This 1959 Rosewood necked, sunburst Fender Telecaster was used on a variety of songs, most notably on the Tarkus album and on the solo for Lucky Man.
He mentions: I used a Fender Telecaster with an extra Gibson pick-up and a hand-built neck on "Battlefield," but while in the States a few weeks ago I changed it for a Gibson, Stereo. I started playing guitar 12 years ago when I was 11. I had lessons privately. I didn't leave King Crimson - the band dissolved and at the same time I happened to meet Keith Emerson. The pebble sound was achieved on the Moog Synthesiser. We used reverb on it to get a sound like water dripping in a cave. Our next LP will include several numbers we are constantly asked about, including "Pictures At An Exhibition" and "Nutrocker." ~ Greg Lake, Emerson Lake and Palmer.
Greg also adds: I played a Gibson J200 acoustic and a Gibson Les Paul electric on "In The Beginning [sic!]" and a modified Fender Telecaster with Fender light-gauge strings on "Lucky Man." I've now changed entirely to guitars custom-made by Tony Zemaitis, whose instruments are great. Altogether he has made or is making for me four guitars: (1) an electric metal-fronted one, (2) a beautiful acoustic with inlaid mother-of-pearl body and a soundhole in the shape of a heart. It has similar properties to the J200, (3) a double-neck electric with bass and six-string necks, (4) a 12-string acoustic. As yet, none of our music is available, but we really do mean to get a song book together quite soon - things with simple melodies and perhaps some piano solos. I know we keep on promising to do it, but obviously it takes a lot of thought and time and we want to make a really good job of it. We will definitely give it our urgent attention. ~ GREG LAKE
Greg used to have an obsession with fixing and modifying pickups in his guitars, something he also did with his Gibson Ripper and Fender Jazz bass back in the seventies. He also played Rickenbacker, several Strats, and the occasional Gretsch.
All of Greg Lake's remaining guitars were auctioned off after his cancer related death in 2016.
I am a devoted ELP fan, and I do find it crushing that Greg and Keith are no longer with us. But I enjoy ELP, and I find it very interesting that Greg played a Telecaster! Being a giant record collector, I appreciate a lot of ELP albums, and own many of them. Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery are the 2 essential albums of theirs you need to own. Especially their cover of Jerusalem and ballad Still You Turn Me On. If that doesn't convert you to ELP, I don't know what songs will.
But if you like this post about Greg Lake's Telecaster please let me know.