The Fender Telecaster : A Short History

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    Five watt world is a terrific YouTuber. Hours of great content.
     
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    Keith is a member here and does a great job with all of the “Short History” presentations. Everyone here should watch them all.
     
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    a short history...

    Fender Co. made a Telecaster and everyone lived happily ever after.

    the end.:lol:
     
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    What is a telecaster?
     
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    Was it mentioned that they changed the shape of the body during the CBS years?
     
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    +1 for Keith's videos.
     
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    He misspelled Jazz. :D
     
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    Arguably the most iconic electric guitar ever made? I just call it my favorite guitar.
     
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    Apropos of nothing, I've often wondered how the Bigsby guitars of that era sounded compared to what became the Tele.
     
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    Are you just stirring the pot or are you serous?

    I have seen this mentioned before but have never seen proof, other than the upper bout and notch.

    Do you mean that? Do you mean the edge radius is larger? Do you mean that the flattened area near the jack changed? Or do you mean that if you trace a 1953 body, the whole thing is very different from a 1968 body?

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/50s-vs-60s-tele-body-shape.126071/
     
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    Hammer Of The Honky-Tonk Gods lyrics - Bill Kirchen



    Well, they put six strings on a maple stick,
    Stuck it on a slab of ash,
    Sold one to Luther, threw in a pick,
    Sent him out with Johnny Cash.

    Now, could Leo Fender and the gang have known
    At the factory in Fullerton?
    That the honky twang of the Telecaster tone
    Would outlast 'em, every one.

    (Chorus)
    It's got a plush-lined case,
    It's all up in your face,
    It's your thunderin' lightning rod -
    It was born at the junction of form and function -
    It's the hammer of the honky-tonk gods,
    It's the hammer of the honky-tonk gods!

    (bridge - Telecaster break)

    You got Buck and Don, Merle and Roy,
    Muddy and the Iceman, too,
    Bryant, Bert, Roy, Danny, and Redd,
    Why, that's Redd with two 'D's to you.

    Well, there's Waylon and Keith,
    'Bout off th' top of my head,
    Chrissie, Cropper and the Boss,
    Why, if Johnny B Goode had one, he would
    Up in the St. Louis Telecaster, hoss.

    (repeat Chorus (variations))
    You've (She's) got your (a) plush-lined case,
    An' all (All) up in your face,
    She's your (ya) thunderin' lightning rod -
    (Well it was) Born at the junction of form and function -
    It's the ('e) hammer of the honky-tonk gods,
    It's the hammer of the honky-tonk gods!

    (repeat Chorus)
     
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    I was serious. I know the body shape changed in the 70's along the upper part near the neck, (I'm 60)and I really dislike it. I was asking if it was mentioned in the video, as I had it running in the background at work and may have missed it. If not mentioned, it is a pretty significant part to leave out, IMO.
     
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    OK! Sorry! I thought you meant something else with the shape of the body. You are right - I am not a fan of that shape, either - it was a small change but visually very unappealing to me, too.
     
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    Old Ernest Tubb recordings have a lot of Bigsby guitars on them, as do Merle Travis' electric tracks.
     
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    Great informative video. I couldn't help but notice - this guy never blinks his eyes!
     
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