Telecaster FAQ – Frequently Asked Questions about the Fender Telecaster

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Telecaster FAQ 1 – Which Fender Telecaster is the best?

There are many models of the Fender Telecaster, and there are just as many types of players that will argue over which particular model is the best so the answer is entirely subjective. There are several especially noteworthy models like the original ’50s Telecaster that can carry a price tag in the thousands of dollars. The ‘60s Baha Telecaster is another top choice and it also demands top dollar. There are some great choices for a modern Tele that brings down the price tag, the Fender Modern Player Telecaster Plus is a great example.

Telecaster FAQ 2 – Which guitarists use Telecasters?

The list of popular players who play the Telecaster is endless. Players like Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen, Jeff Buckley, Albert Collins, Brad Paisley, Merle Haggard, and Jeff Beck are all well-known Telecaster players.

Telecaster FAQ 3 – How many pickups does a Telecaster have?

The most common version of the Telecaster has two single coil pickups. The neck pickup is a slightly smaller pickup that is built on a different design. This smaller pickup is unique to the Telecaster. There are many modern models with every possible combination of pickups, and any number and style of pickup can be found.

Telecaster FAQ 4 – Why is it called a Telecaster?

The Telecaster was officially named in the summer of 1951 after a fairly eventful journey through several names and slight variations – most notably the missing neck pickup. Before it was named the Telecaster, it had been named the Esquire, the Nocaster, the Broadcaster, and was even just named Fender for a short time.

Telecaster FAQ 5 – What music is a Telecaster good for?

Telecasters are amazing guitars that are perfect for any style of music. They are quite often considered to be a Country guitar because of the twang they can create, but they are extremely versatile guitars and you can find a great player playing a Tele in every genre of music that has guitars.

Ed Malaker Our resident electronics wizard came by his skills honestly — first as an apprentice in his father’s repair shop, later as a working musician and (most recently) as a sound designer for film. His passion for guitar led him to Humbucker Soup, where he continues to decode the wonders of wiring and the vicissitudes of voltage. Ed has never taken his guitar to a shop — he already knows how to fix it.