Black & Red
Luthier Joe Dobson of Joseph Kaye guitars explains the recreation Wilko’s famous black-and-red 1962 Tele
“I’d started up my own guitar workshop and I was doing merchandise for Wilko. He came up to me one day and said, ‘How much for a guitar?’ and we agreed a price, so he came into the workshop and tried out a few things I had. His original ’62 Telecaster has a big chunky neck with a wider nut and a two-piece diagonal body join, which is really rare. I made his guitar without seeing it first and the strange thing was, I actually made a chunky neck with exactly the same width! But the weirdest thing was that I picked a two-piece body with a diagonal join rather than a one-piece that I had! By default, I managed to make him an identical guitar to his original without realising it. When he picked it up he instantly went, ‘This is the one!’”
Wilko’s number one stage guitar: an original Fender Wilko Johnson Telecaster
3. Wilko’s Tele is instantly recognisable with the single-ply red pickguard on black finish; the original guitar was resprayed to suit Wilko’s signature ‘black-and-red’ look
1 1. Wilko’s Telecaster has been round the block a few times – and a life on the road means picking up that wellloved, road-worn look!
2 2. Wilko rarely deviates from the bridge pickup throughout his entire set, which suits his no-nonsense style of playing