Sonic Youth Get Signature Fender Guitars
Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo have spent decades taking apart, restringing, and generally mangling their collection of guitars in service of the Sonic Youth sound. And from looking over the ridiculously extensive gear guide on Sonic Youth’s website, Moore and Ranaldo’s favorite toy is the Fender Jazzmaster. So it makes sense that both Moore and Ranaldo would get their own signature Jazzmaster guitars sooner or later.
The band announced on their Twitter last night that their signature Jazzmasters would be out on July 1 and that these guitars would “reflect decades of roadtested customization knowledge”. Moore’s guitar is green, Ranaldo’s is blue, and both of them have a ton of customized features, all lovingly cataloged on the Fender website. Each guitar will come with a 24-page color zine designed by Ranaldo that the Fender website calls “the definitive insider’s guide to all things Jazzmaster in the world of Sonic Youth.”
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