The Fender Telecaster guitar is one of the most iconic guitars ever played. Debuting in 1949 under its original name, the Broadcaster, variants of the Telecaster have been continuously produced and have remained popular since. Artists from Merle Haggard to George Harrison to Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin have played Telecasters on many of their signature songs.
The standard design of the base Telecaster is a single-body design with dual pickups, though there are some variant models. This design was created by Leo Fender, the founder of the Fender Corporation himself. It was one of the first guitars to be built for mass production. The modular design that Fender used made it easy for the guitars to be repaired, which made them more convenient.
The overall shape and design of the Telecaster has remained relatively consistent throughout the years. Despite the Fender Telecaster guitar being produced relatively simply and cheaply, it is known for producing a signature sound that has had a huge influence on the world of music. Each of its two pickups produces unique tones: one bold and sharp, the other light and bluesy.
Being one of the first solid-body electric guitars also contributed to the Tele's defining sound. It allowed the instrument to be played louder and clearer since the solid body reduced feedback.
The Fender Telecaster guitar remains a popular choice even today. While there are several different subtypes of the Telecaster, you can easily find a model that's almost exactly the same shape and feel of the original model.
The Telecaster was also the inspiration for the Fender Stratocaster, a double-cutaway style guitar that was contoured for more comfortable playing and featured an additional pickup. Both of these Fender models have been used by some of the most famous artists in the world, but they are also great for beginning players.