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

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 10, 2013 in Blog

The Mystery of the 0001 Stratocaster

stratgilmourAll great creations begin with a prototype. Iron Man’s armor began with the Mark I, all of the world’s airplanes can trace their roots to the Wright Brothers’ Flyer I, and all Fender Stratocasters started from the 0001 model. This incredibly valuable and sought after guitar currently resides in the hands of Pink Floyd guitar legend David Gilmour.

This famous guitar has been used by Gilmour in many stage performances. It was first seen in 1978 on the live promo clips filmed for his first solo album. It is also featured in Another Brick in the Wall, Part 2. The 0001 Stratocaster can also be heard on Paul McCartney’s Back to the Egg album and … 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