April 12, 2021 – Beginning in the early 90s, Pearl Jam helped take Rock back to its roots. With an emphasis on songwriting and a stripped down approach without the glitz and excess of the 80s Rock, they helped usher in a new era in music. Guitarist Mike McCreary’s searing guitar was an integral part of Pearl Jam’s sound. Now, Fender’s new Mike McCready Stratocaster® captures the essence of Mike’s sound with the features that echo Mike’s own preferences for the instrument.
In a release from the Fender Custom Shop the guitar is described this way: “In this first-time collaboration between Fender and McCready, the Fender Custom Shop is honored to re-create this incredible instrument in exact detail, and in doing so a long held secret about the guitar’s lineage was forced to be revealed to its owner: the Strat was actually constructed in 1960, not 1959 as had long been believed. Custom Shop Master Builder Vincent Van Trigt added a tremendous Relic finish to mimic McCready’s aggressive playing style with true wear on its two-piece select alder body, and recreated the silky-smooth feel of the ultra worn-in maple neck. Hand-wound pickups from the Fender Custom Shop’s Josefina Campos are sonically matched to the originals.”
In the video below, Mike shares his experiences with his original ’60 strat and the new custom shop model:
More information on the new Fender Mike McCready Stratocaster® can be found here.