If you’re a fan of alternative guitars you will probably like this guitar just announced by Fender at Summer NAMM. It’s an Ed O’Brien Stratocaster featuring Seymour Duncan JB Jr, Texas Special, and Fernandes Sustainer pickups.
The latest incarnations of Fender’s famous Telecaster and Stratocaster models comprise the new American Special series-built “by the people and for people” as value-conscious “guitars for the times.” They are designed specifically to bring the full Fender experience of a terrific-sounding, smooth-playing, rock-solid-built U.S.-made Fender guitar to the workingman without emptying his bank account.
The three instruments in the new series—the American Special Telecaster, American Special Stratocaster and American Special Stratocaster HSS—are highly affordable Fender electric guitars that are within the reach of an entire spectrum of players. As such, they share many features with their cousins in the acclaimed Highway One™ and American Standard series.
It really was inevitable that Kenny Wayne Shepherd would have a signature stratocaster one day. And no surprise that it would be a 60s styled sunburst stratocaster with a 12″ radius neck, perfect for blues rock. It looks like the stratocaster will be available from Fender come this September.
Maybe one unexpected twist is a racing stripe style paint job version of the strat inspired by Shepherd’s love of hot rods. (see photo below)
Based on Shepherd’s 1961 Stratocaster
3 custom voiced KWS pickups
maple neck with 12″ radius, rosewood fingerboard, 21 jumbo frets
bridge with Graph Tech saddles
3 finishes – black (with racing stripe), 3 color sunburst, and arctic white
If you ever get a chance to see the KWS Band perform live you should check them out. It really is a great rock show and you’ll see one of the best blues guitar players out there today.
Summer NAMM 2008 has just wrapped up in Nashville, Tennessee and here are some of our favorite from the show. There were no real scoops from the show as a lot of the news trickled out leading up to the show.
If you are a Jaguar or Jazzmaster fan this is great news for you. Affordable Mexican models probably right down at your local guitar shops soon. You no longer have any excuses as to why you can’t find a Mustang, Jaguar, or Jazzmaster any more. But don’t even ask about jag-stangs… lol
The Billy Corgan Fender Stratocaster that we started talking about back in January is now on Fender.com as part of their Artist Series. [url] We’re assuming this guitar will get the grand unveiling at the upcoming Summer NAMM that is coming up June 20-22 in Nashville.
Not a whole lot of surprises up to this point. The most interesting specs are as follows:
colors: (805) Olympic White and (806) Flat Black (satin nitro)
jumbo frets on Modern “C” Shape neck with large ’70s style headstock (satin poly)
1 Special Design Dimarzio® Billy Corgan Single-Spaced Humbucking Pickup (Neck)
1 Dimarzio® Chopper™ Pickup (Middle)
1 Special Design Dimarzio® Billy Corgan Single-Spaced Humbucking Pickup (Bridge)
original body shape (?? not sure how it differs from standard stratocaster)
The pickup switching has some non-standard settings that benefit from the single-spaced Dimarzio humbuckers.
Position 1. Full Humbucking Bridge Pickup
Position 2. Inside Coil of Bridge Pickup and Full Humbucking Middle Pickup
Position 3. Full Humbucking Middle Pickup
Position 4. Full Humbucking Middle Pickup and Outside Coil of Neck Pickup
Position 5. Full Humbucking Neck Pickup
Update: Interstate music is showing a list price of 1999.99 for this new strat. Which would mean a retail price around 1449.99. What are your opinions on this price point?
Update 2: Sam Ash is showing a list price of 1599.99 with a retail of 1199.99.
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