Fender Telecaster

The Fender Telecaster, colloquially known as the Tele /ˈtɛli/, is the world's first mass-produced, commercially successful[note 1] solid-body electric guitar. Its simple yet effective design and revolutionary sound broke ground and set trends in electric guitar manufacturing and popular music. Introduced for national distribution as the Broadcaster[1] in the autumn of 1950 as a two-pickup version of its sister model, the single-pickup Esquire, the pair were the first guitars of their kind manufactured on a substantial scale. A trademark conflict with a rival manufacturer's (Gretsch Broadkaster) led to the guitar being renamed in 1951. Initially, the Broadcaster name was simply cut off of the labels placed on the guitars (leading to a limited run of nameless guitars known as "No-casters") and later in 1951, the final name of Telecaster was applied to the guitar to take advantage of the advent of television. The Telecaster quickly became a popular model, and has remained in continuous production since its first incarnation.[2]

The Telecaster
Body typeSolid
Neck jointBolt-on
Scale25.5 in
647.7 mm
Pau ferro
BridgeProprietary "Ashtray" or modern style with string through or top load strings.Since 2017 the Professional Series Teles feature a clip- on partial bridge cover.
Pickup(s)Traditionally two single-coils
Other pickup configurations are available
Colors available
2 or 3-or maple color sunbursts
Shades of blonde (translucent earth tones)
sonic blue, red, surf green, yellow, wine red.

Like the Fender Stratocaster, the Telecaster is a versatile guitar, usable for most styles of music and has been used in many genres, including country, reggae, rock, pop, folk, soul, blues, jazz, punk, metal, alternative, indie rock, and R&B. The base model has always been available, and other than a change to the pickup selector switch configuration, a thinning of the neck, and a few variations on the bridge design, it has remained recognizable and mostly unchanged from the 1950s. Several variant models have been produced over the years including those with different pickup configurations and electronics, semi-hollow body designs, and even a twelve string model.