In this photo of Kele Okereke performing live, he can be seen playing a Fender Telecaster electric guitar. Looking at the [full resolution image here](http://www.purevolume.com/festivals/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/bloc-party-71.jpg), zooming in on the headstock reveals the serial number of the guitar, which looks to be "MZ3195533" which would indicate this guitar was made at the Ensenada Plant (Fender), Mexico between 2003 and 2004. "Made in Mexico" can also be seen written on the Tele's headstock. Kele's Tele has a black pickguard, and shows signs of wear.more
road warrior thats all -
Sounds good, looks good... what can I say? The only issue is the weight... It's heavy as a bag of rocks. But the sound of the original neck pickup is something that I've never found on any guitar ever.
I have a 1993 top loaded black tele with white pickguard that i got in a trade when i decided my HSH strat was just too overwhelming & heavy. i kinda got fucked over on the trade but in the long run this guitar is so important to me. i replaced the shitty old pickups with brand new pickups from a squier classic vibe tele, and managed to fuck up the wiring so terribly that it gave both pickups a completely different tone from what they were supposed to sound like, and made the middle position half as loud as the individual pickup settings.
however, my wiring fuck up created what i now consider an essential aspect of my tone and i can't imagine sounding any way else. also the laziness of fender back in the first few years of the mexican factory paid off in my benefit, because the top loading plays into part of the incredibly unique tone of Maud, my fucked up tele.