Created by Custom Shop Master Builder Jason Smith, the Esquire is a faithful reincarnation of Strummer's guitar of choice during the 'London Calling' and 'Combat Rock' eras.
Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today introduced the acoustic Joe Strummer Campfire and Joe Strummer Esquire guitars, in celebration of the legendary British singer, guitarist, lyricist and co-founder of The Clash who continues to influence the way musicians worldwide shape their sound today. The signature models come more than 40 years after the release of The Clash's landmark London Calling album and hot on the heels of the all-new, remastered collection of Strummer's solo songs, ASSEMBLY. Created in part as a tribute to the diversity of Joe Strummer's music, the new launches include a Campfire acoustic-electric guitar and a very limited edition run of Master Built Esquire guitars from the Fender Custom Shop. In addition, fans can get their hands on a brand new range of Strummer-inspired playing accessories, including a replica of his favorite guitar strap.
"Joe's Fender guitars were a huge part of his life and, of course, his music," said Lucinda Tait, widow of Joe. "Now feels the right time to collaborate with Fender on these commemorative guitars, as we take a moment to reflect on everything Joe and his music achieved. Joe would be immensely proud of them, and excited to hear what they can do in the hands of music lovers around the world."
"Joe Strummer changed music forever, including for myself personally in my own musical journey" added Justin Norvell, Executive Vice President, Product at Fender. "He is inexorably linked to Fender, so we wanted to honor that with not only one, but two brand new and unique Artist Signature Series guitars. The Joe Strummer Campfire acoustic is the perfect offering for songwriters, Strummer fans and acoustic players at all levels looking for a versatile instrument with unique specs, while the Joe Strummer Esquire serves as the ultimate tribute to a player and a guitar which shaped the sounds of thousands following in his footsteps."
Punk poet, musician, composer, actor and style icon, Joe Strummer spent his life smashing musical and cultural boundaries both as the front man of The Clash and as a solo artist. Songs like 'Know Your Rights', 'London Calling', 'Rock the Casbah', 'Straight to Hell' and 'Coma Girl' engulfed the global masses and sound as urgent and vital today as when they were written. Strummer's politically charged lyrics helped bring punk to the masses. Calling out social injustices and giving a voice to the struggles of the working class, his lyrics struck a chord with legions of fans and the press alike – Rolling Stone called The Clash "the greatest rock & roll band in the world." Strummer once famously said, "People can change anything they want to, and that means everything in the world." And through his art, Strummer played his part in shaping the musical landscape of the world and with it left an unrivaled and timeless legacy.
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The Joe Strummer Campfire acoustic guitar is a tribute to the legendary music-filled campfires that Strummer held at Glastonbury Festival in England over the years – and which are now continued annually in his honor in the Strummerville area at the festival. This small-body acoustic-electric guitar is the perfect companion for gatherings of any size, and another way that Strummer will continue to bring people together through a shared love of his music. Boasting a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides, the guitar has a tilt back Fender headstock and a custom sound hole label with a Campfire logo and star inlays. Suitable for beginners or established players looking for a unique spec from their acoustic guitar, the Joe Strummer Campfire is available now.
In addition, Fender brings Strummer fans all around the globe the Joe Strummer Esquire- the ultimate tribute to a music legend. Meticulously created by Custom Shop Master Builder Jason Smith, the guitar is a faithful reincarnation of Strummer's guitar of choice during the London Calling and Combat Rock eras – his tried and trusted Fender Esquire. A perfect match for his stripped-down, no-nonsense delivery, the Esquire was the perfect tool for Strummer to hammer away on show after show. The Fender® Custom Shop and Master Builder Jason Smith have now reproduced this important piece of musical history, complete with a 'The Clash-era' look and feel - including its iconic black racing stripe, "Bourbon Street" sticker and custom relic finish. Key features include a 2-piece offset seam alder body and a Josephina hand-wound '55/'56 bridge pickup wired up to a 3-way switch and '59 Esquire® wiring. The guitar comes with a certificate of authenticity and a custom pink anvil case with a "Strummer" stencil and leopard print lining. Master Builder Jason Smith will build a limited run of just 70 units of the guitar, globally.
"Working on this build has been a true honor," said Jason Smith, Master Builder at the Fender® Custom Shop. "Strummer's Esquire is one of the most recognizable and revered guitars in the world. This model is much more than a collector's item – it is packed full of incredible features, from its Schaller mini-tuning machines and '59 Tele bridge, which can be strung through the body or top loaded through the bridge plate - this bridge which was available exclusively in 1959. I can't wait to see what these guitars can do out there in the world today."
Strummer fans can now also get their hands on a range of all-new accessories from Fender® to celebrate Strummer's unparalleled style and substance. The range includes a guitar strap which is a recreation of Strummer's own favorite, featuring faux leopard print animal fur on high-quality leather with foam padding. See full information below.
Joe Strummer Esquire
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Joe Strummer Esquire ($15,000 USD, £14,149, €15,799, $22,999 AUD, ¥1,880,000 JPY) The Legendary Joe Strummer played guitar with an intensity that cut like a knife, with raw energy and passion in every swipe at the strings. His style was direct, honest, and empowering to the listener and would create legions of die-hard fans around the world. Best known for his work with The Clash, Strummer and his bandmates were a major part of the creation of punk rock and has inspired countless other bands to this day. His guitar of choice for the London Calling and Combat Rock era was his tried and true Fender Esquire. A perfect match for his stripped down, no nonsense delivery, the Esquire was the perfect tool for Strummer to hammer away on show after show. Now, the Fender® Custom Shop has recreated this piece of musical history for a very special run by Master Builder Jason Smith. Smith has reincarnated the exacting detail complete with black racing stripe, custom "Bourbon Street" sticker and custom Relic finish. The Joe Strummer Esquire will be Master Built by Jason Smith in a limited run of 70 units globally, available to order now.
Joe Strummer Campfire
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Joe Strummer Campfire ($499.99 USD, £449, €499, $899 AUD, ¥45,000 JPY) More than 40 years after the Clash's iconic album London Calling was released, Joe Strummer - the band's articulate and fiery co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead singer - remains an incredible influence to players all over the world. The Joe Strummer Campfire guitar is inspired by the legendary campfires that he held at Glastonbury Festival and are now continued annually in the Strummerville area at the festival. Everyone was invited to join the party, with Strummer encouraging a loose assembly of people to his "campfire" to bond by the rising flames until dawn. This small-body acoustic-electric guitar is the perfect companion for gatherings of any size and to continue Strummer's legacy of bringing people together through music. Boasting a solid spruce top with mahogany back and sides, the Campfire reflects Strummer's legendary aesthetic with its matte black finish, nickel hardware and star inlays. Available now.
Strummer fans can now also get their hands on a range of all-new accessories from Fender to celebrate Strummer's unparalleled style and substance. The range includes a guitar strap which is a recreation of Strummer's own favorite, featuring faux leopard print animal fur on high-quality leather with foam padding. See full information below.
- Fender Joe Strummer Signature Cable ($34.99 USD / £25.99 GBP / €29.99 EUR / $55.00 AUD / ¥4,400 JPY) – Celebrate Joe Strummer's unparalleled style and substance with his signature "Know Your Rights" cable. This eclectic instrument cable is designed to be unique -- with a lucky 13' length, Drab Green PVC jacket, and his very own signature on the cable's shrink wrap. A high-performance cable is a perfect choice for the aspiring punk rocker, street poet, or roving troubadour.
- Fender Joe Strummer Signature Vintage Strap ($74.99 USD / £59.99 GBP / €69.99 EUR / $110 AUD / ¥8,800 JPY) – A faithful replica of Strummer's famously used saddle strap. Recreated to model Joe's favorite personal strap found on his legendary Telecaster, this strap features faux leopard print animal fur on high-quality leather with foam padding.
- Fender Joe Strummer Signature "Know Your Rights" Strap – ($29.99 USD / £26.99 GBP / €29.99 EUR / $55.00 AUD / ¥4,000 JPY) - The "Know Your Rights" polyester strap pays homage to one of Joe's most poignant and powerful lyrics. Mirroring the artwork from his new album ASSEMBLY, this fully adjustable strap features iconic images of the legend himself that will inspire you to pick up your guitar and play.
- Fender Joe Strummer Signature "Know Your Rights" Pick Tin ($11.99 USD / £10.99 GBP / €11.99 EUR / $19.00 AUD / ¥1,600 JPY) - A "Know Your Rights" collector's pick tin in honor of the legendary music of Strummer.
In true tradition, the Fender Artist Signature Series honors iconic musicians through product progression and storytelling, creating instruments inspired by the unique specifications of the world's greatest guitarists and bassists. Fender discusses the all-new Joe Strummer Campfire and Joe Strummer Esquire specs and all details in an episode of Fender's serialized social video series: Fender Demos. Fender Demos is an educational video series focused on providing a deep dive into Fender's newest products. The series focuses on showcasing not only the key features and benefits, but also the sonic quality of Fender's instruments, amplifiers and pedals. In addition to product demos, the series also provides valuable beginner, intermediate and advanced tone tips, set-up and maintenance guides and insights to getting the most out of your Fender gear.
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Kick off the holiday season by shopping for the guitar player in your life at Guitar Center! Now through December 24th 2022, save on exclusive instruments, accessories, apparel, and more with hundreds of items at their lowest prices of the year.
We’ve compiled this year’s best deals in the 2022 Holiday Gift Guide presented by Guitar Center.
Looking for a compact, “noiseless” way to plug in and play guitar? Check out the brand-new Gibson Digital Amp, available only in the Gibson App.
The new Gibson App simplifies the learning process and brings guitar playing to life for the current and next generation of guitarists in a modern, comprehensive, and intuitive way. The Gibson App is the place to take your guitar playing to the next level. New to the Gibson App is the Gibson Digital Amp, the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediate players and pros to get their sound anywhere. The Gibson Digital Amp is an accessible amplifier for both acoustic and electric guitars, and is currently available for Apple/iOS users--an Android version will debut next year.
Use the Gibson Digital Amp’s jamming guide to get started and transform your sound with built-in effects and pedals, jam to backing tracks, or use it in lessons and songs. The Gibson Digital Amp only requires your phone, and wired headphones for the best playing experience, no cables are needed. The amp features 3 acoustic mic presets, 4 electric amp presets, and 6 effects pedals.
The Gibson Digital Amp is the ultimate starting amplifier for beginners and a flexible amp on-the-go for intermediates and pros.
The Gibson App uses a unique two-way, interactive platform to teach guitar students how to do everything from playing their first note to shredding loads of songs. The Gibson App features interactive lessons with thousands of lessons and songs. Learn the songs step-by-step with video tutorials from superstar artists and pro guitarists in the “Gibson App Guide.” The Gibson App also includes the new Digital Amp, a built-in tuner, a metronome, Gibson TV, and new songs are added every week. New Gibson App Guides are added regularly and include Tommy “Spaceman” Thayer’s favorite iconic KISS guitar solos, Richie Faulkner’s (Judas Priest) “Guide to Metal,” Jared James Nichols’ “Guide to Blues,” CELISSE’s “Guide to Songwriting,” and more.
The Gibson App uses “audio augmented reality” to provide dynamic feedback to students as they learn and play. As you pluck a note or strum a chord, the Gibson App listens to your guitar and gives you real-time feedback on your playing. It also gives students a more contextual learning experience: Instead of learning chords and scales in a vacuum, you’re able to practice on a scrolling tablature that lets you hear how you sound with the backing of a virtual band. That means you can load up “Hurt” by Johnny Cash, “Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison, “American Girl" by Tom Petty, “Nothing Else Matters” by Metallica, “Where is My Mind" by Pixies, “Country Roads” by John Denver, “I Hate Myself For Loving You" by Joan Jett, “Heaven” by Kane Brown, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran, “Killer Queen” by Queen,“ Sweet Child O’ Mine,” by Guns ‘N Roses, “Run to the Hills” by Iron Maiden, “Roxanne” by The Police, and “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey, “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “The Man Who Sold the World” by Nirvana, “Are You Gonna Go My Way” by Lenny Kravitz, and “Don't Look Back In Anger” by Oasis and hundreds more songs in a wide range of genres, to see how your play matches up with such seminal tracks.
As you’re playing, the Gibson App gives you feedback on timing and tone, ensuring that students are getting active input on how their play is developing. The Gibson App appeals to players of all levels, it’s not just for beginners looking to learn a few chords; the app can assist seasoned guitarists who are working their way through difficult riffs, want to learn their favorite songs, or polish their advanced techniques.
Players can also challenge themselves by speeding up or slowing the tabs. Like having a full-time guitar teacher, the Gibson App keeps track of all your progress and adjusts lesson plans accordingly. The Gibson App released a “backing track mode” which supports both lesson and song playback without headphones, so users can self-select what works best for their current environment. And that’s not all: the Gibson App also packs in a fully-featured digital tuner for guitar first-timers, there’s even a detailed lesson on how to tune your instrument, a multi-function metronome, players can connect to free one-on-one consultations with Gibson’s Virtual Guitar Tech team, and to direct links to the Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer online stores for easy shopping for guitars, gear, apparel, and accessories.
Learn Guitar With The Gibson App
The Gibson App is more than a pocket-sized guitar teacher, it’s loaded with an archive of exclusive content and original programming from its premium and accessible award-winning online network, Gibson TV, featuring music icons telling their best guitar stories, with more episodes and installments added regularly. Users can watch Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi share insights and tales from his decades-long career on the series “Icons,” dive into Joe Bonamassa’s assortment of legendary Les Paul guitars on “The Collection,” or see how Gibson’s iconic instruments are made in their Nashville factory from body to binding on “The Process.” There’s even a series called “The Scene” that focuses on backstage stories from hallowed music venues from coast to coast like The Troubadour and Grand Ole Opry.
The Gibson App free version features a few lessons a day; the premium version of the Gibson App offers full access and a 14-day free trial, then costs $19.99/£16.49 monthly or $119.99/£98.99 yearly.
For more information, please visit gibson.com.
This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
Belltone Guitars, as part of their Custom-Select System curated offering of pickups, has partnered McNelly pickups to create a one-of-a-kind retro-vibe P-90 pickup in the standard Filtertron size format. This pickup captures the clear, bell-like single-coil chime of a classic P-90 when played clean and retains the tight mids and articulate low-end vintage growl, and smooth sustain saturation when pushed into overdrive.
The McNelly P-90 Foil-Coil comes housed in a ‘raw’ nickel outer casing with a dull nickel foil face with metal mount screw gromets to complete the ‘new-vintage’ aesthetic, making it a perfect choice for your signature Belltone custom build. Available exclusively through Belltone Guitars.
Check out the Custom-Select System belltoneguitars.com to preview the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons and all our standard and selectable components available to create your own signature Belltone. Then visit the Dream Lab on our website and select either model B-Classic ONE with its top binding or B-Classic TWO with its arm and body contours select your body color from our wide range of offerings, select your neck profile of either standard ‘C’ or thicker ’59 Round Back and either Maple or Rosewood fingerboard followed by your tuners, pickguard, and strings. Finally, review our curated custom-designed, and unique pickup selection to locate the McNelly P-90 Foil-Trons to complete your signature build.
Builds start at just over $2,300.00 with a custom case and shipping included.
For more information, please visit belltoneguitars.com.
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DiMarzio, Inc. announces the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses.
DiMarzio, Inc. announces the release of the Relentless P (DP299), the Relentless J Bridge (DP301), Relentless J Neck (DP300), and the Relentless J Pair (DP302) for 4 string basses. The new Relentless P and Relentless J series pickups feature the Relentless cover designed in collaboration with Billy Sheehan.
As with the Relentless pickups, we removed all the hard edges from the standard P Bass and standard J Basspickups, and added an arch to the top of the pickups to bring the sensing coils and pole pieces closer to the strings. These improvements increase the dynamic range and make active circuitry unnecessary.
The Relentless P and Relentless J pickups incorporate Neodymium magnets and produce 70 percent more output than traditional passive pickups, and they’re dead quiet due to the incorporation of metal covers and foil-shielded cables. To dial in (or fine-tune) the individual string output, the Relentless P and Relentless J include eight adjustable pole pieces. These pickups also have a broad magnetic field so you can even bend notes without volume dropout.
DiMarzio’s extra shielding makes the Relentless P and Relentless J better for both recording and stage performances. We’ve mounted them onto robust .09375” thick circuit board base plates to eliminate the annoying protruding mounting screws — ultimately creating a more comfortable and consistent foundation to rest your fingers on.
The new Relentless P steps beyond the traditional P-Bass sound and can only be described as massive. It has more of everything: more volume, beefier lows, a growling midrange, and crispy highs with better individual string definition.
The Relentless J incorporates a new invention, (patent pending) parallelogram-shaped coils, offering an expanded mid-range punch, snappy highs, precise lows, and a new dimension to the sound of the Relentless series pickups.
Relentless P and Relentless J pickups will breathe new life into any bass, increase playability, and work well for any style of music from Motown to metal.
DiMarzio’s Relentless P, Relentless J Bridge, Relentless J Neck, and Relentless J pair are made in the U.S.A. and may now be ordered for immediate delivery.
Suggested List Price for the Relentless P is $169.00 (MAP $119.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Bridge and Relentless J neck is $155.00 (MAP $109.99).
Suggested List Price for the Relentless J Pair is $296.00 (MAP 209.99).
For more information, please visit our website at dimarzio.com.