05
Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT - Brown Sunburst
USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 12:54:57
Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT - Arctic White
USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 12:55:00
Fender Deluxe Strat HSS Candy Apple Red (495)
USD 824.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-28 15:53:28
Squier Bullet Strat HSS HT Electric Guitar (Arctic White)
USD 149.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 11:01:25


Squire Fat Strat by Fender MIK
USD 69.00 (1 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 06:21:10
1994 Fender Squier Standard Fat Strat, made in Korea, VN4, near mint!
USD / 69.00 (20 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 01:20:37
Fender American Deluxe Fat Strat RW CRT Electric Guitar
USD / 450.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 22:58:30
Epiphone FAT S210 HSS Strat-style Electric Guitar
USD 150.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 17:44:42
Fender American Standard Double Fat Strat Candy Apple Red
USD 1100.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-27 02:20:25
Fender Deluxe Stratocaster HSS "Fat Strat"
USD 500.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-09-29 20:59:16
2002 USA Fender Stratocaster “Fat Strat” HSS With Hardshell Case
USD 999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-10-01 19:22:22

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).