September 3, 2015 in Blog, Historic Fenders

Bill Carson – Mr. Stratocaster

17973318_117181275623In 1951, Fender began working closely with a Texas swing guitarist named Bill Carson. This Oklahoma-born, California-raised picker worked with artists such as Lefty Frizzell and Hank Thompson, and he soon started a close friendship with a certain guitar-builder named Leo Fender.  A working relationship with his company was born, as Carson became a field tester and was shipped the newly remodeled Fender Broadcaster, now known as the Telecaster.  Bill began his testing and research of the design, but quickly found the Telecaster wasn’t suited for him and shared his findings with Fender.  Carson noted that the body shape of the Telecaster pressed against his rib-cage during gigs, and often caused bruising from an … Continue Reading

July 12, 2015 in Historic Fenders

Dick Dale – The King of Surf Guitar

S60s21Dick Dale is a landmark of American music, as his signature musical style, trademark sound, and interesting technique are unique and inspiring, to say the least. Anyone searching for something new should give any of his recordings a listen, as those who explore Dale’s music will discover something fresh and melodic, even though it happens to be vintage.

Part of Dale’s magic lies in the fact that he’s a very aggressive player, and his pickhand literally pummels the strings as he plays. If you carefully watch video of the surf guitar master playing live, you’ll see that he attacks the strings with a lot of muscle, and extended viewing can lead you to wonder … Continue Reading

July 6, 2015 in Historic Fenders

Gilmour’s Strats Part 3 — Gilmour’s Red Stratocaster

blog_shineon_redstratAnother notable guitar in David Gilmour’s collection became his main instrument during the post-Roger Waters era of Pink Floyd – from the mid-1980s through the early 2000s. Gilmour purchased this candy apple red ’52 reissue in 1983 (along with two cream-colored models), and it can be found in his hands for promotional photos and live concerts during his solo period during the mid-1980s. This includes his acclaimed solo album About Face, the first post-Waters Pink Floyd album A Momentary Lapse of Reason, and the live albums Delicate Sound of Thunder and Pulse.

The guitar itself features a number of differences compared to Gilmour’s previous guitar preferences. In addition to finally selecting a maple fretboard and alder body, Gilmour also chose EMG-SA … Continue Reading

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