Fender Special Edition TC-90 Thinline

Fender Special Edition TC-90 Thinline

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Special Edition TC-90 Thinline, TLC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Telecaster series.

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Fender Special Edition TC-90 Thinline tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer: Fender
  • Model: Special Edition TC-90 Thinline
  • Series: Telecaster
  • Category: TLC-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 05/02/2006

The Fender TC-90 features a set neck with double-cut body, American-made Seymour Duncan P90s picjups. The semi-hollow ash body is set into a maple neck with 22 medium-jumbo frets and abalone dots, Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tailpiece. The guitar's pickup complement consists of a Seymour Duncan SP90-1NRWRP vintage(neck) and SP-90 3B Custom P90 (bridge), 3-way switching with master tone and volume controls.


Fender Special Edition TC-90 Thinline user reviews

Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 7 reviews )
 6 reviews86 %
 1 user review14 %
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MGR/farmer burns11/24/2003

MGR/farmer burns's review"Fender Telecaster Thinline"

Fender Special Edition TC-90 Thinline
i got this unit at a local pawn shop for just under three hundred dollars and a old twelve (actually eleven) string Yamaha acoustic guitar.

It is light weight, has a beautiful finish, and a beefy neck that feels similar to my gibson acoustic. I love the playability of the guitar. The pickup choices offer a great range of choice with the dual humbuckers, and it sounds great when playing with a single coil guitar. A very hsarp looking, easy to handly guitar with a solid feel to it. Some of the maple wood used to build this guitar is flat out beautiful.

in regards to the actual feel and sound of the guitar, there is not much to dislike.

I had some struggle getting the action set correctly. a part of the problem is the constrction, the bridge is not 'set; as well as it should have been during construction and the screws holding the pickguard down had rusted. The body has already developed a slight crack around the neck, i am not certain how the initial owner had handled the guitar though, so it may have been from misuse, but some parts of the guitar seem to have been assembled quickly and without a lot of care.

A great guitar if it can be found at a reasonable price, but it has some structural weaknesses. Looks and sounds pretty sweet though.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com

tjon901's review"A unique modern classic"

Fender Special Edition TC-90 Thinline
The Fender TC-90 is a Korean made Telecaster variant. Dont let the fact that it was made in Korea scare you off, these guitars have a superior build quality and are very sought after by collectors and players today. The guitar has a modified thinline Telecaster body that features two large cutaways and set neck construction. The 22 fret maple set neck is slightly thinner than the normal Telecaster neck and is very comfortable to play. The guitar comes with Two Seymour Duncan P90 pickups. A Seymour Duncan SP90-1NRWRP vintage P90 in the neck position and a SP-90 3B Custom P90 in the bridge. The guitar has master volume and master tone control knobs with a 3 way toggle switch pickup selector. It has a Les Paul style stop tail tune-o-matic bridge setup. All the hardware is finished in a smoked chrome finish which will make it more resistant to tarnishing.


With the huge double cutaways it is super easy to reach the high frets. The set neck joint also helps because there is no large square heel to get in your way. The neck has a more modern thin shape to it and this makes it very easy to play. The Korean build quality on this thing is amazing. There are no sharp fret ends or uneven frets.


With the p90 pickups in this guitar it is a blues machine. It has the classic p90 sound which blends well with the Telecaster design. P90 pickups give a brighter more transparent sound that humbuckers but are not as bright as Fender single coils. These Seymour Duncan p90s are very quiet and dont have the typical noise you associate with single coils. It being a thinline means there is an open compartment in the body and with the f-hole on the body this give the guitar some more acoustic qualities. The pots can get a bit scratchy sometimes this is the only problem with the sound.


Its surprising that this guitar was discontinued so quickly. This has caused collectors and informed guitar players to snap them up whenever they are available. This is one of the best sounding modern p90 guitars ever produced. If you are looking for a great fender guitar with a different sound and different look the TC-90 may be the way to go (if you can find one).

nakadai's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Special Edition TC-90 Thinline
I wanted to react the following notice some differences because apart of view, overall it is fair enough.

Regarding the technical specifications, I did nothing wrong.


I agree with what t say except 1 thing

I do not find that the handle is very precisely like the one found on strats, the handle of the TC-90 is closer, tonnament enough, that of an Ibanez fawn sleeve " ultra-playable! "

Manufacturing in Core requires me to 7 despite a very good finish.


I agree with what t say except 3 things:

The sound is actually quite round but certainly not fat, on the contrary, it is rather dry compar of 2K DeArmond pickups themselves are round and fat.

This is absolutely not a guitar to play heavy metal or in general, until proven otherwise we have never seen the Metallica guitarist play on half box! Maximum, although it bear the seventies rock.

The guitar makes it possible to play the blues, rock and funk, but it also does wonders in jazz! It is my very versatile way.


I agree with what t say except 1 thing

I never had any problem with my knobs.

lerhumdestropik's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" When meeting Fender Gibson"

Fender Special Edition TC-90 Thinline
Gibson type bridge Tune-o-matic
Channel thin, flat (I can not tell you the shape), rosewood fingerboard with abalone repres beautiful.
22 super polished frets
2 Seymour Duncan P90, 1 in the neck position and 1 easel.
1 knob for volume and one knob for the common tonality with 2 microphones.
1 slecteur 3 positions: up = round, medium = 2 microphones, bottom = bridge.

I put 9 because of the head nut that really pity compared to other characteristics of the guitar which is irreproachable (even finishes).


Coming from a Squier Stratocaster, the flat end of the handle and Tc 90 asked me some time to adapt. Now I am accustomed and is very pleasant and fast. Very easy access to acute because the handle is glued to the body and the guitar has a double pan shot.
The only problem is that the guitar as the dug lment + round head is heavier than the body. The guitar has a tendency nosedive. Some play horizontally, personally playing a lot solo I press my right arm to hold it obliquely.
The guitar sounds already very well not branch (body forces dug, but it is important when same!) And once branch is happiness: she has the fishing with P90 !!!

8 that it slumps.


I play mostly rock and hard rock.
I would not say it's made specially for blues or jazz.Cette guitar is very versatile and everything goes into overdrive as clear.
It arrtera the borders of large saturations, although the cash easily.
The sound is very accurate, not to drool. My preferences are in order: neck pickup only, both pickups together, bridge pickup alone.
I play on my Marshall 15Watts transistors, I had the opportunity to play on a Fender FM212 transistors and a hot rod deluxe lamps. My effects are a Vox wah pedal and overdrive Marshall Jackhammer.
Nothing lay on sonorits of this guitar, the pickups are there for many.

10 and that's it!


I bought it in 2006 by chance. I was still young and after my Squier Stratocaster Black and Chrome (very good Squier), I was looking for a "real" guitar. Having apparently 700 euros in his pocket at that time my choice was wearing this Fender spciale in some rather unusual look. She's just sublime in its finish Black cherry burst, we see the grooves of the wood in places. I tried guitars Les Paul Epiphone tarpaulin but had discarded me I do not know why because now not Drange me.
What I like most is its original look and sound, what I like least is the nut head and the fact that it is poorly balanced.
This is an excellent report qualitprix and like other one says, I can not imagine the price of the good if it had t manufactures in the United States. The finishes are really excellent, no varnish error, freights are polished: all the details are nickels.
Possdant in addition to the TC90 Fender, Stratocaster Mexico and an Epiphone Sheraton, sometimes touches me the idea in mind to sell it, but she convinces me to keep both branch. This is crazy! She really any good

9 = average of the three prcdentes notes!

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