The Fender Telecaster: The Life and Times of the Electric Guitar That Changed the World

The Fender Telecaster: The Life and Times of the Electric Guitar That Changed the World

by Dave Hunter
     
 

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“Without the Telecaster, there would be a whole lot less music for the world to enjoy!”
—Redd Volkaert, from the afterword
 
Working-class hero. The ultimate blue-collar guitar. That is the Fender Telecaster. It wasn’t made to be elegant, pretty, or sophisticated. Instead, the Telecaster was designed to be the ultimate

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“Without the Telecaster, there would be a whole lot less music for the world to enjoy!”
—Redd Volkaert, from the afterword
 
Working-class hero. The ultimate blue-collar guitar. That is the Fender Telecaster. It wasn’t made to be elegant, pretty, or sophisticated. Instead, the Telecaster was designed to be the ultimate utilitarian musical instrument. And somewhere along the way, it changed the world of music.
 
In the hands of players from James Burton to Muddy Waters, Bruce Springsteen to Joe Strummer, the Telecaster has made the music of working people—country, blues, punk, rock ’n’ roll, even jazz.
 
Here is the complete tale of an electric guitar that came to work and continues to work hard more than half a century after its birth, still resonating with the purity of the first slab of swamp ash that was carved to that iconic single-cutaway design. Packed with more than 400 photos and memorabilia, plus profiles of the great Tele players, this book is a suitable tribute to the Tele.
 
Dig in, and feel the music.
 
“I’m still on the road and so is my Tele. Every hotel room I check into, the first thing I do is take the Telecaster out of its case and lean it against the wall. It looks so good.”
—Wilko Johnson, from the foreword

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"This book does something new and different ... an exultation of the Fender Telecaster in all its forms."

--Vintage Guitar

"This is a terrific book on an amazing guitar."

--curledup.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760341384
Publisher:
Voyageur Press
Publication date:
10/15/2012
Edition description:
First
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
661,103
Product dimensions:
9.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Dave Hunter is an author, musician, and journalist. He is the presenter and co-author of the Totally Interactive Guitar Bible and its two follow-ups, Interactive Fender Bible and Interactive Gibson Bible. Among his other books are the popular The Guitar Amp Handbook, Guitar Rigs, and Guitar Effects Pedals. He contributes regularly to Guitar Player and Vintage Guitar magazines.

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