(Status Quo) Francis Rossi: Telecaster - Miniature Guitar Replica (UK Seller)
Francis Rossi - Distressed Green Telecaster Miniature GuitarFrancis Rossi and his fellow Quo co-founder Rick Parfitt began their love of Fender Telecasters when they both decided to ditch their Flower Power image and switch to the brand of loud Blues based boogie Rock that would prove to be so successful for them.
The Fender Telecaster that Rossi has used throughout most of his career started out as a 1957 standard Sunburst model. After purchasing the guitar second hand in 1968 for £70 he decided to remove the Sunburst finish and leave the guitar natural. This proved not to his liking either so he then had it painted black. After only one gig the black finish was removed and the guitar hurriedly painted green before the next gig. The green finish that remains to this day was only ever meant to be temporary. Fifty years later the Rossi Telecaster is still unfinished.
There has been much debate about the purpose of the large hole drilled through the body of the Rossi Tele. He has offered a couple of explanations for the mysterious hole, saying at one point that it was for threading the guitar lead through to prevent it being pulled out on stage. There are no pictures in existence to support this however and a more interesting explanation is that it was so a bicycle lock could be used to secure the guitar to a solid object, back in the days when they were routinely 'nicked' from backstage areas.
Like his Quo partner Rick Parfitt, Rossi had a multitude of modifications carried out on his workhorse green Telecaster. These included the cutting of the original Fender bridge and removal of the troublesome saddles. A Gibson Tune-O-Matic bridge and separate stop tailpiece from a semi-acoustic were fitted to improve tuning stability and later these were replaced by a G&L bridge unit. The original Fender pickups survived into the 1990's when Rossi had 3 Fender Lace Sensor units fitted. These dramatically altered the sound of the guitar and it now sounded more like a Stratocaster than a Telecaster.
Rossi was forced to retire his trusty '57 Telecaster in 2014. After thousands of gigs and countless modifications the wood had softened to the point that it would no longer stay in tune properly through a full gig. Today he uses mainly replicas of his old Tele including some of his own Fender signature models.