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My main studio and live guitar.
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!
Good sounding, Great intonation
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.
It has everything normalm teles don't.
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.
Good guitar, mediocre pickups.
I have the rare custom colour version (Lake Placid Blue). The pickups are a bit dull and lacklustre, and the neck is too hefty for my taste. Still more than a decent guitar; with clearer pickups it'd be pretty good, actually.
Great overall tones
Love the sound and feel of this guitar, although I did swap out the pickups with Lollar Regals which made a nice difference. Only complaint is that the finish is very fragile and began to chip apart after only a year or two of ownership.