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At times ethereal and ambient, at others dystopian and aggressive, Ed OBriens contributions to Radioheads catalog have been as unique as the man himself. When he needed a guitar that could go above and beyond the normal requirements of the instrument, he chose to create something all his own. The result is this: the EOB Sustainer Stratocaster.
Fernandes Sustainer Circuit
The Fernandes Sustainer driver in the neck position expands the guitar’s traditional sonic capabilities by creating near-infinite single or multi-string sustain.
Unique Pickup Configuration
The single-coil-sized Seymour Duncan JB Jr. humbucking bridge pickup offers giant tone while the Texas Special single-coil middle pickup adds extra spank to the traditional Fender sound.
Custom Neck Plate
The custom “Flower of Life” logo is an image said to represent the basis of music; the distances between the spheres is identical to the distances between whole and semi-tones.
As the old saying goes, Necessity is the mother of invention, and thats exactly what happened for Fender and Ed OBrien.
The Radiohead guitarist has played a Stratocaster since he first picked up a Squier model in 1986, and his main instrument since 1996 was actually an Eric Clapton Strat. So, it was pretty typical to see OBrien with a Stratocaster in his hands while on stage.
But when his band began to trend away from their typical rock sound towards more electronic music with the album Kid A in 2000, OBrien found himself at a crossroads with his six-stringed friend.
Guitars were sort-of being damned and keyboards were being bought and played, OBrien noted. I thought, What am I going to do here? How can I use a guitar but make it not necessarily sound like a traditional guitar?
After ruminating on this issue, OBrien and his guitar tech, Peter Plank Clements, decided to install a Sustainer unit that gave him the ability to sustain one or many notes, essentially making it an entirely new instrument altogether when engaged.
Since then, the modified Clapton Strat has been a key piece of OBriens arsenal, as it helped shaped the sounds of subsequent albums like In Rainbows, Hail to the Thief and The King of Limbs and inspired what is now known as the Ed OBrien Sustainer Stratocaster.
OBrien wanted to start with a Stratocaster when helping develop his signature model, considering his belief that its basic specifications are perfect for a player who likes to use effects.
If youre like me and color your sound and use a lot of effects, its the benchmark, he said of a Stratocaster. It doesnt flavor the sound. I also think that with the differences in the pickups, it covers such a tonal range.
OBrien and Fender R&D Model Shop Builder Alex Perez then took the signature model a step further by equipping it with a Fernandes Sustainer Single-Coil sized Driver in the neck pickup position. Controlled by an on/off switch and a three-position switch offering harmonic-only fundamental-only and blend on the guitars lower bout, the Sustainer unlocks the spacey textural soundscapes that OBrien has woven into Radioheads extensive catalog.
I move the three-way switch a lot because the frequency of the feedback has different harmonics, OBrien said. The middle position is a fifth up, and you can even go a full octave up. Its like when you hold down a key on a synth. To me, this guitar is like a neutral palette for other sounds, like if you had a synth.
The result is something OBrien is deeply proud of, as he used the guitar extensively on Radioheads A Moon Shaped Pool tour.
With a flick of a switch, you have a whole other sonic palette available to you, he continued. I use it live a lot. It feels a lot more intuitive, in a way. The immediacy of your actual finger hitting the string, suddenly a whole different way of playing opens up.
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