Adrian Belew shows off two dazzling new Fender Custom Shop Strats built by Ron Thorn

Fender Custom Shop Adrian Belew Stratocaster
(Image credit: Facebook/Adrian Belew)

Adrian Belew has taken delivery of two new, heavily customized Fender Custom Shop Stratocasters, both crafted by the firm’s master builder Ron Thorn.

The guitarist already has a signature Parker Fly, which he uses in his usual, highly complex MIDI setup, but as Belew explains over on Facebook, he needed a non-MIDI option for the festival circuit and other gigs, and knew he wanted a Strat for the job.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.