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Blur guitarist and solo artist Coxon’s first encounter with the Telecaster came via a longtime friend and collaborator, producer Stephen Street: “Stephen lent me his Tele. He’s got a lovely old Telecaster, and that was it. As soon as I played that, I couldn’t believe it. It was something about the slimness of the neck.
“And what a tough little thing it was, and what a ring-y sound it had. It had the sort of ring I liked with The Jam and The Who. But it also had a really good punch. It was so comfortable; I really couldn’t quite believe it. Now I’m just a Telecaster maniac, I suppose…”
Coxon’s main Blur guitars were USA ’52 reissues, while these days he uses a variety, including a blonde ’68 model with a Gibson PAF at the neck, and a lake placid blue ’60 Custom Shop Relic (pictured).