Many guitarists, lovers and connoisseurs have been decade long massive fans of the guitar known as Fender's Telecaster. This beloved, bright-toned staple of art has transcended decades and genres.
This effervescent guitar was Invented by Leo Fender in the Fall of 1950. “The Fender Telecaster, colloquially known as the Tele /ˈtɛli/, is the world's first commercially successful solid-body electric guitar. It’s simple yet effective design and revolutionary sound broke ground and set trends in electric guitar manufacturing and popular music.” It is known for its mystical yet cutting tone, accompanied by its own slight, special twang that emits from no other instrument.
When it comes to style, “Colors include “2 or 3-or maple color sunbursts, Shades of blonde (translucent earth tones) sonic blue, red, surf green, yellow, wine red.” Although the trademark body shape of the telecaster has remained relatively classic and loyal to its roots, it has taken on versions of itself over the decades, with varying guitars and artists designing their very own design of the icon.
Musicians Friend states “Fender incorporated production techniques no other guitar builder had used previously. Bodies were built using solid pieces of wood, referred to as blanks, and cavities for the electronics were made using a router. Prior to this, guitar bodies were hand-carved. The cavities offered easy access for repair or replacement of the electronics.”
As for famous guitars who graced the telecaster with their picking and shredding talents, the players cross all genres and boundaries including Rock, Blues, Country, Pop, Soul and beyond. These music worlds applaud Keith Richads, Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, Prince, George Harrison & Jeff Buckley for their marks left on the telecaster’s legacy.
We suggest that if you aren’t familiar with the tones of the telecaster, you should spend a few afternoons borrowing your best friend’s or hang out in your local guitar shop and strum away until closing time. Although the telecaster is a gorgeous work of sonic art, it’s still an acquired taste. This is certainly not the instrument to purchase just because it looked pretty online. It should align with your musical style and definition, as it will put its stamp on your sound whether you like it or not!
For those who have already been bathing in the beautiful tones of the telecaster, enjoy all that it has to offer. You can expand your playing while on a quest for the other aspects that the guitar can provide, such as it’s response when run through delay pedals and other dizzying effects.
Depending on who you talk to, some say that the telecaster is the only guitar that is able to transcend so many musical hoops, leaps and bounds. If you’re looking for a stylized sound, we can get behind the idea of you adding the tele to your collection of heavenly strings. Your future songwriting is already thanking you.