For Adam and Tim
I know very little about guitars or music in general, but when the boys were shopping for their own, I gave them two pieces of advice. There are certain things that you don’t go cheap on. Pay a lot for a good suit, and you will get compliments from the first time you wear it until you throw it out because it is threadbare. Buy a cheap suit and it looks awful from the day you walk out the store. With that example I told them, don’t waste your time buying “beginner” guitars. Take a risk and buy something nice. It will be easier to play and will sound better, leading to longer practice sessions and quicker progress. Second, don’t buy a custom made guitar. Fender, Gibson, et al have been making guitars for decades and they have probably learned a few tricks that the local guitar craftsman doesn’t know. The guitar will be cheaper and almost certainly, of higher quality. Tim went ahead and bought himself a Fender Mark Knopfler Signature Guitar and while that may sound a bit groupie, it turned out to be a fantastic purchase both as an incredible playing and sounding instrument and even as an investment. It is no longer in production and even used, it has doubled in price.
Mark is famous for switching guitars for each song. I don’t know which guitar he is using for “Wherever I Go“, a song from his his latest album Tracker, but it is a must-listen.
Hit the jump for the official Fender sales pitch on their $
15,000 899.00 Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster, and a vid of him playing the guitar it is based on.
More about Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster®
Honoring the electrifying “Voodoo Chile” who popularized the Stratocaster guitar and its tremendous sonic flexibility, the Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster gives you the same fiery tone and playing feel to wield as your own. Full of incendiary vintage tone and classic style, this extraordinary instrument features signature touches and unique appointments based on his distinctive “flipped-over” guitars.
The foundation of Hendrix’s uniquely personal sound and playing style was his habit of flipping his guitars over and restringing them to accommodate his left-handed playing, resulting in a “reverse” headstock and bridge pickup—features reproduced here in exacting detail. The “reverse” headstock produces a longer string length for the bass strings, creating a tighter playing feel along with easier bending and vibrato on the treble strings. A trio of unsurpassed American Vintage ’65 single-coil pickups includes a reverse-slant bridge pickup, producing uniquely inspiring tone with tight, warm sound and enhanced upper harmonics and definition. The highly versatile 9.5”-radius “C”-shaped maple neck with medium jumbo frets offers a flatter playing surface—ideal for chording while simultaneously allowing you to bend notes to the stratosphere during scorching solos.
Commemorating Hendrix’s unrivaled legacy, the large ’70s-style headstock bears the guitarist’s signature on the rear. A unique neck plate displays a shoulders-up silhouette of the man himself and the engraved inscription, “Authentic Hendrix,” leaving no doubt as to the inspiration behind this guitar. Available in classic Olympic White or Black, both with chrome hardware and including a gig bag, the Jimi Hendrix Stratocaster is your chance to unleash your own “electric sky church” music.