Fender announces a new Kenny Wayne Shepherd signature Stratocaster

Featuring custom voiced Stratocaster pickups, a faded sonic blue nitro lacquer finish and more.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster

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Fender has announced a new Kenny Wayne Shepherd signature Stratocaster, a 2020 follow-up to the blues guitarist’s signature Fender model first unveiled in 2013.

In this year’s edition, this Stratocaster features a chambered ash body, paired with an early ‘60s C-shaped maple neck with a bound rosewood fingerboard and 21 jumbo frets. The guitar sports a transparent faded Sonic Blue nitro lacquer finish, and has a matching painted headstock as well.

The guitar’s three Stratocaster single coil pickups were custom spec’d to Kenny Wayne Shepherd’s playing style, and are said to deliver “punchy and full-throated Strat tones”. These are controlled via a familiar Stratocaster setup, which consists of a master volume, two tone pots and a five-way pickup selector.

This guitar also features updated vintage-style hardware finished in either nickel or chrome, and has a six-point synchronised tremolo bridge with Graph Tech saddles, as well as vintage-style tuning machines.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster
Image: Fender

Over Facebook, Shepherd teased that a follow up announcement of a ‘launch package’ for the guitar will happen this Thursday (20 August). He also hinted at the chance for fans to take home a model from “Kenny’s personal collection”.


The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Stratocaster is priced at $1,999, and comes with a deluxe hardshell case.

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