In the world of rock and roll, fewer names are bigger than Fender, and in the world of Fender, fewer names are bigger than the Telecaster and the Stratocaster. When I first delved into guitars so many years ago, this question naturally came to mind; “Telecaster or a Stratocaster? What’s the difference? Ah…They’re both casters, obviously.” Not satisfied with my own answer, I decided to get to the bottom of it and ask around.
My first victim was a bright eyed employee of my local music store who happened to cashier at the electric guitar section. “Hey, can you tell me the difference between a Telecaster and a Stratocaster?” His normally cheerful but empty demeanor suddenly got stiff. As he rolled his eyes upwards to pause ingest what I had just asked, I quickly wish I didn’t. After a few seconds of gathering his thoughts, he responded with a quick and direct “This one costs more,” pointing at a white ’72 Telecaster reissue. Well, I got an answ...Read More