My favorite guitar, the Telecaster, was introduced to the world by Leo Fender, a businessman, and a renewed inventor, the Telecaster has the richest history amongst all the Fender electric guitars. Through the years, after a name change or two, Fender guitars were known as indispensable workhorse instruments that revolutionized the sound of music-and so they did. Many musicians looked to them for the change of tone or music and they gave them the distinct musical element that they were looking for.
Designed to be heard loud and clear, each classic Fender telecaster guitar provided a signature sound for many guitars in the world. Its originality has not only enabled it to become widely popular but also allowed Telecaster to maintain a great level of uniqueness and diversity in the music industry. Needless to say, the Fender Telecaster guitar is the best that there is. Its features include a single-cutaway body that represents its unchangeable design, snappy tone pickups and adjustability with a variety of music profiles.
Also referred to as Tele, the classic Fender telecaster was significantly used by hundreds of famous musicians. Game changers like Phil Baugh, Syd Barrett, Roy Buchanan and Jeff Buckley are known for the faithful use of the guitar, during the mid-1990 to these present years. While most of these musicians may have faced their unfortunate demise, the guitar still remains strong and has successfully changed hands over the years.
Even though the classic Fender telecaster is currently available in numerous variations, the early versions of the Fender electric guitars are what made it what it is today. These versions included:
The Fender Esquire Guitar (the 1950’s)
Manufactured in 1950’s, the Fender Esquire was introduced shortly after the debut of Broadcaster prototype. Available at affordable prices, this guitar became the mass majority’s favorite until the year 1969 when it was discontinued because of the shortcomings in some of its features. Butterscotch blonde and black in color, the Fender Esquire was one of the few electric guitars that did not have an acoustic manipulation of its tone. Before it stopped being manufactured, the guitar was redesigned and a tone control suitable was included in the newer model. However, the features were incorporated into the Broadcaster model.
Fender Broadcaster Guitar (1950)
After years of trial and error, Leo Fender began working on a practical electric guitar that would be known for its high volume and great feedback features. As some of the features were already found in the Esquire guitar model, the musical world already knew what was to be expected. The guitar would comprise of a bolt-on neck that would give a clarity level that would resemble Fender lap steel guitars. This new invention was introduced as the Fender Broadcaster Guitar in 1950. Boasting of 61 years of existence, revised models of this Telecaster guitar are now available and are widely used. (This is what my friend Chris, who is a demolition contractor in New Jersey has)
Fender Nocaster Telecaster Guitar (1951)
From the year 1950, each new year saw a new Fender innovation unveiled. 1951 came with the Fender Nocaster Guitar. Represented by a solid body, the guitar was a replica of the Fender Broadcaster but it had a few different tweaks. It comprised of a silver ducal and a diagonal route that was found between the pot cavity and the neck pick up.
The neck or the body pocket always contains a D-stamp and this is what distinguished this guitar from its previous counterpart, the Broadcaster.
Fender Telecaster Guitar (1968-present)
Manufactured in 1952, this guitar has never gone out of style. It has unique features and a unique musical personality that have kept it in demand till today. Comprising of a solid body and aluminum-bolted parts, the classic Fender telecaster has been able to outsell any other Fender guitar.
The Fender Precision Bass was a new guitar also released in this same year. However, a newly refined version of the Bass was made which led to its name change in 1957. This guitar was then called to the Telecaster Guitar.
Hobbyists and guitar wizards can make the most of telecaster guitars because of their unique features such as the rosewood fretboards and 3-position pickup switch. The guitars have given way to a new version; the Squire Telecaster, which is a value brand and alternative to Fender. Arguably, there is no other guitar that has enjoyed widespread popularity as the classic Fender telecaster. It is the testament to popularity and diverse styles.