Concerned about buying a guitar online without playing it first? Yet, here we are, 70 years later, whittling down the substantial number of Teles in the most current Fender catalogue to the 10 best Telecasters for your delectation and consideration.
Without counting the numerous Custom Shop models on offer, there are currently 36 Telecaster models available across the Fender and Squier brands.
Priced from a just couple of hundred sheets to well over two grand, the intrepid explorer will encounter Telecasters toting a variety of tone woods, neck shapes, and pickup outputs. There really is a Tele for everyone, and we're here to help you bag the right one for you. With Amazon Prime Day on the horizon, it could be worth holding off on picking up a new Tele until the Prime Day music deals start emerging.
We'll be reporting on the best offers right through to Prime Day itself. Leo Fender wasn't a guitar player. He approached the creation of a new style of electric guitar as an inventor and engineer. Genius move one: he chose a solid body to counter the feedback problems inherent in the big hollow Jazz guitars that were all the go in the late s. Genius move two: Leo's new guitar was designed with a removable neck so that a replacement could be ordered if the original was damaged, or the frets wore out.
Now he was really on fire: the new guitar was lightweight yet practically indestructible. Punters also got two electric guitar pickupsand volume and tone controls that lay within easy reach. ByFender had launched the single pickup Esquire guitar and the two-pickup Broadcaster. In an anecdote oft repeated, Gretsch objected to the use of the name Broadcaster. It sold a drum kit marketed as the Broadkaster.
Never one to waste a thing, Leo snipped the Broadcaster part off of his headstock logos to produce the '51 era guitars Tele geeks describe as "Nocasters". ByFender settled on the name Telecaster for its two pickup solid body. It's been in production ever since. With the recent demise of the much-loved Classic Player Baja Telecaster, that void has been filled by the Mexican-built Vintera Series guitars.
There are a few models available split into vintage correct and modern spec "modified" formats. Our personal fave is the '60s Telecaster Bigsby with its slim neck and iconic vintage style vibrato. Let's say you have a little more cash in your wallet, you might want to consider the 70th Anniversary Broadcaster.
This exquisite tone machine replicates the original guitar down to its body shape, fingerboard radius, and pickup spec. You also get the big "U" profile neck that is way easier to handle than you'd imagine.
A great Fender Telecaster should sound the business before you even plug it into a guitar amp. Give one a good old strum and you should expect to hear loads of sustain and a bright tone. If it sounds good acoustically it should be a winner when you amplify it. Remember that two identical Teles can sound and feel very different so it pays to paw at a few examples.
Early '50s spec models will come replete with maple fingerboards which add to the guitar's inherent brightness. Notes will sound snappy. Later '50s and '60s style models generally come loaded with warmer sounding rosewood 'boards.
These timbers look a bit like rosewood but can sound as bright as maple due to their hardness. Before we move on, the other big deal in Tele circles is neck size. This beef was reduced gradually as the '50s rolled on from a V profile mid-decade to a rounder C shape around '58 when rosewood fingerboards were introduced. Byslim C necks were all the rage before a slightly fatter profile was phased in around The most common neck size available today is the Modern C.
This shape should accommodate most players but be sure to slap a bunch of different neck profiles in your palm.So we decided to compile a list of eight instruments focused on Chinese crafted Telecaster copies, in no certain order.
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If we forgot your favorite budget Telecaster clone, please post it in the comments section below and share it with other readers! We are always thankful for your opinions! The company is known for offering quality instruments with fairly consistent quality standards at an affordable price. Cosmetically, the flawless double binding and gold hardware really add up to a guitar that looks much more expensive than it is.
It would be a much more beautiful guitar if the finish was slightly more translucent.
The comfy, medium profiled maple neck is seated with medium-sized frets and features a dark rosewood? The 13th fret was a little high on the treble side causing the high e string to fret out at the 12th fret. After leveling the frets and resetting the action and intonation, the guitar plays beautifully.
Tonally, the bridge pickup was shockingly good with a nice, stringy, open sound and the perfect amount of strident twang one would expect. This guitar screams for tweedy grit and slapback delay and I was happy to oblige. While all single coils hum, the hum was manageable and not excessive as is the case with many cheap stock pickups. Backing off on the nicely voiced tone control cut the perfect amount of bite, leaving all the creamy mids intact for some great Tom Petty-ish tones.
The middle position yielded a fuller sound as expected without any loss of the high end, while the neck position was voiced too dark for my tastes.
Additionally, the output of the neck humbucker is a touch too hot to really complement the outstanding vintage-voiced bridge pickup.
That being said, I was able to get some convincing jazz tones using the neck pickup with the tone control slightly rolled back. Both the tone and volume knob are responsive across pretty much the whole spectrum. However, the guitar loses a touch of brightness when rolling back the volume knob. This is one versatile instrument and with a minimal amount of work is an excellent player. Arranged by Will Chen. Visit here for more information about Jay Turser Guitars.
If it was half the guitar the SST was, it would be well worth the modest price.On a dream ODI debut, Australian pacer Jason Behrendorff picked up a wicket in his very first over and this was exactly what he had joked about ahead of the match.
In a nightmare start to their chase, India were reduced to four for three in the fourth over, with Behrendorff snapping up Shikhar Dhawan for a duck in the very first over. It shows you care and it was good fun. But I cannot ask much more than how that first over went about.
I joked with a couple of guys that I would love to have a wicket in my first ODI over, and then it happened. That was one way to settle the nerves," Behrendorff said on January His new-ball partner Jhye Richardson left India in the lurch as well, removing Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu, and the visitors never really recovered. My main strength is to swing the ball up front.
He bowls pretty quick as well. Our plan was to take wickets up front and fortunately we did that. Peter Siddle saw through the middle overs and I thought all the bowlers bowled really well.
We had simple plans and executed them for the most part," he said. I was making my debut and to get a win against a star studded Indian team was awesome. I am extremely happy. It has been a tough road for last three years for me, but I am really focused on white ball cricket.
I just want continuity and look forward to be playing again," he added. Behrendorff said that despite blowing the Indian top-order away in Sydney, the hosts weren't sure about victory and the run stand between Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni caused them a lot of bother.
The hosts took a lead in the three-match series on January 12, winning the first ODI by 34 runs. Behrendorff took on his ODI debut, including the wicket of Dhoni, which broke the partnership, as well as Indian hopes of an improbable win. We weren't really nervous, but we were definitely under the pump. It got to a stage that if we didn't get a breakthrough, the game would have turned pretty quickly.
But for myself to get MS and not too long after, Rohit was out too, so it was important to get that breakthrough. And it showed because once we got those two out, the game was nearly done," Behrendorff said. When asked about how they broke the partnership when things started to appear to be going away, the young pacer replied, "The ball might have started to reverse a little bit. I suppose we got hit into the stands a few times, which helped scuff up the ball as well.
We were trying to do whatever we could, bowl cross seam, changing pace, reversing, wide delivery, whatever we could to break that big partnership. India meanwhile will be under the pump with a short turn-around in only a three-match series.
Behrendorff expects the Men in Blue to come hard at them in the second ODI on January 15 to take the series into the decider at Melbourne.
It feels great especially with everything coming up players returning from bans. It's a new day and a new game on Tuesday, so we are all starting afresh.
We are up but if you look at their side, it is a class outfit. So we expect them to come back firing and give us a good fight on Tuesday.Martin experienced the same strain during those years.
Martin guitars from the '70s tend to have a lousy reputation, such that their values are probably as low as they'll ever get. This does not mean that '70s Martins are to be avoided.
They can be some of the best sounding guitars out there and can be bought for reasonable prices. Now is an excellent time to buy a vintage '70s Martin.
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When the '60s folk boom was in full swing, people wanted to buy good quality instruments. All of the guitar manufacturers were struggling to keep up with orders and high-end Martin was no exception. Supposedly, during this period you had to order your guitar before it was built, rather than going to a shop to choose one out of several hanging on the wall.
Martin went from producing 7, guitars in to producing 22, in ; in a mere six years, their production numbers more than tripled. A large number of theguitars produced from were fantastic instruments that were built without flaws.
Even during this difficult period, Martin was producing guitars of excellent quality, especially considering that some of the big competitors of the day, like Gibson, were sometimes selling factory seconds. The only real quality control issue that Martin experienced in this period was that some of the bridges were misplaced, resulting in poor intonation.
This issue can be righted by moving the original bridge back, installing a new bridge, or by filling and re-cutting the saddle slot in the original bridge. Each of these alternatives has pros and cons, and it is best to discuss the differences between them with your luthier. A large bridge-plate does not help tone and many '70s Martins sound good in spite of their enormous bridge-plates.
This is something that can be changed out by a qualified luthier. A few models introduced in the late '70s had the smaller maple bridge-plates HD, M and M The factor that has had the most significant effect on value for Martins is the switch from Brazilian Rosewood to Indian Rosewood in the back and sides of style 21 and above guitars.
With the supply of Brazilian Rosewood drying up, many manufacturers made the same shift in the early '70s. For Martin, the change happened in latebut there have been a few isolated instances of Brazilian Rosewood showing up on Martins. Brazilian continued to be used on the fret-boards of style 18 Martins as late as Today use of Brazilian Rosewood is limited to special edition or custom shop guitars.
During this period and othersMartin applied finish on top of the plastic pickguards. Over time, the plastic would shrink, pulling the top with it. This caused what is referred to as a "pickguard crack. However, Occasionally these cracks can happen on the other side of the guard, creating larger cracks.
If left un-repaired, they can run the whole length of the guitar. Martin started using adjustable truss-rods in Over the years, the tension from the strings will pull the neck forward. On some guitars more commonly those with the square-tube truss rodthe neck will bow forward, otherwise referred to as having "too much forward relief.
This issue can be corrected in a number of ways, but the most common and successful method is to do a compression re-fret.Kayla Kibbe, 23, has struggled with disordered eating for a decade, and her fear of gaining weight kicked in hard amid the coronavirus lockdown. Here, she shares how she's coping. The phrase started popping up on social media in March, as people began to consider how quarantining at home might affect their eating and exercise habits.
Like most things on social media, the quarantine 15 started largely as a joke. This tends to mean that even when I am not actively practicing disordered eating, thoughts of weight gain or loss are never very far from mind. Yet even in my most restrictive episodes, I always had access to food. Ultimately, enough invitations to join friends in the dining hall or dates for dinner after work always stood between me and any severe damage I could have done if I completely denied myself food.
This posed its own set of problems. Along with all the other ethical concerns that needed to be taken into account — Is it safe to travel? Am I putting myself and others at risk? The birthplace of much of my disordered eating behavior, my childhood home has always been a triggering environment. Like many parents, mine were not equipped to handle an eating disorder, and when they caught me in my first bulimic episode at 13, they defaulted to their go-to Catholic parenting technique: shame.
Unfortunately, eating disorders already tend to come from a place of deep shame, so trying to fight shame with shame is a lot like trying to fight fire with fire. In college, after I lost rather than gained the freshman 15 only to gain it back during my first winter break home, I eventually accepted this cycle as inevitable.
By the time I graduated, it was easy for me to mentally divorce my home self and eating habits from my school self. As far as I was concerned, the thin body in which I strolled around on campus was the real me; the person who overate at home was just a relapse, a shadow of my chubby childhood self.
Like many people trying to make crucial decisions amid the unknowns and uncertainty of the coronavirus outbreak, I was caught between two risky options. Option 2: Stay in New York, starve. Pick your prison. I found myself enticed, as I have been since childhood, by the idea of withering away to nothing in my apartment. But this time I feared going too far.
I remembered the night my freshman year of college, when, overcome with hunger after five days without food, I ate an entire bottle of biotin gummies.
Not allowing myself to exist fully in my body makes the world feel blurry and subdued. Living with body dysmorphia means I often feel a little quarantined inside my own body. All I can do, like everyone else in various kinds of lockdown both mental and physical right now, is take it one day at a time. By Kayla Kibbe May 12, Save Pin FB ellipsis More. Close Share options. All rights reserved. Close View image.What do you want to see? Meet an ancient animal.
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Hatcher the Triceratops Did these fossilized bones meet their end in the teeth of a T-Rex? See underwater without a snorkel. Swim With Sharks Don't worry, silvertip sharks prefer to snack on bony fish, squid - and other sharks. Blue Sea Star The starfish that grows new arms.
Sea Dragon A drifting master of camouflage. Spot Fin Porcupinefish Solitary, inflatable, deadly. The Horned Sea Star An opportunistic carnivore. Spotted Trunkfish A toxic reef-dweller. Kaluga The largest freshwater fish in the world. Feeling crabby? Brown Box Crab An armored rock mimic. Brown Crab Can you spot its five front teeth? Play with a pangolin. Go back to the very beginning. Get lost in space.Read the current issue of VG. Grounded by years of experience, Norman Blake is about music, not ego.
His career started when he left school at age 16 to be a professional musician. Early jobs included playing fiddle, dobro, and mandolin in county dance bands before a short stint in the Army. Vintage Guitar : When did you start playing an instrument?
Norman Blake: Oh, when I was 11 or 12 years old, thereabouts. My first instrument was the guitar. When did you pick up some of the other instruments you play? Shortly after. Mandolin was probably second. I learned to play dobro and fiddle pretty early on, too. But guitar first, mandolin second. Those are my main two instruments. Do you still play dobro? Not a whole lot. I never did play it much in my own shows or on my own songs.
I sort of embellished my records with dobro or slide Hawaiian guitar.
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I like to play non-resonator slide, like a lapsteel or a raised-nut guitar in the low-based tuning, which is different than the dobro tuning. More like the Hawaiian dropped-bass tuning? All your old country players down through the years used the Hawaiian tuning, but they dropped it to G.
A lot of the old-time country musicians used Hawaiian guitar. They were both in G, but the bass strings were different. But then the real traditional Hawaiian players used the A tuning, which is, like I say, the same as the one that country people were using in G, but I call it low bass versus high bass. I speak of dobro just as my own identification of high-bass G and Hawaiian, or the way I play it, old-time country slide is low-bass G.
In other words, the fifth string on a dobro is tuned to a B and the sixth is tuned to a G. On the other guitar, it would be tuned…the fifth would be G and the low string would be a D.
Unlike the dobro, where you basically just have the same repeating tuning…so it would give you a more flexibility, I would think. And dobro was your introduction to playing with Johnny Cash, correct? I worked with him last week. You know, his health has not been good. So I been recording with him during this last year. And what instruments did you play with him? Guitar more than anything. Through the years I played dobro and guitar mostly, at some points way down the line a string guitar, or a mandocello.
He liked those things.