The Telecaster Turns 60

Celebrating 60 Years of the Fender Telecaster

Fender’s classic Telecaster guitar just turned 60 years old. The solid-body guitar that changed County, Rock, and Blues music sounds just as good as ever. Take it from James Burton, Jeff Beck, Merle Haggard, Elliot Easton, Keith Urban, and a few of their pals.

The guitar model was originally called the “Broadcaster” in 1949 when it was first introduced, but the name was changed to Telelcaster in February 1951 to avoid trademark litigation and honor that other new-fangled innovation, TV.


Related: Fender vs. Gibson.

Image (“Woman Playing a Blue Telecaster, after Cornelis Bega”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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