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FDP Forum / The Squier Forum / How are the Vintage Modified Tele Thinlines?


Pennsylvania, USA

Nov 17th, 2011 07:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

Now that i have all my Strat needs met i`m looking for a nice yet affordable Tele. Real interested in the VM Thinlines as i really like the semi-hollow bodied Teles. Not too interested in the Classic Vibe Thinline Teles because the necks are thinner at the nut and the heavy gloss which isn`t the case on the Vintage Modified ones. Anyone have or like the VM Thinlines? Thanks!

Andy F.
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Baldwinsville, NY US

Dec 6th, 2013 08:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I grabbed VM Tele Thinline last year for dirt cheap! I especially enjoy the 24-3/4" scale, thin neck! I DID NOT care for the pups! I immediately replaced them with GFS "Cool Vintage" Lil Punchers. They're humbuckers that keep the tele tone. I'm a big fan of thinlines. I also have a ProTone Tele Thinline (with stock pups!).

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I-10 west before PCH
Dec 22nd, 2014 03:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

The new one has the longer scale --- looks pretty cool to me

Squier VM '72 thinline

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National City CA USA

Middle age pretend gutiarist
Dec 3rd, 2015 04:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

JimmySee I just purchased a Squier VM 72' thinline. Always liked the original one but didn't want to pay $800.00. I got the natural finish. The neck is a little too thick for my taste so I planning to change it to a thinner neck with a rosewood fret board since I prefer rosewood over maple.

The sound is a little brighter then normal humbuckers. Other then the neck change and a good setup it is a really nice guitar.



Jan 16th, 2016 07:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

I agree with Budda re: the bright tone. Sort of disappointed with the sound. Was not what I expected. Still, I've been wanting a Thinline for a while, so I'm pretty pleased overall. I can work with the pickups if I find them unacceptable.

The poly finish body and neck is pretty, the fit is good and the frets feel nice out of the box. It's a keeper for me.

(This message was last edited by slipnslidn at 09:24 PM, Jan 16th, 2016)



Mar 3rd, 2016 10:28 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have one and it's a absolute joy that i am definately keeping.....thats is except for one thing....just like the older pickups in the MIM and AVRI 72 RI's, they are horrible. Some like them but what i have found is nearly no one that actually gigged them likes these pickups. The wound strings are mud that have an attack that sounds like you;re playing with a felt pick, while the plains are bright and the imbalance between the plain and wound stings tonally and volume wise is horrendous.

That said, the guitar itself is a absolute jem and at the price it;s a ridiculous deal, at least if not for the pickups. But thats not a deal killer for me because i mod things when i like them but they need something changed. I modded the pickups and improved them 2 fold at least. If you know of the telenator mod, thats basically what i did. Remove the bar magnet and install alnico rod magnets in place of the steel screw polepieces. I first tried loading the entire pickup with them then found it sounds better with only 3 per coil. One coil has 3 Alnico 5 rods in the treble side of the coil, the slots that are visible from the top. The pother coil has them only on the bass side. Huge improvement but still not perfect. I am replacing them today with alnico 2 which i know will improve the plain strings over the A5 in them now. If it doesn't also improve the wound strings i will put the alnico 5 back in there. In any case, huge improvement that i believe will get better as i find the exact magnet setup.

But even if you don't want to try that are are afraid to, (it;s actually quite easy) there are sellers that sell thinline guards with regular HB size slots, or P90, maybe even single coil tho i haven't seen those. But you can always make one of have one made or maybe find one with everything cut but the pickup slots. Anyways, point is, what a great guitar, and there are lots of ways to improve the pickup situation and end up with a great tele thats very different than your other teles making it a great addition. Can't wait till tonite when i get a chance to try the A2 magnets. I have no doubt at all knowing well how A5 and A2 sound relative to each other that i will get another considerable improvement.



Apr 5th, 2016 12:34 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've had one for a few months....

Mine had 1 QC issue: the high E string tends to slip off the side of the fretboard on the first few frets... likely a combination of a slightly poorly cut nut and fret ends that are beveled a bit too much. Otherwise, I LOVE the guitar. I sure am happy I got one at the $299 price before they raised them to $450! WTH ?!?!?!

The quality isn't *QUITE* up there with my MIA and MIM, but it's SO close, I don't feel the need to "fix" anything (except for the previously mentioned issue), and I could easily see keeping this guitar forever... especially with the new pickups I just put in:

The stock pickups aren't great: they aren't wide range humbuckers (WRHB), they are just regular old humbuckers under a WR cover. However, a lot of people are making actual WRHB nowadays... I just put a set of Brandonwounds in mine, and they sound FANTASTIC. Highly recommended!

FYI, Brandonwound sells on eBay.



Apr 5th, 2016 12:50 PM   Edit   Profile  

BTW, it's funny you guys are saying "bright tone" ... in every other forum, we all think the stock humbuckers are muddy and indistict. Like a PAF instead of a WRHB... which is what they are: regular old humbuckers: a bar magnet, steel poles, under a WRHB cover.

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