Fender Limited Edition '72 Telecaster with Bigsby Tailpiece in Faded Sonic Blue

A colourful limited edition take on the classic '72 Tele, complete with SH pickup configuration

Written by

Sam Beattie

In case you hadn’t noticed, this is no ordinary Telecaster. A limited edition model from Fender, the ’72 Telecaster Custom borrows features from its namesake instrument as well as a number of different series’. The result is a hybrid instrument that’s rock ‘n’ roll to its very core.

 Body & Neck

A classic Ash body provides a perfectly-balanced canvas for the SH pickup configuration, with a little bit of scoop in the midrange. The expanded ‘70s-style pickguard plays a huge part in the aesthetics of the instrument – it almost gives the Tele a different shape entirely.

The Maple neck features a familiar C shape neck profile complete with a gloss polyester finish to match the body. Expect a smooth, familiar playability with a luxurious feeling – vintage-style frets add a little old-school edge.

Hardware & Electronics

While the Telecaster is normally synonymous with dual single-coils, the ‘70s variations often featured a humbucker in the neck position. This ’72 specimen is no exception; you get a standard single-coil in the bridge and a Fender ‘Wide Range’ humbucker in the neck for extra dynamic fatness.

The headline feature, however, might just be the combination of 6-saddle bridge and Bigsby vibrato tailpiece. Accurate intonation, a touch of tuning stability and heaps of expressive wobble on top – what’s not to love?



  • Body: Ash
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Body Shape: Telecaster


  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Neck Shape: C shape
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Frets Size: Vintage-style
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650” (42mm)
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot
  • Truss rod: Bullet style


  • Bridge Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Tele
  • Neck Pickup: Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge And Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: SH


  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Fender Vintage F Stamped
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black/White/Black
  • Control Knobs: Skirted Amp Knobs
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Adjustable Bridge with Fender Bigsby Vibrato Tailpiece
  • Strings: Fender USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
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