Ninguna banda ha personificado mejor la época protopunk de finales de los 60 que la ruidosa, radical y épica banda de Detroit MC5. Al igual que ningún miembro ha personificado mejor la banda MC5 que el guitarrista incendiario Wayne Kramer.
Cuando el quinteto Motor City (de ahí MC5) incitó al público casi a provocar disturbios durante una era de transcendencia política, Kramer manifestó la política contestataria de la banda empuñando una Stratocaster pintada de rojo, blanco y azul con un desenfreno salvaje. La guitarra representaba la inequívoca declaración de Kramer de que su estilo bruto de rock ‘n’ roll lo convirtió en el auténtico patriota en medio de todo el tumulto de Vietnam, la Convención Demócrata Nacional de 1968 y el resto de la volátil década.
Los MC5 eran igual de volátiles, tocando a golpes un rock ‘n’ roll visceral y, en general, siendo tan turbulentos como la ciudad y la época de la que procedían. El debut en 1969 de Kick Out the Jams sigue siendo uno de los álbumes más influyentes del rock: una obra maestra del rock de garage y un hito del hard rock que presagió el punk durante media década.
A Kramer posteriormente se le otorgó el título de padrino del protopunk. Fue nombrado uno de los 100 guitarristas más importantes de todos los tiempos por la revista Rolling Stone, que describió el sonido MC5 de Kramer diciendo que él y el coguitarrista Fred “Sonic” Smith “canalizaron el jazz de ciencia ficción de Sun Ra por medio de obuses gemelos”. El obús de Kramer era una Stratocaster, y sigue "rockeando" con una en la actualidad.
|Model Name:||Wayne Kramer Signature Strat®, Rosewood Fingerboard, Stars and Stripes|
|Color:||Stars and Stripes|
|Neck Shape:||Forma C|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||Radio de 7.25" (184 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|Fret Size:||Trastes de estilo vintage|
|String Nut:||Hueso sintético de cejuela|
|Nut Width:||1.650” (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Incrustaciones de marcadores de posición de punto nacarados|
|Truss Rods:||Vintage-Style Heel Adjust|
|Truss Rod Nut:||Vintage-Style Slotted|
|Headstock:||Grande estilo años 70|
|Neck Plate:||Chapa de unión del mástil con grabado|
|Bridge Pickup:||Pastilla de puente Strat® de bobina simple estilo Vintage|
|Middle Pickup:||Seymuor Duncan® Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Pastilla de mástil Strat® de bobina simple estilo Vintage|
|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:||Puente fijo de estilo vintage Strat® con cuerdas a través del cuerpo|
|Tuning Machines:||Clavijero "F" estilo Vintage|
|Control Knobs:||Plástico pergamino|
|Switch Tips:||Botón interruptor en pergamino|
|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"|
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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'.
Cookie68 owns this item
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