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Keith richards signature fender

About the piece: This sleek white Fender Squire Stratocaster Guitar was signed by the incomparable guitar legend, Keith Richards – a guitar god to many. Bryan and his team were on hand at LAX airport in Los Angeles in June of 2007 when Keith was leaving Los Angeles after attending the World Premier of “Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End.”


Signing description: Bryan was able to capture a picture of Keith signing this exact guitar and also able to take a picture with the living legend himself inside the airport – with Keith even sporting his Pirates of the Caribbean Headband as only Keith Richards could! This guitar was inscribed “with love” and “2007,”  signed meticulously in a blue vis-a-vis felt-tip marker.

Keith richards signature model Telecaster

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Keith’s Guitars, But Were Afraid To Ask! concert trying to figure out what year, make or model of guitar Keith Richards  of Keith’s most famous trademark guitars and is a 1953 Fender Telecaster Keith Richards (born 18 December 1943) is an English musician, …. Several of hisTelecasters are tuned this way (see the “Guitars” section below), and this tuning is …..Later in 1979, Richards met his future wife, model Patti Hansen. …. Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood gave Richards his 1958 Mary Kaye Signature 

Fender Telecaster Keith richards signature

ixty years ago, in the summer of 1950, a small Californian business was preparing to introduce the world to a new musical invention. The Fender Electrical Instrument Company was based in Santa Ana, 30 miles south of Los Angeles, and it had already come up with the Esquire, an electric guitar that broke with convention by being built from a solid piece of wood. Now, 41-year-old Leo Fender had radically improved on the original to produce the Broadcaster – which, after a spurt of legal hoo-hah, was renamed the Telecaster, and sold to the world.


You know one when you see it: gloriously simple, gracefully contoured, and a byword for how enduring the electric guitar has proved to be. As a sumptuous new coffee-table book titled Fender: The Golden Age 1946-70 puts it: “It is a simple, no-frills instrument, yet still regarded as one of the finest electric guitars ever produced . . . There are very few mass-produced items that can boast the same uninterrupted lifespan.” In other words, it beggars belief how an object designed six decades ago doesn’t look – or, more importantly, sound – kitsch or outdated. The Telecaster’s younger and less elegant sibling, the Stratocaster, tends to go wildly in and out of style, but this guitar remains as unimpeachably cool as ever.

It has long been responsible for the metallic twang that runs across American country, blues, and rock’n’roll. Over here, in the hands of an Essex native named Wilko Johnson, it contributed the distorted buzz to the best records by the British R&B band Dr Feelgood – a sound that bled into punk – and became a constant in 21st-century indie-rock.

The Telecaster unites Status Quo and Hot Chip. It has been the signature guitar of Keith Richards, Chrissie Hynde, Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood and the Clash’s Joe Strummer. It’s all over records by Elvis Presley, Booker T and the MGs, PJ Harvey, Blur, the Eagles, Manic Street Preachers, and hundreds more. Mention it to its devotees, and they talk about it with an amazing passion.

Sharleen Spiteri, Texas

I’d always played an acoustic guitar as a little girl – there was never an electric guitar in our house. But when I first joined Texas, when I was just about to turn 18, I got my first electric. I knew exactly what I wanted: a black-and-white Telecaster, the same as Joe Strummer. For me, the Clash have always been the ultimate rock’n’roll band.

It was made in 1967, the same year I was born. I’ve got two spares, but I will do anything not to change my guitar. It goes on tour with me, and it comes home. Even now, I’m getting goose bumps talking about this because I’m thinking, “Some bastard might break into my house and steal my Telecaster.”

It’s super-light – just the perfect weight. And that nasally, stringy, cutting sound [sings guitar part from Texas’s Halo] – it just breaks through everything. But it’s weird, because it’s not an irritating, high-pitched thing: it always has a warmth to it. It’s such a beautiful sound.

I recently did a charity thing with Mick Jones from the Clash. He picked my guitar up, and I was like, “Get your hands off! I don’t give a fuck if you’re Mick Jones!”

Graham Coxon, Blur

I think my first encounter with a Telecaster was when I had a go on [Blur producer] Stephen Street’s, years ago. It looked like a piece of pine with a pretty scratchplate, but it made a really nice sound. I suppose it was the guitar I’d been searching for; I used to draw Teles a lot when I was at school.

It’s versatile, simple and strong. You can make it sound old-fashioned and warm, like something you’d have in a doo-wop band, or totally the other way: trebly and trashy. And it’s quite difficult to describe, but they have a kind of creak underneath the sound – something you only really get with a Telecaster.

The first one I got was very shiny, butterscotch job: a reissue of one from 1959. I used that throughout the whole of Blur’s career. It ended up with a Mr Smiley sticker, and an Air India sticker on it, and a really bad drawing that I did on the back. That was my workhorse, and I’ve still got it.

It just feels really, really nice: like a BMX, as opposed to a big, heavy bike. The one I use now had been butchered by its previous owner, but the neck was so beautiful, I couldn’t resist it. It looked like it had been creosoted, so I call it the Shed.

Keith richards signature guitar

He hasn’t burnt out, and he ain’t going to fade away. It’s a conundrum, but after four decades of heroin, hedonism and honky tonk women, Keith Richards is still giving rock guitarists a bad name. The Stones axman laughs in the face of medical science, flicks the middle finger at the Grim Reaper and takes moral values outside for a kicking. You wouldn’t want to live next door to him, but you’d have to be a clergyman not to applaud his rock and roll credentials. And when Keef straps on his Telecaster, musical etiquette goes out of the window, along with his low E string and the television.

As reckless as the larger-than-life Richards may be, the English guitarist takes his gear seriously. He’s been closely associated with the Fender Telecaster and Twin Reverb amps since the Sixties. And though it’s likely you’re never going to recreate Keith Richards’ guitar collection—estimated to include 80 models—it is possible for you to nail his signature sound. The most efficient way is to head straight for the crux of Keef’s setup—the Telecaster. It won’t cover all the bases, but the natural twang of this model will give you a general Stones vibe.

While the standard Tele is a strictly single-coil electric, Richards’ blonde Telecaster actually has a humbucker in the neck position to give him more tonal diversity. For this reason, it’s worth investigating Fender’s Classic Series, which includes a ’72 Tele Custom for $984.99. A Classic Series 50s Telecaster will sting you slightly less at $956.99, while the Squier Standard Fat Telecaster, at $332.99, is the clear choice for budget-conscious rockers.

Ampwise, the ’65 Fender Twin reissue has 2×12 speakers, an 85-watt output and two-channel all-tube construction, making it well worth its $1,569.99 list price. If you’re on a tighter budget, Fender’s Cyber Champ range has a nicely modeled version of the Twin. For $639.99, the 65-watt model can be yours.

Keith richards signature Telecaster

I received my CIJ Keith Richards model Tele from Archie Stone today. Got it at work and couldn’t wait to get it home to try it out.

First off, what a great looking axe. Nice white blond finish on what looks to be a 2-piece ash body with plenty of nice grain showing through. Tight neck pocket with a killer vintage U shaped neck. 7.25 radius and vintage frets, nice and smooth.
The brass 6 saddle bridge plate looks a little odd but not bad. I’ll probably change it to a vintage 3 saddle.
Gotoh tuners that are very smooth and hold tune well. Vintage 52RI string tree.

Domed control knobs and 3-way switch. 5 hole 1 ply pickguard with chrome covered humbucker and pickup ring.

Aesthetically – a very nice looking Tele.

Set up was fair. I had to tweak the action and intonation a little bit, but not bad.

Sound very nice unplugged. No fret buzz, Very harmonic to my ears.

I plugged it in to my Roland cube 30. What a great sounding axe.
I started with the bridge pup. To me, this sounds similar to the Nocaster in my Nashville. Fender Japan says it is a vintage Tele. With just a little delay, I got all the twang I could handle. About midway on the tone, I was getting the country style tones that are expected from a vintage bridge pup.

The Dragster humbucker I wasn’t sure about until I played along with some B.B. King tunes and this pup is so smooth, I was matching some of the licks and was very pleased. Not exact, but very nice bluesy tones.

With a little more volume, I got a little break-up that sounded just about right. I’ll have to try it in my Blues Juniorr to check out the tube tones with it. But so far, very pleasing to my ear.

OK, mid position… There was a thread that asked the question,” Does a Tele Jangle??”

To me the tones Keef got on the song “Brown Sugar” is a jangle to me. This position nails that tone to a tee. It’s definitely not a Rickenbacker tone, but it’s a very bright and ringing tone that will be very versatile by playing with the tone a bit.

All in all a very nice looking and playing Tele that I will be spending a lot of time with.
The only changes I will be making are, adding straplocks and I will probably swap the bridge to a 3 saddle vintage style. I’ll review again after the change and quite a bit more playtime.

Keith Richards Signature


Listen to any Rolling Stones track and you can instantly recognize the signature vibrant bluesy style and loose rhythm guitar playing that makes Keith Richards one of the most celebrated guitar players in rock ‘n’ roll history.

In this week’s guitar lesson, we’re going to look at open tuning, which is a particular aspect of Richard’s playing that largely shapes his distinct style and can help you capture a Richards-esque sound of your own.

Keith Richards loves open tunings, especially Open G, which he started using more frequently as the Stones matured into the late 1960s and early 1970s. So before we move into this lesson, be sure to grab a tuner and guitar (definitely a Telecaster if you have one), and we’ll check out some classic Stones riffs.

Open G Tuning

The main purpose of an open tuning is to have the open strings sound a particular chord (i.e. if you were to strum the open strings without fretting any notes, you’d hear a nice-sounding chord). Because of this, open tunings are primarily used with slide guitar – a style in which a player glides a glass or metal slide along the strings in order to change the chord tone.

Keith Richards doesn’t necessarily use the conventional purposes of open tunings however; Richards puts his own stamp on open tunings by incorporating a variety of blues-based techniques and achieving varying musical styles. For the electric rhythm guitar player like Keith Richards, an open tuning can help simplify chord shapes and result in an overall ease in playing riffs.

When you’re in open G tuning, the guitar’s open strings play a G Major Chord – G (the root), B (the major third), and D (the fifth).

To tune your guitar to Open G, you’re going to drop your sixth string down a full step to D, your fifth string down a full step to G, and your first string down a full step to D. So the open G tuning from the sixth to first string is, D – G – D – G – B – D

To play these riffs however, you won’t be using the bottom sixth string much; Keith Richards rarely used all 6 strings with his guitars tuned to Open G, and he’d often use a 5-string variation of the tuning by removing the sixth string of his guitars altogether.

Let’s chronologically take a look at three signature Keith Richards riffs and see how he incorporates Open G tuning, starting with the country-inspired, “Honky Tonk Women,” then moving to the gritty rock jam “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” and finally with the indistinguishable “Start Me Up.”

Telecaster KeiTh richards signature


Keith Richards Signature Guitar Player – Keith Richards

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