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Charles Saufley - Gear Editor
Fender Wayne Kramer Stratocaster
There are plenty of cool new Fender products to see and play and NAMM this year, but none got this MC5-crazed editor quite as worked up as the stars-and-stripes-festooned Wayne Kramer signature Stratocaster. I’m not lying when I say it’s one of the nicest-playing Strats I’ve had the pleasure of jamming on in many moons. The maple neck is topped with a beautiful hunk of rosewood with a 7.25" radius that felt supra delicious, and it’s got a Seymour Duncan ’59 in the middle position so you can torture your plexi (or any amp of your choice) in the manner of Brother Wayne. I must have slinked back about three times over the course of my visit to the Fender room to have a bash at “Ramblin’ Rose.” A fitting tribute to Kramer and one of the absolute greatest American rock-and-roll bands of all time. Kick out the jams! MSRP S1299.
Aspiring electrified Sandy Bulls take note: Godin’s mahogany-and-spruce MultiOud takes the principles of Godin’s time-tested Multiac (which facilitated stellar acoustic tones in loud stage settings) and applies it to the ancient stringed backbone of great Anatolian jams—the oud. It updates the traditional oud design with machine tuners, a cutaway, and a saddle-mounted pickup that’s routed through electronics that are voiced to emulate the sound of the oud as recorded by various microphones. Although it’s fretless, the MultiOud is easy for a guitar player to adapt to. Need some Turkish flavor in your tunes? Look no further.