The Telecaster is not just one of the greatest guitar designs, it is one of the greatest pieces of industrial design ever made. Leo Fender’s and Doc Kaufman’s masterpiece is as relevant today as it has ever been since it was introduced 64 years ago, a master of musical styles that could not even have been imagined when it was first produced.

So what can you do to make it even more attractive? Simple, take a US Standard and make it cheaper. The Special is Fender’s attempt to take a US made Fender, with all that attached mojo and sell it to a crowd who might otherwise go for a Mexican Fender – or even, shudder, a Gibson Special.

The model I played had a maple neck with a Vintage white body and black scratchguard. The finish was flawless, poly may not be glamorous but it is tough as hell and the…

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