Fender has unveiled a new iteration of its Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster.
The blues guitar master's latest signature Strat features a chambered ash body, an early-’60s C-shaped maple neck - modeled after that found on Shepherd's '61 Strat - and a bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays, a 7.25” radius and 21 jumbo frets.
The guitar has three single-coil pickups, voiced to Shepherd's specifications, and a six-point synchronized tremolo fitted with his beloved Graph Tech saddles.
“I was heavily involved in every aspect of the guitar,” Shepherd said.
“From specs to design - especially the Custom 'Hot' Vintage Pickups, carefully designed to have a very natural sound, the block inlay neck which really sets this Stratocaster apart visually, and the matching headstock which I just think has an unbeatable aesthetic.
“I can’t wait to see what this guitar can do in the hands of other players – I hope this guitar is a tool that inspires others to find their own voice and to truly express themselves and their own love of music.”
The Fender Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster is available now - in a Transparent Faded Sonic Blue finish with matching headstock - for $1,999.99.
For more info on the guitar, stop on by fender.com.
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