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. Starting in 1990, Fender began producing a regular production Telecaster in Mexico dubbed the Standard Telecaster.
Years of Production: 1990 - present
Body Style: Single cutaway solid-body
Wood Composition: Alder, Maple neck, Maple fingerboard
Design Elements: Two single-coil pickups, white pickguard, volume and tone controls, 25 1/2-inch scale length
Finish Specifications: Agave Blue is a less common finish for the Telecaster.
Notable Tele Players: Keith Richards, Merle Haggard, Johnny Greenwood, James Burton