The Telecaster is the true beginning of the solid electric Guitar story. This iconic workhorse has survived the rigours of the road for almost 60 years and is still considered by many guitarists to be 'all you really need'.
This easy-to-use manual offers advice on how to get the best from your Tele, be it a budget Squier or an original USA-made '57-'59 Esquire. With step-by-step guidance and clear colour photographs, subjects include upgrading pickups, adjusting a truss rod and understanding great vstage rigs. There are also 'Tech Tip' contributions from respected luthier John Diggins and B-Bender inventor Gene Parsons.
Fourteen case studies examine in detail everything from a Custom Shop Parsons White B-Bender to a Jerry Donahue 'Signature' Telecaster. There are also 'under the hood' insights into the great Esquire, Broadcaster, Nocaster and Telecaster marques, with nods to the classic 'Blackguards', as well as a vintage '57 Whitegurad Esquire, a Humbucker supercharged 'Hot Rod' and a rare 'lefty' Deluxe.
Squiers in a '50s Vibe, 'Affinity' and Avril Lavigne models offer a way in to a classic design, with hints on upgrades to a professional working instrument.
The stage set-ups of key Telecaster players such as Jerry Donahue, Roy Buchanan, Albert Lee, Steve Cropper, Andy Summers and the man that got a call from Elvis - James Burton - are examined, including a look at George Harrison's wonderful Rosewood 'Let It Be' Tele.
The Fender Telecaster Manual covers:
- Buying a telecaster
- Knowing your Vintage tele
- Know your American Standard
- Setting up and tuning
- Repairs, maintenance and adjustments
- 14 case studies
- Key Telecaster players and their set-ups
As a broadcaster, writer, performer and teacher, Paul Balmer has been around Telecasters and their variants since the '60s and currently plays a customised '50s Vibe Blackguard Tele.