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The Telecaster A-List | Our Favourite Tele's at Dolphin

Published: Tue June 19, 2012  News Feed

The Sweetest Fender Telecasters 

Tele Cool

“You know one when you see it! Gloriously simple, gracefully contoured, and a byword for how enduring the electric guitar has proved to be” - Guardian


Although the 50s may have been brought down by war, conflict and not enough kitchen appliances, the decade also brought us Rock n Roll... and the Fender Telecaster.

The solid-bodied beauty is a piece of art that simply gains more value and respect with time. Unlike many other guitars, and instruments in general, the Telecaster’s simple and graceful design is still as attractive today as it was 60 odd years ago. So, as this is one of your favourite guitars, we thought we'd introduce you to some of our favourite Tele's.


The Telecaster "A-List"


Fender Custom Telecaster FMT HH with in (RW) Black Cherry Burst

To kick off our top 10 Tele's, we have the rather scorching and aesthetically appealing Custom Telecaster FMT HH. This guitar features a carved flame maple top with cream binding, a set neck and two Fender-made humbucking pickups. If you’re after the classic Tele Twang, you got it! If you’re after more clarity and sustain, then just flip this Tele into humbucking mode and you’ve got that too.

Key Features:

- Special Edition Series
- Seymour Duncan pickups
- Cream Colored Top Body Binding
- Matching Painted Headstock and graphite nut
- Oversized strap buttons
- Mother of pearl moon inlays


Fender Blacktop Series Telecaster in (M) Silver

Or maybe you prefer an even more agressive tone... then the Blacktop's your guy. Drive your sound with raw humbucking power! Fender's innovative Blacktop Telecaster expands the sonic horizon of the original guitar, by powering it with high-gain humbucking pickups. The Blacktop Telecaster fulfills the demand for thick, heavy sound and deep, rich and aggressive tones to match any intensity of playing style.

Key Features:

- Dual over-wound alnico humbucking pickups
- Synchronized tremolo bridge
- Glass polyester finish


Fender Custom Shop Deluxe Telecaster in (M) Faded Cherry Burst

We know what you're thinking... "what an unusual finish for a guitar"... and you're right, but that's because this little gem is fresh outta the Custom Shop. Oh Yeah! This Deluxe Telecaster combines the best of old and new, made up of top-of the line custom features including pearl button tuners, Twisted Tele pickups and the hand selected ash body with access heel and AAA quilted maple veneer top.

Key Features:

- Custom classic Tele bridge
- Twisted Tele pickups
- Custom Tele wiring with Greasebucket tone
- Urethane finish
- Case and certificate included


Fender Classic Player Tele Deluxe Electric Guitar with Tremolo in Black (Guitarist’s Choice)

Is that a Strat headstock? Why yes it is! There's no way that's a tremolo arm though.. erm... actually, it is. There are real world examples of the much revered Telecaster Deluxe which were factory-built in the 70’s with Strat tremolo bridges. With Fenders new Classic Player Tele Deluxe With Tremolo you can experience this rare and versatile offering.

Key Features:

- Alder body
- Wide Range humbucking pickups
- Three-bolt neck plate with micro-tilt adjustment
- Bullet truss rod
- Vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge


Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster with Rosewood fretboard in Olympic White

The acoustic tones of this Telecaster are all usable and sound great. The ability to expand your musical possibilities with the blending options makes this guitar a joy to play. The Acoustasonic’s low price puts it well within reach of most players. "It’s a difficult task to meld the electric and acoustic worlds, but Fender have found a great balance with this guitar." - Premier Guitar

Key Features:

- Ash body with a spruce wedge center block
- String through body rosewood Acoustic Tele Bridge with Compensated Plastic Saddle
- Satin urethane neck finish

Squier by Fender Vintage Modified Telecaster Special in White Blonde

This model brings together all of the Tele design features you love, with some exciting additions. Featuring truly modded and hot-rodded components, the Vintage Modified Telecaster Special is strapped with a Duncan Designed TE-101B single-coil bridge pickup and the incredible, full-sounding JM101N single-coil Jazzmaster neck pickup, with 5 alnico magnets.

The less costly alternative to Mr. Classic Series down there

Key Features:

- Vintage style three-barrel string-through-body bridge with brass saddles
- Basswood body
- Duncan Designed Pickups
- Engraved Neckplate


Fender Classic Series '50s Telecaster in White Blonde

Another beautiful blonde. Few guitars shaped more styles of music in the ’50s and ’60s than the Telecaster guitar. The Classic Series ’50s Telecaster evokes those times with features including dual single-coil alnico pickups, single-ply white pickguard, vintage bridge and knurled chrome knobs. From James Burton to the Beatles, the Telecaster was at the heart of popular music. And Fender still make them like they used to.

Key Features:

- Two single-coil Alnico pickups
- Vintage bridges and knurled chrome knobs
- Ash body
- Maple neck and fingerboard
- Single-ply white pickguard


Fender Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe Guitar in Black Transparent

The F hole, the extended scratchplate, the interesting and natural looking paint job... what's not to like? Keeping up the tradition of producing quality instruments for beginners, Fender has created their new series of entry-level guitars, the Modern Player series. Reinventing the classic Telecaster style and design, the Modern Player Telecaster Thinline Deluxe simply exudes elegance and flair.

Key Features:

- Incredible style, performance and affordability
- Two single-coil Modern Player MP-90 pickups
- Three-position pickup switching toggle
- Vintage Style 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Hardtail bridge


Fender Custom Shop Closet Classic Telecaster Pro with Rosewood fretboard in Dakota Red

This would be a superb new addition to your music room, if you could handle it that is. The heavy duty Custom Shop 2012 Closet Classic Telecaster Pro is Fender's latest prototype sample, with a body fashioned from swamp ash and a distinctive Closet Classic lacquer finish that imparts the look of a long-lost but newly rediscovered instrument.

Key Features:

- Vintage hardware and custom bridge
- Hand selected ash with access heel
- Quartersawn maple neck
- Custom Tele wiring with Greasebucket tone circuit




Fender Vintage Hot Rod 52 Telecaster with maple neck in Butterscotch Blonde


Looks, sounds and feels both vintage and brand-new at the same time! Classic looks, modern tone and feel! Our new Vintage Hot Rod ’52 Telecaster guitar fuses the best of the old and the new in one smokin’ hot instrument. Great quality, great sound, great finish, great vibe, there's not much more to be said... i mean, just look at it!

Check out the Fender Vintage Hot Rod 52 Telecaster Review here to get some more detailed info on features and specs.

Key Features:

- Custom vintage Tele bridge pickup
- Thin-skin nitrocellulose lacquer finish
- Modern features include a Seymour Duncan Vintage
- Mini HB humbucking neck pickup
- Satin-backed neck with a flatter radius and medium-jumbo frets


"For the ultimate fifties Tele experience without spending stupid money, it's clear why Fender's American Vintage template is so popular" - Music Radar



 ... And One for Good Luck!



Fender American Standard Telecaster with in (RW) 3-Tone Sunburst

You know we couldn't leave this classic out of the list. This Fender American Standard Telecaster is brand new for Musikmesse 2012. The latest incarnation of a truly timeless classic, it rings more fully, brightly and crisply than ever. Now it has been upgraded for 2012 with a comfortable new body contour and classic-sounding Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups.

Key Features:

- Gloss Urethane body finish
- Bi-Flex Truss Rod System
- Custom Shop Twisted Tele Neck and Custom Shop Broadcaster Bridge pickups
- Five-Screw Mounted Brass Bridge Plate for Sonic Stability



   So, what's your favourite Tele? Let us know!  



* Some models are currently available to order, some due to popularity and some because they're fresh out of production (2012)

So call us 0844 815 0888 on to check availability


Telecaster Players:

The King of the Teli Roy Buchanan

Francis Rossi & Rick Parfitt (Status Quo)

Buck Owens

Andy Summers (The Police)

Guthrie Thomas

Jimmy Page

Waylon Jennings

Bruce Springsteen

James Burton

David Knopfler (Dire Straits)

Elvis Presley

Albert Lee

Merle Haggard

Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers)

Danny Gatton the "telemaster"

Joe Strummer (The Clash)

Eric Clapton

G. E. Smith (Hall & Oates)

Albert Collins

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine)

Muddy Waters

Jeff Buckley

Mike Bloomfield

Lynval Golding (The Specials)

Steve Cropper

Jonny Greenwood (Radiohead)

George Harrison

Anna Calvi

Eddie Vedder

Danny Jones (McFly)

Chet Atkins

Deryck Whibley (Sum 41)

Keith Richards


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