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FDP Forum / Fender Guitars: Telecasters / Pretty sure I need a 72 RI Tele in natural

Therealfrogman
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Sep 23rd, 2017 02:42 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Been looking at these for a while though yet to play one. I have tried the Squier version at Guitar Center and really thought it was okay...

I want the original appointments from 72 like the F tuners and the 3 bolt neck and cant get that with the Squier one. I would settle for the sun burst one.

Anyone here have anything good or bad to say about them?



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Sep 23rd, 2017 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't know about this one, but I love my Squier Classic Vintage 50's Tele. I haven't changed anything on it - if anything could stand an upgrade, it might be the tuners. Pickups sound great, neck is comfy, fretwork is impeccable.

Slightly on the heavy side, but that's cuz I'm used to a Tele with a hollow Warmoth body, which feels neck heavy by comparison!

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Sep 23rd, 2017 05:06 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Oops...double post.

(This message was last edited by reverend mikey at 07:08 PM, Sep 23rd, 2017)

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Sep 23rd, 2017 08:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had one from the 90's... forgot if it was a MIM or MIJ....never cared for the vintage type frets and the 3 bolt neck sucks!!......too much movement even when tight as I could get it.....sold it long ago and don't miss it.

I think some of the newer ones have a 4 bolt neck though....worth looking into if it's in your price range....

my .02

Therealfrogman
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Relics produce tone, and then some...
Sep 24th, 2017 03:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

reverend mikey, thanks for the input. I want to have a set of these wide range buckers, I have plenty with the single coil.

GF, that is not good to hear... The squier model has the 4 bolt but I have seen some older MIJ ones with the 4 bolt and kluson style tuners. I think they were doing that on the 94-95 ? MIJ's. Cant imagine why but I have no problem with the MIJ's, I had a 62 RI strat that was made really well and it was 95 or whatever year the 50th strat anni was.



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Sep 24th, 2017 04:30 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Strat 50th Anniv was 2004, I believe.

Therealfrogman
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Sep 24th, 2017 07:46 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thanks for the correction, 40th.

MLC

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Sep 25th, 2017 06:19 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a MIM '72 RI Thinline. It had the vintage-style neck with 7.25" radius and 3-bolt neck.

I NEVER had an issue with the neck moving, at all.

Lots of people go on and on about the WRHB pickups not being the "real thing." Well, they aren't, but they're not the evil things they are made out to be, either. I always managed to get some pretty nice tones out of mine.

I did replace the stock 250K pots with 500K. It was a little muffled sounding with the stock pots, but the tone brightened up nicely with the replacements.

The only reason I don't have mine anymore is that I got a great trade-in deal on it toward a solidbody Cabronita that I had my eye on.

I liked the '72RI just fine, I just like the Cab better.

Therealfrogman
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Sep 26th, 2017 06:41 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

MLC, I have been wanting a Cabronita too! I have a Tele Special (same as the California series) and it has a full HB in the neck position and that thing is muddy too, maybe I will order a couple 500K pots and do that one too.

Pretty set on getting the 72 but I may have to sell a guitar to get it, oh well....

Thanks for the info.

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Sep 26th, 2017 08:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

FWIW: I believe there was a 1996 "50th" Strat commemorating the 50th anniversary of Fender. That could be what the OP was referring to.

As to the thread topic, I's probably avoid the 3 bolt neck also. I sure would like to have a natural tele with wide range humbuckers with a rosewood board neck, if that beast exists with a 4 bolt neck.

69tele

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Sep 28th, 2017 03:58 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

my dad has an original '79 model awesome guitar...

I've actually tried the re-issue and it has a slightly different feel, but great guitar as well

79 Tele

hikerwa

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Sep 29th, 2017 04:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I have a 94 MIJ 72 reissue. It's probably still one of the best sounding, and playing teles I have. I bought it new, and wouldn't sell it for the world.

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Oct 2nd, 2017 08:39 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"reverend mikey, thanks for the input. I want to have a set of these wide range buckers, I have plenty with the single coil."

I get your point. I was just verifying that the quality of many of the Squier's today is quite good and not as much of a risk as it may have been for a few years (after they stopped being made in Japan, when they were also quite good).

Therealfrogman
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Oct 3rd, 2017 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I put a 500K pot in my Tele special and it cleaned up the HB pretty nicely. Still need the 72 but one of you "MLC" mentioned it and its a good thing. May not sell this one after all, someone said these are basically the California Series guitars just made across the border.

The looks are identical but not sure if the CT has the same HB on those models. Got this one pretty cheap and pretty mint.


lox

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Oct 10th, 2017 09:31 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

i got a 69 thinline and had 250 k pots installed instead of the 1 megs that were stock. My luthier really likes the pups on this guitar. I like the neck as well. Think it is a keeper.

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