Fender Telecaster Paisley 1972

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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. In 1968, Fender started producing the Telecaster (and Telecaster Bass) with a set of floral finishes. These were actually applied by coating the guitar in wallpaper and covering it in clear coat with a sunburst-like fade.

Years of Production: 1951 - present

Body Style: Single cutaway solid-body

Wood Composition: Alder, Maple neck, Maple fingerboard

Design Elements: Two single-coil pickups, clear pickguard, volume and tone controls, 25 1/2-inch scale length, string thur-body

Finish Specifications: The Paisley pattern was applied as a wallpaper and then finished in a clear coat.

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

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