(Dr. Feelgood) Wilko Johnson: Fender Telecaster - Guitar Miniature (UK Seller)
Wilko Johnson (Dr. Feelgood) - Fender Telecaster Miniature Guitar.
Born John Peter Wilkinson on July 12th 1947, Wilko Johnson is best known as founder member, guitarist and songwriter for Canvey Island Pub Rock legends Dr Feelgood.
While at high school, Wilko played with several local bands, gaining an early taste for life on the road. He went to university in Newcastle to study for his BA in English Language and Literature and he would carry his interest in literature and writing right through his life. After graduating he travelled overland to India and when he returned to Essex he joined a local band called The Pigboy Charlie Band. This is the band that would soon evolve into Dr Feelgood and continue with many different line ups to the present day.
Wilko has always been a Fender guitar player and while on occasion he could be seen using a Stratocaster, it is for his love of the Fender Telecaster that he is best known. He purchased his first Telecaster in 1965 from a shop in Southend and it cost him the princely sum of £90 (£1,712 in today's money). The guitar that Wilko is most associated with is his 1962 Telecaster that he bought in 1974 just after Dr Feelgood had secured their first record deal. The guitar was originally a Sunburst model with a white pickguard and rosewood fingerboard. Much to the horror of many of today's vintage guitar buffs, Wilko refinished the guitar in black and added a red pickguard. This unique colour scheme would soon become Wilko's trademark and an instantly recognisable guitar.
In an attempt to imitate the playing style of his Bo Diddley influenced hero Mick Green, who was guitar player for Johnny Kydd And The Pirates, Wilko developed a very cutting and percussive finger style playing technique. This unique sound was the driving force behind the sound of Dr Feelgood's early albums and stage shows and, although Wilko was only with the band from 1975 - 1977, it is his sound that defined the band for the rest of their career. This period is widely agreed to have produced most of the band's best material, and subsequent line ups struggled to get anywhere close to those early recordings.
In 2013, right around the time Wilko announced he had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, Fender announced the release of their Japanese built Wilko Johnson Signature Telecaster. This guitar was produced in limited numbers and was sold only in Europe. There are still reasonably priced examples popping up for sale on the internet for those who fancy having that Wilko vibe.
After announcing a final album with Roger Daltrey and a 'farewell' tour to support it in 2013, we can happily report that Wilko is still very much with us and playing more than he ever has. Despite his terminal diagnosis, Wilko had pioneering surgery and recovered fully from his illness. A true legend of guitar playing and a totally unique character, long may he continue to entertain us with his Telecaster.
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