Buck Owens - Gold Sparkle Telecaster

Among the first converts to Leo Fender's solid body guitars were the country musicians of southern California, who preferred the cutting sound of a Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster over the deeper sound of a hollow body electric guitar.

By the early 1960s, Buck Owens and his guitarist Don Rich had developed a signature sound with their Telecasters that would emerge as a new style of country music, called the Bakersfield Sound.

In gratitude, Fender presented Owens and Rich with two special Telecasters, adorned with a gold sparkle finish on the body and the peghead front that was made from crushed mirrors. The body was bound in a checkered pattern on the front and back.

Note: The guitar pictured is a third twin kept by George Fullerton and sold by Gruhn in Nashville.

1964 Custom Fender Telecaster - Gold Sparkle

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