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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / MIM Thinline Deluxe Tele

Joe Potts
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Aug 23rd, 2016 07:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've owned several Strats, a Jaguar, and a Jazzmaster, but never a Tele.

I saw one of the new MIM thinline Deluxe Teles recently. Looked pretty sharp in candy apple red, with a pearloid pick guard and maple fretboard.

I see they have vintage noiseless pickups, 12" fretboard radius, and locking tuners.

Hmmm... Tempting. Any opinions on this model?

Deluxe Tele

dbluesband

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Aug 25th, 2016 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I am a fan of a more vintage style neck than listed for this axe. But I have never played this particular model. Also not a fan of the six saddle bridge. Play it and see if you like it. I have been semi-jonsesing for a thinline but never have played one. Like the color. Locking tuners are good.

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Aug 25th, 2016 07:57 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Pretty guitar...love the red/maple contrast..price looks reasonable as well..

will you be able to test drive before you pull the trigger?

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Aug 25th, 2016 08:35 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, I can test drive. The local Fender dealer has one. I hope to try it next week.

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Aug 26th, 2016 08:41 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

cool...my biggest reservation would be the pickups..
of course they could be swapped out

more so than the playablity...that can (almost)always be adjusted to your likes.



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Aug 26th, 2016 09:48 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have always liked a bound Thinline. I owned a black '90s Thinline for quite a while but unfortunately let it go to a friend. 90s Thinlines go for a good buck today.

Best Tele I've ever played.

This one in CAR is very tempting.

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Aug 26th, 2016 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Looking at your profile Guitar Fool, I see you are a BIG tele fan. I see a couple of thinlines that look very similar to the one that Joe is looking at. How do those compare to the MIM thinline Deluxe Tele he is considering?

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Aug 26th, 2016 09:57 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Hammond.... I agree with you on the play ability of the 90's thinline.

mine certainly fails into that catagorie

apparently the 90's thinlines with rosewood are fewer and far between than the maple

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Aug 26th, 2016 05:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"How do those compare to the MIM thinline Deluxe Tele he is considering?"

kind of hard to say...I'd say the pickups... on my thinline, I removed the Bardens' and installed a set of vintage custom wound pickups from Bullock.

love em both...the Bardens' are in a box waiting to be installed in my next project..
Since I've never heard the vintage noiseless I can't really comment...
Also the neck on his has a 12" radius... better for soloing for sure...

but for the money it looks like a great deal...

I can't wait for Joe to post a review after he gets a chance to test drive it.

and yes... I love Tele's...;-0


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Sep 2nd, 2016 05:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just to confuse myself, I started wondering if I should consider a more "standard" model. The Limited Edition American Standard with matching headstock caught my eye. Not sure what significance the '58 pickups have - better? Brighter?

Looks great in ice blue metallic.

Ltd Edition

Joe Potts
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Sep 2nd, 2016 05:22 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried the Thinline Deluxe briefly, and I must say I liked it. However, since I have little experience with Tele's,I don't know how it would compare with a more traditional one.

But it was fun to play, and felt comfortable. The neck was a little beefy near the nut, but not objectionably so. The 4th selector switch position gave a louder, more mid-rangy tone that could work well for solos.

Would have to spend more time with it, and I want to compare with other Tele versions. Fortunately, the dealer has quite a few to choose from.

(This message was last edited by Joe Potts at 12:15 PM, Oct 24th, 2016)

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