Tele-bration: The Telecaster Celebrates 60th Anniversary

One of the most illustrious names in the guitar universe celebrated its 60th anniversary this past year. When the Fender Telecaster first appeared in the Fifties, it was something brand new—a blank canvas, if you will, awaiting a handful of gifted mid–20th-century guitarists to create new modes of expression around the bright, steely tone of this new kind of solidbody guitar. Today, the Telecaster legacy is still going strong—the model is the guitar of choice for many young players currently making their own history.

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Alan di Perna

In a career that spans five decades, Alan di Perna has written for pretty much every magazine in the world with the word “guitar” in its title, as well as other prestigious outlets such as Rolling Stone, Billboard, Creem, Player, Classic Rock, Musician, Future Music, Keyboard, and He is author of Guitar Masters: Intimate Portraits, Green Day: The Ultimate Unauthorized History and co-author of Play It Loud: An Epic History of the Sound Style and Revolution of the Electric Guitar. The latter became the inspiration for the Metropolitan Museum of Art/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame exhibition “Play It Loud: Instruments of Rock and Roll.” As a professional guitarist/keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist, Alan has worked with recording artists Brianna Lea Pruett, Fawn Wood, Brenda McMorrow, Sat Kartar and Shox Lumania.