Tom Wheeler, author of the landmark Stratocaster Chronicles, a book that covered the first 50 years of the Strat, has delivered the perfect companion book to any guitar player's book collection. Stratocaster Continues features the same award-winning layout, and high-production aspects of Stratocaster Chronicles, creating a beautiful and inspiring journey covering the past 10 years of the Strat. Featuring stunning colour photography throughout, Wheeler uses his industry insider connections to bring the words and insights from Fender executives, famous luthiers, and world-rewned guitarists to the millions of Strat fans worldwide. Topics include the 60th Anniversary guitars, Eric Johnson models, Pure Vintage, the re-creation of Clapton's Brownie, the American Standard re-do, and more. These models are pictured and explained in great detail, and stories are told on how this guitar continues to rank as one of the most important inventions of modern times, continuing to inspire players and fans everywhere. Contents include: * Fender's new leadership, new global strategies * A re-creation of Brownie, Clapton's Layla guitar * A highly detailed re-creation of Blackie, Clapton's guitar for many years, complete with the original's every ding, scratch, and cigarette burn * Dozens of one-of-a-kind Custom Shop guitars, including hot rods and opulent art pieces with silver inlays, precious jewels, custom paint jobs, exotic tonewoods, and more * The most historically authentic reissues of classic Fenders ever * Re-creations of the highly personalized Stratocasters of Rory Gallagher, Hank Marvin, Yngwie Malmsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Nile Rodgers, David Gilmour, and Michael Landau * Cutting-edge techlogies: Strats with synthesizer pickups, digital interfaces, software applications, and solderless electronics * Anniversary Extravaganza: 7 unique new models, all celebrating the Stratocaster's 60th birthday
TOM WHEELER is a former freelancer for Rolling Stone, the former editor-in-chief of Guitar Player magazine, and the author of Fender Archives, The Guitar Book, American Guitars, The Stratocaster Chronicles, The Soul of Tone, and The Dream Factory. He currently serves as a professor in the University of Oregon's School of Journalism.