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Telecaster Guitar Book: A Complete History of Fender Telecaster Guitars [Paperback]

Tony Bacon
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18 Sep 2012
This new version of Tony Bacon's story of the Fender Telecaster shows how the world's first commercially successful solid body electric guitar still attracts musicians more than 60 years since its birth in California. Today, it is more popular than ever, and for many guitarists it has overtaken the Stratocaster as the Fender to own and play. The Telecaster is the longest-lived solid body electric, played by everyone from Muddy Waters to Keith Richards, from Radiohead to Snow Patrol. Its sheer simplicity and versatility are vividly illustrated here through interviews with Jeff Beck, James Burton, Bill Kirchen, John 5, and more. The book is three great volumes in one: a compendium of luscious pictures of the most desirable Telecasters; a gripping story from the earliest days to the latest exploits; and a detailed collector's guide to every Tele ever made. Packed with pictures of great players, collectable catalogues, period press ads, and cool memorabilia, "The Telecaster Guitar Book" - an updated and expanded edition of Tony Bacon's "Six Decades Of The Fender Telecaster" - is the one Tele book that all guitar fans will want to add to their collection.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Backbeat Books; 2nd edition (18 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617131059
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617131059
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 206,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Tony Bacon writes about music, musicians, and musical instruments. He is a co-founder of Backbeat UK and Jawbone Press. His many books include Million Dollar Les Paul, Totally Guitar, London Live, and The Ultimate Guitar Book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tele book for all info 11 Feb 2013
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Incredibly in depth and informative. This is probably the best book available for information on the Fender Telecaster, well done Tony
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the book expected 21 Sep 2012
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I have to admit being disappointed with this book.

I do not consider myself a book reviewer so my comments are based on expectation. As a Telecaster owner I wanted some history and enlightenment to compliment my own experiences, but sadly I didn't find enough of it for a book labelled 'a complete history'.

Initially, Terry Bacon's earlier work 'Six Decades of the Fender Telecaster' was my choice but I dropped the idea when seeing this edition, which in reality is an updated version.

Through other books of his I note he doesn't adopt a 'chapter' style, but rather a continuous layout which is 'sectioned', for want of a better expression, with extra space between paragraphs.

The content did make for an interesting and informative read, but I also expected more mention of technical factors. Although there are numerous photographs throughout the book (alternating as two page spreads in every four) there are times when certain features of the instrument get mentioned in the text but are not supported with an illustration to clarify the point raised. What disappointed me most was discovering that Fender's 2010 Telecaster innovation - the Acoustasonic - gets a minimal mention and no illustration what-so-ever.

So, I still feel that A R Duchossoir's book of 1991 'The Fender Telecaster' is a good companion for Telecaster aficionados as it incorporates more useful illustrations and drawings than Terry Bacon's offering.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Cannot comment really 1 July 2013
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I bought it on behalf of a neighbour who is learning the guitar, so I cannot give you any feedback.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Tele-History 4 Nov 2013
By D.R.L. - Published on Amazon.com
~ This 2012 book is an updated version of Tony Bacon's excellent "Six Decades of the Fender Telecaster". Like all of his books, this one blends historical and current pictures with detailed, well-written, well-researched text to cover the history of the Esquire / Broadcaster / Nocaster / Telecaster guitars. Of course, any discussion of the history of the Telecaster has to be closely related to the history of the Fender company and it's ups and downs.
~ Interesting choice of three Telecaster models shown on the cover - the most prominent model shown on the cover is not the traditional Telecaster.
~ There is a useful detailed collector's guide at the back of the book detailing every Tele made up to the time of publication. The book contains is enough technical details to satisfy most readers, but for those who need more details about wiring etc there are other books available ,,, Telemaster A Wiring Guide For The Fender Telecaster.
~ The book discusses several of the artists who have used the guitar. One could quibble over which artists are covered in the book and which ones are omitted (notably, jazz guitarist Ed Bickert who extracted beautiful mellow sounds from his Telecaster). One could quibble of the choice of images. However, overall this is a highly recommended, entertaining and informative book.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Read! 14 Nov 2012
By Mr. Bonvell - Published on Amazon.com
Highly recommended! I actually sat down and read the entire book in ONE sitting I was so engrossed! Tony does a great job moving you through the history of the telecaster! Never boring and never dr, plus every few pages of text is followed up by great color spreads and images of not only the guitars but the people and players involved along the way that you just read about! Get. This. Book.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you know a Tony Bacon guitar book..... 7 Oct 2012
By Soul Stealer - Published on Amazon.com
....then you know what to expect. Very clean softcover layout, with alternating text and photo pages, and a pull-out here and there. There is nothing really WRONG with his books, and I do find them enjoyable to look at, but they oftentimes feel like something that I will read once, and then never really want to pick up again, at least very often. He uses too many standard photos and ads that I've seen before. I think the stark white background thing is completely played out, too. I guess you don't mess with success, though, which is why he has stuck to the formula for so long. The updated Telecaster Book is a good book if you really don't know much about Teles, though, as it has a good mix of history, technical data, and photos. This book won't cover you if you need to delve deeper into particulars, though.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the telecaster guitar book by tony bacon 20 July 2013
By bearcat - Published on Amazon.com
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great book for any one who likes telecasters. well written with many great photos and guitar players that play them
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, needs more Bakersfield Sound! 5 Jan 2013
By chimera68 - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent and well researched book, but I felt it needed more coverage of country music, most notably of Buck Owens and Don Rich, who played matching Telecasters and had several different colors they used over the years, like silver sparkle, gold sparkle, and the red white and blue ones they used before Don's death. There isn't even a photo of that iconic tricolor Tele, and that's Buck's signature model! Maybe in the next edition they will include it. I did like the description on page 45 of chicken-pickin' though. Altogether, 4 out of 5 stars but very good.
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