John Osborne: “The Telecaster is the most versatile guitar out there… Its simplicity allows you to find your voice. It’s a desert island guitar”

John Osborne
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John Osborne knows a thing or two about the Fender Telecaster. His life, you could say, depends on it. As guitarist in the country duo the Brothers Osbourne, that slab of wood, this archetypical workhorse electric guitar, is his bread and butter.

So here, to give a little something back to Leo Fender’s revolutionary design, Osborne tells us what makes the Tele so special, and how it fits in with his sound, and why it simply goes with everything. 

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Jamie Dickson

Jamie Dickson is Editor-in-Chief of Guitarist magazine, Britain's best-selling and longest-running monthly for guitar players. He started his career at the Daily Telegraph in London, where his first assignment was interviewing blue-eyed soul legend Robert Palmer, going on to become a full-time author on music, writing for benchmark references such as 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and Dorling Kindersley's How To Play Guitar Step By Step. He joined Guitarist in 2011 and since then it has been his privilege to interview everyone from B.B. King to St. Vincent for Guitarist's readers, while sharing insights into scores of historic guitars, from Rory Gallagher's '61 Strat to the first Martin D-28 ever made.

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