Fender introduces a replica of the starred-and-striped Stratocaster guitar that infamous MC5 guitarist and Detroit proto-punk Wayne Kramer used back in the late 1960s and early 1970s to kick out the jams and kill hate. It bears his distinctive U.S. flag finish, with a red-and-white striped body and white-stars-on-blue-background pickguard and headstock.
Special features include a roaring Seymour Duncan® ’59 humbucking middle pickup and a commemorative neck plate engraved with “This Tool Kills Hate.” Other features include an alder body, lacquer body finish, maple neck with C shape and large ’70s-style headstock, 21-fret rosewood fingerboard with 7.25” radius and vintage-style frets, vintage-style single-coil Stratocaster neck and bridge pickups, American Vintage hard-tail string-through-body bridge, Fender/Schaller® vintage-style “F” tuners and chrome hardware. Deluxe gig bag included.
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Awesome value and great unique tone. Not only is it a hardtail but that middle humbucker gets tones no other Stat can get.
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Viewing vintage footage of the MC5 would be enough to start slobbering over Wayne Kramer's signature Stratocaster, but this is a guitar which will appeal to diehard fans or those with an aquired taste.
Firstly, it's a well built guitar. I own a few Mexican made Fenders and overall I'm very pleased with with their construction, fit and finish. There's no need to discriminate between which country a Fender has been built. If you're seeking to modify some of the hardware (ie; pickups, pots) to your own prefered specifications, then Mexican made Fenders will fit the criteria, as would the Squiers, but I digress.
I ordered this instrument online from a Fender UK based dealer. It came without a padded gig bag (this was professionally resolved after a phone call to the store) and the set up was quite high. I decided to take this to my regular technician who swapped the nut for an Earvana example and a low set up was accomplished. I also asked the tech to replace the frets with those of a jumbo size. This has helped to make this a very easy neck to play, speedy and effortless, the satin finish on the back of the neck being preferable to one with a heavy gloss finish.
The physical position of the humbucker tends to get in the way of where I usually pick or strum the strings, but this (and the hardtail bridge) is a small part of what sets this Stratocaster apart from its contemporary cousins in the Fender family.
The overall look of this guitar will have you jaw-dropping a-plenty, whether in a positive or negative way. It's outrageous. It's gaudy. It's in your face. It's over the top. It's so damned cool. It's everything that gets an instant reaction. Factory relicing is also an aquired taste here. I'm of the belief that you and your axe should earn your own 'war wounds' instead of Fender supplying them for you. But there is a flip-side to that coin and that is you won't worry too much if you put another ding in it accidentally.
It's also a great sounding instrument.
istvanski owns this item
Since I originally come from Detroit, I could not pass this up. I needed an instrument that could give me the clear Strat sound, better sustain and get dirty - and the HSS just weren't cutting it. This fit the bill - I especially like that it is a hardtail. Besides the Robert Cray model, these seem to be hard (no pun intended) to find. The relic treatment is excellent. The middle humbucker provides giant tone and the single coil pickups run nice and hot. The 7.25" radius is not my favorite, but it does give the right vintage MC5 feel. I've played blues, rock, punk and even a bit of jazz with this guitar. The outward style might not always fit the specific scene, but tonally this guitar is very flexible. The only modification I had to make was one that I always do - replace the nut with a real bone nut. Even the factory setup was pretty decent. Great choice for a signature model Fender. Rock on Brother Wayne Kramer!
GoRoryGo owns this item
I bought this as I wanted a Strat. I know they're great guitars, but I do think the basic Strat is slightly boring looking and wanted something different. Then Fender released this! Bought on spec, ordered before it was released!
Sounds great with any selection of pups, but the Seymour is fantastic. Love the design and treatment its been given, a real head-turner, perfect for live!
Downside is no tremelo, but I understand why, and a 'gig bag'. No-one needs a 'gig bag'.
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|Model Name:||Wayne Kramer Signature Strat®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Stars and Stripes|
|Color:||Stars and Stripes|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||7.25" (184.1 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Pearloid Dot|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Headstock:||Large '70s Style|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt Engraved|
|Bridge Pickup:||Vintage-Style Single-Coil Strat|
|Middle Pickup:||Seymuor Duncan® Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Vintage Style Single-Coil Strat|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Strat Strings-Through-Body Hardtail|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender Vintage "F" Stamped|
|Control Knobs:||Parchment Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.010-.046 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Original Wayne Kramer Flag paint, custom Stars & Stripes headstock/pickguard, red stripes on body, Seymour Duncan '59 middle pickup, reliced to match the original Wayne Kramer guitar, engraved neckplate: "This Tool Kills Hate"|