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:

New Fender® Deluxe Telecaster® Thinline Maple Fingerboard Candy Apple Red w/Gig

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-29 15:07:30

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Guitar Black Transparent Maple

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 19:07:43

Fender Telecaster American Deluxe Thinline 2015 Natural Ash

USD / 802.00 (11 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-28 21:29:13

Fender American Standard Thin Line Deluxe Telecaster Electric Guitar 2013

USD 899.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-01 02:18:20

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

USD 791.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-28 19:20:37

Candy Apple Red Partscaster Tele Thinline Deluxe W/Case

USD 850.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-04 02:12:26

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline, 3-Tone Sunburst

USD 924.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-29 14:30:30

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

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-28 12:29:06

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

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 16:04:39

Fender Deluxe Telecaster Thinline Semi-Hollow Body Electric Guitar, Demo

USD 809.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-01 03:12:56

Fender Classic 72 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar

USD / 400.00 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-27 15:57:23

Fender Telecaster American Deluxe Thinline 2015 Natural Ash

USD / 802.00 (11 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-28 21:29:13

1989 Fender MIJ Telecaster Thinline

USD 950.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-01 12:08:15

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Guitar Black Transparent Maple

USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 19:07:43

Fender Thinline 72 Reissue Telecaster MIM - USED

USD 599.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-30 20:43:27

New Fender® Deluxe Telecaster® Thinline Maple Fingerboard Candy Apple Red w/Gig

USD 899.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-29 15:07:30

BLOW OUT Fits Fender Tele_'52_Reissue_Thinline SixKiller_Mahgany/Rose wood

USD 399.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-28 18:16:00

Fender American Elite Thinline Telecaster Mystic Ice Blue (335)

USD 1999.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-29 21:42:21

Fits Fender Tele_'52_Reissue_Thinline _SixKiller_Mahgany/Roswood__CUSTOM

USD 299.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-29 20:42:02

Fender 69 Telecaster Thinline Electric Guitar - Black

USD 829.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-02 21:22:25

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 Special Electric Guitar Satin Red
USD / 430.00 (6 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-27 18:02:26
EVH Wolfgang USA 3 Tone Burst Electric Guitar
USD 1995.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 18:11:50
EVH Wolfgang Standard Hardtail Electric Guitar--1 Hour Play time
USD 235.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-27 20:29:11
EVH Wolfgang Special TOM Vintage White Electric Guitar
USD 845.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-27 21:54:36

 

Dave Mustaine Signature Guitars

Dean Dave Mustaine Zero X Z Black Electric Guitar
USD 299.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-28 00:44:31
Dean Dave Mustaine Zero Signature "In Deth We Trust" Electric Guitar
USD 400.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-30 15:38:34

 

Dimebag Darrell Signature Guitars

Washburn Dimebag Darrell Signature St Pro Stealth Guitar
USD 1150.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-04 01:29:17
Dean ML / Margasa Custom Dimebag Darrell Tribute Electric Guitar + HDSC
USD 1099.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-02 17:33:40

 

Michael Schenker Signature Guitars


 

Tony Iommi Signature Guitars

Epiphone Tony Iommi SG Custom Guitar In Ebony Finish
USD 699.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 22:47:34
TONY IOMMI Miniature Guitar Frame Black Sabbath
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 13:50:58
TONY IOMMI Miniature Guitar Frame Black Sabbath 2
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 13:50:05

 

Zakk Wylde Signature Guitars

Epiphone Zakk Wylde ZV Custom Electric Guitar
USD / 600.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-29 16:59:14

 

George Lynch Signature Guitars

1991 ESP George Lynch Skulls and Snakes "Haji" guitar - SIGNED!!
USD 2899.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 18:16:01
Autographed ESP George Lynch M-1 Tiger Electric Guitar w/ Case
USD 4099.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 18:09:38

 

Kirk Hammett Signature Guitars

ESP LTD Kirk Hammett KH-202 Caution Hot Electric Guitar
USD 499.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-29 16:38:01
ESP VINTAGE PLUS RELIC AGED WHITE JAPAN KIRK HAMMETT ONE GUITAR STRAT
USD 1100.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-04 05:54:42
Ltd Signature Kh202 Kirk Hammett Electric Guitar W /Gig Bag
USD / 300.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-28 02:31:38

 

Buddy Guy Signature Guitars

Fender Buddy Guy Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar Used
USD 629.77 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-29 23:53:47
BUDDY GUY - GUITAR PICK - 2001 TOUR -BLUES LEGEND PICKS
USD 24.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-27 16:23:01
Fender MEX Buddy Guy Standard Stratocaster 1996 Used Electric Guitar F/S
USD 1140.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-02 21:27:32

 

Eric Clapton Signature Guitars


 

Eric Johnson Signature Guitars


 

Jeff Beck Signature Guitars

GRECO SE 500 Spacey Sound Jeff Beck Electric Guitar Ref.No 318
USD 427.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-02 01:53:55
JEFF BECK Miniature Guitar Frame Surf Green
USD / 40.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 13:51:48
Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster (Guitar #US16100392)
USD 1649.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-30 18:41:35

 

Steve Vai Signature Guitars

Ibanez Steve Vai "JEM JR" Electric Guitar White 6 String Right Hand
USD 334.40 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 17:48:26
Ibanez Steve Vai JEM77WDP CNL Premium Electric Guitar
USD 1699.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-04 00:11:07
Ibanez JEM77WDP Steve Vai Signature Woody Charcoal Brown Electric Guitar
USD 1091.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-01 01:23:37

 

Joe Satriani Signature Guitars

Ibanez JS1000 Joe Satriani Electric Guitar
USD 1199.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-27 20:00:31

 

Randy Rhoads Signature Guitars

Jackson Randy Rhoads guitar awesome set up - comes w/case
USD 179.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 21:18:53
New 6 String Randy Rhoads Electric Guitar White Finish
USD 199.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 06:57:14
Starshine Randy Rhoads v shape electric guitar standard size
USD 299.90 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-30 01:51:19

 

John Petrucci Signature Guitars


 

Steve Morse Signature Guitars

Ernie Ball Music Man Steve Morse Y2D Electric Guitar Purple Sunset
USD 2199.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-27 16:00:58
DEEP PURPLE-STEVE MORSE TOUR-ONLY GUITAR PICK!
USD 9.81 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-01 01:50:27
Music Man Steve Morse Signature Model Electric Guitar Blueburst Rosewood
USD 1849.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-30 18:49:19

 

John 5 Signature Guitars

ROB ZOMBIE John 5 Guitar Pick
USD 50.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-30 22:38:15
ROB ZOMBIE John 5 Guitar Pick
USD 50.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-30 22:22:50
ROB ZOMBIE John 5 Guitar Pick
USD 90.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-30 22:32:53

 

Angus Young Signature Guitars


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: 2017-04-28 19:42:12
Peavey International series Predator HSS Electric Guitar Strat Style
USD / 99.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-28 01:27:36
FENDER LIMITED EDITION HSS STRAT with BOOST 3-Tone Sunburst
USD 595.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-03 00:22:17
Strat Style , HSS, Whammy, 6 String, Right Handed , HSS, Gloss Black
USD 69.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-29 12:51:00
Brand New Fender Deluxe Stratocaster Strat HSS Candy Apple Red Demo
USD 742.49 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-01 23:28:16


Squier Affinity Stratocaster Fat Strat Sunburst 311701786
USD / 165.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-29 03:09:16
Fender Standard Fat Strat Electric Guitar
USD 269.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-02 04:57:10
New Squier Affinity Series Fat Strat
USD / 160.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-01 23:13:33

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 promotional usa stratocaster
USD 800.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-05-04 02:12:14
1989 Vintage Squier Hm (heavy metal) Strat Neck
USD 50.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-27 22:07:48


1989 Vintage Squier Hm (heavy metal) Strat Neck
USD 50.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-04-27 22:07:48