Fender Ed O'Brien Sustainer Stratocaster - Olympic White

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The Fender Ed O'Brien Sustainer Stratocaster is an incredibly versatile guitar designed to accommodate Ed's atmospheric and textured playing style. This collaboration between Fender and Radiohead's Ed O'Brien offers players a combination of a Fender Texas special single-coil, a Seymour Duncan JB Jr. humbucker, and a Fernandes sustainer driver to deliver the ultimate performance. While the Texas special and JB Jr. pickups deliver an exquisite tonal palette suitable for a variety of playing styles, the sustainer driver provides players with total control over the guitar's level of sustain and feedback. The Stratocaster is constructed from a classic alder body and maple neck and fingerboard, producing a balanced tonality with a bright characteristic for sizzling highs, thick, firm lows, and a punchy midrange. A vintage-style synchronise tremolo is also equipped to offer amazing pitch shifting effects, while the synthetic bone nut and vintage-style tuners keep the strings stable and in-tune. Delivered with Fender's deluxe gig bag, the Ed O'Brien Sustainer Stratocaster is the perfect companion for both fans and guitarists who enjoy experimenting with their sound.

Classic Alder & Maple Construction

Featuring a classic alder body coupled with a maple neck and fingerboard, the Sustainer Stratocaster offers an incredibly resonant, balanced tone with plenty of punch in the lower mids. The lightweight alder offers incredible comfort, while the smooth maple provides quick and easy position changes. The 10/56 ''V'' back-shape profile is designed for an incredibly comfortable playing experience, allowing the hand to fully cup the neck and deliver a smooth slide.

Texas Special Single-Coil & Duncan JB Jr. Pickups

The signature Stratocaster features a set of powerful pickups, with a Seymour Duncan JB Jr. humbucker at the bridge and Fender’s Texas special single-coil in the middle position. The JB Jr. is a single-coil sized humbucker, designed with ceramic magnets to deliver a high-output for crunchy chords and screaming leads. The humbucker breathes new life into the bridge position, offering a classic upper mid cut, bright harmonic sparkle, and a tight focused low-end. The Fender Texas special single-coil provides the guitar with a clear, dynamic character, creating a distinctive midrange punch, sparkling high-end, and a focused bass response.

Fernandes Sustainer Driver

The Fernandes sustainer driver is a unique way to enhance your playing experience, featuring patented technology to provide total control over the guitar’s level of sustain and feedback. Offering a driver at the neck pickup position, the sustainer generates a magnetic field to vibrate the strings to create infinite sustain and feedback on clean or distorted settings. Its unique design allows players to saturate their sound with texture and tonal colouring at any volume, offering controls to adjust the level of vibrations to create swells or a gradual decay of sustain. The sustainer also features 3 modes to choose from, allowing players to either rise the sustained notes to the 5th harmonic, keep them at the natural fundamental tone, or blend between the two to create a harmonised feedback effect.

Narrow Tall Frets

Another addition to this model are the 21 narrow tall frets, which are mounted on the maple fingerboard and provides incredible comfort when performing slides. Being slightly narrower than standard medium jumbo frets, the narrow tall frets are incredible effective for bending notes and playing chords with superb intonation.

Resonant Synthetic Bone Nut

Featuring a carefully fitted synthetic bone nut, the Fender Strat delivers an increased resonance and bright tonality. When compared to traditional plastic and Tusq materials used to construct guitar nuts, synthetic bone improves the vibration transfer between the string and tuning machines without dampening the tone.

The History of the Stratocaster

When many people think of an electric guitar, this is the one that leaps to mind. The Stratocaster is one of the world's most popular guitars and is an elegantly versatile creation. Not long after Fender revolutionised music with the Telecaster and the Precision Bass, in 1954 they debuted the Stratocaster and it quickly became universally regarded as the archetypal electric guitar. Sleek and stylish aesthetics, smooth playing and tonally versatile, at the heart the Stratocaster remains a fantastic instrument - producing unmistakable sound with a timeless design. A first choice among players worldwide, there is simply nothing that sings, screams, whispers, moans, roars, rocks and rolls like a Fender Stratocaster.

About Ed O’Brien

Edward John O'Brien is an English guitarist known for his extensive work in the alternative rock band Radiohead. Born in 1968, Ed’s love for music started at a young age, listening to a lot of post-punk acts before joining up with fellow Radiohead band members/class mates while attending Abingdon school. Originally called 'On a Friday', the group signed a six-album contract with EMI in 1991, and have recorded 9 studio albums so far. Ed’s playing style relies heavily on extensive use of effects units to create atmospheric sounds and textures, resulting in a completely unique setup to reflect his incredible guitar work.

Specifications

  • Model Number: 0140192305
  • Series: Artist

Body & Bridge

  • Body: Alder
  • Shape: Stratocaster
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronised Tremolo
  • Construction: Bolt-On
  • Finish: Olympic White

Neck & Fingerboard

  • Neck: Maple
  • Profile: 10/56 ‘’V’’ Back-Shape
  • Scale Length: 25.5’’
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5’’
  • Frets: 21 Narrow Tall
  • Inlays: Black Dots
  • Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650’’

Electronics & Hardware

  • Bridge Pickup: Duncan JB Jr.
  • Middle Pickup: Texas Special Single-Coil Strat
  • Neck Pickup: Fernandes Sustainer Driver
  • Controls:
    • Master Volume
    • Master Tone
    • Intensity Control (Volume)
    • Active Sustainer On/Off Switch
    • Fundamental/Harmonic/Blend Switch
  • Switching: 5-Position Blade
    • Position 1: Bridge Pickup
    • Position 2: Bridge and Middle Pickups
    • Position 3: Middle Pickup
    • Position 4: Middle & Neck Pickups
    • Position 5: Neck Pickup
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • Control Knobs: White Plastic
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
  • Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
  • Strings: Fender USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)
  • Case Included: Deluxe Gig Bag
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