Bruce Springsteen to L.A. Times: I Play A Telecaster, Not Stratocaster

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Bruce Springsteen playing his Telecaster (Jemel Countess/Getty Images)

Bruce Springsteen playing his Telecaster (Jemel Countess/Getty Images)

Yesterday, the L.A. Times published a tongue-in-cheek letter that Bruce Springsteen had sent to the newspaper about ten years ago. The letter was typed in response to their request to interview him for a feature celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster.

“I would like to be a part of your story on the Fender Stratocaster,” he wrote in a letter dated June 2, 2004. “But, alas, I cannot.” While noting that “The Stratocaster is a great an iconic instrument,” he points out that, for the most part, “There are two kinds of people in this world, those that play Stratocasters and those that play Telecasters.”

“And the twain rarely meet.”

Within the Rolling Stones, he reminded the Times that while Ron Wood often plays Stratocasters, Keith Richards is more of a Telecaster man (and he also plays Gibsons). In the E Street Band, he writes that Nils Lofgren and Steven Van Zandt enjoy Strats but, “BOOOOOOOSSSSSSSSS MAAAAANNNN… TELE TIL HE DIES!!!”

Read more at Radio.com

– Brian Ives, Radio.com 

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