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

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

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