Tone Report Weekly 184 - Page 26

G.E. Smith Telecaster G.E. Smith is a legendary guitarist. From his gig as the Saturday Night Live band leader, to playing with Hall & Oates and Bob Dylan, Smith has played all kinds of music all over the world, and he’s played a lot of that music with a Telecaster. So much, in fact, that Fender honored him with his own signature model Tele. Featuring inlays taken from the old Fender lap steel design, a vintage radius baseball bat neck, vintage style pickups, and a bridge pickup mounted directly to the body, the Fender G.E. Smith Telecaster was classic and unique all at once, and it got rave reviews everywhere I looked. When I finally had the opportunity to play one, I had to agree; with each note and chord I played, it sustained like a little piano. Sadly, this guitar has been out of production for several years. It hasn’t been 26 TONE TALK // gone as long as the other things on this list, but it’s still worthy of making a return. While Smith doesn’t quite have the name recognition of an Eric Clapton or Jimi Hendrix, the instrument stands on its own, and it needs to rise from the dead. It’s an incredible take on a 1950s-era Telecaster, and the world will be a better place if it comes back. Forgotten Fender Gear That Deserves a Reissue