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

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