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Fender Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster

Fender Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster  ·  Source: Fender

Fender Albert Hammond Jr Signature Stratocaster

The new Fender Albert Hammond Jr Signature Stratocaster  ·  Source: YouTube/Fender

Fender has been working with Strokes guitarist ALbert Hammond Jr to come up with a ’70s-style signature Strat, the Albert Hammond Jr Signature Stratocaster. It’s got his pickup switching layout and is based around his 1985 reissue of a 1970s Stratocaster.

Albert Hammond Jr Signature Stratocaster

This new Fender signature model for Albert Hammond Jr is based on his beloved ’72 Stratocaster, which is actually a reissue built in 1985. It has a peculiar pickup switching layout: position one and three are reversed and position four activates both the neck and bridge single-coils.

Fender Albert Hammond Jr

Fender Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster

 

’70s Style

This guitar is all about the 1970s, with classic styling like a three-bolt neck with Micro-Tilt mechanism ‘F’ neck plate, bullet truss rod and that oh-so-funky large ’70s Fender headstock. It also has an alder body finished in polyester and a C profile maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. You also get a set of dual-wing string trees, a vintage-style tremolo arm, chrome hardware, a 3-ply Parchment pickguard and a synthetic bone nut. On the pick-up front, it uses (surprise!) a set of custom ceramic Fender single-coil Stratocaster pick-ups.

When I got my 1985 reissue ’72 Strat, it was like a blank slate to me, and I went on a journey with the guitar itself.

The Strokes

Obviously, touring the world and recording in studios gives a guitarist the opportunity to make a guitar his or her own. This new signature model is a guitar inspired by that ‘blank canvas’ approach and tweaked to make it a very personal instrument.

I’m a fan of this particular styling. For the price point, it looks a decent guitar on paper. If you are a fan of the band then you may also be tempted by this new release from Fender. Either way, it’s a good-looking Stratocaster.

RRP – USD 874.99 / GBP 789

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