Used by Lee:
2009 -- DDDDAA (Schizophrenia, Catholic Block, Sacred Trickster, Leaky Lifeboat, Antenna, Calming the Snake, Poison Arrow, No Way, Walkin Blue, Massage the History)
2010 -- DDDDAA (Schizophrenia, Catholic Block, Sacred Trickster, Leaky Lifeboat, Antenna, Calming the Snake, Poison Arrow, No Way, Walkin Blue, Massage the History)
2011 -- DDDDAA (Schizophrenia, Sacred Trickster, Calming the Snake)
In 2008 Fender announced that they would be introducing Sonic Youth custom signature guitars, one for Lee and one for Thurston. Unsurprisingly, both chose a Jazzmaster design. Lee's is a true Jazzblaster, though not marketed as such, and both are electronically stripped to the bare essentials (a volume knob and toggle switch), like the bulk of SY's guitars. The guitars each come with a customized sticker sheet and a very cool zine containing interviews with SY's techs (very informative, with some good gear tips!). Both became available in July 2009.
The one Lee was using on the 2009 tour was the 2nd prototype, basically identical to the finished model.
Sapphire Blue Transparent body
Satin black headstock
Black anodized aluminum pickguard
2 "newly voiced and improved Fender wide range Humbucker reissue pickups voiced to Lee's specs"
Streamlined eletronics - no rhythm circuit, just one volume knob
Fender Mustang bridge
Vintage frets and 7.25" fretboard radius
Vintage style nickel hardware
Pickup selector switch 'side to side' instead of up/down
Gauges for DDA = .056 .032 .018
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