Modern blues master Kenny Wayne Shepherd is known for his fiery guitar chops and masterful songwriting skills - garnering many plaudits and fans over his 30-year long career.
The Louisiana-born rocker has always been synonymous with the venerable Fender Stratocaster, and his latest signature model from the Corona-based company is a classy workhorse with many '60s-inspired features - including a time-honoured "C"-shaped neck profile and bound Rosewood fingerboard with block inlays.
The elegant Kenny Wayne Shepherd Strat features the old-school Ash/Maple construction that so many of Fender's classic instruments adhere to. While the balanced-sounding Ash body serves as a fantastic tonal foundation for the trio of single-coils, the Maple neck gives this instrument a definitive snap and plenty of upper mid-range clarity.
Both the body and neck are finished in a traditional nitrocellulose lacquer, with its porous coating allowing for an airier sound with lots of vibrancy. This Kenny Wayne Shepherd Strat certainly tips its hat to Fender models from the golden era, and will age beautifully over time.
Despite its old-school tonewoods, the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Strat's body is chambered to lighten the whole guitar and to allow it to resonate more naturally. This unique contemporary twist makes the instrument very comfortable to play onstage, with a forgiving weight that won't put any strain on your shoulder.
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster comes equipped with a set of the bluesman's signature Fender pickups - custom-voiced to meet his tonal demands. With a vintage character, these pickups capture that unmistakable Strat spank but have a much punchier mid-range attack with throaty overtones.
Body Material: Chambered Ash
Body Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Body Shape: Stratocaster
Neck Material: Quartersawn Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Neck Shape: Early '60s "C"
Fingerboard Material: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 7.25" (184.1mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Jumbo
Position Inlays: White Pearloid Block
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
Bridge Pickup: Custom-Voiced Kenny Wayne Shepherd Single-Coil Strat
Middle Pickup: Custom-Voiced Kenny Wayne Shepherd Single-Coil Strat
Neck Pickup: Custom-Voiced Kenny Wayne Shepherd Single-Coil Strat
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup Position 3. Middle Pickup Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup Position 5. Neck Pickup
Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo with Graph Tech Saddles
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
Control Knobs: White Plastic
Pickguard: 4-Ply White Pearloid
Case/Gig Bag: Deluxe Hardshell
Strings: Fender USA 250L Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges)