FLASHBACK: Vintage 1977 Fender Telecaster Thinline

photo by Gabriel BurgosFLASHBACK: 1977 Fender Telecaster Thinline

“Post-CBS Offering Beefs Up The Tone”

BACKGROUND

I bought this guitar from Pete Klett, guitarist of the band Candlebox. Production ran from 1968-1980 and was the result of Fender wanting to offer a lighter-weight Tele.

WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE

A Tele but with a little more body, I suppose.

NOTABLE PLAYERS

Jonny Lang, David Byrne of Talking Heads and Sir Bob Dylan. And Pete Klett from Candlebox, of course!

COOL FEATURES

Originally it was outfitted with standard, single-coil pickups but was switched to humbuckers in 1972, giving it a bigger tone and more sonic flexibility. You can get more sustain and feedback since it’s got the f-hole, allowing for more resonation.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Don Miggs is a singer/songwriter/producer and fronts the band miggs (Elm City/Capitol Records). His love affair with vintage instruments and gear only presents a problem when he’s awake. Chat music & gear with him @donmiggs or miggsmusic.com, lalamansion.com, or his radio show, @thefringeAM820 (Saturdays 5-7PM EST).

Photo by Gabriel Burgos

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