G.E. Smith plays some prime Michael Bloomfield licks on the’63 Fender Telecaster used by Bloomfield in the ’60s, including when he appeared with Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. Bloomfield used the guitar to record the self-titled first album by The Paul Butterfield Band and Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited.” For Smith’s turn, the guitar is plugged into an early-’65 Fender Concert and a Fender reverb unit. READ THE COMPLETE STORY OF THE GUITAR (including why it has that bizarre second cutaway), IN THE SPECIAL FREE Digital October ’15 issue of “Vintage Guitar” magazine.
Interesting bit of guitar history.
Dan Erlewine first saw this Tele back in the 1960s, before Mike Bloomfield recorded with it on Bob Dylan’s Highway 61 Revisited album. That was also before Bloomfield and Dylan were booed for going electric at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival. And before Bloomfield recorded the first Paul Butterfield Blues Band album with this guitar. There’s a lot of history in this Telecaster!
Micawber is the name Keith Richards gave one of his modified 1953 Fender Telecasters. Keefer’s Telecaster sound and vibe was the inspiration for this project.
Country, Swing, Rockabilly and early Rock and Roll had players using quite a few Gretsch and Fender Telecasters. So what if you combined features and appointments from both in one guitar. Well Paul Waller Masterbuilder from the Fender Custom Shop has taken the concept and has built these over the last few years. I think he did an amazing job. See the videos.
Marty Stuart purchased Clarence White’s original Parsons/White B-Bender and gigs with it all the time. Great to see this iconic guitar played. Especially by a great player like Marty. If you look close you can see Marty use his shoulder to use the B-Bender. It is very subtle the technique he uses to string bend.
Clarence White’s B-Bender Telecaster now owned and played by Marty Stuart. This is the guitar that Gene Parsons and Clarence White modified creating the B-Bender guitar when with the Byrds.
Jeff making Telecaster magic.