Joe strummer was inspired to get a Tele because of Wilko Johnson

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  1. rze99

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    Who else got a Tele because of Wilko?
     
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    Despite having seen Wilko both with Dr Feelgood and the Solid Senders a few times in the 70's, and with his own band more recently, it was the James Burton Signature that brought me to Telecasters. My wife liked the look of it, and if she suggests I buy a guitar, who am I to complain. I cannot see her suggest that I buy the Joe Strummer model, it is not exactly the style she is looking for.

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    I got my black one because of Wilko.
     
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    <Raises hand>

    Watching Dr Feelgood on the OGWT with Wilko set an ember glowing. Rockschool later fanned it. Many years later, I went Tele.

    I have bled profusely playing Wilko style rhythm, but I'm so used to it now, I find plectrums awkward for strumming.

    A heck of a lot of the proto-punk/garage bands that came from pub-rock cite Wilko as a key influence. It carried forward to The Strypes too. Tele and all.
     
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    Wilko is an institution in your neck of the woods but he's almost unknown here. In fact, the whole pub-rock genre was under-exposed in the states. I don't believe Wilko's influence on other, later artists can be overestimated. For my part, I'd like a Strummer tele, but I'd feel like a poser if someone saw me with it! I'd be more comfortable in a Clash t-shirt.
     
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    Joe Strummer inspired my cat Strummer to buy a Strummer tribute tele. Now he's saving up for a leather jacket to complete the look.

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    I got a Wilko tele!
     
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    Andy Summers for me... although instead of gorgeous bound sunburst, I ended up with Antigua!
     
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    Joe strummer was inspired to get a Tele because of Wilko Johnson


    Anything else would be uncivilized!

    Wilko is virtually unknown among music consumers in the US. Mention "Dr. Feelgood," and most people will recall the tune by Motley Crue. But for hard-core guitar freaks like me, we knew about Wilko back in the 1970s. He is a big reason why I play Telecasters today.
     
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    I just recently discovered Wilko. Man I’ve been missing out.
     
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    Nice looking 'family' you have there rez99!

    I've considered getting a Strummer model ... are they still produced?
     
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    Me too ^ I discovered Wilko late, but damn...!!!!
     
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    As others have noted, Wilko is criminally unknown in the States—myself included.

    He’s another rabbit hole I need to explore one day.

    (Keef and Muddy inspired my Telecaster needs, BTW)...
     
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    Terry Kath was the man that laid down the plan for me.
     
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    I remember seeing Dr. Feelgood albums in the import bin in the '70s, but didn't know enough to take a chance on one.

    I'd love a time machine that would take me back to Peaches Records in Memphis, circa 1975-1978. With a wad of cash.
     
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    Makes me feel pretty damn good...

     
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    Yeah, I got a black tele because of wilko. First thing I learned on it was 'she does it right'.
     
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    Truth is, these are guys I did not want to sound like. Beck with the Yardbirds, absolutely yes. On the beat straight rhythm, Clash included, no thanks. It took me a long time to come to the Tele because I associated it largely with country and bar rock. It weasn't until I saw Roy Buchanan live that the breadth of the Tele's capability became really clear to me. Up to that point, it was (with rare exceptions) a sound I didn't want.
     
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