July 13, 2007
Strip-Mining All That Is Cool In The World, pt. 92003
by Chris Randall
It is with a certain amount of dismay that I read this press release. These "recreations" by Fender have always made me throw up in my mouth a little bit: the fake cigarette burns on the "Blackie" recreation, the belt-sanded "wear" on the Jeff Beck Tele, that sort of thing. But this is just too far. Please stop, Fender! You're already one of the icons of American instrument manufacturing. Is this really necessary? When you release an acoustic that has "This machine kills facists" hand-written on it, I swear to christ... Oh, wait. That would be Martin. Ugh.