Fender '66 Tele Guitar!
What’s all this interest in the 1966 Telecaster?
There’s nothing all that special about a '66 Tele, but some players managed to establish pretty nice careers around one.
By 1966, the Tele was already more than a decade and a half old.
In some minds, the 1966 Tele represents the Tele at its height. It had reached perfection -- but the company hadn’t yet started messing around with it.
Albert Collins managed to get a unique blues sound from his 1966 Tele by using a capo placed high on the neck.
Fender released an Albert Collins Signature Telecaster with a humbucker at the neck that’s based on his Tele.
And Mike Oldfield performed all the guitar parts on his groundbreaking album Tubular Bells with his 1966 blonde Tele -- and much of the guitar work on later albums too.
He got his 1966 Tele when he was just 16 -- an instrument that once belonged to Marc Bolan.
Joe Strummer, however, may have had the most unique 1966 Tele to ever appear on stage.
When Strummer decided the sunburst coloring of the 1966 Tele he acquired in 1975 wasn’t a match for his style, he painted it black -- with spray paint.
It didn’t really work out, and soon, some of the black rubbed off to reveal the gray auto primer he put on first.
Then, bits of the sunburst came through. Eventually, bare wood showed also. But it always sounded just fine.
Fender reproduced this weird Tele with the Joe Strummer Telecaster.
That’s perhaps the main point about 1966 Teles: They were good instruments that were made to last.
But there’s no need to speak about them in the past tense.
They still are good, solid, useful instruments -- and they’re still sought after.
Take a look around eBay or any other online marketplace and you’ll usually find a '66 Telecaster (or a few dozens of them) available for sale, most still in working order.
While there are some reissue models based on the 1966 Tele, those are discontinued now too.
To find the vintage Tele you want if you’re intrigued by the 1966 Tele, you’ll have to turn to eBay.
In fact, what are you waiting for? Go there now -- before someone else gets your guitar.
Consider every Tele you see there, but if it’s a 1966 Tele you want, then it’s a 1966 Telecaster you should get.
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