July 1, 2013 in Historic Fenders

Historic Fenders: Jeff Beck’s Stratocaster

jeffbeckJeff Beck may not have become as famous as his Yardbirds companions Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page; however, he will always be known for his wildly influential instrumental collection and his innovative sound.

The Guitar Hero

Jeff Beck has been discussed as one of the most influential guitar players in rock history in popular magazines. He was actually listed at number five in Rolling Stone Magazine’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Beck’s sound is distinctively his own – bright and edgy, urgent and in your face, yet still having a sweet, musical component to it. You can always tell that he isn’t holding anything back.

“It’s all in his hands,” Eric Clapton once … Continue Reading

June 17, 2013 in Historic Fenders

Historic Fenders: James Jamerson’s The Funk Machine

jamersonOne of the most historic Fender bass guitars of all time belonged to James Jamerson. Born in January of 1936 in South Carolina, Jamerson later moved with his mother to Detroit, Michigan. He learned to play bass while attending Northwestern High School. He eventually found work with Berry Gordy’s famous Motown record label and the rest was history.

While working for Gordy, Jamerson formed an informal group with other musicians who were regularly in the studio together. They called themselves The Funk Brothers. Members of this group can be heard on most of the big Motown hits of the 60s, however they were not usually credited. Jamerson started out playing double bass with this group, but later switched to the Fender Precision … Continue Reading

June 3, 2013 in Historic Fenders

Historic Fenders: Eric Clapton’s Signature Stratocaster

claptonKnown as the musician’s musician, Eric Clapton is arguably the most famous living Fender Stratocaster player of all time. His music and guitar playing skills have earned him numerous titles and awards. He is the only artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times. He has helped popularize multiple different models of Fender Strats and Jazzmasters. In 1988, Fender released their first signature Stratocaster in honor of Eric Clapton.

History & Making

Clapton joined The Yardbirds in 1963, where he played lead guitar. He mostly used Telecasters or Jazzmasters at that time, and his distinctive playing style became well-known in the British music scene. He left the band in 1965 and would later swap his … Continue Reading

May 21, 2013 in Historic Fenders

Historic Fenders: Bruce Springsteen’s Fender Esquire

borntorunBruce Springsteen is an iconic figure, known worldwide for his great contributions to the world of rock and roll. He has countless trademarks, but his Fender Esquire is one of the best known. Ever since it was featured on the cover of his revolutionary Born To Run album, the guitar has become a symbol for everything Springsteen represents.

The Fender Esquire is legendary in its own right, having been one of the most featured guitars in history, as well as being labeled ‘number one’ by Springsteen himself.

The Fender Esquire’s History

The Fender Esquire has been around for a long time, but it … Continue Reading

May 13, 2013 in Historic Fenders

Historic Fenders: John Mayer’s Black1

“This guitar has the fourth position pickup from heaven.” – John Mayer

Black1You wouldn’t know it by looking at it, but John Mayer’s Black1 Strat is one of the newer additions to the ever growing list of Historic Fender Guitars. After coming into some downtime after his Heavier Things World Tour, Mayer began contemplating building his own custom Stratocaster from the ground up. He called the Fender Custom Shop and they invited him down. The rest has become music history.

Mayer said he came up with the idea for the guitar while playing Fender’s Stevie Ray Vaughan Tribute Stratocaster, which is a distressed, relic style Strat. Mayer said that he fell in love … Continue Reading

May 7, 2013 in Historic Fenders

Historic Fenders: Jimi Hendrix’s ’68 Stratocaster

hendrixstratSitting at the very top of the list of most famous guitars of all time is the the 1968 Fender Stratocaster of the legendary Jimi Hendrix. This was one of Hendrix’s favorite guitars. It became an American icon after he used it for his legendary performance at Woodstock in 1969. It is one of those American rock icons that makes little kids want to be rock stars.

Hendrix purchased the guitar from Manny’s Music in New York City in 1968. Its body was made of alder wood and its two piece neck was made of maple. The paint job was called “Olympic White.” Since he was a left-handed player, Hendrix famously had to flip the guitar over, reverse the nut, and string … Continue Reading