Fender has unveiled the Wayne Kramer signature Stratocaster, which mirrors the red, white and blue guitar that the MC5 co-founder made famous back in the ‘60s.
“Every band needs its own identity,” Kramer says of his homemade design. “When I founded the MC5 and we started to play out, I wanted to develop a look. I was a big fan of Pete Townshend, and I noticed that Pete had a sport coat made out of the Union Jack motif–the British flag–and I thought, ‘What a great idea, but I’m American.’ I figured my motif could be the American flag, the stars and stripes, and so I decided to paint my guitar in that color scheme to advertise my patriotism and total opposition to the direction the country was going in 1968.”
For more on Kramer, check out this Fender News piece we did back in Sept. 2009.