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The Origins of Fender Signature Guitars
reverb.com ^ | Nov 8, 2018 | Tony Bacon

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 guitar—and 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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KEYWORDS: fender; gibson; guitars
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1 posted on 11/08/2018 2:09:35 PM PST by To-Whose-Benefit?
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2 posted on 11/08/2018 2:10:47 PM PST by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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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).


3 posted on 11/08/2018 2:12:44 PM PST by wastedyears (The left would kill every single one of us and our families if they knew they could get away with it)
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I own 2 Warmoth Partocasters with a Floyd and a Trembucker. Love them.


4 posted on 11/08/2018 2:21:23 PM PST by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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Warmouth is cool if you like to dyi builds or replacement parts.


5 posted on 11/08/2018 2:28:44 PM PST by waterhill (I Shall Remain, in spite of __________.)
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To: To-Whose-Benefit?

Good ol’ Jimmy Page. They’re teasing the release of his signature tele:

https://reverb.com/news/jimmy-page-appears-in-new-fender-video-announcing-signature-telecaster

No pics yet though...


6 posted on 11/08/2018 2:29:55 PM PST by Yardstick
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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.


7 posted on 11/08/2018 2:45:29 PM PST by wastedyears (The left would kill every single one of us and our families if they knew they could get away with it)
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8 posted on 11/08/2018 4:54:28 PM PST by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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To: To-Whose-Benefit?

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.


9 posted on 11/08/2018 5:21:59 PM PST by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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You’re paying even more for a second name.

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.

10 posted on 11/08/2018 5:32:57 PM PST by KevinB (If I'm ever arrested, I'm switching parties.)
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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?


11 posted on 11/08/2018 6:13:12 PM PST by To-Whose-Benefit? (It is Error alone which needs the support of Government. The Truth can stand by itself.)
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Thank You for the ping.

The only “signature” guitars my little students can afford were signed by Jay Turser (sigh) :-)


12 posted on 11/08/2018 6:14:38 PM PST by left that other site (For America to have CONFIDENCE in our future, we must have PRIDE in our HISTORY... DJT)
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gotta start somewhere, my first guitar was an old beat up 50s Silvertone western that i now wish i still had


13 posted on 11/08/2018 6:26:41 PM PST by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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Thanks for the ping!


14 posted on 11/08/2018 6:37:17 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the SEALs of Extortion 17 - and God Bless The USA and President Trump.)
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The only “signature” guitars my little students can afford were signed by Jay Turser (sigh) :-)

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.

15 posted on 11/08/2018 6:39:05 PM PST by wastedyears (The left would kill every single one of us and our families if they knew they could get away with it)
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welcome


16 posted on 11/08/2018 6:41:12 PM PST by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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Jimmy Page's announcement of new signature Telecasters...

Huh? Isn't Jimmy more of a Stratocaster guy?

17 posted on 11/08/2018 7:11:04 PM PST by Bullish
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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!


18 posted on 11/08/2018 7:16:19 PM PST by DAC21
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I have a Warmoth FrankenStrat (Warmoth body and neck) and can attest to their quality.


19 posted on 11/08/2018 7:17:21 PM PST by sauropod (Yield to sin, and experience chastening and sorrow; yield to God, and experience joy and blessing.)
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“I have still”. Not have had, hiccup!


20 posted on 11/08/2018 7:18:41 PM PST by DAC21
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