Fender Ed O’Brien Signature Stratocaster
Fender’s newest guitar is something absolutely special. It’s exciting news for any Radiohead fans out there, and a bit of a dream come true for any sonic explorers out there.
Fender have collaborated with Radiohead’s guitarist Ed O’Brien to create the guitar of his dreams. Quite literally, he says the idea for the guitar came to him in a vivid dream, and as he woke up he thought: ‘this guitar has to be made’. Fast-forward a few months (or years, who knows!) and now the world has become a better place. Introducing the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster.
Ed O’Brien’s ambient, ethereal and orchestral guitar style is an essential part of Radiohead’s sound. His style is unconventional, stripping a guitar of its traditional sound and exploring possibilities of sound. So O’Brien’s signature model needed to be something versatile that encompasses his ways of soundscaping. With his artist model he has created a portal to a wide palette of tones for users to create their own diverse textures and beautiful noises to experiment with. And yeah, it had to be a Fender Strat.
O’Brien has equipped his extraordinary Strat with a Seymour Duncan JB Jr. humbucking bridge pickup, a Texas Special single-coil middle pickup and Fernandes Sustainer unit in the neck position.
The Sustainer works some technical magic to create near-infinite sustain on one or more strings, making it easy to achieve thick, textured sounds. The Sustainer’s controls include an on/off switch, intensity control and three-position switch to select the mode: Fundamental-only, Harmonic-only or Blend.
The guitar includes a six-saddle vintage-style synchronised tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuning machines, 21 narrow-jumbo frets, a special “Flower of Life” engraved neck plate, and all wrapped up in a classic Olympic White finish.
The Fender Ed O’Brien Signature Stratocaster is expected to land in store mid-December, and at under a grand, the price point is pretty ideal too. If you have any questions or would like to pre-order yours, just give us a shout.
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