In the late 1960s Fender was looking to revamp the Telecaster. The 1950s had brought us the Blackguard Telecaster’s and then the Whiteguard Telecaster’s. In the 1960s the Fender Custom Telecaster with its Rosewood neck and double binding had been released. In 1968 German luthier Roger Rossmeisl designed the Thinline Telecaster. A semi hollow body to reduce the weight of the guitar featured an F hole and redesigned pickguard. Released in 1969, these guitars were a popular alternative to the slab bodied standard Telecaster’s. They still featured the two single coil pickups and standard Tele bridge. In 1972 the Thinline’s were updated further. Out wen the single coil pickups and they were replaced by the Seth Lover designed Fender Wide Range Humbucking pickups. The pickguard was redesigned again and the bridge became a hardtail Strat like bridge. Further 70s refinements were featured such as the three bolt neck plate and bullet truss rod. The headstock was adorned with the Thinline name. Today these guitars are both available in the Fender line up and are commonly known as the 69 (series 1) or 72 (series 2) Thinline Telecaster’s.
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