How to play guitar in 3 diverse Fender Telecaster styles

Fender Telecaster
(Image credit: Future / Joby Sessions & Olly Curtis)

The Telecaster was one of the earliest electric guitar designs to come from Leo Fender’s Fullerton plant back in 1950.  

Originally spec'd with a lone bridge position single-coil pickup and called the Esquire, it would soon receive its neck pickup and change of name – first to Broadcaster, then, following objections from Gretsch, who felt it too similar to their Broadkaster drum kit, to Telecaster. 

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