Make no bones about it: the 70s Fender Telecaster Custom is one of the coolest guitars ever bandsawn. Launched in 1972, the iconic black and chrome model is muscle-car handsome, made sexier still thanks to its association with Keith Richards.
“Fender has distilled the Custom’s aesthetic into its more affordable Indonesia-sourced Squier Vintage Modified Series”
Slinging a Custom around your neck is one of the easiest ways to up your rock ‘n’ roll credibility, but even the Mexican-built Fender Classic Series ’72 Telecaster Custom has an official price tag of £946. That’s a lot of cash, so Fender has distilled the Custom’s aesthetic into its more affordable Indonesia-sourced Squier Vintage Modified Series.
Cosmetically, the basswood-bodied Squier Tele Custom looks almost identical to its illustrious ancestor, with the most obvious reference point being the large Wide Range humbucker in the neck. The idea of the Custom’s layout was that you got the classic punchy treble of a Tele single-coil bridge pickup and creamy warmth akin to a Gibson neck humbucker. The Wide Range pickup was put together by Seth Lover, the genius who designed the humbucker for Gibson in June 1955.