Perhaps it's reflective of the shifting sands of fashion, but Leo Fender's less svelte, less curvaceous and historically more workmanlike solidbody has pipped the Stratocaster to a podium place in our 2012 poll.
The latest version of the Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster still features a pine body just like Leo's 1949 prototype but now has Alnico V single-coils. A serious guitar straight out of the box and a wonderful platform for modifications.
Read the Squier Classic Vibe '50s Telecaster review.
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