The Fender Telecaster
Beginning of Electric Guitar Mass Production
When Leo Fender launched the first truly mass produced electric guitar into the world in 1950, I'm not sure he fully appreciated what he had done. Of course, leading up to this was the "Nocaster" and the "Broadcaster" but the Fender Telecaster was truly the first mass produced and distributed of electric guitar to go big.
Appreciate the Difference
When you mature as a Guitar Player you appreciate an instrument for what it is and what it can deliver when you play it. While a Fender Telecaster is not always my first choice when reaching for a guitar, there are many times when nothing else will quite do. I love my Gibsons, Rickenbackers and my American Standard Stratocaster, but when I am in a mood or am feeling Elvis or Cash, only my Telecaster will give me what I need.
I have been playing for about 35 years now and I appreciate my Telecaster more and more. I play a 1999 American Standard, Black with mother of pearl pickguard, and sometimes it's just what I need. It's not as brilliant sounding as my Strats but when I need to bring my best James Burton sound, there is no substitute.
Spank the Plank
Known as the Plank, because of its no frills solid body with no real contouring, like my Stratocaster, it was made for spanking! Many people forget it was the first electric guitar to be mass produced beginning in 1950 and it is the guitar that really helped to get things started on a massive scale. Gibson was so jealous of what Leo Fender was able to do they had to come up with an answer, and answer they did. The Les Paul was their response and many do not realize that the reason the early Les Pauls were only available in Goldtops and Black was because they wanted the public to think they were solid bodies, like the Telecaster, which they are not...they are semi-solids with an arched maple top.
Get Your Twang On
So when Elvis or Cash is in your head, accept no substitute and spank the plank and revel in its simplicity and tone.