Fender Telecaster Thinline 1971 Blonde

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  • $3,500$5,000

The Thinline Telecaster was introduced in 1968 as the result of an attempt by Fender to offer a lighter-weight Telecaster option. Fender designers started by adding chambering to the body, and later added a stylish F-hole to highlight the new concept. Originally, the Thinline Tele featured the same pickups and electronic configuration of the normal single-coil Telecaster. This would change in 1972 when the Thinline was outfitted with a pair of humbuckers. 

Years of Production: 
1968 - 1980

Unique to this Year: 1971 was the last year the Thinline Telecaster was produced with the original single-coil pickup set.

Body Style: Single cutaway semi-hollowbody

Wood Composition: Ash or Mahogany body, Maple neck, Maple fingerboard

Design Elements:  Two Telecaster pickups, F-hole on bass side, Thru-body, Volume and Tone controls, 25 1/2-inch scale length

Finish Specifications: Since Natural was the standard finish for the Thinline Telecaster, Blonde and other colors are less common.

Notable Players: Bob Dylan, Jonny Lang, David Byrne  


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