From Matt McGinn, Jonny's guitar tech, through Coldplay's "Oracle" Q&A service: "I can't remember where he picked it up - maybe Chicago? - but, if you're interested, it's a '72 Thinline from about 1974. It's half hollow - so, semi-semi acoustic, I guess - and has a lot of really nice gouges in it from being thoroughly thwacked. All still original, as far as I know. I reckon it must've cost him about 2000 US dollars but God knows what it'd be worth now. You can get a pretty good Fender copy/reissue these days for a lot less, off the peg, that might turn out lovely after a few years of playing it. That's the thing, any old guitar can be amazing if you love it enough."more
In these early recordings of Kele and Bloc Party (formally 'The Union') we can get a few glimpses at Kele playing a thinline. There's no context to be sure it's a '72 but it's my best guess. For further assurance, in Boss's "Behind the Sound" for Banquet, we can see the Thinline in Kele's (room?) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbkqmPVxF5cmore
John Nolan can be seen in this image playing a Fender Telecaster Deluxe. In this [article from *Guitar World*](http://www.guitarworld.com/interview-taking-back-sunday-guitarists-eddie-reyes-and-john-nolan), John says about playing Fenders "I love the feel of the Telecasters, although I don't like the sound of the pickups that come on the regular Telecaster. I prefer P90 pickups a lot better; that way, you get a feel of the Telecaster and get a sound that's more like a Les Paul."more
Carlson's Tele is equipped with Seymour Duncan Phat Cat P-90 neck pickup and a discontinued Joe Barden Bridge pickup. In an interview with PlugIn Music from June 2008, Carlson said the following about using Teles: "Well, I actually used one on “Phase III” on the first song “Harvey” and on “Tibetan Quaaludes.” And when I was, you know, gone for a while during my hiatus, I was listening to a lot of Tele players like Danny Gatton and Roy Buchanan, and Roy Nichols (Merle Haggard’s guitar player), a lot of Cornell Dupree, that R&B player. So it was the guitar I was listening to a lot and I remember how much I liked it back in the day. So I wanted to try something new, and I like the Telecaster how basic it is. It’s kind of like a guitar you have to work at or work with. It’s not super-easy to play like a Les Paul. It has its own thing that you kind of have to kind of know…I don’t know. Early Led Zeppelin was actually done on Teles, and it was the first solid body and the simplest one, and so that had a lot to do with it."more
McKay is left handed and always favored vintage instruments. He’s used many guitars over the years, but his number #1 was a left-handed ’72 Gibson 335. Other guitars he used back in his tenure with Earth Wind & Fire included a Les Paul Custom, Fender Telecaster, Gibson L5, and a Gibson SG.more
I use my '72 reissue for just about everything. The neck is perfect and the intonation is great! The wide range humbuckers in my opinion are a bit less dark then the humbuckers on my Blacktop Strat and gives the guitar a very lively tone. Overdriven or clean, this guitar fits the bill. It is also light, and because I love to jump around on stage, low weight is fairly important for me!
The first thing I looked for when I was trying out guitars was intonation. All the ones I had played before I picked the 72 tele from the top, they were all craggy with intonation. This guitar is not tone-def, and has great intonation. The current WRH are apparently a shadow of the original WRH, but I like them. The guitar has a poppy, crisp sound not often seen in humbuckers. Pickup selection goes from most umph to least umph, good for cleaning up a tone that needs less low end. Bridge selection sounds good for hard rock high-gain, neck for worship guitar fullness.
The only complaint I had about this guitar is that the bridge saddle pins were a little short when I bought the guitar. I tried adjusting the height of the strings without messing with the truss rod, and didn't have much pin to move the string up. But I got it at a reasonable height.
I used to be a big fan of the Baja telecaster. I am the only guitarist in the band and single coil teles were somehow not really cutting through the band mix. I have always used one or two dirt pedals so the single coil hum got pretty annoying after a while. Mine is a made in Japan 72 Thinline and it is such a great guitar. Pretty noiseless wide range humbuckers it has, bigger output, but still has the teletwang. My only complaint is the size of the frets. I have never been keen on slim vintage frets so I am thinking of changing them into mediou jumbos, or narrow tall frets.
I have the rare custom colour version (Lake Placid Blue). The pickups are a bit dull and lacklustre, and the neck is way too hefty for my taste. Still more than a decent guitar; with clearer pickups it'd be pretty good, actually.