Strat Spirit

Fender to launch Ra­dio­head man’s sig­na­ture model

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De­spite be­ing a band with three gui­tarists for 32 years, no mem­ber of Ra­dio­head has ever hinted at a sig­na­ture model un­til now. Keen-eyed fans may have al­ready spot­ted it at the band’s Glas­ton­bury head­line ap­pear­ance in June, but now it’s of­fi­cial: Fender has part­nered with the band’s Ed O’Brien to cre­ate the EOB Sus­tainer Stra­to­caster (£949) for a Novem­ber launch and some tan­ta­lis­ing sonic po­ten­tial in its pickup con­fig­u­ra­tion.

As its name sug­gests, the most no­table fea­ture here is the Fer­nan­des Sus­tainer pickup in the neck po­si­tion. Pro­vid­ing near-in­fi­nite sus­tain, it’s fur­ther ma­nip­u­lated with three modes (Fun­da­men­tal, Har­monic-Only and Blend) plus an in­ten­sity con­trol. The other two pickup po­si­tions are fur­ther into clas­sic ter­ri­tory – a Sey­mour Dun­can JB Jr in the bridge and Texas Spe­cial sin­gle coil in the mid­dle po­si­tion.

The Mex­i­can-made Stra­to­caster also fea­tures a 10/56 V neck pro­file, 21 nar­row-jumbo frets and the sub­tle sig­na­ture touch of a neck plate en­graved with a cus­tom ‘Flower Of Life’ em­blem. Keep an eye on fu­ture is­sues for more from Ed O’Brien.

Ed O’Brien’s EOB Sus­tainer Strat will be launched in Novem­ber

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