Why Albert Collins was the true master of the Fender Telecaster

Albert Collins
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If they call you the Master of the Telecaster, you know you’re doing something right. Also nicknamed ‘The Iceman’, Albert Collins (1932-1993) was a blues legend and natural showman, an impassioned player whose unique, often-copped tones stemmed from his unconventional technique, and his guitar of choice. 

Growing up in Texas, Collins (born Albert Drewery) dabbled in jazz piano before his cousin Willie Young showed him some guitar licks, and his blues education began. Taking his cue from John Lee Hooker, Guitar Slim, T-Bone Walker and BB King, Collins found a real talent for the form. 

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Grant Moon

Grant Moon is the News Editor for Prog magazine and has been a contributor to the magazine since its launch in 2009. A music journalist for over 20 years, Grant writes regularly for titles including Classic Rock and Total Guitar, and his CV also includes stints as a radio producer/presenter and podcast host. His first book, Big Big Train - Between The Lines, is out now through Kingmaker Publishing.