National Public Radio just featured a story about the 60th anniversary of the Fender Telecaster. Robert Goldstein provides a summary of the early beauty and utility of the instrument:

There had been efforts to design a solid-body electric guitar since the 1930s, but it wasn’t until Leo Fender introduced the perfect blend of musical form and function that fundamental problems were resolved: A Telecaster could be mass-produced, was easy to repair and, unlike a traditional hollow-body electrified guitar, could be played loud without feedback.

Read and listen to the story and see clips from Jimmy Bryant, Roy Buchanan, Ted Greene and others at NPR.

Right here.