60th Anniversary Tele Notes & Trivia: 1968

In 1968, Fender acoustic guitars chief Roger Rossmeisl develops a new hollow-body version of the Telecaster that also features an f hole and an elongated pearloid pickguard. This Telecaster model, which weighed only half of standard solid-body Telecasters and was redesigned in 1971 with dual humbucking pickups and a new pickguard shape, was called what?

Updated with answer: Telecaster Thinline
Modern version of a late-’60s Telecaster Thinline below.


In October of this year, a new U.K. heavy blues/psychedelia band that arose from the ashes of the Yardbirds records one of the most acclaimed and top-selling debut albums of all time. The group’s guitarist records the bulk of the eponymously titled album with a 1958 Telecaster given to him in 1966 by then-Yardbirds guitarist Jeff Beck. Who was the guitarist and what was the band?

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin


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