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'Smart' instrument allows you to check your e-mails between sets

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The original Telecaster is popular with rock stars, including Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos (center).

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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Fender has created the perfect instrument for computer-loving musicians: a Web-enabled guitar.

The guitar company has teamed up with chipmaker Intel to create the prototype, which enables guitarists to send e-mails and surf the Net between sets.

Using the hollow space inside the guitar, its creators have built the computer technology into the back of the instrument.

Called the Intel Concept Telecaster Guitar -- or "Intelecaster" for short -- the musical instrument would cost several thousand pounds if it ever became a commercial reality.

The original Fender Telecaster -- known then as the Broadcaster -- went on sale in autumn 1950. It was one of the first electric guitars to be produced on a substantial scale.

Intel spokesman Simon Shipley said the new guitar would help aspiring musicians to record and playback their music, or e-mail it to prospective agents, fellow band members or friends.

They could also download and playback their favorite riffs from the Internet to try and copy the sound.

Built-in software meant the player could access a huge range of sounds directly from the computer.

Shipley said the new Fender would bring new meaning to surfing and guitars.

"Forty years after the first surf guitar sounds came out of California, a new generation of 'surfing guitars' have been born," he said.

"With this guitar, it doesn't matter if you're Joe Walsh or Joe Bloggs, you'll sound just as good once you download a few of your favorite tracks, and strike a pose in front of the mirror."

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