The Fender® American Vintage II series presents a remarkably accurate take on the revolutionary designs that altered the course of musical history. Built with period-accurate bodies, necks and hardware, premium finishes and meticulously voiced, year-specific pickups, each instrument captures the essence of authentic Fender craftsmanship and tone. The Telecaster® Thinline first debuted in July of 1968 and the semi-hollow design was created to produce light instruments from heavy ash. Reimagined in late ’71 around a pair of Wide-Range humbucking pickups mounted to a reshaped curvy pearloid pickguard, the souped-up second-generation Telecaster Thinline had its first full year of production in 1972. Notably, it was Fender’s first six string with humbucking pickups and the first Tele® with six adjustable bridge saddles. The American Vintage II 1972 Telecaster® Thinline reproduces the quintessential tone and feel of the original. Featuring a “C”-shape hard rock maple neck, the American Vintage II 1972 Telecaster® Thinline plays like a dream with a 7.25” radius fingerboard and vintage tall frets. To create authentic Wide-Range humbucking pickups, we resurrected CuNiFe magnets, an essential element in recreating the sonics of the originals. Characteristic of production in 1972, this Thinline is outfitted with a convenient "Bullet" style truss rod nut, three-bolt neck plate with Micro-Tilt™ mechanism, “F” stamped tuners, 6-saddle string-through body hardtail with bent steel saddles and offered in Aged Natural, 3-Color Sunburst, and Lake Placid Blue over a semi-hollow ash body. The instruments in the American Vintage II series are direct descendants of the original Fenders: designed for players with a fine appreciation for vintage Fender tone and feel and built with unmatched quality, down to the last screw. These are Fender electrics in their purest form: Fender American Vintage II, the stuff of legends.
Ash is a warm-toned wood with clear, bright highs, defined midrange, and a beautiful grain pattern. The lightweight semi-hollow construction adds a warmth and resonance unique to Telecaster Thinline models.
The 7.25”-radius fingerboard provides the comfortable playing feel of a vintage instrument, while vintage-tall frets make it easier to bend notes without fretting out.
In vintage years, the shape and thickness of Fender guitar necks varied tremendously. The American Vintage II Series offers a variety of authentic neck profiles from Fender’s past.
To create an authentic CuNiFe Wide-Range humbucking pickup, we resurrected an alloy that had ceased production for four decades, and tooled up to produce authentic threaded CuNiFe magnets, an essential element in recreating the sonics of the original. These pickups produce tones that retain the clarity and snap of Fender’s single-coils, while also boasting much higher output and thicker timbres.
|Body Shape||American Vintage II 1972 Telecaster Thinline|
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Finish||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape||1972 "C"|
|Fingerboard Inlay||Black Dot|
|Number of Frets||21, Vintage Tall|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||Pure Vintage 6-Saddle String-Through Body Hardtail with Bent Steel Saddles|
|Tuners||Pure Vintage Fender “F” Stamped|
|Neck Pickup||Fender Authentic CuNiFe Wide-Range Humbucking|
|Bridge Pickup||Fender Authentic CuNiFe Wide-Range Humbucking|
|Controls||2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch|
|Strings||Fender USA 250R Nickel Plated Steel (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Case Included||Vintage-Style Black (Orange Interior)
|Manufacturer Part Number||0110392800|