Ed O'Brien's ambient, ethereal, and orchestral guitar style is an essential part of the sonic identity of Radiohead. So when we learned that Fender was releasing a signature model Strat for Ed, we knew we had to have one. We're happy to report, this is an incredibly cool, well made, great playing and sounding guitar - beyond just the cool electronics.
What makes the EOB Strat unique is undoubtedly the pickups - namely, the Sustainer neck pickup. Imagine having an Ebow built into your guitar - meaning, you have access to infinite sustain and controlled feedback quite literally at the flick of a switch (or two). Think "With or Without You" by U2, likely one of the more famous uses of a Sustainer pickup (when the bass comes in along with that ethereal sustained note? You guessed it, that's the sustainer guitar part).
Along with the ultra-fun and inspiring Sustainer pickup, the EOB Strat is loaded with a Seymour Duncan JB Jr. bridge pickup, a Custom Shop Texas Special middle pickup, master volume, master tone, intensity control / on-off / fundamental-harmonic-blend switch (for the sustainer), and a standard 5-way pickup switch.
Ok, ok - the electronics sound cool, but how's the guitar itself?
We were wondering the same thing. In a word? Awesome! This is a really solid, well setup, great playing Strat - somewhat reminiscent of the Eric Johnson Strats (ie, way better than a production guitar at this price-point has a right to be). One of our favorite features, electronics aside, is the neck carve. Ed chose the comfortably chunky 10/56 "V' carve for his signature Strat, along with a satin finish - nicely done, sir! It's a decision that really makes the build feel elevated - always cool to see players at this level provide a cool, unique, and well made guitar for their fans, right?
Priced with gig bag.