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The Fender Telecaster

The Fender Telecaster, also known as the "Tele", is a classic electric guitar that was first introduced by Fender in 1950. It is known for its simple yet versatile design, as well as its bright, twangy tone.

The Telecaster's design is characterized by its single-cutaway solid body, which is made of ash or alder wood, and its bolt-on maple neck with a maple or rosewood fretboard. The Telecaster has two single-coil pickups, known for their clear, bright sound, which is particularly well-suited to country and rock music.

Originally called "Broadcaster", the guitar was the subject of a lawsuit brought by Gretsch, another guitar and musical instrument maker who marketed a drum set under the name. Fender removed the name from their guitars before subsequently renaming the guitar the "Telecaster". Models sold briefly in the interim without a name on the headstock have come to be known as "Nocasters".

Over the years, the Telecaster has gone through a number of changes and variations. In the 1960s, Fender introduced a new version of the Telecaster called the Telecaster Custom, which featured a double-bound body and a humbucking pickup in the neck position. In the 1970s, Fender introduced another version called the Telecaster Deluxe, which had two humbucking pickups instead of single-coil pickups.

The introduction of the Telecaster as the first solid body electric guitar prompted Gibson, who had previously scoffed at the notion of a solid body electric, to develop the Les Paul model.

The Telecaster has been used by many legendary guitarists over the years, including James Burton, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, and George Harrison. Its simple yet versatile design has made it a popular choice for musicians in many different genres, from country and rock to punk and alternative.

The Fender Telecaster remains a popular choice among guitarists who value its clear, bright tone and its classic design. It is a versatile guitar that can be used in many different styles of music. Notable artists associated with the Telecaster include:

  1. Keith Richards: The legendary Rolling Stones guitarist is known for his frequent use of the Telecaster, contributing to the band's raw and gritty sound.
  2. Bruce Springsteen: "The Boss" has been using Telecasters throughout his career, and the guitar can be heard prominently in many of his iconic songs.
  3. James Burton: A renowned session guitarist, Burton has played a significant role in the development of the Telecaster and is known for his work with artists like Elvis Presley.
  4. Roy Buchanan: Releasing several critically acclaimed albums in the early 1970s, Buchanan is remembered as one of the most influential guitarists of his generation and a pioneer of the "Telecaster sound."
  5. Danny Gatton: A lesser-known and highly under-appreciated guitarist, Gatton's influence on Telecaster players across genres cannot be underestimated.
  6. Joe Strummer: The late frontman of The Clash was often seen with a Telecaster, contributing to the band's punk and rock sound.
  7. Jimmy Page: While primarily associated with the Gibson Les Paul, Page used a Telecaster on several Led Zeppelin recordings, showcasing its versatility.
  8. Albert Collins: The "Master of the Telecaster," Collins was a blues guitarist known for his intense and fiery performances with his customized Telecaster.
  9. Muddy Waters: A pioneering blues musician, Muddy Waters played a Telecaster, adding a distinctive tone to his influential blues recordings.
  10. Chrissie Hynde: The Pretenders' frontwoman is known for her use of the Telecaster, contributing to the band's punk and new wave sound.
  11. Brad Paisley: A popular country music artist, Paisley is seen almost exclusively playing a Telecaster.

Trivia: Guitarist John 5 has a collection of over 100 vintage Telecasters made from 1950 to 1983.

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