Following last week’s release of a new Flea Signature Jazz Bass, Fender has announced the introduction of a limited edition Custom Shop Stratocaster designed in collaboration with Pete Townshend of the Who.
The guitar is based on a number of modded Eric Clapton Signature Stratocasters Townshend has used on tour since the late ’80s. What makes Townshend’s special is the addition of a piezo pickup element — in this case a Fishman Powerbridge system — to add more acoustic sounds to the instrument. Townshend’s originals and the new tribute model include a fourth control knob on the body to blend the acoustic and electric signals.
Report by Dan Orkin for Reverb