In a future post-apocalyptic world there would be Telecasters and cockroaches. And without the Telecaster, it is safe to say most of today's guitar players would not be around today. It is fair to say the Telecaster and its early prototypes, the Esquire and the Broadcaster, were met with great acclaim by those guitar players who were bold enough to try them out. Even if they were met with disdain by other guitar players for being too 'easily accessible' (as in the guitars of King Buzz and Tom Wilson).
The story begins at the dawn of the twentieth century, and a little-known piece of history is the birth of the Telecaster. A telecaster is actually a shortened term for "telephone charger", and is an electrically powered amplification device. Unlike most amplified musical instruments, a telecaster does not contain its own transformer or pickups. Instead, its power is obtained indirectly from an external source such as a battery or mains switching box, and its output signal is amplified by a rotary control unit, similar to that on a traditional amplifier.
Due to the lack of its own electrical components, a telecaster guitar is often smaller than a traditional acoustic guitar, sometimes half the size. Telecasters are also traditionally made from mahogany, although modern telecasters can be made from a variety of woods including maple neck, rosewood, ash, and chrome oak. Many guitar players feel that playing a telecaster is a little like playing a miniature version of a classical guitar. It allows the guitar player to play in different tunings using a much wider range of tones and chords.
Many guitarists argue that the closest guitar model to a Telecaster is the stratocaster. A stratocaster shares the same headstock and pickguard as a Telecaster, and it usually has a fretted or fretted neck. Stratocasters have traditionally been made with either nickel or steel-string sets. Some models of the vintage stratocaster have had a pickguard that attaches to the bridge, creating what is known as a "stalker" pickup. The majority of modern Stratocasters have a pickguard which detaches from the bridge and is mounted on the side of the neck.
A Telecaster can also closely resemble a Fender Stratocaster in the way it looks. Like a Strat, it usually features a satin nickel or steel pickguard and has a fingerboard made of ivory or rosewood. The electronics of a Telecaster are housed in a similar manner to a vintage Strat. The pickup is found on the side of the neck, as well as on the bridge and saddles. One of the most distinctive features of the modern Telecaster guitar is the use of a model name on the pickup switch - "THumper."
As noted earlier, a Telecaster will closely resemble a vintage Fender model. Many players of electric guitars find a Telecaster to be quite comfortable, even if its sound is not identical to that of a vintage Strat. Many guitar players who purchase a Telecaster will also choose to purchase a vintage-style headstock. The older fender models utilized large wooden shanks to attach the strings, which facilitated an easier adjustment to the position of the fret board. In contrast, most modern Telecasters utilize plastic or aluminum alloy hardware.
On the subject of tone, there are two different pickup configurations available for Telecasters, which date back to the early '70s. Basically, there are two different pickup configurations available, with the same type of "pickup" element located in different spots on the unit. The first of these different pickup configurations is called "self-Tune". By default, this Telecaster's tone knobs and the switch are labeling "treble" and "mid-tone." When you press the various pickup switches, the corresponding tones are output on the specific control knobs.
The other common model of Telecaster is the "telecaster" Stratocaster guitar. Like the earlier mentioned telecaster models, the body style and the neck style define the tone of a Telecaster. Stratocasters differ from a Telecaster in that their fingerboard does not wrap around the neck. This allows for more fretted notes to be played without switching hands. A Telecaster Stratocaster guitar is characterized by its deep bass tone, its nutty twangy sound, and its non-self-tuning feature.