Let’s Talk About Stratocasters

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Stratocasters have been on my mind a lot lately. Part of it is that I just had my Strat set up by the wonderful Joseph ‘Soxy’ Price, who does incredible work. Part of it is that I’ve barely been able to let my Strat out of my sight ever since, because it’s just such a joy to play. And part of it is probably the new Seymour Duncan Jimi Hendrix Signature Strat Set, which I’ve got to get into my guitar ASAP. Whatever it is, I’m daydreaming about Strats a lot at the moment.  Read More …

Fender ’57 Custom Tweed Series Is Here!

Fender’s new ’57 Custom Tweed series of guitar amps are available now! These represent a range of eminently useful “tone machines” that complement almost any style of music, from studio to stage to aren, aimed at both vintage connoisseurs and today’s guitarists. “The ’57 Custom amps capture the essence of the highly-collectible originals, with thoughtful player-centric tweaks added for today’s player,” says Jim Ninesling, Vice President Fender Amplifiers and Pro Audio. “They represent the culmination of a 12-year journey, from our highly successful ’57 reissues and Eric Clapton Signature amps to the landscape of today.” Read More …

Fender Deluxe Series. Whoa.

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HOLLYWOOD, Calif.  (August 2, 2016) – Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announces the launch of the new Deluxe Series of electric guitars, designed for seasoned and experienced players looking for superior quality and enhanced performance at an accessible price point. The Fender Deluxe Series adds 10 innovative new models based on classic guitar and bass designs, infused with modern advancements and spec upgrades, to the renowned family of Fender electrics. Read More …

Fender George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster. Whoa.

One of my all-time favourite guitars is George Harrison’s famous rosewood Fender Telecaster – y’know, the one he played on the roof of Apple headquarters on January 30, 1969 in those spectacular green pants? Well the Fender Custom Shop is offering a reproduction of this iconic guitar right down to the finest detail. Wider nut? Yep. Two-piece rosewood neck? Uh huh. Logo over the finish instead of under it? You got it. And get this: Abigail “Abby” Ybarra came out of retirement to wind the pickups. The only thing it doesn’t include is those pants.

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NAMM 2016: Fender ‘Music Repeater’ Telecaster

PRESS RELEASE: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and its Custom Shop unveiled today the Music Repeater Telecaster®, created by Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov. As part of the Fender Custom Shop 2016 Prestige Collection for NAMM, this is a fully performing guitar with a floating timepiece musical repeater built into guitar. The guitar also comes with a 200 year old antique 18-karat gold and diamond repeater watch. Read More …

Fender Jimi Hendrix FSR Stratocaster

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Fender has just announced a new Jimi Hendrix model Stratocaster which recalls the VooDoo Strat  model from about ten years ago in that it’s a right-handed Strat with back-slanted bridge pickup and reverse headstock. I’m sure there will be folks who will love this guitar – reverse headstocks on Strats look badass, after all, and a lot of people  – but I dunno, a case could certainly be made for a fresh run of ‘lefty-strung righty’ Hendrix models like the ones Fender made a while back. Or you could do what Jimi did and make the Stratocaster your own in your own way.

From Fender.com
: Honoring the electrifying “Voodoo Chile” who popularized the Stratocaster guitar and its tremendous sonic flexibility, the Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster gives you the same fiery tone and playing feel to wield as your own. Full of incendiary vintage tone and classic style, this extraordinary instrument features signature touches and unique appointments based on his distinctive “flipped-over” guitars. Read More …

REVIEW: Yngwie Malmsteen @ 170 Russell

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There’s no question that Yngwie Malmsteen is one of the greatest, fastest and most excessive rock guitarists of all time. But you don’t really get an appreciation for just how good he is until you experience it in person. Yngwie just continues to get better and better, which is no mean feat when you consider how great he was right out of the gate. So, having missed his last Australian tour and his clinic tour, I was really excited to catch Yngwie this time around. Read More …