The rich history of Fender guitars begins with the Telecaster. An indispensible workhorse instrument, it endures remarkably unchanged as a marvel of elegantly simple form and solidly utilitarian function. As the world's first successful solid-body electric guitar, the Telecaster revolutionized guitar playing, changed the sound of music and became a signature instrument for guitarists worldwide.
Perfected after two years of development—and a name change or two—the Telecaster debuted in February 1951 and began its steady ascent toward stage and studio indispensability. Ingeniously engineered and heard loud and clear, it was a marvel of simple design elegance and workhorse utilitarian function. It is perhaps fitting testimony to its essential original rightness that the Telecaster has hardly changed ever since.
The Telecaster's distinctive single-cutaway body has been an unchanging hallmark of its design ever since it was introduced in 1951.
Classic Telecaster tone is a long-revered product of its dual single-coil pickups—especially the bright, snappy tone of the bridge pickup. Other pickup options lend even more versatility.
Telecaster guitars are known for comfortable and easily adjusted necks with a variety of profiles, eminently playable fingerboards and an unmistakable headstock.