Muddy Waters - Red Telecaster
His mainstay from the late 1950s until his death in 1983. Distinguished by the amplifier control knobs with which he replaced his guitar’s original volume and tone controls, and the extra screws that he added to the thin plastic pickguard to prevent it from buckling, Muddy Waters’ Telecaster is one of the most distinctive guitars in the blues world.
Thought of more as a country or early rock and roll instrument, the basic, slab-bodied Tele isn’t associated with the blues as much today as instruments such as the Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul, but in the hands of Muddy Waters this simple, two-pickup, bolt-neck guitar with ash body finished in candy apple red with an added maple neck with rosewood fingerboard epitomized the raw, wiry, and emotive voice of this Muddy's music.
Late 1950s Fender Telecaster - Candy Apple Red