SUMMER NAMM 2017: In one of the most exciting announcements from this year’s show, Fender has partnered with Radiohead guitar genius Ed O’Brien to launch the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster.
Ed has kitted his Strat out with an intriguing combo of pickups: a Seymour Duncan JB Jr humbucker in the bridge, Texas Special single coil in the middle and Fernandes Sustainer in the neck, which is where the model gets its name.
Control over the Sustainer’s infinite sustain comes via an on/off switch, intensity knob and three-position switch, to adjust between fundamental-only, harmonic-only or blend modes.
Elsewhere, there’s a vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuning machines, a ‘10/56 V’ neck profile, 21 narrow-jumbo frets and a synthetic bone nut.
Ed’s model is also notable for eschewing the any form of signature on the instrument, instead opting for a custom ‘Flower of Life’ engraved neck plate.
This is surely the most intriguing signature Strat Fender has produced for some time, and more importantly, it’s the first piece of Radiohead signature gear ever.
You'll have to be patient, though: the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster is due to land on 14 November for £949 - true love waits, after all.
Now, any chance of reissuing Jonny Greenwood’s favoured Telecaster Plus while you’re at it, Fender?