Skip to comments.The Origins of Fender Signature Guitars
Posted on 11/08/2018 2:09:35 PM PST by To-Whose-Benefit?
Jimmy Page's announcement of new signature Telecasters comes almost exactly 30 years since Fender released its very first signature models, although even then the idea of a signature or artist model was hardly a new one.
Way back in the 1920s, it was Gibson who jumped on the popularity of Nick Lucas, the first American to become a big star through guitar-and-vocal hits. Nick's bestsellers included "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover" (1927) and "Tip-Toe Thru The Tulips With Me" (1929), and he also cut some fine guitar-centric stuff like "Pickin' The Guitar" and "Teasin' The Frets."
Gibson's Nick Lucas flattop first appeared in 1927. For a while I thought this might qualify as the first signature-model guitarand then I saw in Steve Howe's fabulous collection a guitar called a Bambina, which dated from about 1870. It was a tiny classical-like instrument with a 13-inch scale, designed by Catharina Josepha Pratten (aka Madame Sidney Pratten) who was a well-known guitar teacher in London at that time. She signed labels, and her French guitar-maker stuck them inside the guitars that she sold on to her eager pupils. The first signature guitar, perhaps?
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You’re paying even more for a second name. You can go to a site like Warmoth.com and get everything you want for less money (I’m not advertising for them).
I own 2 Warmoth Partocasters with a Floyd and a Trembucker. Love them.
Warmouth is cool if you like to dyi builds or replacement parts.
Good ol’ Jimmy Page. They’re teasing the release of his signature tele:
No pics yet though...
Interesting, but in a good way, to see people putting Floyds and Trembuckers on Strats. That’s what I’m going to do when I get around to buying more parts.
I’ve always wanted a telecaster (I currently have a Les Paul Studio).
I have played a little with tele(s) before and I love the feel as well as the sound.
I’d also like to try a telecaster that has a “B Bender” or “G bender” installed in it.
Yup, I don't get the whole signature thing. In fact, I don't even get why anyone would buy a new guitar. There are many great used guitars available for a fraction of what they cost new. I have fifteen guitars and only bought one new.
The one I don’t get is paying big bucks for a factory Custom Shop to ‘Relic’ a guitar.
Why would I want a guitar that’s beat to heck to begin with, much less pay thousands more for it?
Thank You for the ping.
The only “signature” guitars my little students can afford were signed by Jay Turser (sigh) :-)
gotta start somewhere, my first guitar was an old beat up 50s Silvertone western that i now wish i still had
Thanks for the ping!
I had one of those, it was my very first guitar. It didn't stay in tune at all. Strum it for a minute, it was slightly out of tune.
Huh? Isn't Jimmy more of a Stratocaster guy?
I have had a nice 1992 Carvin, double cut away, gold hardware on ivory finish. active electronics with Floyd Rose. Can’t play a lick, nor tried in years LOL!
I have a Warmoth FrankenStrat (Warmoth body and neck) and can attest to their quality.
“I have still”. Not have had, hiccup!
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