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Sunday

About the Fracturecaster

Phil Sylvester of Pheo Guitars




May 2011
The "Fracturecaster" featured in our header (since 2006) is the creation of Portland, Oregon artist/luthier/amp builder Phil Sylvester who kindly allows me to use the image. The above video is a profile on Phil by Oregon Public Broadcasting. Fracturecaster was an experiment with tone and resonance, and is an actual playable instrument. Sadly, Fracturecaster is a one-off, and not available for sale. Some of Sylvester's other guitar creations are available. Check the link below!

Pheo Guitars





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Friday

Fender 2015 Selected Review - Friday Strat # 357


Dave Murray Artist Strat

David Lozeau Art Series Ltd Strats (4 finishes - Pictured "Rose Tattoo")

Sandblasted Ash Series in Crimson Red or Sapphire Blue

Custom Shop Shishkov "Pine Cone" One-Off Stratocaster
 January 23, 2015

A small but mighty sampling of Fender's 2015 Winter NAMM Strat debuts. Click the pics for close-up versions.

For more details on the top 3 images plus other new 2015's Click Here.

Now for the scoop on Master Builder Yuri Shishkov's Pine Cone project. From Fender release:

"..SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (January 22, 2015) – The Fender Custom Shop is proud to announce Senior Master Builder, Yuriy Shishkov’s latest masterpiece – the handcrafted “Pine Cone Stratocaster” guitar modeled after the antique “Pine Cone” Easter Egg made by Fabergé in 1900.

This exclusive one-of-a-kind guitar features 550 high-quality diamonds, 10 feet of 18 karat gold adorning a flawless single-piece maple body and exhibition grade bird’s eye maple neck.

The body artwork design was created in a 3D format and projected onto the guitar before it was hand-carved to produce the sphere surface effect of an egg. If all the scales on the guitar were extended beyond the instrument’s contour, they would create a perfect “egg” shape. The blue hand-stained “multi-composite” finish was specially invented for this particular guitar to recreate the “egg-like” appearance.
The guitar’s hardware was hand engraved; the knobs and switch tip were custom designed at the Fender Custom Shop and crowned with diamonds. In addition, the “Fender” logo on the headstock is made of 2mm gold plated solid silver; the fingerboard comes complete with inlaid diamonds and 10 feet of 18 karat gold ribbon wire inlay, and is finished with a gold-plated nut.

The “old stock” pickups were hand-wound by legendary Fender Custom Shop pickup winder, Abigail Ybarra, and feature “encapsulated” pickup mounting, a never before seen technique that eliminates additional routing and leaves more “real estate” surface on the guitar’s body for additional artwork.

The “Pine Cone” Stratocaster will be accommodated with an authentic limited edition Fabergé Easter “Pine Cone Egg”. Both the guitar and the egg have matching serial numbers (0074). Like the original antique egg, it has a surprise miniature “Elephant” inside. In addition, the egg has been signed by Maison Tatiana Fabergé.
The guitar comes complete with a custom carrying case, a hand-tooled blue leather matching design custom strap and lighted display case.

For more information, go to www.fender.com/custom-shop/."



 

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Monday

Joanna Connor - Chicago Slide Guitar Sister!


Blues Artist Joanna Connor
 January 19, 2015
Although many of us were stunned by a recent viral video of Joanna Connor's slide guitar prowess, Joanna is a seasoned vet of the Chicago Blues scene and no stranger to plenty of folks, especially our Mid-West/Great Lakes area followers.

Stratoblogster reader David Shupe suggested we add Ms. Connor to our Strat-o-Sisters Directory Archive, and I had to agree. I managed to find her pictured with a Strat (out of principle), but Joanna seems to favor ripping things up on her Les Paul. No problemo though.

"...She's certainly paid her dues and I think can really play. She was voted runner-up to Buddy Guy by a publication in Chicago and plays several nights a week at the Kingston Mines there. I would say she has proved herself through some very tough years when female guitarists were not very well respected and accepted. I have read that very often 20 and 30 year olds fill the place to hear her play. I think that is amazing!" David W. Shupe

Another great slide performance:

www.joannaconnorband.com




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