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Few guitarists have demonstrated the dynamism and aggressive cut of the Telecaster quite as successfully as Wilko Johnson, goggle-eyed stage dervish with electrifying proto-punk R&B outfit Dr Feelgood. Johnson’s hero was the aformentioned Mick Green, and it was Green’s style that inspired Johnson’s attacking staccato, rhythmic style.
Joe Strummer of The Clash was so bowled over by Johnson’s style that he opted for a Tele as his guitar of choice.
Johnson’s trademark guitar is a black '60s Tele with rosewood fretboard and red or black scratchplate - here's a wry clip of Wilko’s guitar being restored by Philippe Dubreuille. Meanwhile, for a glimpse of what made Wilko’s rhythm style truly great, you need look no further than this.
"What? No Wilko Johnson..." (Thanks, Fretwired)
"Wilko Johnson." (Thanks, bbcoz)
"We definitely should have Wilko Johnson and Mick Green in the list." (Thanks, pnorman)