To commemorate the Telecaster’s 60th birthday in 2011, Vintage Guitar magazine traveled back in time in its December issue to spotlight the Tele and those who helped bring it the fame and glory it now humbly enjoys.
Among those who did a test-drive on the Telecaster during its early years were Jimmy Bryant, Muddy Waters and James Burton.
The magazine describes how Leo Fender handed Bryant a Broadcaster (the Tele’s original name) in 1950, consequently stirring up a widespread revolution among guitarists who were captivated by the groundbreaking electric-solidbody guitar.
Vintage Guitar also makes mention of modern-day Tele-wielders, and pays respect to Leo Fender for creating an amazing invention that has become many people’s “best six-string buddy.”
Pick up your December issue of Vintage Guitar here to read the full story.