’56 Flame Strat Scorches The Dusty Plains of The Wild West !!!!

The Knockdown Drag-Out Dirty Neck Rock N’ Roll Party that is the ’56 Flame Strat rips through The Dusty Plains in the hands of Papastache! The Wild Axeman takes the ’56 through her paces at The Voodoo Lounge and she delivers benchmark Fender Cst Shop woody tonality and raw power at every turn! The scorching, sort-for lightweight wood ’56er delivers in a big way, her reverse-wound reverse-polarity middle pickup action packing mega heat, humbucker style, in the 2nd and fourth positions. In the immortal words of Sunshine: “Yeeee-haw!”

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The Killer Cruz’er Silver Bullet ’56 Strat Opens Fire on The Wild West !!!!

The Killer Cruz’er Silver Bullet ’56 Strat Opens Fire on The Wild West !!!!

Quintessential Fender Cst Shop Heavy Relic Badness – John Cruz Masterbuilt
Style – reigns on The Dusty Plains of The Wild West!
The Killer Cruz’er Silver Bullet ’56 Strat, a smokin’ gun for the custom shop
ages, packs Mega-Cruz Mojo with wicked, woody tonality for days.
She’s a rompin’-stompin’ featherweight flamethrower, weighing in at a
super-sweet seven pounds. Her soft v carve, a Dirty Neck Delight –
ferocious AA flame-meets-killer-quartersawn action in the vein of a
rough-n-tumble 9.5″-12″ compound radius – is a supple invitation for
your ultra-inspiration.
The Silver Bullet ’56, armed with the heat of Fat 50s neck and middle pickups
and the infernal Duncan Antiquity humbucker in the bridge, is red-hot and
ready to rock. Feel her heat and see Papa Stache take The Killer Cruz’er
Silver Bullet ‘56er through the paces during The Voodoo Lounge Prime Cuts
Episode 1. If you’re drinkin’, Sunshine’s pourin’!
Doug Diamond

inca silver strat

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Whole Lotta Rosie at The Wild West: Rosie V, that is !!!!

Fender 1962 “Rosie V” Heavy Relic Stratocaster Faded Shell Pink

She ain’t exactly pretty; but she damn sure delivers in all of her Heavy Relic Splendor! Check It: Whole Lotta Rosie Rulez The Dusty Plains of The Wild West. Rosie V, that is! Say you absolutely love your Soft V Carve ’56 Strat, but the rosewood ’60s C carve leaves you wanting for a bit of V-carve bang for your buck. Look no further than the Dirty Neck Wonder known as The Rosie V. She’ll give you the exquisite V-carve feel in the palm of your rock n’ roll hand with a rosewood board persuasion. The Rosie V’s Dark Indian Rosewood fretboard will play like butter beneath your molten fingertips. Dirty Faded Shell Pinkie, clocking in with her 9.5-in. radius, 6105 fretwire, Quartersawn Badness, and her Sort-for-Lightweight Wood Option, delivers well-balanced, benchmark woody Fender Cst Shop tonality. She’s a Dirty Neck Delight – poised to destroy. Her ’60s-style pickups, with reverse-wound, reverse-polarity middle single coil, supply extra heat with humbucking fire in the 2nd and 4th positions. You’ll Rock The Rosie V all night long; get up and do it again! Sweeeeeet !!!!
Rosie V Strat


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Wicked, Surly PRS DGT Rips Up The Dusty Plains of The Wild West !!!!

In a recent trip to The Wild West, David Grissom rocked the house with various greasy licks and twangy, Texas riffs, in a most certain confirmation that this six-string Texas gunslinger knows barbecue sauce. He also talked six strings; in particular his DGT, the stalwart PRS model with a following all of its own.
Q: How long did it take for Paul to nail this special DGT Neck Carve for your namesake axe?
A: “Not long at all,” David said. “He nailed it. First Shot.”
As for other groovin’ nuances that make this axe feel “more like Nashville than Annapolis,” read on, courtesy of www.musicradar.com:

Texan guitarist David Grissom was a prime mover in the development of the 1994 PRS McCarty model. After a decade of using McCartys, Grissom – who Paul Reed Smith has referred to as “my ears” – was well-placed to help in the genesis of an ‘improved’ model.
PRS David Grissom Signature Electric Guitar





PRS David Grissom DGT Artist Package Crab Glow w/ White Back
“Three or four years ago,” remembers Grissom, “Paul and I started to discuss different possibilities. I felt that there were several things we could do with the guitar to make it better. Some of the things I was already doing on my own McCartys: different fretwire, pickups, changing the tuners.

“At the same time a lot of people, studio players, would play my main McCarty and say that they’d buy one if they could get one like mine. See, you can’t get a McCarty with tremolo [an option dropped by PRS in 1999, aside from a very limited run in 2007] and I never stopped tinkering with my tone.

“When we felt there were enough things we could change, and when we felt there were enough top players who wanted one, that was the germ that lead to the new model.”

PRS David Grissom Electric Guitar

Outwardly, the DGT appears to be an archetypal PRS. But, as always, it’s all about the details. Like the McCarty, the DGT’s body is slightly thicker than a Custom’s, while the 22-fret neck features a new DGT profile and bigger Dunlop 6100 fretwire.

“With bigger frets – they’re not radically bigger just a little taller and wider – you can use bigger strings,” says Grissom. This is the first PRS solidbody to ship with .011s.”

And the neck? “It’s somewhere in between a wide-fat and an old regular profile. We compared my ’93 McCarty and my ’87 Standard and shot for something in between as they are my favorite-feeling guitars.”

The DGT is the only standard PRS production model to be finished in nitro-cellulose, more specifically cellulose top coats over a very thin polyester basecoat. “It lets the guitar breathe more, gives a less plastic feel, and it does make a difference to the sound”, reckons Grissom.

First off, it does feel very different – there’s a stickiness to the neck that definitely feels more Nashville than Annapolis, and the combination of the chunkier wire and tougher strings not only creates more fight but seems to take the DGT on a slightly darker, smoother route.

It’s like the McCarty has been to the gym and is now more powerful and muscular. In fact, the low end is a surprise too: it’s much more single-cut-like in its ample depth. Yet there is plenty of openness to the sound – it’s very vintage-like and the coil-splits are most useful and musical.”
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Stay tuned for more of The Wild West interview with David Grissom. And check out his new album, Way Down Deep.

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Telecaster Sunburst!

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Fender American Special Strat HSS Limited Edition Natural – FSR

Fender FSR Stratocaster

Fender American Special Strat HSS Limited Edition Natural – FSR

I didn’t even know we had this guitar? I just plugged it in and damn. This thing sounds great!!

Fender American Special Strat HSS Limited Edition Natural – FSR
Ash Body
Finish Gloss Urethane
Color Natural
Neck Material Maple, Bolt-on Neck Shape Modern “C” Scale Length 25.5″
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5″ Radius Fingerboard Inlay Dots Number of Frets 22, Jumbo Nut Width

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Wild West Fender Custom Shop Road Show Rocks The Dusty Plains (Into The Night) !!!!

By Doug Diamond

The guns-blazin’, rip-roarin’ Wild West Fender Custom Shop Road Show rocked The Dusty Plains like wildfire in the night. The no-holds-barred rock n’ roll of Woodie Johnson on the legendary Voodoo Lounge stage, the unabashed John Cruz Masterbuilder Q-n-A session, the unbridled giveaway of the ferocious Fender Cst Shop ’59 Esquire, most certainly made for a rompin’, stompin’ rock n’ roll storm that shook Guitar Country’s Mt. Rubidoux to her core.
John Cruz
The theme: Rock Hard Ride Free; as the event, free to the public, also meant that each of the first 40 Wild West faithful through the door, ultimately rode off into the sunset (or into the night) with the highly-coveted, extraordinarily-colorful Fender Cst Shop Lunch Box. Boldly going beyond the limits of standard Q-n-A fare, The Cruz’er unleashed his inner Shreddy Krueger on the wicked White Lightning Stratocaster,
Fender White LightningThe Wild West six-string exclusive (with teeth); erupting during the scintillating Q-n-A session with rabid Fender enthusiasts in the magical Voodoo Lounge. The gun-slinging master builder also took the Dealer Exclusive ‘63 P-90 Telecaster for a powerhouse, head-cutting romp, as ice-cold ones and refreshing wine flowed, courtesy of Voodoo Lounge stalwart, ace bartender, Francesca.Francesca

During the Killer Cruz’er Q-n-A with Fender Head Honcho Joe Reynoso, the expert luthier discussed his world-renowned Fender Custom Shop guitar builds in honor of vaunted rock luminaries, such as the infamous SRV#1 Stratocaster, SRV Number 1 Tribute Stratocasterin exaltation of the late, great Stevie Ray Vaughan and his favorite axe. Cruz also elaborated on the lengthy, meticulous process of replicating the ultra-wicked/extremely-battered/smoky-yellow Olympic White “Play Loud” Strat honoring the ongoing legacy of virtuoso Yngwie Malmsteen.



In a stirring moment, Cruz related the extremely emotional process of creating the Ultra-Relic Black Strat used by the legendary John Mayer John Mayerat the worldwide event that was The Tribute to Michael Jackson; as well as a far-less-publicized, yet-equally-moving, gold-leaf stratocaster tribute delivered to the legendary Ike Turner which, upon presentation, brought the iconic performer to tears.

Ike Turner




Afterward, Cruz’s band, Woodie Johnson, delt several knockout-style blows live, blasting through Grand Funk Railroad’s “I’m Your Captain/Closer To Home,” and Joe Walsh’s “Rocky Mountain Way” with cocksure, old-school abandon. Woodie Johnson also took no prisoners with ZZ Top’s “Balinese,” and The Humble Pie classic, “C’mon, Everybody.”
The band, comprised of Cruz on guitar, Fender Senior Masterbuilder Mark Kendrick on vocals and guitar, longtime Fender difference maker Roger Esposito on guitar, Tony Bacca on bass and Mike Dauer on drums, most certainly delivered, putting The Road House into The Road Show with unblinking, killer classic-rock ethos, surely setting the pace for the giveaway of The FCS ’59 Esquire. The stellar guitar, ultimately awarded to longtime Wild West client/veteran California firefighter, Patrick Howard, in a six-string raffle for the ages, will certainly be in good hands! Congratulations, PH! Rock ON!
After the SoCal firefighter triumphantly left the stage, axe in hand, Woodie Johnson returned to rock The Voodoo Lounge like a Wild Stallion (In The Night). Special thanks to all of The Wild West Faithful and FMIC gurus who joined forces to create the shot heard ‘round The Six-String Universe.
Shoot ‘em up – Wild West Style !!!!
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Check out The Wild West interview with legendary Fender Cst Shop Masterbuilder John Cruz:

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Suhr Standard Tone Beast with 1-Piece Quilt Top

Essentially a scaled down version of the Classic, the Standard takes on its own unique identity with an optional figured top, crisp body contours and a side input jack.
Suhr Standard

Suhr Standard 1 Piece Top Trans Blue Denim / Slate HH
The Standard is capable of producing a wide range of tones from vintage chime to modern crunch.
*Standard Model
*Alder Body
*Arm,Hand and Tummy Contours
*Side Jack
*Quilted Maple 1-Piece Top
*Trans Blue Denim/ Slate Finish
*AAAAA Roasted Birdseye Maple 1-Piece Neck
*10-14 Radius
*Even C Slime Neck Shape
*Black Dots
*Tusq Nut
*1.650 Nut Width
*Heavy Stainless Steel Frets
*22 Frets
*Suhr Locking Tuners
*Standard Wiring
*5-Way Blade Switching
*Push/Pull to Split both Pickups
*SSV Humbucker in Neck
*SSH+ Humbucker in Bridge
*G&G Custom Hardshell

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Sweeeetest Piece of Ash at The Wild West

All-Ash Private Stock Hollower Rulez The Wastelandz !!!!
Greetings From The Dusty Plains of The Wild West – All-Ash Hollower Style !!!!
It’s my duty to rock your world with the most beautiful Piece of Ash I’ve ever come across at The Lybe (which is now officially the new nickname for The PRS Private Stock Wood Library (a mouthful isn’t it?!). So if Noize Boyz such as Woundtight, JFB, Markie, 11Topper, BG, VChizzler, TWMFO n’ Bobby D would like to hit the ground running, isn’t it far sweeeeeter to simply say, “Let’s Bang The Lybe?!!!!” I believe so. But I digress. Back to the sweetest Piece of Ash (In The Night) !!!! The All-Ash Hollower!!!! Her Ziricote fingerboard oozes with juicy, tantalizing Mojo for days n’ nights on end. Her Curly Maple Neck is sweet as honey. Her All-Ash All-The-Time Vibe is a succulent, decadent Smokeburst journey straight to the heart of Piezo-fueled benchmark Private Stock Woody Tonality! Mammoth Ivory inlays bring tears of hollowbody joy.
Paul Miles is a maniac on this one !!!!
All-Ash Hollow

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The Wild West Fender Cst Shop Appreciation Event: Saturday, Rocktober 12 !!!!

Greetings From The Dusty Plains of The Wild West !!!!
Fender CS Esquire Relic
The Wild West Fender Cst Shop Appreciation Event fast approaches. Saturday, Rocktober 12 will be a Killer Day of Fender Cst Shop Action, featuring the giveaway of a smokin’-hot Fender Cst Shop ’59 Esquire Relic. World-renowned Master Builder John Cruz will be jamming with his band, live on the Voodoo Lounge stage. John will also be fielding questions about all things Fender Cst Shop, along with fellow monster master builders, Mark Kendrick, Dennis Galuszka, Paul Waller and Ralph Esposito. The Fender Cst Shop Road Show will rock from 3pm to 8pm. If you are one of the first 40 people through the door, you will receive a Fender Cst Shop Lunchbox (sweeeet)! Members of the Fender Cst Shop team will also be on hand, as The Wild West celebrates the awesome Fender Cst Shop with a bash certain to rock the Six-String Universe!

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