Thinline Telecasters have long been one of our favorite Fender guitars. They're incredibly lightweight, responsive, and fatter / puncher sounding than their solid-body brethren (which we also love dearly).
This Custom Shop Thinline sports a gorgeous 2-piece hollow Mahogany body and maple neck. We found the 60s Oval C carve, along with a 7.25-9.5" compound radius round lam fingerboard, to be immediately comfortable. It's a carve we believe a wide range of players will be right at home on.
Plugged in, we were immediately knocked out by its throaty, punchy growl combined with a beautiful, sweet top-end. It's a bit like a solid-body, P90 equipped guitar crossed with a solid-body Tele. It sounds really good played clean to be sure, but when we nudged the volume up a bit on the amp (okay, a lot)...killer grind that instantly had us smiling. It's the sort of tone that'd make you forget you own a set-neck, mahogany bodied guitar. Fantastic stuff.
If it's been a bit since you last played a Thinline we think you'll be mighty impressed with the ones Fender's Custom Shop is producing these days. Dare we say...magical? Priced with hardshell case.