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Premier Collector #6: Custom-Built Strats and Fender Tube Amps

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Starting this week, we''ve kicked Premier Collector up a notch. You''ll learn a bit more about the collectors through a series of questions we''ll be asking, including stories from gigs and personal tone philosophy. Of course, if you have your own gear and stories you''d like to share, drop us a line at rebecca@premierguitar.com.

Without further ado, introducing Roger Jackson and his collection, in his own words:

Name:
Roger Jackson, aka “The Phantom Man”
Years played: 42
Home turf: Southern Arizona
Current/former bands: Various, currently doing consulting work for several local luthiers
First guitar: ’66 Fender Stratocaster
Favorite guitar: (tie) Fender Stratocaster, Gibson Les Paul
Favorite amp: any Fender with vacuum tubes
Favorite effect: Compression
Favorite strings: GHS Regular Boomers


From L to R: ''62 Gibson Les Paul SG (Historic Shop re-issue), Fender MIM ''50 Classic Stratocaster re-issue, ''59 Gibson Les Paul flame-top (Historic Shop re-issue), 2001 Fender American Standard Telecaster, 1977 Gibson Les Paul Standard (my "touring guitar").



From L to R: Custom-built ''63 hardtail Strat, Custom-built ''65 hardtail Strat, CIJ ''65 Strat re-issue (modded), MIM Classic ''50s re-issue Strat (modded), Custom-built Jeff Beck Strat clone.

"After years of dissatisfaction with off-the-rack Stratocasters I decided to assemble my own, using parts combinations not generally seen with regular Fender production guitars. Some pieces came from Mexico while others hail from Japan. Stage situations dictated a change to noiseless pickups, thus all are equipped with either DiMarzio Virtual Vintage or Fender SCNs with S-1 switching. The trem-equipped guitars all feature steel blocks for maximum sustain and tuning stability while the hardware is of the vintage-style variety. Ash bodies with the traditional S/S/S routing were selected for their sonic properties, mated to vintage-spec necks. I liken the Fender Strat to the ’69 Chevy Camaro – easy to build, easy to hot-rod, and a joy to drive."


Custom-modded Fender Deluxe Reverb re-issue: hot-rodded chassis, larger blonde/wheatstraw furniture, 15-inch JBL D-130F speaker. Custom cabinetry by John Hinsdale, aka "The Cab Guy." I call this amp my "Spankmaster Reverb."

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