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The CEO of guitar icon Fender says the company was looking into an abyss when the coronavirus hit — but now the company expects record 2020 sales

Este Haim of the eponymous LA band Haim checks out an American Professional II bass. Fender The coronavirus pandemic and national lockdowns spurred a much-needed revival of the guitar business. Fender had been on track to post robust 2020 sales, but in March it had to idle its factories in the US and Mexico. Unexpectedly, demand for guitars skyrocketed, and now CEO Andy Mooney figures this year could set a record for sales. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Fender CEO And...
Tags: Music, Mexico, La, US, Trends, Nike, Guitars, Haim, Fender, Mooney, Andy Mooney, Tech Insider, Stratocaster, Matthew DeBord, Este Haim, Leo Fender

Review: I just can’t get over how good Fender’s Acoustasonic Stratocaster sounds

My “wow” moment came when I picked up the Acoustasonic Stratocaster for the third time and finally plugged it into an amp. The first couple of times I noodled around with it I’d just played it acoustic. It sounds fantastic and it’s the most comfortable acoustic I’ve ever played. But a hollow-body Stratocaster can only make so much sense until you plug it in. I’m a beginning player. I started learning last year and I’ll be the first to admit that this particular axe is a bit too much guitar for m...
Tags: Startups, Music, Creative, Tech, Insider, Stratocaster, Distract, Plugged

Nile Rodgers Tells the Story of the Iconic Riff on Bowie’s Let’s Dance

In this video from Fender, the legendary producer/composer/guitarist Nile Rodgers sits down with his iconic Stratocaster and talks about how he took a folky tune that David Bowie came up with and turned it into the jazzy backbone of the pop song Let’s Dance, arguably Bowie’s biggest hit. Listening to where the song started off before Rodgers started tweaking, it’s hard for this musical simpleton to recognize that it’s even the same tune. Tags: David Bowie   music   Nile Rodgers   video [Au...
Tags: David Bowie, Nile Rodgers, Bowie, Jason Kottke, Rodgers, Stratocaster

NirvanA.I.: This bot wrote a Nirvana song

Funk Turkey used to scrape the Genius database of Nirvana lyrics and then set a Markov chain bot to work generating lyrics to a new "Nirvana" song. Funk Turkey made the music and sang the bot's poetry. Listen to "Smother" and spot the actual Cobain phrases! From the YouTube description: All music/vocals performed, mixed, and mastered by me, in my kitchen, on a sparkly red cheap Stratocaster, a crappy mic, and an old copy of ProTools. All lyrics provided by Hal 9000 (AKA lyric...
Tags: Video, Music, News, Turkey, Artificial Intelligence, Dave, Dave Grohl, Ai, Bots, Cobain, Markov, Stratocaster, Here We Are Now Entertain US, Flanged Stratocaster

Andy Gill, iconic post-punk guitarist for Gang of Four, has died

Andy Gill, founding member, guitar player, and "Supreme Leader" of the hugely influencial post-punk band, Gang of Four, has died. He was 64. Members of the current Gang of Four line-up tweeted the following: Andy Gill. — GANG OF FOUR (@gangof4official) February 1, 2020 “This is so hard for us to write, but our great friend and Supreme Leader has died today,” Gang of Four wrote. “Andy’s final tour in November was the only way he was ever really going to bow out; ...
Tags: Post, News, Obituaries, Andy, Gang Of Four, Rock N Roll, Andy Gill, Stratocaster, Post-punk

Gang of Four’s Andy Gill dies at age 64

Andy Gill, the guitarist and co-founder of influential post-punk warriors Gang of Four, has died at age 64. According to representatives of the band, he passed away in a London hospital after a short respiratory illness. Over four decades (spanning two periods the band was on hiatus), Gill piloted Gang of Four through 10 albums, his minimalist, abrasive guitar licks complementing the music’s socially and politically biting lyrics. Gang of Four’s debut “Entertainment!,” now just past its 40th ann...
Tags: Music, London, News, Southern California, Andy, Gang Of Four, Michael Hutchence, Gill, Andy Gill, Stratocaster, John Sherry Tobias Humble, Thomas McNeice Gill, Gang of Four Gill

Meet The Fender Stratocaster 1 & The Supercar That Inspired It

The ultra-sleek Fender Stratocaster 1 is inspired by and modeled after the Saleen S1.A gorgeous red, the guitar is the work of Fender Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn. Decisions, decisions! We are not sure which one we like more: the car or the guitar! At first it might seem like an odd paring, a guitar company in collaboration with a boutique car outfit, but in the case of Fender and Saleen, it makes a certain amount of sense. During the recent National Association of Musical Merchants ...
Tags: General Motors, Ford, Autos, Fender, Thorn, Namm, Ron, Ronnie, Detroit Auto Show NAIAS, Jeff Beck, Steve Saleen, Fender Custom Shop, Saleen, Car Talk, Stratocaster, Leo Fender

This $350 Fender guitar might just be the best value in the entire music market

Fender's Squier line of electric guitars has long been seen as a great entry point for new players. A lot of guitarist assume that these "beginner" instruments are just a stop on the road to a "real" Fender. But the Classic Vibe Squier series offers something special: incredible quality, incredible value, and throwback setups to previous eras. I tested a Squier Classic Vibe '70s Stratocaster and was blown away by the quality and playability of the guitar. Visit Business Insider's homepage for ...
Tags: Asia, Indonesia, Mexico, US, Trends, Vox, Fender, Marshall, Hendrix, MIM, Fullerton, Gibson Les Paul, Squier, Stratocaster, Squiers, Strats

Fender is celebrating the final season of 'Game of Thrones' with 3 custom-made electric guitars, and there's one for each of the main houses

Fender has created a trio of Custom Shop guitars to celebrate "Game of Thrones." The axes are based on iconic Fender designs and will sell for $25,000-$35,000. The collaboration is the result of Fender's guitar-playing CEO connecting with the guitar-playing showrunner of "Game of Thrones." Visit for more stories. If you wanted to come up with an epic book series and TV show that would appeal to fans of heavy metal and progressive rock, you'd probably create "Game of Thro...
Tags: Hbo, California, Trends, Jimi Hendrix, House, Jaguar, Hulu, Fender, Télé, George R R Martin, Westeros, Weiss, Custom Shop, Andy Mooney, Stratocaster, Weiss Fender


This is a story about a putter junkie. It’s an affliction to which many of us can relate. It’s 1996, and Nick Venson is 13-years old. Like many kids his age, Nick is into collecting baseball cards and stickers, but there’s one item which has his undivided attention. Remember the 1992 cult classic Wayne’s World and Wayne’s obsession with a certain ‘64 Pre-CBS Fender Stratocaster? That bit is responsible for the memorable quote, “It will be mine – Oh yes, it will be mine.” Nick’s Stratocaster was ...
Tags: Japan, Yahoo, California, La, Sport, Chicago, Golf, Cameron, Korea, Siberia, Bob, Sam, Damascus, Malcolm Gladwell, NICK, Southern California

Guy Built A Fender Stratocaster-Styled Electric Guitar Out Of 1,200 Colored Pencils

Burls saw a lot of people online making bowls out of colored pencils and decided to take it up a notch. He built a Fender Stratocaster-styled electric guitar out of 1,200 colored pencils. “This was my first guitar I’ve ever built but I am more than satisfied with how it turned out,” Burls said. The colored pencils cost him around $120. All the guitar hardware he said he already... Source
Tags: Design, Diy, Electric, Guitar, Fender, Craftsman, Stratocaster, Fender Stratocaster Styled Electric Guitar Out Of, Burls

Fantastic electric guitar built from 1,200 colored pencils

Flyjumper crafted this magnificent Stratocaster-shaped guitar from 1,200 colored pencils and a lot of grit. He's posted many more photos and GIFs of the build here. "I saw a lot of people online making bowls out of colored pencils and I wanted to take it up a notch and make something that I can actually utilize and enjoy more so than a bowl," he writes.
Tags: Video, News, Diy, Makers, Guitars, Stratocaster, Flyjumper

Fender have reinvented their guitars on the advice of musicians

Fender’s new line of American Performer guitars updates their American Special range which they’ve worked closely with performing musicians for guitars tailored to guitarists. Fender have been working closely with performing artists to update their American Special range. Their new American Performer series, aptly named from it’s performers inspiration, follows two years of refining the design of their famous Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars whilst iconic designs like the Jazzmaster and M...
Tags: Music, Hollywood, Equipment, Artists, Musicians, Line, Guitar, Mustang, Fender, Range, Updated, Telecaster, Improvements, Stratocaster, Performer, Justin Norvell

Fender listened closely to working musicians to update its US-made, American Performer guitars

Fender has substantially updated its American Performer lineup, formerly known as American Special. The new line is the entry point to Fender made-in-USA instruments and now includes basses in addition to guitars. The American Performer line was developed with significant input from performing artists. A Fender guitar can be obtained for a very reasonable price, but for many players, it's the American-made instruments that are the beginning of their serious journey into the 72-year-old brand....
Tags: Usa, Hollywood, US, Trends, Mustang, Fender, Norvell, Stratocaster, Justin Norvell, Stratocaster Norvell, New Yosemite

David McGlynn's Playlist for His Essay Collection "One Day You'll Thank Me"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. David McGlynn's One Day You'll Thank Me is a heartfelt and funny essay collection about parenting. Booklist wrote of the book: "Each brutally honest chapter is filled with heart a...
Tags: Music, Texas, Lorde, California, Youtube, Milwaukee, David, Ireland, Anna Kendrick, Wisconsin, Macklemore, Pacific Coast Highway, Florida State, Kirkus, Atomic Books Comics Preview, Lawrence

Fender reveal their sexy new Player series of guitars

Timeless designs, iconic sound and style. Built on the foundation of legends, the Player Series makes it easy to start your musical legacy with authentic Fender tone and feel. Fender have revealed their new Player series of guitars featuring 21 new guitars and basses which Fender promise have been updated for new generations. Their new made-in-Mexico series will replace their current Standard Series also made in Mexico. The new series will feature Alnico pickups which provide the authentic Fen...
Tags: Music, Mexico, US, Equipment, Body, Jaguar, Precision, Guitars, Player, Series, Bass, Guitar, Fender, Mexican, Neck, Pickups

This smashed up Fender Stratocaster guitar will cost you $75,000

The smashed up body of a 1964 Fender Stratocaster is up for auction at eye-watering prices but if it can’t be played, Who made it so expensive? That was a terrible joke because the guitar in question is one of Pete Townshend’s many destroyed guitars that faced the wrath of his stage destruction. The pioneer of pummelling guitars into the ground, Townshend’s Stratocaster body comes in 2 parts after he smashed it at The Who’s 1967 concert in Long Island Arena in Commack, New York. The guitar ...
Tags: Music, Featured, Equipment, The Who, Heritage, Auction, Bid, Memorabilia, Heritage Auctions, Vintage, Guitar, Classic, Fender, Pete Townshend, Gibson, Townshend

Fender reveal 11 new Original Series guitars at NAMM

Fender have a new line of remakes for their classics which will replace their line of American Vintage guitars with the new American Original Series. Another year, another NAMM and this year Fender are continuing their mission to put a Fender in every home. Fender are renowned for their classics and they know this, bringing out another range of their famous guitars in a modern build. The new American Original Series will see 11 new models based on the cream of their crop from the ’50s, ’60s, a...
Tags: Music, Equipment, Jaguar, Series, Vintage, Bass, Guitar, Classic, Original, Fender, Télé, Namm, Stratocaster, Instrument, Jazzmaster, Colour Sunburst Olympic White Candy Apple

Check out Fender’s 7 absolutely gorgeous new limited guitars for summer

Another year, another Summer NAMM full of amazing instruments and kit – and especially some beautiful new guitar designs from Fender. Fender have unveiled 7 new gorgeous looking guitars as part of their Mid-Year Limited Collection . The selection features a range of Strats and Telecasters with limited edition finish and designs with some really unique looks. Thery look great, my personal favourite being the pink, paisley design Tele Thinline – Relic. Take a look at them below and see what take...
Tags: Music, Texas, Equipment, Model, Guitars, AAA, Fender, Télé, Namm, Strat, Custom Shop, Fender Custom Shop, Limited, Telecaster, AAAA, Stratocaster

Unholy Stratocaster/Flying V lovechild from Psychederhythm GIBFENDRIX Limited! Yeah yeah, I know I've been far too quiet in recent times. Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, guys. ANYWAY, despite all that malarkey, I couldn't let this freaky Hendrix-inpsired Strat/Flying V mutant axe that I just saw offered for sale on eBay go unmentioned.I'm sure it'll be sacrilege for some, but I'm no purist, I quite like it although perhaps not enough to warrant the tune of the US $2,430.00 Buy It Now price.GIBFENDRIX...?  You can almost hear t...
Tags: US, Guitars, Wilson, Cool Guitars, G L Wilson, Stratocaster, Flying V, Gibfendrix

Charlotte, Bill and Lars

This week, I had the honor of interviewing film actress Charlotte Rampling for The Wall Street Journal (go here). The Swinging London icon  was lovely and a pure delight. Many of you may remember her in Georgy Girl (1966), The Night Porter (1974), Farewell My Lovely (1975) and Stardust Memories (1980). Charlotte talked about growing up in the U.K. and France, and the haunting memory of her sister Sarah. [Photo above courtesy of Charlotte Rampling] Here's Charlotte as Meredith in a pivotal sc...
Tags: Amazon, London, Sweden, Abc, France, Germany, Los Angeles, Cnn, Britain, Finland, Jazz, Philadelphia, Vancouver, Scandinavia, Meredith, Frank Sinatra

(Allegedly) The World's First Self Strumming Guitar - Heavily Modded 3/4 Squier Stratocaster What are we to make of this alleged World's First Self-Strumming Guitar, a Frankenstein's monster of a creation built from parts of an old Squier Mini and a computer printer? It's currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £300, although the seller does note that "Although I have set the buy it now price high, I will entertain sensible offers, just offer whatever you think its worth and you might get (un)lucky!" He also says that: Please bear in mind this...
Tags: UK, Guitars, Innovations, Wilson, Squier, Modifications, One-offs, G L Wilson, Stratocaster, Squier Stratocaster, Squier Mini

Stratocaster case WANTED (campbell) $1

I am looking for a Stratocaster hard case. Let me know if you have one for sale. Thanks.
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Fender will release a Bluetooth guitar amp designed for use with its mobile apps

 Fender’s guitars are classic Americana – like a 57 Chevy or a pan of Jiffy Pop. From a design perspective, they’ve gone largely unchanged since the early/mid 50s, with the Stratocaster and Telecaster serving as the company’s biggest sellers. They’re solid, they’re well built, they’re iconic. Innovative, not so much. Over the past couple of years,… Read More
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Fender squier stratocaster (fremont / union city / newark) $100

Fender squire Stratocaster 20th years anniversary great condition, dark blue with white pickguard reply with contact number, email without contact number will be ignored
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1996 Fender Stratocaster MIM w/case (mission district) $350

FOR SALE: 1996 Fender Stratocaster in Lake Placid Blue Made in Mexico. This is a great sounding Stratocaster that was made 1996 at the Fender Ensenada Plant in Baja Mexico. I've played other MIM Fender strats but this one just sounds so good, and I'm [...]
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Guitar manufacturer Fender gets into the app business with Fender Tune

Fender is a company that is virtually synonymous with the guitar, thanks to its Stratocaster and Telecaster lines. Its ‘axes‘ have long been the favored instruments of musical icons like Hank Marvin, Jimi Hendrix, and PJ Harvey. Now, it’s getting into the app business with Fender Tune. This free iOS-exclusive guitar and bass tuner is the first project out of its nascent digital products division, Fender Digital. Fender Tune was created to help beginners tune their guitars accurately, and quickly...
Tags: Startups, Apps, News, PJ Harvey, Fender, Stratocaster

Sanctuary Sound - One Clear Thought

Sanctuary Sound Sanctuary Sound is the project of multi-instrumentalist Cade Sadler, who creates peaceful and reflective music. It consists only of him, a lap top, and an old Stratocaster, and with these minimal apparatus, he creates dreamy, atmospheric… (in post Sanctuary Sound – One Clear Thought from Indietronica. More by this artist at )
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LIKE NEW!!! Fender Stratocaster with Amp, Case, Cable, Strap (kentfield / ross) $349

I'm selling the following (all items like new): Fender black Stratocaster (made in Mexico) (with guitar strap) Fender "Metro Guitar Gig" Bag Fender "Mustang 1" Amp 18' (with red Guitar Cable) Over $725 of "like new" equipment for under five hundr [...]
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Hotflush Spaceking - Chinese Stratty thing from Here's another find from, something that the seller is calling a "Firebird" but which surely owes much more to the ever popular Fender Stratocaster. It's as if they've taken the design of the Strat, flipped it over, then started cutting bits out. Almost. When I first saw a thumbnail photo, I thought the guitar had an incorrect and far too large pickguard on it; I didn't appreciate the shape until I took a closer look. You know what? I think I quite like it. ...
Tags: UK, Cool, Guitars, AliExpress, Wilson, Strat, Cool Guitars, G L Wilson, Stratocaster