Fender Taps Steve Lacy for Signature Guitar
By Ian Freeman
May 9, 2023
If you’re a fan of the genre-defying musician Steve Lacy, you might have caught a glimpse of what he has been cooking up with Fender, his new signature strat. Making cameos in the music video for “Sunshine” featuring Foushee and most recently in his “Bad Habits” performance on the Grammys and Saturday Night Live, the Steve Lacy People Pleaser Stratocaster has been hiding in plain sight and has finally debuted for fans to pick up. With a resume starting from his teenage years and early Grammy win with the Internet to his work with Solange, Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend, and his solo work, including his recent Grammy-winning album Gemini Rights, we are glad to see him add having a signature guitar.
The Steve Lacy People Pleaser Stratocaster is a clash of vintage and visionary, perhaps nowhere more evident than in the hot pink and black “Chaos Burst” finish (a unique colorway Steve dreamed up). Designed for playability, it features a modern Deep “C” shaped maple neck with a pair of dice marking the twelfth fret. The 9.5” radius maple fingerboard with narrow-tall frets allows fast playing and easy bends. But it also nods to Fender’s history with a lightweight alder body, vintage-style synchronized tremolo, and butt adjust truss rod. Powering the People Pleaser is a triumvirate of Steve Lacy voiced Player Plus Noiseless single-coil pickups giving players a depth of tonality from rich and warm lows to bright and articulate highs. The curveball, a built-in Steve Lacy Chaos Fuzz circuit with a push of the tone knob, gives players instant access to glorious dirty tones.
The People Pleaser has a green and white checkerboard back plate, a custom dice inlay fret marker at the 12th fret, a custom back neckplate, and a vintage-style black hardware case with a green interior.
The Steve Lacy People Pleaser is a limited edition release perfectly tapping into the limitless vision and disruptive thinking of its namesake and a tool for human’s illimitable creativity.
Check one out at Fender.com
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