With a nickname like “the plank”, the Telecaster® body’s minimalist design should come as no surprise. Like the crocodile, its simple efficiency has enabled it to thrive, even as legions of other designs have evolved and become extinct. What is it that makes it so different?
In 1949 Leo Fender completed work on a prototype guitar, a fairly spartan affair with a simple headstock and control layout. Not long after, he began field-testing it by taking it to venues and lending it to professional guitarists. Leo listened to their criticisms, and made several changes based on their feedback. The most notable change was the addition … Read moreThe Snakehead – The Modern Telecaster’s® Earliest Ancestor