Could this be the first Fender Telecaster ever made?

Joe Bonamassa recently shared a photo of “The Bludgeon,” a Fender Custom Shop recreation of his prized 1951 Nocaster. But if you’re in the market for a truly rare piece of electric guitar history, head over to Norman’s Rare Guitars, which has unearthed what owner Norman Harris says is one of the earliest Telecasters in existence.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.