Fender introduces the Wayne Kramer Stratocaster® model, a spot-on replica of the starred-and-striped Stratocaster 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, 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, vintage-style tremolo arm, Fender/Schaller® vintage-style “F” tuners and chrome hardware. Deluxe gig bag included.
“I felt like this guitar could be part of (MC5’s) total assault on the culture,” said Kramer. “When I painted the guitar with this motif, it was to claim my patriotism in spite of what the country was doing at the time. I see myself as the curator to MC5’s legacy … And I think this guitar goes in some ways towards maintaining that legacy.”