From its distinct appearance to its crisp and cutting tone, the Fender Telecaster is a guitar that's often been replicated, but never truly duplicated. Thankfully, Fender is dedicated to constructing Telecaster guitars for every skill level and budget, and this section has more than enough options to prove it. From American Deluxe and Classic Series Teles to Custom Shop beauties and even signature models by legendary rockers, this selection of Telecasters is like taking a time machine through its rich history. Since the Telecaster arrived on the music scene in 1950, it has went through many variations, which is obvious the moment you start browsing this catalog. For example, take a look at the American Vintage '52 Telecaster Electric Guitar. A faithful tribute to the axe that started it all, this reissue has a premium ash body, one-piece u-shaped maple neck, two American Vintage Tele single-coil pickups and a Vintage six-saddle bridge. Rock'n'roll was still trying to find its voice when this guitar was unleashed on the world, and when you begin playing it, you'll quickly understand why it had such a huge impact on the genre.
Now, after you're finished fawning over the American Vintage '52, make your way over to the Classic Series '72 Telecaster Deluxe Electric Guitar. By re-creating every cosmetic nuance of the original, Fender has truly outdone themselves with this six-string beast. Sporting an alder body, C-shaped maple neck, a Strat headstock and containing dual humbuckers with alnico magnets, this killer axe has a fat and gritty tone that will take you back to smoke-filled arenas full of sideburns and waving lighters. And along with these two choices, there are plenty of other Telecasters that deserve your undivided attention as well. Remember, Fender has not only been a leading guitar manufacturer since 1946, but the Telecaster was the first ever solid-body electric guitar. With that kind of reputation, you can bet that these guitars are built with passion and a full understanding of their importance in popular music. In other words, when it comes to a Telecaster, don't settle for anything less than the real thing—Fender.