Grammy-nominated artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been carrying the blues torch since he exploded on the scene in the mid-'90s. Inspired by his own vintage '61 Strat (currently on display at the Rock '... Read More
Grammy-nominated artist Kenny Wayne Shepherd has been carrying the blues torch since he exploded on the scene in the mid-'90s. Inspired by his own vintage '61 Strat (currently on display at the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame), the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster has vintage styling coupled with modern player-centric appointments.
The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster has a 12" fingerboard radius, jumbo frets, Graph Tech bridge saddles, the "Kenny Wayne Shepherd" signature on back of headstock, custom-voiced Kenny Wayne Shepherd pickups with reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup, a racing stripe on black version and a cross on arctic white version.
Includes a gig bag.
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I have been a KWS fan for so long. His signature Stratocaster has that classic vintage tone of a strat along with a few extras. The Graph Tech saddles really help with eliminating string breakage and give a nice ring to the high notes. The medium jumbo frets on this guitar are great because of how wide the neck is and they also help with those big bends. The pickups sound amazing. They are extremely clear and sound beautiful without any extra effects.The contour of the body feels great when playing sitting down and while standing up. The neck is flawless and makes the playing experience even better. My parents recently bought me the Arctic White one with the cross on it for Christmas. Yes the guitar is made in Mexico, but is sounds better than any other American made strat I have ever played. If the Made In Mexico decal was not printed on the back of the head stock, you would not be able to tell if it was made in Mexico or made in America. This is a great guitar for anyone who loves to jam out to the blues and and some rock. This guitar is worth every penny!
This guitar is an excellent choice for Texas Blues. The Neck is especially comfortable for bending; the bridge is firm and keeps the strings in tune. The pickups are the best approximation to the SRV style and I personally feel very comfortable with their sound, both clean and dirty. I chose the sunburst and think it has joined excellent finished. The price?. Impossible to improve based on this standard. The Duque Duque Blues Band
I will start by saying I bought this guitar used. So, it had already been "broken in" for a couple years before I got my hands on it. It's my first and only Fender guitar so far. First impressions: the thing sounds great and plays fantastic. The KWS custom pickups seem to have that true strat sound with maybe a tad less bite. Chords ring out clear and it's got that raw bluesy energy to it. Overall, I am impressed with the sound quality. One reason I had avoided Fender Strats all these years is I can't stand lacquered necks. Seems most of them have that annoying sticky quality on the back and I prefer unfinished. The KWS Strat has a satin finish, so it is quite smooth and fast. That feature alone convinced me to wander into Fender land. Many people mention the neck being thick. If you're coming from the paper-thin Ibanez shredder side, then yeah, it's got a bit of heft to it. But this guitar is geared toward blues and rock with lots of bends and strumming, so the neck just feels right in my hand at least... and I have small-ish hands. The guitar seems to stay in tune rather well. Then again, I have the trem pulled tight against the body so it's not floating, so that helps. I haven't even put the whammy bar on yet. Now on to the quality: Being that this is my first Fender, I lack the experience to compare this MIM axe to the more expensive American-made ones. The stain job and finish of the body looks great, though the body wasn't cut from one plank of wood. It's three boards glued together. But I have to look very closely to notice the joints in the wood. The body is weighty and is sculpted just right. The bolt-on neck is straight and the frets are even and filed along the side very well. No sharp edges on this one. The action on mine was set moderately low and it has no buzzing. The knobs and switches work perfectly. My only major complaint: the nut and bridge string spacing is too wide for this neck. The high E (bottom) string is practically on the edge of the neck. If I'm not careful, the string will slip off the fingerboard entirely when soloing. I'm going to have a local luthier custom make a new nut with slightly narrower string spacing and maybe shave down the sides of the saddles a hair to avoid this issue altogether. Other than that though, I really enjoy the guitar. It was worth every penny.
I recently purchased a KWS Strat. I had read the reviews and couldn't wait to get my hands on one. SO, I traded in a few items so that I could swing it and get it in my hands. Disappointment set in: 1) Guitar Center not the friendliest or most honest group, 2) This strat had been played..a lot..pick marks evident, 3) not all 5 blade positions functioned and 4) as read on the other reviews, the high e string was way to close to the fret board edge, making it easy to knock the string off the frets. I too wonder why Fender would put this product out like this. Unfortunately, i could not take this piece home and got my dough back. I hope KWS has some kind of influence on the quality control issues with this guitar. I would purchase the KWS strat if problems fixed. I am looking at a Standard Fender and installing SRV pickups...save money and still get that great sound. Sorry KWS, your still tops in my book..
I'd like to show you why this guitar is the best value that I have seen for a bluesy guitarist ever. Don't let the fact that it is from the Mexican factory scare you off, the Mexican factory has been on a huge quality upswing over the past couple of years. Their guitars get better and better. Compared to a normal Mexi-Strat, the upgrades are staggering. Graph-tec saddles, a larger, satin finished neck with a 12 inch radius and jumbo frets. Upgraded tuners. And Signature Kenny Wayne Voiced pickups are all INCLUDED with this guitar. If you play blues, or any rock or country that necessitates bending strings and vibrato, you will appreciate the neck. Yes it is bigger and bulkier, but I have small hands and feel like the size of the neck actually helps me anchor my hand in a way that makes bends easier. My hand and arm do not wear out as easily with this size neck. The jumbo frets and 12 inch radius make bends effortless and accurate. After playing this neck, I personally want to change the neck of every other strat that I have to match this one. The voice of this guitar is so pleasing to a blues guitar player. This guitar has more sustain than any Mexi strat that I have ever played and the pickups are very unique. These pickups have a lot of tonal range which makes having the bridge pickup wired to a tone knob a very nice gift from Fender. It makes this guitar far more versatile. Whatever they have done with these pickups gives them a mid-scooped feel with a ton of presence. Metal heads won't appreciate it, but your tube amp is begging for these pickups. I would say that they have the SRV sound and can produce a soaring lead tone, much like Kenny Wayne's own sound. The only negatives to this guitar that I found were in the set-up. I had to get it reset. Changing the height of the pickups makes a huge difference in these particular pickups and gives you even more variety in your sounds. I personally believe that in a blind sound test and feel test, I could pick this guitar's sound and feel easily, and I know that I would choose it over ANY American Strat that GC had in stock at the time that I bought this.
Great action, Great sound, Great price. What more do you need?
Great guitar and well worth the money! At first when I found out this guitar was a Mexican made strat, I was hesitant to buy it. However, this guitar plays great and sounds awesome. I am very happy with it. One of the best features for me is the jumbo frets, which truly does make it easier to bend notes. I play mostly blues and rock and bend notes frequently so having jumbo frets is great. Also, the tone is very good as the pickups were custom designed by Kenny�ۡ���s specs. From the first strum I could tell a big difference in tone just from the pick-ups, so if you are looking for a good KWS or SRV tone, this guitar gets you that much closer just in the pick-ups. Another nice feature is the fact that the neck is fatter (as compared to a standard American or Mexican made Fender strat). This results in me not getting as much hand fatigue when playing. From an interview I saw of Kenny talking about the guitar, part of his goal was to design a quality guitar, with great tone, but still keep it affordable, and in my opinion, he succeeded!
Been a fan of kennys since hearing him on the fender compilation cd in the 90s - with "while we cry" - bought his albums - saw him in milwalkee 2003 and flew from uk to see him at tampa theatre 2007. So when fender introduced his strat it was a go get it. The guitar has a great look, trad s/burst-the feel is v balanced with a nice weighty body compared to most strats - which adds to the warmth and sustain the pups give you. Acoustically the guitar rings out which to me is always key - the frets are nice - neck is smooth - great tone great feel - great guitar - great value.
I'm very happy with this guitar. I challenge anyone to find another signature strat thats a better deal. This one that Kenny Wayne Shepherd toured with and helped design is affordable and sounds as good as it looks. I have the 3-tone sunburst,....nice vintage look, it has a nice feel, jumbo frets are easy to bend, and the Graph Tech bridge saddles make it worth even more. Can play everything from Hendrix to Stevie Ray and get great sound that you want and at a price under a grand,....cant beat that.
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