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    ’53 Tele Turns Up on Antiques Roadshow

    1953 Tele"I'm shocked. I never had any clue." Those are the words of a Santa Clara, California man upon learning the value of a old guitar passed down from his Grandma. Of course, it wasn't just any guitar, but a 1953 Fender Telecaster, black guard, along with an...

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    We will miss you, B.B. King

    95138629_6ak"I happen to think that the great spirit God made us all, put us all here for a reason. And all of us have something to do, and I think we have -- there's a word I used to hear a lot called "Your Brother's...

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    Richie Sambora Auctions Crystal Tele

    richie-sambora-soloRichie Sambora put a crystal-covered Fender Telecaster up for auction on Friday, May 1. It was part of the Barnstable Brown Gala, a traditional party held before the Kentucky Derby. Sambora played the gala, along with Alice Cooper guitarist, Orianthi. The well-heeled crowd loved the show, and...

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    New 8-watt Amp from Mod Kits DIY

    k-mod102_closeupleft-1Hang around long enough, and you'll discover it's filled with many great players—some of them, world class (and even world famous.) But we also have some great builders of T-style guitars, and amplifiers. If you've ever browsed the Shock Brother's DIY AMPS forum and...

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    T-Styles made from Detroit Ruins

    Wallace editedRecently, the city of Detroit began an "anti-blight" campaign, trying to persuade property owners to either renovate or tear down dilapidated buildings. What to do with the rubble? Mark Wallace has the answer—turn that old wood into guitars. Working in Detroit real estate for 10 years, Wallace has seen...

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    Fishman Fluence Single Coils Coming to Tele

    Fluence photoLast year, Fishman released the Fluence pickup, which they described at the "first significant development in guitar pickups in 80 years." Available in both single coils for Strat-style guitars, and in humbuckers, the Fluence is 100% noise-free. TDPRI has now leaned that Fishman is in...

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    Cool Pickguard Designs from Decoboom

    decoboom-engraved-pickguard-spawn_of_paisley-patternAndrew Bingham has a thing for plastic—postwar plastic, when bakelite, celluloid and acrylic was used to make phones, radios, jewelry and yes, guitars. Last year he launched Decoboom, a pickguard design and manufacturing studio based in Bakersfield, California. Bingham works exclusively with plastic, saying “It is without...

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    Portraits of Texas Tele Pickers

    ut74Austinites can breath a sigh of relief—SXSW 2015 has come to a close. Some 2,000 artists and bands played the festival, but it's worth noting that even after they've gone, local performers still make Austin the "Live Music Capital of the World." For decades, professional photographer Matthew Sturtevant...

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    This Guitar is Built from What?

    DSC_0103The Telecaster is a versatile enough instrument that you can make it out of a variety of woods and it's still a Telecaster. James Trussart makes his with steel, Fender has used aluminum; some TDPRI'ers have even tried carbon fiber and another used Popsicle sticks(!). One material you...

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    Tim Bram’s Archtop T-Style Jazz Boxes

    Tim Bram thumbnailWhen Leo Fender released first released the Telecaster to the world (via the Broadcaster and Esquire), his earliest customers were country and western musicians. Some, like Jimmy Wyble and Jimmy Bryant, came to C&W via the jazz world, where the archtop guitar ruled the roost. Or course,...

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    G&L Guitars Meet Muscle Cars

    G&L R:T Collection colorsGuitars and cars have always gone together. From Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" to Bruce Springsteen's "Pink Cadillac" to Wilson Picket's "Mustang Sally," if you've got a six string, it's not hard to link it to car culture. In the 1960s and 70s, a lot of...

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