Albert Collins

The late Albert Collins played an Epiphone guitar during his first two years with the Rhythm Rockers, but in 1952, after seeing Clarence « Gatemouth » Brown playing a Fender Esquire, he decided to purchase a Fender. He wanted a Telecaster, but because of the cost he chose to buy an Esquire, which he took to the Parker Music Company in Houston to be fitted with a Telecaster neck. This was his main guitar until he moved to California, and it was the guitar that he used on his earliest recordings, including his signature song, « Frosty ». For the rest of his career he played a « maple cap »–necked natural ash body Fender 1966 Custom Telecaster with a Gibson PAF humbucking pickup retrofitted into the neck position, which became the basis for a Fender Custom Artist signature model in 1990.

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