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The first solid-body guitar available to the general public, the Fender Telecaster, is a simple instrument that some call elegant and uncomplicated.
Whatever you call it, it’s hard to overestimate its importance in modern blues, country and rock.
Introduced in the United States in the fall of 1949 as the Fender Broadcaster, it was the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar.
Complete with two pickups, it’s known for the effectiveness of its very simple, modular design -- a design that makes it easy to manufacture, repair and modify.
Often called a Tele, this instrument has been in continuous production since it was introduced.
And while some technological and styling changes have been made over the years, Fender has always offered at least one model that harkens back to the original look and sound.
The solid body is important because it allows the Fender Telecaster to play loud -- and that allows it to play the lead in front of a band, something guitars couldn’t do effectively before its introduction.
Solid body guitars also offer the option for long sustains, something much harder to get from an acoustic or hollow-body model.
Several companies and craftspeople tried for almost two decades to bring a successful solid-body guitar to market, but it was Leo Fender himself who succeeded in 1949.
With a sound that’s described as rich, bright and cutting when set one way and warm, bluesy and mellow when set to use the other pickup, the Telecaster quickly became known for its versatility as well as its ample volume.
Today, Fender offers a variety of Telecaster models to serve the needs and whims of players who go for country, blues and rock.
Metal and hard rock players sometimes even find what they want from a Telecaster, although it’s the countrified, bluesy sound that most defines a Tele.
Moderately priced models like the Standard, Classic and Deluxe Telecaster come to the marketplace with lower prices because they are foreign made -- originating in Mexico, Korea and Japan -- and have less expensive hardware and features than higher-priced models.
The higher-priced American Standard, American Vintage and American Deluxe models are made in the United States.
Special Edition and Highway One models come from the U.S. as well.
Consistency, versatility and a unique sound are among the features that keep players coming back to the Fender Telecaster.
This first of the solid body models isn’t the latest electric guitar, but it’s no exaggeration to call it the greatest.
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