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The most significant design changes, however, came in 1971, when a pair of large Seth Lover-designed Fender Wide Range humbuckers replaced the Telecaster Thinline’s single-coil pickups.
The guitar was given a single f hole and an elongated pearloid pickguard that extended from the neck pickup down to the lower bout, encompassing the pickup switch and both control knobs.
A small number of these guitars were made in summer 1967, but the approach was deemed unsatisfactory and Fender began planning an instrument that would be much more of a true hollow-body Telecaster.
The task was given to renowned German luthier Roger Rossmeisl.
A distinctive artist model, the Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline, was introduced in 2008.
Fender’s value brand, Squier, also introduced two dual-single-coil version of the instrument—the Vintage Modified Telecaster Thinline (2007) and the Classic Vibe Telecaster Thinline (2010).