Fender Telecaster Guitars
In 1951, Leo Fender's original guitar design became the first ever solid bodied electric guitar in production. It's simple but effective design has stood the test of time, and remains one of the most iconic guitars to this day!
Fender Telecaster Guitars
Throughout the 1930 and '40s, guitar was becoming more popular, but with the big bands of the day, acoustic guitars weren't matching the volume of the brass instruments. Leo Fender was building amplifiers at the time, trying to get as much clean amplification as possible. But as amps became more powerful, the hollow-bodied electroacoustic guitars of the time would begin to uncontrollably feedback as their resonance would couple with the sound waves of the amps.
So Fender set out to design a solid bodied guitar that would eliminate feedback. What he built was a guitar with majestic simplicity that remains as popular today as ever. The Telecaster has always been loved for its pure simplicity and stunningly clear tones. The Tele is a no-nonsense, workhorse of an instrument and easily one of the most recognisable body shapes in the world. The bolt-on neck, string-through bridge and S/S pickup configuration are 3 staples of the Telecaster and though the instrument now has many variations on this including H/H models and Teles with Bigsbys, the twang-factor remains the same. It just wouldn’t be a Tele if it didn’t have that twangy attack!
Fender Mexican Teles are built in their Mexican factory and are the entry point into the Fender lineup. They’re made with great hardware and pickups and can definitely be used as pro instruments. Students and younger players love these guitars because you get a great instrument at a great price. Popular Mexican Fenders include the affordable Player Series and the vintage-inspired Vintera Teles.
Fender Japan guitars are a little more elusive in the UK as they’re normally kept exclusively for the UK market. These are often highly modified versions of the US or Mex models and you’ll normally find them with cool upgrades like dual humbucker pickups or bigsbys.
Fender American Teles are the flagship models in the Fender Tele range. There’s a large choice when it comes to US Teles but they’re made in the States by pro guitar builders who want to make guitars that any player of any ability can use. These are definitely your professional level guitars but are a great way to inspire beginner or intermediate players to get to the next level of their playing. Models include the flagship American Professional II series, the more vintage spec’d American Original Series, and the modern, high-end American Ultra range.
Fender Custom Shop Teles are crafted by the pro luthiers in the American factory. These guitars are the best of the best when it comes to Fender and you can choose pre-specified models (That have already been designed head to toe) or you can even specify your own dream guitar from the woods and pickups to the fingerboard inlays! The Fender Custom Shop truly are the cream of the crop and are the range of guitars that every Fender lover aspires to own one – and luckily we keep a large stock of these at any given time!