Kenny Wayne Shepherd: “For years we’ve been trying to replicate the neck from my ’61 Strat... And this one comes the closest“

Kenny Wayne Shepherd
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd has served as one of the foremost modern practitioners of the blues, and also of the Fender Stratocaster, for going on 25 years. 

For most of that time, his primary Strat – the one heard on his 1997 breakthrough Trouble Is… and every album he’s recorded since – has been a 1961 sunburst model. 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.