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Overview

In early 1951, Fender renamed its only production solid-body guitar the Telecaster, replacing the short-lived Broadcaster moniker used in late 1950. The Telecaster quickly became the guitar of its age, propelling the status of the solid-body electric guitar from novelty to the defining instrument of popular music. Like most long-lasting guitar models, the Tele has seen its share of variations and specialty models come off the line since the early '50s. The standard no-frills Telecaster, however, has stayed largely the same, strutting two single-coil pickups, a slab body of Ash (or later Alder), and an unmistakable twang that helped shape the sound of country and rock music. 

Years of Production: 
1951 - present

Unique to this Year: Slab Rosewood fingerboard (first used on the Jazzmaster) now used on Telecaster. 

Body Style: Single cutaway solid-body

Wood Composition: Ash, Maple neck, slab Rosewood fingerboard

Design Elements:  Two single-coil pickups, white plastic pickguard,  volume and tone controls, 25 1/2-inch scale length

Finish Specifications: Blond was a standard finish for the Telecaster.

Notable Tele Players: Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, Johnny Greenwood, James Burton  

Product Specs

Brand
Model
  • Telecaster
Finish
  • Blonde
  • Sunburst
Year
  • 1959
Made In
  • United States
Categories
Body Material
  • Ash
Body Shape
  • T-Style
Body Type
  • Solid Body
Bridge/Tailpiece Type
  • String-Through
Finish Style
  • Gloss
Fretboard Material
  • Maple
  • Rosewood
Fretboard Radius
  • 7.25"
Model Family
  • Telecaster
Neck Construction
  • Bolt-On
Neck Material
  • Maple
Number of Frets
  • 21
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Offset Body
  • No
Pickup Configuration
  • SS
Product Family
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Scale Length
  • 25.5"
Wood Top Style
  • Plain
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