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Fender 1963

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Fender 1963 Stratocaster Tobacco Sunburst

We’ve got a core of Strats at Red Hot Chili Peppers. This one here belongs to Chad. It’s a 1963 Tobacco Sunburst – lovely piece! It has a fairly thick neck. It’s a great guitar. This one mostly came down to the fact that people kind of expect to see tobacco sunburst Strat on the stage, so Chad was very kind in providing this. He occasionally leans over and asks me threateningly if I’m taking good care of it – of course I am though I can’t say the same for Josh. But no, it’s a great guitar. I mean you’re going to spend a lot of time with it because it’s the only whammy guitar he has. Josh tends to play kind of older, maybe if I say John-era songs. He’ll play like ‘Higher Ground’ and anything with a whammy bar, he’ll go in for some of that” – Ian Sheppard