Monday saw the launch of Biffy Clyro’s latest offering, no not their new single, it was the launch of their signature guitars.
Fender Squier have released the Simon Neil Signature Stratocaster and the Fender Squier James Johnston Jazz Bass both of which are based on 60s relics.
Band front man, Simon Neil was thrilled to be approached by Fender, who describe the band as “part of the Fender family”. Jokingly he commented,
“We have been asking for years to try and get a signature guitar.”
The process of bringing the custom built relics to life began just before the band started recording their newest album, 5th studio release, Only Revolutions, which is due for release on the 9th November 2009.
“For us it was getting the best possible guitar for a reasonably cheap price. Basically we tried to make them as lovely as the relics we use. We have used these guitars live and they sound amazing.”
The custom relic guitars are a replicas of what lead singer Simon Neil and bassist James Johnston uses on stage.
Neil Whitcher, a representative from Fender UK commented,
“We were working on some Squier instruments and brought some prototypes down and started chasing them round various dressing rooms. We finally got them some sample instruments and then we took it from there, made a few tweaks, matched some colours, got some logos and here we are.”
Front man Simon Neil could not contain his excitement adding,
“We are delighted. It is such an honour for fender to ask us – and my very first guitar was a Squier, so it has come full circle.