Telecaster maestro Jim Weider has played with a lot of musical heavyweights – Bob Dylan, The Band, Los Lobos and Taj Mahal all come to mind.
In fact, his first claim to fame was replacing Robbie Robertson in The Band from 1985-98.
The prolific guitarist recently spoke with Guitar International about his gear and his philosophy about the Telecaster for which he is so well-known.
“You gotta know how to set them up,” he said. ”You know, I learned that from Roy Buchanan, by putting big frets an a Telecaster and a Strat, they play a lot better. Sid McGinnis, for 18 years was playing with the original frets on his ’55 Strat. They’re down to nothing. I said, ‘How are you bending a string? How long have you had the guitar?’
“He said, ‘Well, since ’71 or something like that.’
“And I said, ‘Well I don’t think you’re gonna sell it. So why don’t you put some new frets on it and enjoy yourself.’ So he ended up doing it to all his guitars. It makes a big difference. You do that to a Tele, and you take the finish off the back of the neck and you set them up, and they play great.”
Watch video of Weider’s music video for “Squirrels In Paris” with his band, Project PERCoLATor below: