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James Burton is an American guitarist. A member of the Rock and Roll Hall of
Fame since 2001 (his induction speech was given by longtime fan Keith
Richards), Burton has also been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Critic Mark Demming writes that "Burton has a well-deserved reputation as
one of the finest guitar pickers in either country or rock ... [Burton is]
one of the best guitar players to ever touch a fretboard".
Since the 1950s, Burton has recorded and performed with an array of notable singers, including Bob Luman, Dale Hawkins, Ricky Nelson, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, John Denver, Gram Parsons, Jerry Lee Lewis, Claude King, Elvis Costello, Joe Osborn, Roy Orbison, Joni Mitchell and Allen "Puddler" Harris.
James Burton's primary guitar has always been a Fender Telecaster, beginning with an early blonde model his parents bought for him around 1951 or 1952. His 1969 Paisley Red (better known as Pink Paisley) Telecaster became the model for a Fender Artist Signature model in 1991, with Lace Sensor pickups and a TBX tone circuit. Five years later his 1953 Candy Apple Red Telecaster was the inspiration for a standard version Artist Signature model featuring two Fender Texas Special Tele single coil pickups and a vintage-style 6-saddle bridge. In 2006, the Signature Paisley model was redesigned with a red paisley flame design over a black body, plus three specially designed blade pickups, a no-load tone control and S-1 switching system.