20 ways to improve your Telecaster

Fender Telecaster
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It’s a safe bet that a profound love of the Fender Telecaster has brought you here. It was the first mass-produced electric guitar, the instrument that all these years on will have its devotees declaring “Leo got it right the first time around”, and there’s abundant evidence that he did.

Like all great designs, it was simple. It was groundbreaking, too. A new noise. But we can endorse its brilliance while also acknowledging that the Tele has its foibles, and players, each with our own preferences for tone, might want to improve upon the original recipe. For decades, people have been tinkering with the Tele, ironing out its imperfections and making it their own. 

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Huw Price

Huw started out in recording studios, working as a sound engineer and producer for David Bowie, Primal Scream, Ian Dury, Fad Gadget, My Bloody Valentine, Cardinal Black and many others. His book, Recording Guitar & Bass, was published in 2002 and a freelance career in journalism soon followed. He has written reviews, interviews, workshop and technical articles for Guitarist, Guitar Magazine, Guitar Player, Acoustic Magazine, Guitar Buyer and Music Tech. He has also contributed to several books, including The Tube Amp Book by Aspen Pittman. Huw builds and maintains guitars and amplifiers for clients, and specializes in vintage restoration. He provides consultancy services for equipment manufacturers and can, occasionally, be lured back into the studio.