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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / 72 Custom Telecaster


Massachusetts, USA

Apr 18th, 2012 01:39 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone own one? I'm planning to try one out on Saturday, maybe to buy.

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I wouldn't say that's excessive
Apr 20th, 2012 12:58 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have one in sunburst that I got a good deal on second hand. I added a fender "f" Bigsby kit, and a Bare knuckle Black Sugar bridge pup. The original pup was okay, but a bit thin sounding on its own for my liking. The middle position sounds on these with the (ersatz but still good sounding) wide range humbucker neck pup are excellent.

You may or may not like the vintage radius and small frets. I also have an AV52RI, so I'm quite used to it, but it might be a surprise for you. I found the steel saddles a little bright sounding, and replaced them with brass before finally putting the Bigsby and Jazzmaster style bridge on.

One thing to look out for is that quite a few of these seen to have a badly aligned neck pup, with the high E missing the pole piece by some distance. The one I have has this. It can be got round by raising the top E's pole piece, but is irritating nonetheless.


The Self-Appointed

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Apr 21st, 2012 01:26 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 2006, MIM version in sunburst with a maple neck.

LLLLOOOOOOVVVVEEEE it. Far more than I ever thought I could love a Tele.

For whatever reason, I have never liked the traditional Tele neck pickup. Either by itself, or with the bridge. For a while, thought maybe I was just an Esquire guy. Also, for me, a Tele is a straight up rock machine. I like me Tele's with some spit and snarl, and that Tele bridge pickup can definitely pull that off.

The '72 Custom is the perfect Tele for me. The humbucker in the neck opens up a lot of interesting sounds for me. I like the Les Paul controls and can really fine tune what I am after. And that 'middle' setting? with both pickups? Awesome... and really kinda unique.

I do have one criticism that I think Fender should address. The stock bridge pickup is a little weak, output wise, to match the volume of the neck humbucker. Which lessens the fun of that 'in between' setting I was just raving about. I fixed that with an email to the Duncan Custom Shop. What I ended up with is basically an moderately overwound Antiquity Tele Bridge pup (and kudos to MJ for straight up NAILING what I was after on that btw). Perfect balance and counterpoint to the humbucker in the neck now. I don't know that you need a custom solution, depending on what you are after, I suspect any good pickup with a bit of an overwind or higher output would do the trick.

Fender, if you read this, toss a Texas Special in the production model and problem solved.

Once the volume and output were more balanced that is where the real fun with the guitar started to happen.

Personally I've been using it a lot as a go to guitar for rhythm playing. Not that it's bad elsewhere, but something odd about it and where it sits in the sound spectrum. If I am playing with other guitarists live, or even just laying down my own tracks and mixing multiple guitars parts... that Tele always carves out it's own turf sonically. Always clearly heard without my having to crank the amp in a volume war with another guitarist. And... distinctive.

So what do I give up compared to a traditional Tele? Just the neck pickup that never floated my boat. I get to keep the classic Tele bridge sound I love, plus add the humbucker and the various mixes of the 2 (try middle position, volume on neck at about 7, volume on bridge at 10, tone on bridge at about 8 or 9, tone on neck at 10... my personal favorite).

Build quality was top notch, no problems. The thing took a long tumble down some cement stairs... eh... just a few scratches... didn't even go out of tune. I haven't seen the neck alignment issue Guitarmoog was talking about, but worth looking out for.

Also keep in mind, the spec is actually a ways off the original '72 Custom. For one thing, the humbucker really is just a normal 'bucker spaced to fit in the larger Wide Range Humbucker space. The originals were these wild CuNiFi things Seth Lover (of Gibson PAF fame) came up with. But it's still a great guitar on it's own merits, and when you consider build quality of CBS Fender in the mid 70's... well, I bet the MIM reissues are built at least as well as many of the original MIA's from that era.

Anyway, that would be my long, rambling, glowing review with a few pointers as well.

Hope I posted this in time before you left to try one... ;)

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