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Steve Lacy Scores A Signature Fender Stratocaster Guitar

10 May 2023 | 10:11 am | Mary Varvaris

“This guitar means so much to me. It’s a full-circle moment."

(Source: Fender)

Steve Lacy has received the honour of a lifetime. Fender has just announced the Steve Lacy “People Pleaser” signature model Stratocaster guitar, which was made in collaboration with the Los Angeles native.

This Signature Stratocaster guitar is not only a homage to a player whose guitar-playing style is as technically proficient as it is emotionally evocative, but a celebration of Lacy’s impact on culture at large.

Named for his trailblazing reputation, crowd-pleasing sounds, and stage looks, the “People Pleaser” Stratocaster showcases his evolution from a hungry musician into a chart-topping artist.

Making his name known as the guitarist in R&B outfit The Internet, scoring a Fender signature guitar is the next milestone for Lacy, following his collaborations with the likes of Vampire Weekend and Kendrick Lamar, topping charts with Bad Habit and selling out his recent Australian arena tour.

“This guitar means so much to me. It’s a full-circle moment. My first guitar was a Squier Strat. It was the box set that came with an amp, case, quarter inch – the whole 9. Now I have my very own Fender Stratocaster guitar,” Lacy said in a statement.

He continued, “The People Pleaser Strat, in a nutshell, is my dream guitar as a kid when I first started playing and my dream guitar as the guitarist I am today. 

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"An ode to the old classic design that Fender is known for with all the new specs that make a guitar feel like home. I hope everyone gets to experience the feeling of this guitar. I’m excited to see what people make with it.”

“Steve’s unique sound and style have distinguished him as one of the leading artists of the new generation, who keep the guitar’s role in music and culture exciting and relevant,” Evan Jones, the Chief Marketing Officer at Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) added. 

“Inspired by Steve, the 'People Pleaser' Stratocaster is designed to captivate audiences and appeal to guitarists seeking a unique instrument that stands out in their collection.”

See some of the physical details about the Steve Lacy signature model instrument on Guitar World and watch a playthrough below.

The Steve Lacy “People Pleaser” Fender Stratocaster is now available for $2,549 AUD.