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Master Builder Greg Fessler On His Texas Special Strat

This guitar was inspired by Stevie Ray Vaughan himself.

Coinciding with the Fender Custom Shop’s 30th anniversary, the annual Prestige Collection of guitars on display at the 2017 Winter NAMM show represents the peerless craftsmanship, artistry and detail that elevated the Custom Shop to worldwide acclaim.

An ode to the Texas Special Strat guitars created in the early ‘90s, Master Builder Greg Fessler brought back this model–one that made a big impression during early stages of his career–for the Fender Custom Shop’s 30th anniversary. His recreation is inspired by original designer Howie Friedman, who imagined “if Stevie Ray Vaughn ordered a custom guitar from the Shop, this is what he would have ordered,” Fessler recalled.

On a quest to recreate the original, Fessler conducted countless hours of research to get it right. The Texas Special Strat features an alder body with Olympic White finish, a ‘60s Stratocaster neck and a left-handed American Vintage Stratocaster bridge.

Check it out above and visit the Fender Custom Shop here.