Blues guitar prodigy Tyler Bryant loves his Fender gear.
In a recent interview with Guitar Player magazine, Bryant shared the story behind one of his most beloved guitars — a 1960 Fender Stratocaster that he received as a gift from former Dallas Mavericks coach Don Nelson.
“I was 13 years old and playing at a cowboy bar in Dallas, opening for Dwight Yoakam,” he told Guitar Player. “A big guy sitting up front that I didn’t recognize seemed to be the only person paying attention to my set. I played to him for most of the show and afterward he asked me about my dream guitar. I told him it was a ’60 Strat, but it would cost at least $25,000 to buy one. A few days later a 1960 Strat arrived along with a note that said, ‘Play the hell out of this, from Don.’ That changed my life.”
Bryant’s Fender arsenal also includes a 1967 Fender Princeton Reverb, a Fender ’59 Bassman LTD reissue and his beloved custom Fender Stratocaster “Pinky.”
“I asked [Fender] to replicate my precious ’60 Strat so I could leave it at home,” said Bryant. “They copied it perfectly, and created a Relic Strat that’s become my favorite guitar in the world. Because it’s so comfortable, I use it onstage and in the studio for pretty much everything that doesn’t call for slide. It’ll do anything. I call it ‘Pinky’ because I had them paint it Shell Pink, which is a color from back in the ’60s.”