The Fender Telecaster Handbook: How To Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Tele

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9780760336465: The Fender Telecaster Handbook: How To Buy, Maintain, Set Up, Troubleshoot, and Modify Your Tele

This is the first hands-on how-to manual devoted to the Telecaster.  This guidebook shows owners and dreamers the basics of selecting and buying Telecasters.  It covers maintenance and repairs such as tuning, setting intonation, tremolo alignment, fret repairs, bridge and nut adjustments, electrics troubleshooting; spur-of-the-moment stageside fixes; and some basic performance enhancements like adding "hot rod" aftermarket pickups.    

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About the Author:

Paul Balmer is the author of The Fender Stratocaster Handbook and The Gibson Les Paul Handbook.  A veteran guitarist, musician, and documentary film producer, he is the author of a biography and a film on Stephane Grappelli, among other projects.  Balmer lives in the UK.

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THE TELECASTER

Andy Summers July 2009

It was luck that early in my career, a period of impoverishment and nothing more than a bleak future a battered old telecaster came into my hands. It's outer appearance, beaten, scarred, and replete with artful modifications that would have shocked the purist only made me love it more. It had soul.

As I started to play my old telecaster, gig with it, practice on it, leave it in car trunks, jam with it, I began to feel that the arrow of life was pointing forward again. The guitar was bringing me luck... I realized I was entering a new phase and it had something to do with this Telecaster. Like most players I had variously owned and tried other guitars but some how until this moment the magical bond hadn't happened or put in a more prosaic way I hadn't settled on one guitar.

Maybe it is overreaching to say that a few pieces of wood with metal strings can be a magnet for fortune but with this guitar it suddenly seemed so. The point of this little love paean is to indicate that Leo Fender's Telecaster is one of the most perfect electric guitar ever devised; with it simple and to the point design, edgy silver sound and rudimentary controls it is an instrument reduced to direct function and therein lies it's power.

Since it's appearance on the commercial market in 1950 first as the Esquire, then the Broadcaster, the `Nocaster' and finally, named after a new medium, the Telecaster, it has held it's iconic position in the guitar world. Almost as if calling a spade a spade Leo Fender simply sawed and routed his guitar bodies from slabs of wood, bolted them to the one piece wood neck, added two electric pick ups, overwound the bridge pick up and there you had it, a guitar for everyman. But despite its seemingly primitive construction the Telecaster had a magic of it's own Guitarists were quick to identify it's bridge pick up tone and the Telecaster sound was unleashed in 1950's America.

My own Telecaster, modified by a guitar nut, handy with electronics, was almost a forerunner of the way Fender themselves would play around with it in the years to come so that in the end rather than thinking of my own instrument as not being the real thing any more it showed that it's basic character held steadfast through everything.

Some years later and after playing every conceivable gig with it I still love this guitar that has proved its ability to sound right in just about every situation. The culmination of this love affair was a couple of years ago when Fender gently asked me if I still had my original Tele. I bristled at the thought of being without it and replied in the affirmative. They asked if they might reproduce it in all its wounded glory. Naturally I felt honored that this moment had arrived, and thinking of the inestimable service that this guitar had done, what it had brought into the world, it seemed justified. But, this being said it was a rather strange moment when I actually saw the first reproduction. My guitar, which I had always thought of as a unique instrument, had been cloned, right down to the tiniest piece of scratched paint. It was as if my old friend had finally given birth.

...but maybe that is the power of the Telecaster.

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