In April 1951, the Telecaster - the world's oldest solidbody electric guitar - made is debut, changing the guitar world forever. The Fender Telecaster has stood the test of time amongst the most iconic Electric Guitar designs of the 20th Century. The biting, twanging tone, robust durability and modular construction quickly made it the choice of forward-thinking musicians.
This beautifully crafted guitar is often recognised as the true workhorse of the guitar world thanks to its no-nonsense construction and easy playability.
Fender have also produced signature Telecasters for some of it's well-known endorsees, like the great Jimmy Page, Brad Paisley and Jim Root. Each guitar carries the undeniable Telecaster DNA, with unique style and finishing touches to make them stand out from the crowd.
The Fender Telecaster was developed by Leo Fender and went on to become the first commercially successful guitar – probably due to the awesome sound from the two single coil style pickups, great feel from the contoured body and easy sound sculpting thanks to no-fuss Volume and Tone controls and a 3-way pickup selector. The bright but very rich sound of the Fender Telecaster has appeared on records for decades, appeared on stages all over the world and has been relied upon by beginner and professional guitarists everywhere.
The typical Telecaster country twang that we all know and love is achieved thanks to the ingenious design of the bridge and neck pickups. The bridge pickup has more windings than the neck, which results in a higher output, whilst the neck pickup offers a warmer, fatter sound. This in combination with the solid body and string-thru design results in a highly resonant yet snappy, versatile guitar relied upon by everyone from Jazz guitarists, to Indie, to Rock to Country players – the list goes on and on. There’s simply nothing the Fender Telecaster cannot do.
We have a full range of Fender Telecaster guitars to suit all budgets including Fender Squier models, Fender FSR Models as well as limited edition Fender Alternate Reality, Fender Made In Japan models and the coveted range of Fender Custom Shop Telecaster guitars. We also stock one of the largest selections of Fender American Telecaster guitars in the UK including the new Fender American Elite series, Fender American Professional and Fender American Performer Telecaster guitars.
The Squier Telecaster guitars are the budget friendly options for those who want a high-quality Fender guitar, but don’t want to stretch their budget too far. Squier is actually owned by Fender, so they’re made with the same stringent construction standards and offer incredible playability and sound quality for the money. We recommend checking out the likes of the Squier Classic Vibe series which are modelled on vintage style Fender guitars.
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The All new Fender Player series replaces the Made In Mexico line of Fender guitars and features all new Player Series pickups in a variety of different combinations. We love these guitars as they feature modern appointments whilst still retaining that classic feel and tone we’ve come to love from Fender guitars. Things like the “Modern C” shape neck, beautiful tonewoods and hand shaped bodies make these a perfect option for players who want authentic Fender Telecaster tone on a budget.
The new Fender American Elite Series offers players more control over their sound thanks to some key improvements. Designed for the performing artists out there, the American Elite Telecasters feature 4th generation Noiseless pickups which still offer that beautiful crisp, clear tone of Tele all whilst maintaining the noise-free, vintage style tone. A new contoured neck heel allows for further play up the neck which has been sculpted to a Modern “D” shaped profile and an exposed truss rod adjustment wheel allows us to make changes whenever we need to.
The innovative American Acoustasonic telecaster completely changes the game when it comes to Telecaster guitars. This really interesting acoustic-electric guitar features an all new Acoustic Engine which delivers ten different body style and tone wood combinations when you’re plugged into an amp. You also have three different pickup systems to sculpt your sound: Fishman Under-Saddle Transducer; Fishman Acoustasonic Enhancer and a Fender Acoustasonic Noiseless magnetic pickup. This is a versatile, very comfortable guitar to play and we highly recommend them.
The Fender American Performer series improve on a classic guitar by offering tonal improvements thanks to the new Yosemite pickups and an all-new Greasebucket tone system. The comfortable “Modern C” shaped neck ensure you really enjoy playing whilst jumbo frets and classic gear tuning machines all add to the playability and reliability.
The range of American professional telecaster guitars include a selection of new features that fans of the Tele will love. New Tim-Shaw designed V-Mod Telecaster pickups have been installed which work beautifully alongside the new Treble Bleed circuit which maintains high end when you turn the volume down. Narrow tall frets make solos and chords easier while a “Deep C” neck profile is comfortable to play.
View the full American Professional range here.
The Fender Classic series Telecaster guitars take homage from some of the most important models from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Each guitar is made in Ensenada, Mexico, and features vintage style appointments relative to the decade in which they are based on. These guitars are perfect for those out there who want to step back in time with their guitars, but don’t want to stretch to the Custom Shop budget.
The view full range of Classic Series here.
The Fender Custom Shop guitars are the pinnacle of Fender design. These guitars offer period correct parts to allow you to achieve the same tone and feel as guitars of the past. You can choose from a range of Fender Custom Shop telecasters available at PMT now, or speak to us about designing your very own Custom Shop Tele where you can make create your very own custom guitar based on your needs.
We have a full range of Fender Telecaster guitars here at PMT Online and available to try out in your local Professional Music Technology store. Why not call in and speak to our experts about the differences between each model and let us help you find the right Fender Telecaster to suit your needs and playing style. Chances are we’ve got the guitar you need!