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It’s the one that players have been begging for and dreaming of for years. Fender has just unveiled the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster and it’s heading this way! .Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm with his incredible Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of his now-iconic hand-painted Stratocaster. Destroyed during the fiery culmination of his set, this one-of-a-kind guitar survived only in photos and film. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this milestone in music history, we created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster.

AFTER HENDRIX SANG THE LAST WORDS AND DISPLAYED HIS FULL ARSENAL OF GUITAR WIZARDRY—PLAYING BEHIND HIS BACK, WITH HIS TEETH—HE HAD ONE TRICK LEFT. HENDRIX TURNED TO HIS AMPS AND SCRAPED THE GUITAR AGAINST THE SPEAKER CABINETS FOR MAXIMUM FEEDBACK.

“This is for everyone,” he said just before spraying something on the guitar. Jimi bent down to kiss the instrument and then tossed a lit match to elicit flames from the prone Strat. Like a disciple worshiping at an altar, Hendrix knelt before the blazing guitar as the audience stared agape watching him smash it to pieces.

An homage to Hendrix’s spectacular Strat—right down to the hand-painted nail-polish artwork that burned its way into our memories—and as a special touch fender added an exclusive etched Hendrix neck plate.

Carrying on the same free-spirited, psychedelic vibe of the original, and indeed Hendrix himself, the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster is sure to set your music ablaze.

To celebrate Jimi Hendrix’s iconic Monterey Pop Festival performance, where Jimi sacrificed his iconic hand-painted Stratocaster in a blaze of glory, Fender has created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster. Vintage-inspired single coil Stratocaster pickups come together with a “C” shaped maple neck and vintage-correct 7.25″ radius pau ferro fingerboard to recreate the vintage magic of the original, while the iconic “Monterey” finish pays homage to the original hand-painted iconic instrument. While the original may have gone up in smoke, the all new Limited-Edition Jimi Monterey Stratocaster makes this amazing moment in rock n’ roll history available to our exceptional customers. The Wildwood Team was thrilled the moment that these phenomenal instruments were announced, and we couldn’t be happier to present them to you,
Model Aritst Series Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster
Amp: Friedman Smallbox 50

It’s been 50 years since Jimi Hendrix took the world by storm with his incredible Monterey Pop Festival performance, which he concluded with the sacrificial burning of his now-iconic hand-painted Stratocaster.
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Destroyed during the fiery culmination of his set, this one-of-a-kind guitar survived only in photos and film.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this milestone in music history, we created the limited-edition Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster. A trio of single-coil Stratocaster pickups give this Strat® its classic Fender sound—bell-like and articulate, it has plenty of singing sustain for soloing. The “C”-shaped maple neck bears a vintage-style 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard with 21 vintage-sized frets for a playing feel just like the original. The six-screw synchronized tremolo is perfect for unleashing dive-bombs and other sonic expression. Other period-correct touches include the vintage-style tuning machines, strap buttons, trem arm and dual-wing string trees.

An homage to Hendrix’s spectacular Strat—right down to the hand-painted nail-polish artwork that burned its way into our memories—and as a special touch we’ve added an exclusive etched Hendrix neck plate. Carrying on the same free-spirited, psychedelic vibe of the original, and indeed Hendrix himself, the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster is sure to set your music ablaze.

This is a new series of videos from Bluesmannus Custom Shop.
Part nine of a DIY project, the making of a custom stratocaster in the style of Jimi’s Monterey Pop Strat.
In this video I Demo the guitar, playing Little Wing (SRV version)

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Earlier this week, Fender proudly announced the release of its new Brad Paisley Signature Telecaster  But lucky for all of us, that isn’t the only new signature model joining its line.

Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien collaborates with Fender for signature guitar

Fender has also partnered with Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien to launch the new EOB Sustainer Stratocaster. But instead of a signature stamp, the neck plate is engraved with a custom “Flower of Life” design.

Launching the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster, O’Brien has added a Seymour Duncan JB Jr humbucker in the bridge, vintage synchronised tremolo bridge along with vintage-style tuning machines with a Texas Special single coil in the middle and Fernandes Sustainer in the neck.

Set to launch on November 14th for a cool £949, the O’Brien EOB Sustainer Stratocaster signifies the first piece of Radiohead signature gear to be created.

According to an official statement, the guitar’s neck plate is engraved with a custom “Flower of Life” design instead of a signature stamp and Fernandes Sustainer  a “uniquely designed electronic system that enables the controlled sustain of any single or group of notes within the guitar’s sound range.”

Ed O’Brien Sustainer Stratocaster

The guitar features a Seymour Duncan JB Jr humbucker at the bridge, a Texas Special single–coil in the middle, and a Fernandes Sustainer (the guitar’s namesake) in the neck. The guitar’s “infinite sustain” is controlled by an on/off switch, an intensity knob, and a three–position switch — fundamental only, harmonic only, or blend.

Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster

It’s also equipped with vintage–style appointments, like a synchronized tremolo bridge and tuning machines. This is the first time Fender has collaborated with a member of the beloved English band, so we’re excited to hear the Sustainer in action. It will retail for $1,099.99.

George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster

Also announced on the floor are three more Fender signature models: the Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster ($899.99), the George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster($2,499.99),

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Smashing Pumpkins singer and bass player Billy Corgan has announced plans to sell almost all of the rare music equipment he used throughout his career.

Partnering with online music gear marketplace Reverb, Corgan plans to place up to 150 listings which includes a a Stratocaster and a pair of Marshall JMP-1 amps that featured on iconic records Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness.

“Of all the artist-owned gear we’ve been fortunate to sell on Reverb, this collection of gear from Billy Corgan has arguably the most historic prominence – you can feel it when you pick up any one piece,” Reverb’s Jim Tuerk said in a statement issued to Rolling stone. “These are the tools that not only defined one of the all-time greats, but an entire generation of music.”

Corgan, who will also sell his 1969 Gibson EB-3 Bass, described the instrument as having “a very Jack Bruce sound.”

“I used this on everything from Mellon Collie to Machina,” he added. “It’s one of those secret-weapon recording basses.”

 

 

Here are a handful of things on offer, according to Reverb:

  • Corgan’s #2 Stratocaster. A modified, star–covered 1988 Fender AVRI Strat that recorded most of Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie, including “Today,” the solo of “Cherub Rock,” and many more.
  • A pair of Marshall JMP-1s that were the main preamps for Mellon Collie album and the tour.
  • Two Alesis drum machines, one used for the loops on “1979” and another that was used to record many early Pumpkins‘ demos before Jimmy Chamberlin joined the band.
  • The modified 1990s Les Paul Special used to record much of the Machina album and played regularly on that tour, and the two backup LP Specials from the tours.
  • The rackmount ADA MP-1 preamps used to record Gish.
  • A Fender Subsonic Stratocaster in Sonic Blue from the Zeitgeist era signed “This is what true freedom looks like. Billy Corgan.” One of the few items in the shop signed by the guitarist, it was originally set to go to auction in 2008 before Corgan decided against it.
  • The Fernandes sustainer guitar used in the studio and on tour for most of Adore.
  • A 1969 Gibson EB–3 Bass in Walnut dubbed the Mountain Bass used as a “secret weapon” on everything from Mellon Collie to Machina.
  • The small Crate combo amps used to get the distortion sounds on Machina.
  • The arsenal of Diezel and Bogner amps used to record and tour for Zeitgeist.
  • Dozens of collector–grade vintage guitars, including two ’58 Strats, a ’63 Candy Apple Red Strat, a 1953 Gibson Super 400, and a ’66 Rickenbacker 360.
  • A vintage 1950s accordion and an autoharp used on the Mellon Collie tune “We Only Come Out at Night.”

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Wayne Kramer came to prominence as a teenager in 1967 as a co-founder of the Detroit rock group MC5 (Motor City 5), a group known for their powerful live performances and radical left-wing political stance. MC5 broke up amid personality conflicts, drug abuse, and personal problems, which, for Kramer, led to several fallow years, as he battled drug addiction before returning to an active recording and performing schedule in the 1990s.

“Guitar Power” continues this week with host Dweezil Zappa talking with Wayne Kramer from the legendary rock band MC5 about playing with drive, creating an innovative tone, and how he heard the future in the sound of electric guitar. Check out more here about Wayne Kramer http://www.waynekramer.com/wk/

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DALLAS, Texas –  The crowd estimates for the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 exceeded 200,000, as people came from all over the country to see and hear Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead. Additionally, they were also treated, many for the first time to Hall of Fame soul singer Otis Redding. It was a historic event when you look at the scale of the show, the names on the bill and the fact that it highlighted the Summer of Love at its apex.

The set list for Hendrix is littered with covers and hits that have stood the test of time. Hendrix opened with Killing Floor a Howlin’ Wolf Cover, then led into Foxy Lady followed by a Bob Dylan cover of Like a Rolling Stone and B.B. Kings’ Rock Me Baby. The back half of the set list was highlighted by The Leaves’ Hey Joe, Can You See Me, The Wind Cries Mary and possibly is most famous song Purple Haze. Every one of these songs at this iconic event was played on Hendrix’s iconic Salt and Pepper Black Fender Stratocaster (shown in photo).

This Stratocaster guitar, an undisputed piece of music history, is expected to sell for $750,000 in Heritage Auction’s special 50th anniversary Summer of Love  celebration June 17th-18th in Beverly Hills, California.

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“This is one of the most important guitars to ever come to auction,” said Garry Shrum, Director of Music Memorabilia at Heritage Auctions. “In the pantheon of guitars, only a few have changed music history and Jimi’s Black Strat is one of them. The guitar has been on display for several years in Europe and the United States and now a collector has the chance to add this historic instrument to their private collection.”

Fresh off U.S. exhibitions as well as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, the guitar makes its auction debut at Heritage following rigorous authenticity analysis. The Experience Music Project curators conducted a thorough survey of the instrument before it went on show in Seattle and Fender’s own experts have also forensically examined the guitar. The guitar is being offered by a private collector from the U.K.

The guitar was swapped at the last minute before playing Wild Thing and then famously being set on fire. His performance at the Monterey Pop Festival is considered by many to be one of the defining musical performances of the 20thCentury.

“This is also the guitar he played at all of Bill Graham’s San Francisco Fillmore West on that short tour,” Shrum said. “And back in the United Kingdom the week before he was playing this guitar when he opened his Sunday show at the Saville theater.” The guitar opens with a $500,000 bid.

The Salt and Pepper Black Fender Stratocaster retains Hendrix’s upside-down and back-to-front stringing that subtly changed the voice of the new ‘reversed’ bridge pickup. Perfectly preserved is Hendrix’s belt wear on the guitar’s back, visible on footage taken at the Monterey Pop Festival. Hendrix went on to use this instrument on many additional dates, expanding the area of wear.

“Holding this instrument is tantamount to holding a mirror to the zenith of 1960s social and cultural revolution,” Shrum said. “The legendary music of that period would not be possible without Hendrix’s genius and his love for this guitar.”

After the Monterey Pop Festival appearance, Hendrix played this black Stratocaster at shows at the Fillmore West and at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.

Within a year, Hendrix’s final studio album, Electric Ladyland, hit No. 1 in the United States. “That performance in California,” Shrum added, “led to his first and only No. 1 album.”


Heritage Auctions is the largest fine art and collectibles auction house founded in the United States, and the world’s largest collectibles auctioneer. Heritage maintains offices in New York, Dallas, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago, Palm Beach, Paris, Geneva, Amsterdam and Hong Kong.

 

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Porl was part of the original lineup of the Cure, and was in and out of the band until 1994 when he left The Cure to play with Jimmy Page and Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin during the Page and Plant tour of 1995. Porl is also a talented artist website; Porl and designer Andy Vella are the co-founders of Parched Art, which has produced many of the record sleeves found on The Cure albums, many of which Porl drew or painted. Porl has also held his own artwork exhibition “100% Sky”.

Porl officially rejoined the band for a third time in June 2005 and recorded the live DVD, The Cure: Festival 2005 and appeared on their 13th studio album,“4:13 Dream”.He also toured with The Cure for their 2007-2008 4Tour.

The collection up for sale includes guitars, amps, studio/stage equipment, stage clothing, original artwork and other memorabilia. See preview below:

Auction of Guitars, stage equipment, stage clothing, artwork and memorabilia. Saturday 19th May 2012, Omega Auctions, Meadow Mill, Stockport, http://www.omegaauctions.co.uk. Official Limited Edition Catalogue for the auction now available

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This year, The Fender Custom Shop turns 30.

To celebrate the legendary shop that has built guitars for the likes of Eric Clapton, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard, The Stones, Jimmy Page and Bob Dylan, director Ross Haines has made a short documentary dedicated to the ‘nirvana for guitar lovers’.

The Dream Factory was born after Ross entered the Fender shop for the first time while scouting for another shoot. “When we walked in we were blown away. It’s just an incredible wonderland of vintage machines and hard-working craftsman doing what they’ve been doing for decades. Any photographer or filmmaker would have a field day in that place. After seeing the Custom Shop, the elite shop within Fender which is pretty much the Holy Grail of guitar making, I was super inspired to tell a deeper story about some aspect of the space. From there, the creative director, Nate Morley, and I brainstormed this concept and as timing would have it, it just so happened to be the 30th Anniversary of the Custom Shop.”

To tell the tale, Ross mixed previously unseen VHS archival footage from the early days and recent conversations with the eight original master builders. Though the film covers a lot in ten minutes, surely there were some wild stories that didn’t make the cut. Ross confirms there were plenty, but Michael Steven’s story takes the cake. “One of the best stories belongs to Michael Stevens, the very first employee of the Custom Shop. He was working on a new project for Eric Clapton. Michael is a real cowboy, Texas bred, and no bullshit dude. Both were getting a bit frustrated because a detail of the neck wasn’t quite perfect and they were having trouble getting in touch with each other to figure out why—this is pre-internet or cell phones, obviously.

So eventually Clapton sent his guitar to the custom shop. This is not just any guitar, this is the famous “Blackie” a priceless piece of rock history. Clapton played “Blackie” almost exclusively on stage and in the studio from 1974-1985, recording songs like “Cocaine” and “Layla”. So for two weeks, Michael slept with Blackie under his bed and a gun under his pillow. In his words, “I didn’t want my tombstone to read, ‘Here lies the man who lost Blackie’.” Luckily no one tried to steal Blackie and Clapton loved the guitar they made for him.

Guitars are pretty personal things, and everyone has their favourites. For Ross, his all time favourite is guitar 001, Fender’s first double neck, which you can see in all its glory in the film.