July 3, 2015 in Historic Fenders

Gilmour’s Strats Part 2 — Gilmour’s Black Stratocaster

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The most iconic of all of Gilmour’s guitars, this 1969 black “Frankenstrat” has become synonymous with him from the 1970’s to today. This is the guitar that Gilmour used on basically every Pink Floyd recording and tour from 1970 to 1983, and became his consistent and reliable workhorse during the meteoric rise that Pink Floyd experienced throughout the 1970’s, the 1980’s, and beyond. This Strat has a long history of use and abuse, and aside from the fact it was repainted before Gilmour acquired it, he’s changed the neck, pickups, and electronics of this guitar numerous times. He also appeared to have trouble deciding between using a rosewood or maple fretboard. … Continue Reading

June 10, 2015 in Historic Fenders

Gilmour’s Strats Part 1 — #0001 White Stratocaster

tumblr_lha3he6LvS1qhzsyio1_1280The most frequently discussed guitar in Gilmour’s collection is the treasured 1954 white Stratocaster #0001, a guitar he acquired during a North American tour in 1975. The instrument is surrounded with speculation as to whether it’s authentically Fender Stratocaster #0001. Several respected guitar experts have taken a closer look at #1, and a mix of reports have indicated that the stamping of the neck and body are the same year (1954), but from different months (June and September specifically), while other reports declare that the instrument is completely original and attempt to dismiss the controversy.

The interesting history of the guitar itself goes something like this – the guitar was originally a gift from … Continue Reading

June 10, 2015 in Historic Fenders

David Gilmour’s Strats – A 3-Part Series

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Historically, you can find plenty of guitar legends that use a main guitar for decades, only to abruptly switch to a different guitar at another point in their career. From Eric Clapton’s “Blackie” and “Brownie” to Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “No.1” and “Lenny” – it won’t take very long for you to find an extensive group of guitarists known for wielding a specific six-string, but then they make the switch to something else, even if it’s only for a single album or tour.

Look no further than Jimi Hendrix to find a player that constantly changed his main instrument throughout his career, although he primarily reached for various late 1960’s Stratocasters. It’s … Continue Reading

June 1, 2015 in Blog

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May 31, 2015 in Blog

Once Upon A Time, B.B. King Played A Tele

BBK-2With the recent passing of B.B. King, it becomes obvious that we’ve lost an irreplaceable music legend and we’ll miss his presence and spirit immensely. It’s reassuring to know he left behind a large collection of inspiring music for us to enjoy, but there are a few lesser-known details surrounding Mr. King’s legacy, and it’s interesting to discover more about this historic music legend. One of these nearly-forgotten details involves his preference for using a famous classic Fender early in his career.

It seems everyone associates B.B. King with his famous Gibson ES-355 “Lucille,” but in the late 1940’s and early 1950’s, he preferred another guitar model – the Fender Esquire. By the late 1940’s, B.B. King was already using Gibson … Continue Reading

September 28, 2013 in Blog

The Fender Starcaster

starcasterIt’s easy for a casual guitarist to think that the recent Starcaster by Fender line of guitars and accessories is the same as the Fender Starcaster guitars that originally came out in the mid-70s. To the avid enthusiast, however, the differences are as plain as day, and much of the story behind the Fender Starcaster and how it was received by guitarists has a lot of lessons to offer any observer.

Most people agree that the Fender Starcaster was not a bad guitar. The reason that it was not a commercial success was more due to the circumstances surrounding its release around 1975. At that time, it was Fender’s first electric guitar model released … Continue Reading

August 30, 2013 in Historic Fenders

Historic Fenders: George Harrison’s Rosewood Telecaster

rosieGeorge Harrison’s 1968 Rosewood Fender Telecaster (Serial No. 235594) was used in the Let It Be movie, in the Abbey Road album recording, and in the Cream song Badge. It was also used in The Beatles’ memorable live roof-top performance at the Apple building in London.

The Telecaster is one of the staples of Fender’s line of electric guitars. It is Fender’s original solid body and in the late sixties, there were only a few versions of it available. It was around that time that German Master Builder Roger Rossmeisl designed two innovative Telecasters: the Thinline Telecaster and the Rosewood Telecaster.

The first Rosewood Telecaster was Fender’s gift to Harrison to be used in the movie Let It Be. Rossmeisl and Philip Kubicki … Continue Reading

August 22, 2013 in Historic Fenders

The Fender Mustang

mustangFender’s Mustang is one of the most popular electric guitars ever made by the company. It was introduced in 1965 as the basis of a major redesign of Fender’s student models, which used to consist of the Musicmaster and Duo-Sonic. It is one of the most collectible of all the short-scale Fender guitars.

The ’65 Mustang featured a larger headstock compared to the Mustangs that came before it. The tuners were changed to “F-keys” with square, white plastic pegs. The neck plate was also changed to “F-series” plates. The pickups’ base plate was gray and an additional patent number appeared on the headstock. It also had two single-coil pickups with an unusual switching … Continue Reading

August 1, 2013 in Tips & Lessons

Jimi Hendrix – Purple Haze

hendrixstratJimi Hendrix was one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. He has inspired many guitarists and musical performers including Eddie Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, John Frusciante, Prince, Lenny Kravitz, and more. He has received numerous music awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.

About the song

Hendrix found success after moving to England to team up with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell to form The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Purple Haze was the second single off of the band’s 1967 album Are You Experienced. It was written ten days after the release of their debut single Hey Joe.

Purple Haze was known as the one of the psychedelic drug songs of the … Continue Reading

July 23, 2013 in Tips & Lessons

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Scar Tissue

californicationCalifornication was a turning-point album for Red Hot Chili Peppers. It marked the return of guitarist John Frusciante and a change in the band’s sound and style. The album contained a variety of themes, such as lust, death, suicide, drugs, travel, globalization, and California. One of the most successful songs on Californication was Scar Tissue.

About the Song

Scar Tissue was written by frontman Anthony Kiedis during guitarist John Frusciante’s return to the band. Frusciante had left the Chili Peppers in 1992 when he became uncomfortable with the bands epic success. In 1998, the Chili Peppers were coming off a huge disappointment from their album One Last Minute, which failed to live up to its predecessor, … Continue Reading