The Eric Clapton Stratocaster
No doubt: Slowhand Clapton is one of the first names that come up when using the word ‘Fender’. So many classic moments were given to the blues and rock by Clapton and his Stratocaster that it’s hard to imagine a life without them. Here’s some specs on the ‘olympic white’ colored guitar: Features include an alder body, three Vintage Noiseless pickups, active mid-boost and TBX circuits, special soft V-shaped neck and blocked original vintage synchronized tremolo’. You can already feel the blues just by reading that, right?
The Jim Root Stratocaster
Although ‘Fender’ will always be considered one of the first choices for guitarists around the world – Metal musicians usually prefer other brands, customized for their music style. That is why the collaboration between Slipknot man, Jim Root and Fender is so unique. The masked guitarist also holds two wonderful and heavy ‘Telecaster’ and ‘Jazzmaster’ models, but it’s the Stratocaster that catches our eyes this time. The guitar features a compound radius neck (12″-16″) without fingerboard dot markers, active EMG pickups, black hardware, jumbo frets and satin lacquer finish.
The Dave Murray Stratocaster
As you know, Jim Root was not the first (and will not be the last) heavy metal guitarists collaborating with ‘Fender’. Mr. Dave Murray was there long before him. Iron Maiden’s legendary guitarist just released a brand new Stratocaster model, and according to the company: ‘The guitar is inspired by Murray’s longtime onstage go-to guitar, combining time-honored Strat tradition with the modern roar of three Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups, the fast feel of a compound-radius fingerboard, and the high-performance reliability of a Floyd Rose bridge and nut’. Killer, huh?
The GE Smith Telecaster
TV’s Saturday Night Live, Hall & Oates, Bob Dylan, Hot Tuna, Roger Waters; These are the names of just a few artists and productions that Mr. GE Smith has taken part in and brought his guitar skills to full effect. The company says, ‘Smith’s Telecaster model is inspired by old Fender lap steels and which features a large neck shape, custom inlays and body-mounted bridge pickup’. Beautiful.
The James Burton Telecaster
From Elvis to Cash, From Joni Mitchell to John Denver – James Burton played with them all. Usually, the artists collaborating with ‘Fender’ prefer designing their models with the good ol’ classic colors and layouts. But for ‘The Master of Telecaster’ – That is not the case. Just look at these incredible rockin’ flames featuring a basswood body, ’60s “U”-shaped neck, three specially designed James Burton pickups, five-way Strat-o-Tele switching, and blue or red paisley flame finish.
The Chris Shiflett Telecaster Deluxe
How does it feel to play in the hottest rock band in the world? Ask Chris Shiflett. Once a ‘No Use For A Name’ punk rocker and today a member of the elite guitar squad with Dave Grohl and Pat Smear in the ‘Foo Fighters’. The guitarist also leads ‘Chris Shiflett & the Dead Peasants’ where he shares his love for country & americana. With such gigs, the guitar has to be perfect for the cause.. Notice the very cool specs on his Telecaster Deluxe in arctic white: ‘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’.
The Lee Ranaldo Jazzmaster
In 2004, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked Lee Ranaldo at number 33 on its ‘Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ list. A place of honor indeed. Along the years in ‘Sonic Youth’ and in his own albums and projects, Ranaldo always kept his unique style, picking the strings in a way that belongs to no one but him. This Jazzmaster is very pretty in sapphire blue-transparent color and a Rosewood fingerboard, this is what ‘alternative’ is all about.
The Thurston Moore Jazzmaster
Not only Lee Ranaldo has his own Jazzmaster. His former bandmate, Sonic Youth man Thurston Moore is also the proud owner of a signature Jazzmaster, as both guitarists share the same beautiful, rockin’ model, only in different colors.The crew at fender say: ‘The sound of Sonic Youth is the sound of that guitar used as part paintbrush and part cluster bomb. If anybody ought to have a signature Jazzmaster model, it’s those two guys’.
The Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster
Although mostly known for his amazing guitar work as a member of ‘Queens of the Stone Age’ and ‘A Perfect Circle’ – It’s hard to keep track of the amazing amount of projects Troy Van Leeuwen was, is and will be involved in. This guy is always at the top of his game, working with the most talented people around. Like the guy, so does the guitar: ‘It’s as distinctive as the sounds he wrings from it’, Say the people at “Fender”,’Its gloss Oxblood finish with a four-ply red tortoiseshell pickguard is darkly alluring, with the interestingly contrasting touch of two white “witch hat” control knobs. The dual tone circuits (lead, rhythm) use a two-way toggle switch on the upper horn rather than the customary slider switch, and the brass-saddle Mustang bridge is combined with a Jazzmaster tailpiece.
The Kurt Cobain Mustang
Last but not least, here’s Kurt Cobain. The late nirvana singer and guitarist is keeping nonstop headlines lately due to the new documentary: ‘Montage of Heck’ that explores his life like never before. We love this Mustang, there are millions of ways to describe it, but the only thing we can come up with is that ‘It Is so Kurt’. The company puts the emotional experience into specs and writes: ‘Inspired by his arsenal of modded guitars, the Kurt Cobain Mustang, guitar takes you back there, with highly distinctive features including an angled single-coil Mustang neck pickup and ferocious Seymour Duncan JB humbucking bridge pickup mounted directly to the body, dual on-off/phase in-out switches for each pickup, a polyester-finished alder body and an Adjusto-Matic bridge with dynamic vibrato tailpiece’. We miss you Kurt.