The Fender Telecaster is the world's oldest solid-body electric guitar and made its debut in 1951, changing the guitar world forever.
The Telecaster has stood the test of time amongst the most iconic electric guitar designs in history. The biting, twanging tone, robust durability and modular construction quickly made the Telecaster 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.
WHAT'S THE HISTORY OF FENDER TELECASTER?
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.
WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF A FENDER TELECASTER?
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 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.
WHO PLAYS FENDER TELECASTER?
Fender has also produced signature Telecasters for some of its well-known endorsees, like the great Jimmy Page, Brad Paisley and Jim Root. Each guitar carries the undeniable Telecaster DNA, with the unique style and finishing touches to make them stand out from the crowd. The iconic Fender Telecaster has a host of famous players though - perhaps one of the most iconic would be Bruce Springsteen.
WHICH TELECASTER IS RIGHT FOR ME?
FENDER PLAYER SERIES TELECASTER
The 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.
View the full range of Fender Player Series Guitars here.
AMERICAN ELITE SERIES
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.
View the full range of American Elite Guitars here.
AMERICAN ACOUSTASONIC TELECASTER
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 tonewood 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.
View the full American Acoustasonic range here.
FENDER AMERICAN PERFORMER TELECASTER
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.
View the full Fender American Performer range here.
AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL TELECASTER
The range of American professional telecaster guitars includes 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 the 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.
CLASSIC SERIES TELECASTER
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. 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.
FENDER CUSTOM SHOP TELECASTER
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.
View the full range of Fender Custom Shop guitars here.