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Thread #61382   Message #986582
Posted By: Willie-O
19-Jul-03 - 12:03 PM
Thread Name: why is a guitar called a thinline?
Subject: why is a guitar called a thinline?
This is a bit of nomenclature trivia that has been bugging me for years. I used to own a Fender Telecaster Thinline. (And I sure miss it sometimes, but that's another story...) Electric guitar nerds know this is a Telecaster with the upper portion of the body hollowed out, and one f-hole in the top. This gives the guitar lighter weight, a semi-acoustic quality, and a special sparkle to the tone. They were made in late 60's/early 70's and are now reissued by various companies.

So why do they call it a Thinline? I have heard that it is because these Tele's had a single thin strip of different coloured wood down the back of the neck, which was their less conspicuous difference from solid-body Telecasters. Mine had this strip, so that made some kind of sense to me. But now I see the word "Thinline" being applied generically to lots of different guitars, some of which don't have the strip, or much else in common with a Telecaster: