Watch: H.E.R. whips out her clear Fender Stratocaster at the MTV VMAs

Built by the Fender Custom Shop, the guitar had made its debut at the Grammys.

At tonight’s MTV Video Music Awards, H.E.R. brought out her clear Fender Stratocaster to blitz out the solo to a brand-new song, Anti.

The rising R&B artist had commissioned the Fender Custom Shop to build the guitar – it was constructed by Master Builder Scott Buehl – for the 2019 Grammy Awards, where it made its onstage debut. And it took Buehl only a week to put together the acrylic six-string.

“Acrylic can be difficult and unforgiving, so I had to take the time and be methodical about my approach,” Buehl said in a Fender blog post. “It’s not my first time around the block with that material. It likes a lot of coolant and a slow feed rate when it’s being cut or drilled. If I rush things, it melts. It’s super precise, but I really like working with it, because I know how to keep it happy.”

Despite the show-stopping Strat, H.E.R. walked away empty-handed at the VMAs. She was nominated for Best New Artist, Push Artist Of The Year and Best R&B.

The other guitar-toting artist at the VMAs was none other than Taylor Swift. The pop star strapped on a baby pink Gibson Jumbo to perform – for the first time live – Lover, the title track of her recently released album. Watch her set here:

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