There are few guitars as underrated as the Telecaster. The first time one sees it it looks silly, or even goofy–the body is awkwardly shaped, the pickups are different from one another, and let’s not even get started on the headstock. But it takes a few plays to realize how versatile the instrument truly is. Soon enough, it becomes clear why it was the choice instrument of Page, Richards, Dylan, and Muddy Waters. The 60’s style Telecaster comes in white, and has the old style bridge and tailpiece, as well as a fender rarity–a rosewood fretboard. The guitar’s sound reminds any player, almost immediately, why it served as the bridge between rock and blues for so long. The fretboard gives a sense of control and power, and stability while handling the instrument, whose shape lends itself to fast maneuvers and as well as looking like a straight up bad ass. The neck’s shape makes it easy to move from fret to fret. It’s sound makes it difficult not to hear Keith Richards curling out a fat, thick riff, and it’s even harder not to feel like Jimmy Page onstage during BlowUp–rockin’ out and having a good time.
The Telecaster is a musician’s good, oldest friend, and while he or she may travel around, meet new people, jam on new instruments, take drugs, fall in love, in the end, the Tele waits lovingly for them to come back home. The moral of the story: Les Pauls, Jaguars, and Duo Jets might be great, but nothing and nobody can beat a telecaster, especially a throwback like this one.
The polish of the maple, and the color of the body, and the feel of the instrument itself make any player feel ready to take names and kick down doors. I suppose it’s a Tele like this that reminds us why guitars are called axes.