We’ve heard rumblings of a Ryan Adams Strat for some time now, but recent Instagram (opens in new tab) and Twitter (opens in new tab) posts from the man himself have very much confirmed its existence - and then some.
Judging from the images and video, Adams’ first prototype signature is packing slick triple-colour binding on a sparkly black finish, with white binding on the black scratchplate, which looks to be from California design co Decoboom (opens in new tab).
My Sig Stratocaster Prototype #1 woke me up. I dreamed about it glowing? Hmm Thank you, @Fender this is gonna rule.... Few more tweaks... pic.twitter.com/JxpdFtTFAKOctober 25, 2017
There are no specs on the single coil pickups yet, although they sound pretty high-output in the video below - which would match the guitar's headstock, taken from the Heavy Metal HM Strat of the ’80s.
Adams was traditionally associated with his walnut Gibson ES-335, known as Peanut, but in recent years has turned to Strats as his weapon of choice.
If there are still tweaks to be made, the timing’s probably a little tight for Winter NAMM in January, but we’d expect this stunner to surface next summer.