Today, Fender has announced the new signature Tom Morello Stratocaster:
Tom Morello’s unique, powerful sounds – from gentle rhythms to screaming feedback, chaotic stutters, and more – require a very special Stratocaster®. The Tom Morello “Soul Power” Stratocaster – based on the modified Designer Series Strat used during his time in Audioslave – features an alder slab body with binding and a “Deep C”-shape maple neck with 9.5″-14″ compound radius rosewood fingerboard and 22 medium-jumbo frets. Other features include a recessed Floyd Rose® locking tremolo system, Seymour Duncan Hot Rails bridge humbucker, two Fender® Noiseless™ pickups in the neck and middle positions, chrome pickguard, kill-switch toggle, locking tuners, matching painted headcap and iconic “Soul Power” body decal in the black Fender case.
When rumors about this guitar started going around a little while ago, I was curious about how they would handle the “Soul Power” writing on the guitar. I’m glad to see that they made it optional via a decal that comes with the guitar.
Fender’s guitars have been creeping up in price every year, but the $1400 street price for a Mexican-made guitar is still a little surprising. With Rage Against the Machine reuniting this year, it’ll be interesting to see how popular this guitar will be.