Although generally classed as a jazz player, guitarist and composer Bill Frisell has continued to span a range of genres throughout his career, having played sessions with the likes of Elvis Costello, Norah Jones, Burt Bacharach, Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones.
Frisell is known for using Telecasters through an array of effects including delay, distortion, reverb and octavers, to create idiosyncratic sounds from his instrument. Unsurprisingly, he has a range of Telecasters in his collection .
“My main one is a Mexican one,” he told Fender recently. “It was like $500 and it’s great. For the last seven or eight years I’ve mostly been playing Telecasters. I also have a Custom Shop Relic Telecaster that I’ve been playing for the last year or so. I shaved the neck down. I have a ’74 Tele and a ’66 Tele as well. They’re so simple, everything just works, and so versatile. I can get just about everything I want out of it.”
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