T-Style Guitars

Perhaps one of the most iconic musical creations of the 20th Century, the T-Style guitar was the first mass-produced solid-body electric guitar design when it was launched by Leo Fender in 1951.

Known affectionately as the Tele it is one of the most copied electric guitar designs ever created, and continues to set trends and evolve with a variety of neck styles, pickup configurations, and tremolo systems available at PMT.

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That Tele Twang

Despite the stunning variety of T-Style models available - from the Squier Classic Vibe series all the way to the Fender Custom Shop models - each Tele has something in common with the last.

The distinctive Tele Twang is produced on the bridge pickup and gives a bright tone which is perfect for ‘cutting through’ a band and playing lead guitar lines.

Complimenting the twang of the bridge pickup is the warm and mellow-sounding neck pickup that's perfect for rhythm playing, with some modern Telecasters even coming equipped with powerful EMG pickups that alter the sound further.

Try playing some variations to find your favorite tones!

Artist Series

The versatility of the Telecaster is proven in the range available in the Fender Artist Series, which features signature models from Jim Root, James Burton, and Chrissie Hynde amongst many more.

Each signature model utilizes different features such as mahogany body construction, ebony fingerboards, or high-output pickups suited to perfectly match the needs of each artist.

Other T-Style Guitars

Whilst many people view the original Tele design as being the quintessential model to go for if it's a slightly different playing experience you'd like it's worth noting that there are many brands other than Fender that create guitars inspired by this classic single-cutaway design.

If it's a high-performance guitar with killer pickups you're seeking, then you may find what you need amongst the Schecter PT models, ESP LTD TE models, or the Charvel Pro-Mod So-Cal Style 2 axes.

However, if you are interested in the classic Telecaster design, but find yourself on a budget that's best suited to beginner-friendly models, then you will find what you need within our Eastcoast, Squier, and Encore categories.

FAQs

  • When was the Telecaster invented?

    The fender was developed and invented in 1950 by Leo Fender and George Fullerton.
  • Why is the Telecaster so popular?

    Thanks to its tight attack and quick response making them ideal for a wide range of musican genres, the Telecaster has a reputation for attracting players of technical renown.
  • Who makes Telecaster guitars?

    The original Telecaster guitar is made by Fender. There are also official Telecaster models made at a cheaper price by Squier. Many other companies make T-style guitars, however they are not officially Telecaster models.
  • Who plays Telecaster guitars?

    Telecaster guitars are played by professional musicians across the world. Some notable players include Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, Tom Morello, Joe Strummer, J Mascis, and Chrissie Hynde.
  • Where are Fender Telecaster guitars made?

    Fender Telecaster guitars are manufactured in the USA, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and China.
  • Are Telecaster guitars good?

    Telecaster guitars are awesome, and they played a very important role in the advent of rock music - as well as in country, blues, and funk. They've been a mainstay in the world of music ever since they were released as the Broadcaster model in 1950.