Syd Barrett’s sporadic guitar work with Pink Floyd offers a classic showcase of Telecaster tone – from brash, ringing chords to glassy, piercing lead lines.
Barrett had two main Teles. His famous mirror-disc guitar was actually a Fender Esquire which he covered in silver sticky-back sheeting and thin metal discs (the same kind Jimmy Page also used to adorn his guitar).
Syd also had a double-bound ‘60s Tele Custom in black, notable for its maple fingerboard – a factory option from the late ‘60s onwards but less common than rosewood. The headstock’s CBS-style Fender logo confirms that at the neck (at least) was manufactured after CBS bought the company in late ’65. Whether the body is earlier and the neck added by Syd or the whole guitar just a rare stock option is the subject of speculation.