In the seven decades since Leo Fender began field-testing his ‘Snakehead’ prototype, the revolutionary instrument that would become the Telecaster has proven itself to be a versatile beast.
In the hands of guitar-slingers as diverse as Luther Perkins, Joe Strummer and Jim Root, the Telecaster and its variants have powered every popular-music genre from country and Western swing to punk and metal. And although it’s seen regularly in the hands of such rock royalty as Bruce Springsteen, David Gilmour and Jonny Greenwood, the Telecaster somehow still feels like the blue-collar hero, the working player’s guitar.
Across 132 pages packed with breathtaking photography and priceless insights, we chart the rise and rise of the first commercially viable electric solidbody. From essential tone tips and easy modifications to try at home, to close encounters with time-capsule vintage instruments and star players, if twang is your thang, you’ll find plenty to love in The Telecaster Bible.
My own Telecaster love affair began as a teenager in the late 1990s with a Fender Japan reissue of a ’72 Thinline. I stuck stickers on it, threw it around pub stages all over the UK then eventually traded it in for something else. And then later, there was the featherweight 1973 Custom in sunburst with a rosewood ’board that I sold to pay a few bills in the mid 2000s and have regretted parting with almost every day since. Show us your Telecasters – and the ones that got away – over on Facebook and Instagram, enjoy this special issue and check out this page for even more great Telecaster-centric content.
Inside the issue
The late Irish blues legend loved Telecasters more than perhaps any other guitar, and this mid-60s example was a favoured slide guitar across his glittering career.
For some players, Leo’s plank was perfect from the get-go. It also happens to be one of the best modding platforms in all of Guitardom. In this exhaustive guide, we present 25 essential tips and mods on transforming your stock Tele.