Fender Guitars and its reputation are never really contested, simply because of the niche that they have carved for themselves. From making special editions like the Love Ride 28 edition and the Evangelion, they have pretty much proved their point by creating for music legends like Jimi Hendrix, who used a Stratocaster edition from them. Now, Roy Buchanan’s 1952-67 Model Telecaster Fender is up for auction with estimates putting the winning bid between $75,000-100,000. What also makes it famous other than its collector, is that this is model is one of the most widely sold guitars in history, and the first solid body electric guitar to be mass produced.
Developed by Leo Fender between 1932 and 1949, this guitar became a rage amongst many musicians around the world, including the likes of Roy Buchanan. Though he never really become a famously known star, but had the talent in him, due to which Rolling Stones magazine hailed him as one of the top 100 guitarists of all time. He is known to have taken a special liking for this instrument, for the high quality tone functions, which suited his music very well. So much so, that one of his fans insisted that he sell this guitar for a price, and in 1982, that’s what happened.
The guitar was signed ‘Telecaster’ by Roy Buchanan before being sold that year. This is perhaps the reason why it is believed that Mr. Buchanan might have used it throughout his career. As for now, the instrument comes with all the necessary documentation, and from a well maintained collection of a buyer who has owned it for over 10 years. So, whether it’s just music lovers, Buchanan fans, or historians, the auction by Skinner in Boston on April 29, 2012, shall hold special meaning for good reason.