Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien has teamed up with Fender to create his very own custom guitar called the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster. This is the first time a member of the band delves into instrument making, but even without previous experience, O’Brien has really submerged himself in the design process with the help of the iconic American guitar manufacturer.
As Reverb points out, the Stratocaster has a lot of special feats starting with the custom-engraved neck that features a “Flower of Life” design instead of the signature stamp. The design also boasts a Seymour Duncan JB Jr humbucker at the bridge and a Fernandes Sustainer in the neck.
Also, according to an official statement, its “infinite sustain is controlled by an on/off switch, an intensity knob, and a three-position switch – fundamental only, harmonic only, or blend.”
Devoted fans have also pointed out the O’Brien has already started using the new model in live gigs, specifically in Radiohead’s A Moon Shaped Pool tour. Fans and music lovers alike can purchase the guitar starting November 14 for $1,240.
This collaboration is part of Fender’s signature guitar model series inspired by iconic musicians. The collection features Jimi Hendrix Monterey Stratocaster, George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster and a Justin Meldal–Johnsen Road Worn Mustang Bass.
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