Fender Telecaster History

in #fender2 years ago (edited)


I asked my brother to tell me about his most favourite guitar, because he seems always has a deep emotional connection with the instruments he plays. And here is the story:

"I got my first guitar from Opa (grandfather). Before I got it I just occasionally played when at my grandparent’s. My Opa was a gifted player. I love music and I got inspired in my love for music by him. When I was just little I liked to listen to him playing classic rock, blues, Latin-American. He made me love those classic music styles. They are like he was, romantic and straight from the heart.

When he told me if he will buy me a guitar for myself I honestly expected he would buy me a Fender Telecaster. Opa had a collection of guitars but always played his Fender Telecaster. He said many times that his telecaster is special. Ha, when I asked him what make the guitar that special he only said, it has a "pling". Referring to the sound of the higher E string without amplifying. That time I did not understand a word of what he was saying, but I was 100% sure that the E string produced a sound that no other guitar could match.

So you might understand why I was expecting to get a Fender Telecaster. But I did not, I got a Sakura. I was a little disappointed but actually the guitar served me well."

Then I did some research and found this at the fender website, written by Jeff Owens:

While Leo Fender and the staff of his small Southern California instrument- and amp-making company knew that they’d built a revolutionary new guitar when they introduced the Telecaster in early 1951, they had no idea of the size and scope of the musical revolution their unusual new invention would start. They couldn't possibly have.

It was not a foregone conclusion that such an instrument would succeed; indeed, some scoffed and laughed at the Telecaster when it was officially unveiled that year at the industry’s largest U.S. trade show, mocking it as a “boat paddle” and a “snow shovel.” This kind of derision didn't last long, though.

That’s because players quickly realized that Fender had given them something not only new and unusual, but something well-designed, easy-playing, efficient, rugged, affordable and, above all, great-sounding. Although electrified guitars had been around in various forms since the 1920s, Leo Fender and his inner circle had labored mightily throughout the close of the 1940s and the earliest dawn of the new decade to design and perfect something that really didn't exist before—a mass-produced solid-body Spanish-style electric guitar.

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Oh that's an interesting one. So what are you going to do, buy that guitar after all in his memory, or continue to exercise on the one you already have ?

@viog37 But i don't have any of guitars.

So do you have any guitar at all? Practising ?

i have it. like 5 or so but i sold it 2 years a go.

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