The Fender Telecaster has the unique distinction of being the world's first production solidbody electric guitar. Developed by Leo Fender in 1949, the Tele was first launched in 1950 as the single-pickup Esquire and two-pickup Broadcaster.
From the outset, the Telecaster was known for its ability to produce bright, cutting tones from its single-coil bridge pickup or a warm, mellow bluesy sound from the single-coil neck pickup. The Tele rapidly became the instrument of choice for country players and also found favour among rock 'n' roll, blues and funk guitarists. Fender Telecaster players include James Burton, Steve Cropper, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, George Harrison and Joe Strummer.