The semi-hollow mahogany body makes it easy on the shoulder and gives it sustain that can go forever. Special features include Schaller vintage "F" machine heads, nickel silver frets, Vintage Tele pickups, 3-saddle string-thru-body bridge, and an ...
I see many sites that say he uses the Telecaster '72 Thinline. For one, the finish on Tim's guitar isn't available in the '72 and the '72 has two humbuckers, while the '69 has the traditional Tele pickup placement. It is a Mexican model due to the 21 frets. He recently added a tremolo (not sure which), but he's been using this guitar for at least since early 2000's and had the original bridge.more
I was sitting in my Biology lecture and happened to log onto Reverb at just the right time. I saw the listing for a "2005 Fender Thinline Telecaster" for $200 and local pickup. I clicked on the listing thinking that the guitar would be too far for me to go pickup, but to my surprise was only located in NYC, about an hour and a half away from my house. So obviously I purchased the instrument immediately.
After the purchase I did my research on the instrument and it turned out to be a Fender Classic Series '69 Reissue Thinline Telecaster in two tone sunburst, a guitar that retails for $900. I was ecstatic. However, after picking up the guitar I found that the previous owner had the guitar set up for C standard tuning with .13 gauge Flatwound strings on it. The pickups really didn't work too well with the thinline body and the flat wound strings, so I opted to mod the guitar. I had a new bone nut installed in order to use the .10 gauge strings I normally use with my Fender scale length instruments. I also installed Porter Pickups Custom Telecaster pickup set and an Emerson Custom wiring harness. Now the guitar is a straight rock machine while retaining that semi-hollow sound.
Expect yourself to replace the saddles if you seriously expect yourself to use this guitar. It features a three barrel steel saddle bridge that does not intonate passed the twelfth fret. I opted to go with Callahams enhanced steel compensated bridge saddles, which added a nice bite to the guitar coupled with new electronics.