Aah, now here’s something cool for the Rolling Stones fan in your life this holiday season. In celebration of ABKCO Music & Records’ recent release of the ‘Clearly Classic’ edition of the Stones’ Beggars Banquet album, they’ve teamed up with Fender to release a limited edition Telecaster package sold exclusively through Amazon.com. Only 300 will be produced, featuring artwork from the album on he guitar body, as well as a numbered neck plate. The package includes some other cool goodies too. Full info in the press release below, and you can pick up yours right here: ABKCO Music & Records and Fender “Beggar’s Banquet” Guitar Package. Continue reading
It seems that when I ask anyone what will be remembered amongst the strongest releases of 2013 lately, they immediately elect the new letlive. album The Blackest Beautiful [Epitaph]. Out July 5 here in Australia and July 9 elsewhere, it’s a passionate, powerful, energetic burst of post-Rage-Against-The-Machine angst and ferocity, with a huge organic sound and a world-class approach to subtle but crucial vocal harmony. It’s also brain-grabbingly memorable, despite its complexity. Guitarist Jeff Sahyoun – who also engineered the album – has developed an idiosyncratic style which blends traditional riff-rock with post-hardcore adrenaline and a sound-designer’s appreciation of using found objects for weird noises and textures. Currently on the Warped tour throughout the US, I caught up with Sahyoun while he kicked back in a carpark in the middle of nowhere. Continue reading
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (July 3, 2013) — Fender is proud to announce the release of the Fender Wilko Johnson Telecaster guitar, which is sold exclusively throughout Europe. With his electrifying proto-punk Telecaster chops, angular onstage swagger and pre-Lydon thousand-yard stare, Wilko Johnson is a venerable, influential and unmistakable U.K. guitar hero. With pub rock institution Dr. Feelgood, Johnson was an original ’70s-era architect of the bridge from no-nonsense Brit R&B to snarling high-energy punk. His percussively choppy fingerstyle work on his early-’60s Telecaster furiously fused rhythm and lead parts, inspiring a new generation of iconoclastic U.K. punk, new wave and post-punk guitarists. Continue reading
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Dec. 27, 2012) — The Fender Custom Shop’s 2013 Custom Collection presents some of its most sophisticated and meticulously crafted product offerings to date, including eight guitars and two basses. The most distinctive features of each individual model are listed below:
2013 Custom Deluxe Stratocaster®
- Okume body with access heel and AAA flame maple veneer top in Faded Three-Color Sunburst, Candy Yellow, or Ebony Trans
- Urethane-finished AAA flame maple neck with a mid-’60s oval “C” back shape
- Dark rosewood or one-piece maple fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets
- Custom Shop Fat ’50s pickups with five-way pickup switch and modern Strat® wiring
- Chrome hardware with pearl button tuners Continue reading
Woo! One of my dream guitars is now going to be made available to the whole world (it’s currently only offered in certain markets, y’see). As just posted on Richie Kotzen’s Facebook:
“Fender Guitars will be selling Richie Kotzen’s signature model telecaster GLOBALLY starting this January… The guitar was previously only available in Japan and Europe… Good news for those interested parties in North and South America!”
So Foo Fighters are entering an extended hiatus (how extended? Nobody knows!) but that doesn’t mean you can’t rock out with their signature axes. Lead guitarist Chris Shiflett and bass player Nate Mendel have both got sweet new Fender signature instruments. Check ‘em out!
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (Oct. 1, 2012) — Through their monster work with the Foo Fighters, lead guitarist Chris Shiflett and bass player Nate Mendel have helped shape the sound of modern alternative rock. Fender now honors them and their distinctive sounds with the new Chris Shiflett Signature Telecaster® Deluxe and the Nate Mendel P Bass®.
Shiflett’s abiding love for Telecasters and for huge humbucking sound now comes together in one kickass new instrument with his name on it–the Chris Shiflett Signature Telecaster Deluxe. Eminently affordable and modeled closely on Shiflettt’s favorite ’72 Tele Deluxe, it features a striking Arctic White finish, a four-ply white pearl pickguard, a roaring pair of new custom-designed high-output humbucking pickups, a 12″-radius rosewood fingerboard for easy bends with low action, custom-stenciled hard-shell case, and Shiflett’s signature on the headstock.
Jerry Donahue is an almost unnaturally talented guitarist capable of dizzying feats of technique and melody. A few other companies (Fender and Peavey) have offered Jerry Donahue artist models in the past, and they were fine instruments. But Donahue says his new Fret-King trumps them all. Let’s check it out and see if he’s speaking the truth. Continue reading
Australian manufacturer Maton is perhaps best known internationally for their stunning acoustic guitars, which are regularly seen in the hands of one mr. Tommy Emmanuel. But Maton has a long history of great electric guitars too, such as the BB and Mastersound series, and some really funky vintage models. Even so, the MS T BYRD is a fairly unusual guitar for Maton to make. It seems to bring together a few disparate but equally historic elements: design cues from the Maton Mastersound and classic Tele-style guitars, along with an even earlier pickup design and a more modern-feeling fretboard adapted to current playing styles.
So, the most obvious marriage visible in the MS T BYRD is that of the Mastersound and the Telecaster. The Mastersound angle is covered by the curvaceous body shape, as well as a semi-hollow design which incorporates a sexy soundhole on the bass side body bout. The biggest giveaways as to the latter are the dot-inlay maple fretboard, the bridge, the single coil pickup and the controls.