The Fender Telecaster: A Short History Video

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  1. fivewattworld

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    I've played these since college (yeah, a WHILE ago) but never knew the details of the history. Well not to the nerd level I like to bring to my gear knowledge (a thinly veiled excuse for not practicing more and becoming a better player? Nawwww.) So I settled in with two well recommended (in threads here) books and went to work.
    I'm sure I won't have included everything you'll think I should have and I certainly didn't hit all the players I wish I had but I imposed a 20 min time limit and this is the outcome. If you come across any real gaffs please post it over on YouTube so that everyone can benefit. I hope I've not done any irreparable damage to my membership here with this brazen foray. Enjoy.

     
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  2. oatsoda

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    Starting it now, thanks!
     
  3. fivewattworld

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    Be gentle...but let me know if I dropped anything.
     
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    Well done
     
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    Top job dude
     
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    richiek65 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Can't wait to watch but I just pulled into work grrrr
     
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    Starting to watch … brazen is the right word :p …be back later after what I’m sure will be a great 20 minutes…
     
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    I enjoyed that!.....well chosen pictures,clear narration,got a lot into 20 mins!
    If its any help...
    ...when the Klusons were dropped the new F tuners were originally made by Race and Olmstead,who had made tools and dies for Fender previously...the change to Schallers was about '76...they are very different internally..
    ...might be worth mentioning(unpopular)changes to the body shape with the gradual introduction of CNC routers in the '70's
    ...the humbucker Thinline did not use "deluxe",its now usually known as the Thinline 2....
    .... the deluxe was actually better thought out than is usually credited!..as well as its Strat headstock it had a back contour,flatter fingerboard radius,more expensive tuners and bigger frets,clearly targeting the LP market....also a few made with a Strat Trem...
     
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    Very good effort. I can't imagine the time it took to create the video.

    It's easy to criticize and hard to do it constructively but I'm going to try.

    You are a better looking man than I am but I'd still rather see guitars than you talking.

    I thought the staggered bridge poles started in '54.

    I thought Albert Collins' guitar was a standard and he had the binding added.

    Again, I could never do the job you did, and commend your effort.

    One more thing, did you ever see the 2nd prototype?

    guitaristspread.jpg
     
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    Enjoyed it!!
    I thought I knew the history quite well, but didn't know the 25.5" scale was 'borrowed' from Gretsch hollow bodies of the day!
     
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    Very nice. If I may make a suggestion - you wanted to cram a lot of information in those 20 minutes, which is great, but there’s hardly any snippet of music. And that’s all it is about. It would be cool to hear, say, samples of those early BB King and Clarence Gatemouth sides, or some of the epic solos recorded on teles across rock history (say, “Old Brown Shoe”, “Stairway”…).

    Just a suggestion for the next ones that, I can feel, are coming.

    Great job anyway!
     
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    Nice! Well done:D
     
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    An addendum, I also appreciated the 'lecture' factual format -- you covered a lot of territory in that time!! There probably would be copyright issues inserting video/audio clips of tele tunes, and that would likely double/triple the length. Those interested could easily google the artists referenced and check out the music.
    'nuff said...
     
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    Wow! I'd never seen the second prototype! Love that. And thanks for all the details you included. I knew I could count on everyone here.
     
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    Ah, the music. Well YT is currently in a spate of blocking, deleting and demonitizing any and all music quotes it seems. It pains me to not include it but such is the moment we're living in. Even educational uses like this are hacked up by the algorithm.
    Thanks for the help with details.
     
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    Nice video. I actually started a thread linking to it on the Bad Dog after I saw it on YouTube. :)
     
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    Man that’s fantastic. I wondered what if any significance there was when they changed from 5 screw to 8 screw pick guards. Songbirds here in Chattanooga has a dignitary tele display, but the kids that give the tour don’t know much about them.


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    Sweet little vid Keith, like your others. Thanks for the gift.
     
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    Very well done brother. You have a great channel concept going there. Enjoying it very much as a recent subscriber.
     
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    Very nice. If I may make a suggestion - you wanted to cram a lot of information in those 20 minutes, which is great, but there’s hardly any snippet of music. It would be cool to hear, say, samples of those early BB King and Clarence Gatemouth sides, or
    Thanks for the response. Well, that clears that up!! All the best for your excellent series of videos!

    (Mountains of NH … been there with my family on a trip: it’s a lovely place you live in!)
     
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