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The initial goal wasn’t so much to make an obvious reissue line, but to make Strats and Teles that were closer to their original specs.“One of the first changes Dan Smith made was to revise the overall specs of the Strat,” said Tony Bacon, the author of 50 Years of Fender (Backbeat Books).Numerous spin-off models of the Tele were created, though, some of which had the infamous three-bolt neck attachment.Meanwhile, guitarists who read interviews with their favorite musicians observed that in the vast majority of cases, their primary stage and recording instruments weren’t the latest and greatest designs, but vintage instruments of the 1950s through the early ’60s.



While far from perfect copies of the great sunburst Pauls of the late 1950s, they at least replaced the then-standard three-piece tops of the newer Les Pauls with two-piece tops, with often stunning looking curly or flamed maple.The complete Fender reissue line also included a 1962 version of the Strat, with a rosewood fretboard and three-ply pickguard, a maple-necked ’57 Precision Bass, a ’62 P-Bass with a rosewood fretboard, and a ’62 Jazz Bass.Steve Cropper Tests a ‘52 Reissue In its July ’82 issue, Musician magazine quoted the great Steve Cropper, who in the 1960s played in the Stax Records Studio house band, and at the time had just toured with John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd’s Blues Brothers group.But both manufacturers, at the time mere cogs in large corporate wheels, all but ignored them.

Since being purchased by CBS in 1965, Fender had radically modified the Stratocaster and Telecaster models on which its existence was essentially based.

Cropper put Fender’s resissue of their 1952 Telecaster through its paces and concluded, “It’s fantastic; it’s a really good guitar… I play real hard, and I’ve had trouble with a lot of Teles because the neck’ll move around on me.