Fender has teamed up with Grammy Award-winning R&B singer-songwriter H.E.R. to create a new signature Stratocaster.
H.E.R.'s Strat most prominently features a head-turning Chrome Glow finish - inspired by the singer's favorite nail polish color - which resides atop an alder body and matching headstock. Notably, H.E.R. is the first Black female artist to have a signature Fender guitar.
The guitar also features a single-ply anodized aluminum pickguard, a 9.5” radius and a one-piece maple neck with a mid-’60s ‘C’ profile and 21 vintage-tall frets. A vintage-style synchronized tremolo and custom neckplate engraved with H.E.R. artwork also come standard on the guitar.
Sonically, the H.E.R. Strat is adorned with three Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups, controlled by a master volume, two tone knobs and a five-way switch.
“Fender was the reason I began playing guitar,” H.E.R said in a press release. “My father taught me how to play my first blues scale on a mini black-and-white Strat, so it’s absolutely surreal I have partnered with Fender to design my own Signature Stratocaster.
"As an artist, I find that my most personal thoughts make the most relatable music. By designing a Stratocaster with a color, shape and sound that is one-hundred-percent my own, my hope is that other young women and players from all backgrounds feel inspired to pick up this guitar, tap into their thoughts and create amazing music.”
The Fender H.E.R. Signature Stratocaster is available now for $1,099.
For more info on the guitar, stop by fender.com.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.