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« on: March 09, 2006, 12:12:49 AM »

http://www.moparsatthestrip.com/2006/cannery_special_guest.html


Las Vegas, NV.

He will un-vale his vintage Mopar at the concert
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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2006, 05:39:33 PM »

Rock Stars and MoPars Descend on Fender HQ

There’s nothing like sun, cars and guitars, and Fender’s very own Scottsdale, Ariz., front yard roared with the sound of hemi engines and rang with the sound of guitars on Thursday morning, March 23.


More than 50 souped-up, tricked-out MoPar® cars descended on Fender headquarters that morning for the start of the 300-mile Scottsdale-to-Las-Vegas “MoPars at the Strip” cruise. “MoPar®” is the auto parts and service arm of the DaimlerChrysler (formerly Chrysler®) Corp.’s U.S. brands, but car enthusiasts use the term broadly to describe any Chrysler®, Dodge® or Plymouth car or truck.


Participants included avid MoPar® fans Al Jardine of the Beach Boys and guitar slinger Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who pulled up in his “Xtreme” Lee ’69 Dodge® Charger that looked straight out of The Dukes of Hazzard. The cruise culminates with a March 26 performance by Jardine’s Endless Summer Band at the “Mad About MoPars” car show and festival at the Cannery Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.

The event was the work of Fender and Robert Wolf, editor and publisher of Mopar Collectors Guide, a popular independent magazine by and for MoPar® enthusiasts. Fender presented Wolf with a custom sleek black MoPar® Stratocaster® guitar to be given to a lucky winner at Sunday’s car show.

Jardine brought an exciting air of real Fender history to the event, as it was the Beach Boys who, by so visibly using Fender instruments and amps, gave a huge boost to the fledgling southern California company back in the early ’60s . At Thursday’s event, Jardine graciously loaned his weathered white ’62 Stratocaster to Fender so that it could be “cloned” by Fender Custom Shop craftsmen over the next year.


“This guitar is the kind that we played at all those shows and on all those records,” Jardine said. “Our road instruments were always our recording instruments, as well, in those days. We played on our own songs, and this is a very important part of that history. Thank you to Fender for providing us with these instruments in the very beginning. Otherwise, we would’ve been playing gut-string guitars and stand-up bass, which we did play on our first album, actually, before we even understood what a Fender guitar was, in 1961.”

Jardine handed the guitar to Fender Senior Vice President of Market Development Ritchie Fliegler, whose own MoPar®, a ’71 Dodge® Challenger 440 Six-Pack RT, sat nearby. Fliegler thanked everyone for coming and thanked Jardine for the Beach Boys’ music and for their major role in Fender history.

The Rest of the story: http://www.fender.com/news/index.php?display_article=100




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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2006, 11:36:53 PM »

I can't even begin to express how excited I am about the Al Jardine Signature Strat.  I'm going to get one for sure.
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2006, 11:01:51 AM »

Maybe Fender should put out the "Beach Boys Fender Experience" line, featuring the Al Jardine Signature Strat, the Carl Wilson Signature Jaguar, The Brian Wilson, Al Jardine, and Bruce Johnston Signature Precision Bass, The Beach Boys signature Fender Showmen, Deluxe Reverb, Twin, etc, etc.

Then also in that package would be the Ray Pohlman and Carol Kaye Signature Fender Basses, the Tedesco Signature Tele (why isn't there one of those?), and more.
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2006, 11:36:40 AM »

So that's Al's original Strat going back to when?  When he rejoined the band?  For what period would he have used it on recordings and on stage?
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« Reply #5 on: March 26, 2006, 11:47:41 AM »

I would assume that the boys went on a spending spree at some point.  Obviously for Surfin', it was the rented cheapo stuff, originally.  But clearly by "Surfin Safari" they've picked up some decent instruments, but possibly not until after the success of that album were they allowed to really "go shopping."   I don't remember seeing Carl's Jaguar in any Surfin' Safari shots, and Brian was using the sunburst Bass, as opposed to the White one he used more famously.  The White Strat in question, as far as I know would have started being used in the midst of Al's return to the band. In the run up to Little Deuce Coupe, I guess?

Somebody with access to early live pictures could probably help.  I think saying 62-63 is probably a safe bet.

He kept using it heavily on stage through Smile, who knows in the studio.  But previous to Smile, I'd imagine that guitar was used on every Beach Boys track on which Al played electric guitar.
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« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2006, 11:59:34 AM »

Al was still using the white Strat the last time I saw him in concert in 2001.

BTW, what ever happened with the Brian Wilson signature bass from Gibson, from last year? Was it a one-shot model or has there been a line of guitars produced?
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« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2006, 12:04:08 PM »

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BTW, what ever happened with the Brian Wilson signature bass from Gibson, from last year? Was it a one-shot model or has there been a line of guitars produced?

I think it was commerically available.  I don't have much interest in it, since Brian had never even used a Gibson bass until they made one for him through the Valley Arts line.
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« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2006, 12:22:37 PM »

A good piece of footage to study their early instruments might be the Pickwick Family Center (Burbank)  clip- as far as I know that's the earliest live footage there is.  Has that ever been made available?  Has the film it was part of ever been commercially available?  I wonder what's the next earliest clip anyone has?
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« Reply #9 on: March 26, 2006, 12:30:01 PM »

Good questions.  Just about every band gets an advance upon signing a record deal, I have to wonder how much of the Beach Boys new money went into new stuff.
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« Reply #10 on: March 26, 2006, 12:41:47 PM »

I think if you read into Al's comments a little, the band was probably given the instruments in a promotional arrangement.  I think the Beatles did a lot of that, too- they were presented Rickenbackers and such in the hopes that they'd use them prominently.  It sounds like Fender just took care or 'em.  I wonder exactly when?

EDIT: I think I misread your question- you meant after signing, before Fender...?
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« Reply #11 on: March 26, 2006, 12:46:40 PM »

I meant just after signing, but it may very well be the case the Fender "took care of them."  Certainly the band was dominated by Fender for some time, using only Fender amps and pretty much exclusively Fender guitars and basses, until Carl's Rickenbacker started getting in the mix.

There's the weird set of pictures where the boys are in the yellow shirts and Al is playing a Gibson SG, but that's an anomoly.  If Fender did "take care of them" don't you suppose it would be after they at least had some kind of biggish hit?  So maybe after Surfin' USA?
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« Reply #12 on: March 26, 2006, 12:58:37 PM »

Yeah, absolutely. "Surfin' USA" would be a good guess.  But I just pulled the Leaf book, and found a picture from the Pickwick/Pendleton shirt  period, and guess what Carl and Dave Marks are playing?  Though of course they aren't the white ones.  Presumably the same instruments seen on thr back cover of the Surfin' Safari cover. So Fender probably spots those and gets in touch at some point when the fame starts to arrive.

Then at the Hollywood Bowl on 11-1-63 Carl has a white Fender but Al is playing a white guitar that looks like a Gibson.

Seems like a good point to admit that I'm in over my head in this discussion, interested as I am.
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« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2006, 01:04:51 PM »

I wonder if Fender would respond to a question about that, or if they even have records from that time.
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« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2006, 01:10:36 PM »

Oh, I would think they'd love to be asked.  They've just been in a big fiftieth anniversay mode and everything...I'm sure they have at least one person there who's all about company history.  I think when the Beatles' Gear book came out people were probably coming out of the woodwork to supply documents and data.

My first question to them wouldn't be about the Beach Boys- it would be "who's the guy to talk to about Fender history?"
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« Reply #15 on: March 26, 2006, 01:17:13 PM »

Were they wearing yellow at the Hollywood Bowl show?
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« Reply #16 on: March 26, 2006, 01:20:36 PM »

That's entirely possible.  It's a black and white picture, and so grainy that I can't even say with confidence that they're not wearing the stripes.
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« Reply #17 on: March 26, 2006, 01:22:32 PM »

OK, I just dug through some of my books and yes, Yellow, and Al is defiitely playing a Gibson SG in the picture, a white one, which I've never seen outside that picture.  And that was Nov. 1 1963.  Hmm.
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« Reply #18 on: March 26, 2006, 01:22:59 PM »

Here's another possibility: if any promotional deal was struck, the Beach Boys probably posed for a trade ad, though not necessarily in the earliest days.  If you were able to comb through enough guitar and musician magazines for 1962-63 I'll bet you'd find something interesting somewhere.
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« Reply #19 on: March 26, 2006, 01:25:32 PM »

Yellow- somebody at Capitol (or maybe Murry) thought they should look like sunshine and energy.  Ain't that cute.

So they probably had a non-exclusive deal with Fender, if any, early on, and then maybe they made an exclusive arrangement when they got even bigger.  Just a theory.
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« Reply #20 on: March 26, 2006, 01:26:43 PM »

I asked Jon if he'd discussed anything like this with Dave.
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« Reply #21 on: March 26, 2006, 01:33:39 PM »

We're back to the main point: you need to write that Beach Boys Gear book.  I think it'd have a much wider appeal than you may think, and you'd have a blast doing the research and the interviews.  Hire a grant researcher and you may even be able to get it paid for...
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Nice.  Well, believe me, that book is still in my thoughts.
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« Reply #23 on: March 26, 2006, 02:00:24 PM »

Thinking's not enough- take some positive action:

(1) Get in touch with the author of Beatles Gear.  Tell him your idea and ask him to put you in touch with his agent.  If he can't or won't, I can get you in touch with a literary agent, but one who specializes or has done this kind of book would be much better.

(2) Have the agent put a proposal forth to several publishers.  You may need to write a little sample since you're a first-time author.  They may even fly you around for some interviews.

(3) Get in touch with Fender, who would be very interested in a book like this.  Like I said, there's probably somebody there who's passionately and  personally interested in Fender's history with the Beach Boys or surf, or the sixties...someone like that would be a great resource.
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« Reply #24 on: March 26, 2006, 02:02:49 PM »

Good advice.  I'll see what I can do.
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