Tele Ad­dicTs

The world’s first solid elec­tric is still go­ing strong.

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The Esquire, in­tro­duced in April 1950, was Fender’s first solid‑body elec­tric gui­tar and fea­tured a slab ash body and a sin­gle pickup. Later that year a neck pickup and truss rod were added to the spec on a model that was named, first, the Broad­caster, be­fore be­ing rechris­tened the Tele­caster mere months later. The first ex­am­ples hit the shops in mid‑1951 and cost just un­der $190 – around £1,350 in to­day’s money. The ge­nius of Leo Fender’s de­sign means that it can be eas­ily tweaked to re­sult in mod­els very dif­fer­ent from the orig­i­nal stream­lined in­stru­ments. Take Slip­knot gui­tarist Jim Root’s (pic­tured) sig­na­ture Tele­caster. Its ma­hogany body and dual EMG pick­ups pro­vide a huge tone that would be im­pos­si­ble to achieve with a tra­di­tional spec Tele. Due to the Tele­caster’s ver­sa­til­ity and el­e­gant de­sign, it’s rightly re­garded by many as their ‘desert is­land’ gui­tar, and ev­ery gui­tarist should own one.

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