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Fretwork Friday: Jimmy and Old Faithful

Hey Blue Rodeo Fans,

Today's Fretwork Friday is focused on Jimmy's Bowskill's 1966 Fender Telecaster electric guitar that he calls Old Faithful. I recently had the pleasure of seeing and playing Old Faithful during a recent visit to Jimmy's studio in Cobourg, Ontario, Canada.

As a long time Telecaster player myself - I bought my first Tele, a 1988 American Standard in gun metal blue that had a 1983 Fender factory applied serial number from a pawnshop on Church Street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1990 because I was doing musical/sketch/improv comedy at the Top O' The Senator on Thursday nights with Comedy On Wry - I knew a fine Telecaster when Jimmy handed me Old Faithful. Wow, what a guitar! The neck after thousands of hours of playing is smooth and fits your hand perfectly, and the unique wiring makes for 3 very distinct sounds. It's truly on e of a kind. I understand why Jimmy loves it so much.

Walmart Parking Lot

As told in the video below, Jimmy was in California when he saw a post on Kijiji for the guitar being sold in St. Catharines, Ontario. After making the deal, Jimmy's dad drove to St. Catharines and made the purchase from the tailgate of the seller's pickup truck in a Walmart parking lot!

Albert King, Ed Bickert, Keith Richards, Roy Buchanan, Danny Gatton, and countless other incredible guitar players who have made a life of playing the venerable Fender Telecaster. Add Jimmy Bowskill and Old Faithful to that iconic list.

-Dave Brinton, True Rodeo

My 1988 American Standard Telecaster - Big Blue...

Sources: Jimmy Bowskill,, Youtube,, and others as linked to.

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