Scotty with his 1954 Gibson L5 in 1956
Scotty and Bill are acknowledged and depicted in the new independent DVD
documentary Strat® Masters, in which U.K. filmmakers Michael Bayley
Hughes and Bob Hewitt tell the story of the famous instrument and interview some
of the world’s most noted Stratocaster® guitar slingers. Though Scotty never played a Strat® and only owned a
Fender Telecaster for a short time in the
early '50s his impact and influence on many of the players who went on to make
this guitar famous is undeniable.
DVD cover of Strat Masters.
Image courtesy Headstock
Clocking in at nearly three hours, Strat Masters was shot in
California, Japan and the U.K., and includes exclusive factory footage inside
Fender’s U.S. and Japanese facilities. The best parts, though, are the
interviews in which several of the instrument’s foremost exponents—past and
present—describe in their own words what the Stratocaster means to them.
Feature interviews include Jeff Beck, Ry Cooder, Robert Cray, Mark Knopfler,
Chris Rea, Rory Gallagher, Al Jardine, Albert Lee, Hank Marvin and others.
“Strat Masters has been a labor of love and a passion for Michael
Bayley Hughes and me, as we have both been Fender nuts since the early
’60s,” Hewitt said. “All of the great Fender players who took part greeted
us with warmth, kindness and hospitality.”
Strat Masters is now featured on Fender's new website
- and you can preview a clip of the film footage there.
Strat Masters is selling in every corner of the world and will make the rounds on the worldwide indie film circuit
this fall and on into 2008; more about the film and ordering information can be
found online at www.stratmasters.com.
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