Steve Howe once took a chisel to a 1955 Fender Telecaster to make it more Gibson

Steve Howe's modded 1955 Fender Telecaster
(Image credit: Dick Barnatt / Getty)

Steve Howe has been showing off some of the choice instruments used on Yes’s forthcoming album Mirror to the Sky

The most attention-grabbing among them is a unique 1955 Fender Telecaster, which was the subject of some heavy mods in the 1970s – including a Gibson-style neck humbucker and a toggle switch on the upper horn.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.