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Fender Telecaster & Fender Bassman Born out of refinements of Fender’s single- pickup Esquire model, the Telecaster burst onto the scene in 1950 and quickly became one of the company’s flagship models. While the Esquire was already known for its bright cutting tone, the addition of a smooth neck pickup allowed for warmer sounds, making the Telecaster popular amongst both rock and country players. Even something as simple as making it a solid body (hollow-bodies were more common on the market at the time) made a huge difference since it cut down on feedback, and the smooth neck allowed musicians to play slide easier. swears by the Telecaster and Bassman combo, and if it has the approval of the Boss, who are we to argue? The Bassman amp would be introduced two years later, and while the head version into a 2x15 cabinet is iconic, it’s the 4x10 combo version that makes the most distinctive pairing. Running at 50 watts with two 6L6 tubes, the Bassman combo is known for its woody resonance and ability to break up on higher volumes while maintaining the bright, sharp tone. Like the Tele, country and blues artists loved it, but the sound would become popular with rock acts as well. To this day, Bruce Springsteen ToneReport.com 37