Ed O’Brien’s ambient, ethereal and orchestral guitar style is an essential part of the sonic identity of Radiohead. We partnered with this groundbreaking player to create the Ed O’Brien Stratocaster — an instrument as unique as his sound. This inspiring guitar is perfect for creating lush, layered soundscapes and finding your own creative voice.
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 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.
The 9.5″-radius fingerboard, topped with narrow-tall frets, makes precision soloing and chord playing easy across the entire neck.
The vintage-style bridge and tuning machines give this guitar the authentic look, feel and tone of a classic Fender instrument.
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.
“10/56 V” NECK PROFILE
This beefy, resonant neck feels instantly comfortable to most players’ hands. “Soft V”-shaped near the nut, it rounds to a “C” profile as you ascend the neck, making it great for both chord playing and soloing.
Edward O’Brien is an English guitarist and member of the rock band Radiohead. He releases solo music under the name EOB. In 2010, Rolling Stone named O’Brien the 59th greatest guitarist of all time. Along with the other members of Radiohead, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019. O’Brien’s first solo album, Earth, was released in 2020. O’Brien had been writing songs for years, but lacked confidence and felt they had a “distinct energy” that would be lost with Radiohead.
In 1950, Fender introduced the first mass-produced solid-body Spanish-style electric guitar, the Telecaster. Following its success, Fender created the first mass-produced electric bass, the Precision Bass (P-Bass). In 1954, Fender unveiled the Stratocaster (“Strat”) guitar. With the Telecaster and Precision Bass on the market for some time, Leo Fender was able to incorporate input from working musicians into the Stratocaster’s design. The Strat’s comfortable contoured edges and in-built vibrato system led to its soaring popularity. shop.fender.com