Fender to launch Radiohead man’s signature model
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