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Jonny Greenwood has used Teles since before Radiohead signed to Parlophone in 1991 and the guitars have featured on every one of their albums and (probably) at every live show.
Greenwood’s main guitar (pictured) is a sunburst version one Telecaster Plus. Manufactured from ’89 to ’95, the first incarnation of the Plus featured a modern Strat-style hardtail bridge, Lace Sensor Blue pickup in the neck and two Lace Sensor Reds (Lace’s hottest Sensors) in the bridge, wired together as a humbucker.
Greenwood and Radiohead guitar tech Plank have also added a killswitch and various wiring mods, plus a couple of nice scratchplate stickers. Telecaster number two is a standard American model, heavily modded towards a Plus configuration to replace Jonny’s original Plus of choice which was stolen along with a vanload of gear at a gig in Denver, 1995.
Radiohead co-guitarists Ed O’Brien and Thom Yorke are also fans of all things Telecaster, both having used several throughout the band’s career.