Every now and then Warmoth has the opportunity to work with an artist and create something special. A short time ago we were approached by guitarist Jason Becker to help him create a tribute to the instrument that motivated him to pick up the guitar: Robbie Robertson’s famous bronzed Stratocaster®. Jason had already sourced most of the parts he needed, but the unique bronzed body continued to elude him.
After discussing it with Jason and doing some research, we decided to start by incorporating a Universal Pickup Rout into our Warmoth Vintage Strat® replacement body. This would enable us to accommodate the unusual pickup layout, while including the deeper tummy cut and forearm contour associated with vintage models. We then went to work figuring out how to bronze it. Here is the story in Jason’s words:
“When I was 9 years old, I saw the movie The Last Waltz, about The Band’s final concert. Seeing Robbie and Clapton made me want to become a lead guitarist. For this movie, Robbie Robertson had his guitar dipped in bronze, which I thought looked so cool. Every time I see it, it brings back the same feelings I had the first time I saw The Last Waltz, and dreamed of being a lead guitarist.
The Warmoth Vintage Strat® replacement body after the bronzing process.
I wanted to have a replica of this guitar, so I asked Warmoth if they could do it. They wrote me back saying they would be happy to. They first tried to find some guitar painters who could make it look just like bronze, but finally thought that we should have it dipped in bronze, just like Robbie had done. It looked exactly right!
Jason’s completed Robbie Robertson tribute.
Thank you Warmoth for making this nostalgic guitar for me…which brings back the great memories of when I first fell in love with the electric guitar. I also thank my awesome guitar company, Kiesel Guitars Carvin Guitars, for letting Warmoth do this for me.” – Jason Becker