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Jules Leyhe is a regular at San Francisco’s Biscuits and Blues, a venue devoted to live blues music and Southern cuisine. Here, Leyhe hits a sweet spot on his Fender Deluxe Special Stratocaster while playing at the club in 2019.

Photo by Bob Hakins

Jules Leyhe is gonna piss off some blues guitar purists.

His main passion is the blues, and he cuts the best blues-slide licks since Derek Trucks—maybe even Duane Allman. But you won’t find one blues song on his newest release, Your First Rodeo. In fact, they’re not really on any of his albums. His songs are a steady stream of EDM, ’70s funk, Hendrix-like psychedelic jams, and horn sections from south of the border. Think Oz Noy and his admittedly twisted take on jazz. That’s what Leyhe brings to the blues.

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Fender’s first custom-chambered semi-hollow guitar to include traditional Stratocaster arm and body contours.

Hollywood, CA (February 20, 2018) -- Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released the Eric Johnson Signature Stratocaster Thinline – Fender’s first custom-chambered semi-hollow Stratocaster guitar to include a traditional Stratocaster arm and body contours. Grammy-winning, multifaceted guitarist Eric Johnson is known for his Ah Via Musicom album and hit song “Cliffs of Dover,” as well as his perpetual search for ideal tone and new sounds. After nearly two years of refinement, Fender and Eric Johnson have co-designed his third Artist Signature Series model. Lightweight and resonant, it combines tones from his favorite semi-hollow body guitars and signature Stratocaster, pushing the boundaries of innovation at Fender and beyond.

“With this third signature model it was important to me that we create something new that could widen horizons and pull in different styles of music,” Johnson said. “When I’m writing, my go-to instrument is a Strat, because it’s so universal and versatile – but I’ve always loved semi-hollow body guitars. There’s a certain resonance you get out of an acoustic guitar, and I was curious if combining that with a Strat would add another dimension. I knew Fender was the perfect partner to work with on this, and the process of bringing new innovations to players is always exciting.”

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