Telecaster at 60

The sound of a Fender Telecaster cannot be mistaken for any other guitar.  The licks you heard played by Steve Cropper, in the song Green Onions by Booker T and the MG’s, in the movie American Graffiti… a Telecaster.  Jimmy Page’s famous solo in Stairway to Heaven… a Telecaster. The melodic chording and riffs of jazz guitarist Bill Frisell …a Telecaster. The blazing solos of country artist, Brad Paisley…that, too, is a Telecaster.

Officially introduced to the music world early in 1951, the guitar has become a musical icon over the past six decades and has become the go-to-instrument for many of the world’s top guitarists because of its unique sound qualities, simplicity, and versatility.

If you already own one of these guitars, if you’ve been thinking about buying one, or are just interested in learning more about these guitars and the artists who play them and the music they make, the library currently has a display of  books, magazines and CDs from our collections that are available for you to check out. The materials are conveniently located on the 3rd Floor, in the New Books area. While you’re browsing, go ahead and pick up a copy of the pathfinder, Telecaster At 60. The pathfinder will tell you a little bit about the books on the display, show you some guitar magazines that we subscribe to, and give you an idea of some of the Telecaster players that are represented in our CD collection. There’s even a web link to a great story about these guitars, The Telecaster: Still Wailing At 60, that was featured on National Public Radio (NPR).

Have fun looking, listening, reading, and playing!

Tom D.

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