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Vintage Guitars vs Just Plain Old Guitars

There is a lot of fuss made in the guitar community about so-called ‘vintage’ guitars, ‘vintage’ being another word for ‘old’. There is a certain part of our world that longs to play a 30-, 40-, or even 50-year-old guitar or bass for a variety of reasons. […]

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How To Spot Fake Fender Guitars

It’s easy to get bamboozled if you’re purchasing a vintage Fender guitar. Because these instruments are bolted together, their parts can be swapped, stripped or replaced faster than you can say “rip-off.” A buddy of mine who has been in the vintage game for years recently estimated that between 15 and 20 percent of the “Sixties Strats” out on the market are bootlegged. […]

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History of the Fender Telecaster

Designed by Leo Fender as a testbed for electronic equipment for guitars the Telecaster has become one of the most popular guitars in history.

In Leo Fenders workshop the basic Telecaster design was used as the testbed for items such as Pickups and wiring schemes for tone and volume control, But a few guitarists liked the basic structure of the Telecaster and function over design approach.

Fender decided to make a mass-produced guitar that could be sold at a low price and used the Telecaster as this guitar, It entered production in 1950 as the ‘Esquire’ which featured only one single-coil pickup in the bridge position. This move to make a mass-produced guitar was seen as bold by other guitar makers such as Gibson and Gretsch and it was thought that no-one would buy such a cheap guitar. Eventually when all kinks in the production system were ironed out and the telecaster as we know it today was in full production in 1951 it soon became the best selling guitar in the USA.

In response to this Gibson put the Les Paul into mass-production and a rivalry between the two guitar makers was established, although the Les Paul would be seen as a threat to the Telecaster it wouldn’t be huge as they appealed to different audiences. As a guitar the Telecaster appealed to the country rock musicians as it had a very bright tone due to the through body stringing and the bridge-plate surrounding the lower pickup. The Telecaster could also handle jass tones and saw a popular run in most jazz bands of the 1950’s.

The Telecaster shape remained pretty much the same until the 1970’s when Fender saw it fit for a redesign, the new design Telecasters had twin humbuckers and a different scratchplate design. These new models were called either the Telecaster ‘Custom’ or ‘Deluxe’ and in time became known as ’72s.

Due to the simplicity of the Telecasters design many punk bands in the 1970’s used the guitar their music as it matched the anti-stadium rock aesthetic which was associated with complicated Gibson SG’s and Explorer guitars. The Telecaster has now become somewhat of a iconic punk instrument and is synonymous with the Clash’s Joe Strummer who is famous for using the same Telecaster throughout his whole career.

More recently the Telecaster has seen use in indie-punk bands which have dominated the UK chart scene, such bands include The Rakes, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys and Graham Coxon. These bands no doubt using them because of their unique tone and image.

The Telecaster has shown itself to be diverse and adaptable and has been used in most genres of music and the classic design now embedded in the history of the guitar. […]

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Framus Panthera Legacy Guitar Review

The Framus Panthera Legacy is a solid bodied guitar made from mahogany with an carved top and a set neck. The fingerboard is made from rosewood with 22 jumbo sized frets and dot inlays.

All Framus guitars are set up using Plek Technology to ensure the guitar’s action and intonation are perfect when it’s delivered to the buyer. Framus offers many different customizations for their guitars so each Pranthera Legacy may differ from the next depending on the options chosen by the original buyer. […]

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Fender Stratocaster History: Curves Heard Around The World

The Strat made its debut in 1954 and has been in constant production since then with no end in sight. Contemporary music would sound a lot different if the Strat had never been invented, as it was the guitar of choice for legendary guitarists like Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Dick Dale, Robert Cray, Yngwie Malmsteen, Ritchie Blackmore, and many others […]

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Fender ’72 Telecaster Deluxe Guitar: Mexican Perfection

This guitar croons on a mellow night, and shreds any metal line apart. Cool, your Jackson sounds hot and awesome. Watch me use half the amount of gain and get a more articulate sound… a richer, defined tone that can pull off just as many pinch harmonics as the next guy. This guitar plainly put, is the sh*t! […]