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Fender Custom Shop Guitars Commemorate Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park Association and R&W Creative Group have joined with Fender to create a limited series of Joshua Tree National Park Custom Shop guitars.

The Joshua Tree landscape has played in southern California’s music folklore. The list of bands and artists connected with Joshua Tree National Park includes The Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Gram Parsons, John Lennon, the Eagles, U2, Keith Richards, Donovan, Dick Dale and Eric Burdon.

The influence of Joshua Tree National Park in America’s popular music landscape was recently recognized when the park was named by Culture Mob as No. 9 on the Top 10 List of American Rock-and-Roll Destinations.

Only four of these instruments have been created. One will become a permanent part of the park’s museum collection. Two of guitars will be made available to the public through an auction and public drawing. Proceeds will benefit Joshua Tree National Park and the Fender Music Foundation.

Updates on the Joshua Tree 75th Anniversary Guitar will be posted on the Joshua Tree National Park Association website, on the Association’s Facebook site, on the Joshua Tree National Park 75th Anniversary website and on Fender.com. (opens in new tab)

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Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor, and his non-Pulitzer-Prize-winning stories have appeared in Guitar Aficionado, Vintage Guitar, Total Guitar and countless other publications, including 13.7 metric tons of daily newspapers. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton and Ty Tabor chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas (opens in new tab), was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron (opens in new tab), a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums (opens in new tab) (one of which appears in the 2015 Disney film 'Tomorrowland' starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson). He's in two NYC-area bands and plays Teles with four-way switches, B-benders and semi-snazzy aftermarket pickups. He quotes Terry-Thomas twice daily.