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Old 09-13-2011, 06:01 AM   #1
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Fender Unveils 9/11 Tribute Guitars

Fender Unveils 9/11 Tribute Guitars | Guitar World
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The Fender Custom Shop offers its own sincere tribute to those who fell on Sept. 11, 2001, with a trio of custom Stratocaster guitars commemorating the events and the heroes at the World Trade Center complex.

The trio of Stratocaster models honors each of the three major organizations that paid such a terrible price that day—the New York City Police Department, New York City Fire Department and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Each guitar has a custom graphic finish depicting imagery related to each agency and to the events of that day.

Each tribute Stratocaster guitar bears a set of actual commendations particular to each New York City agency inlaid into its upper surface. These pins, badges and medals are taken from the personal collection of firefighter Tommy Clarke, who was present at the World Trade Center site in the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001.






Sure Fender mean well but.... I dunno this for some reason doesn't sit right imo....
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:01 AM   #2
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New York Fire Department Stratocaster
• “Survivor” pin bearing two stars and numeral 343; the number of firefighters and paramedics killed at the World Trade Center complex on Sept. 11, 2001. Clarke notes that this is “the highest New York Fire Department commendation ever given.”
• “Rescuer” pin bearing one star and numeral 343; denotes a responder on the scene within 24 hours. Clarke notes that these commendations were distributed on the first anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001.
• “Campaign” pin bearing numeral 343 (no star); denotes any New York City Fire Department responder on the job on Sept. 11, 2001, present or not at the World Trade Center.
• Specially commissioned New York City Fire Department badge commemorating the agency’s 343 officers, firefighters and paramedics lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
• 11 individual commendation bars signify acts of bravery not specifically related to Sept. 11, 2001.

New York Police Department Stratocaster
• “U.S. Flag” pin bearing 09-11-01. Clarke notes that these were issued to New York Police and Port Authority officers in the wake of the tragedy.
• “WTC” pin issued to New York police and Port Authority officers.
• NYPD Medal of Honor; a green bar with 12 stars denoting “Individual acts of extraordinary bravery in the line of duty at imminent and personal danger to the police officers’ life above and beyond the call of duty.”
• NYPD Police Combat Cross; a solid green bar denoting “Members who have successfully and intelligently performed an act of extraordinary heroism while engaged in personal combat with an armed adversary under circumstances of imminent personal hazard to life.”
• NYPD Medal for Valor; a solid blue bar denoting “Acts of outstanding personal bravery intelligently performed in the line of duty at imminent personal hazard to life under circumstances evincing a disregard of personal consequences.”
• NYPD Meritorious Award; multi-colored bar denoting “An act of extraordinary bravery.”
• Pistol expert pin.
• Specially commissioned New York City Police Department badge commemorating the agency’s 23 officers lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Stratocaster
• “U.S. Flag” pin bearing 09-11-01. Clarke notes that these were issued to New York police and Port Authority officers in the wake of the tragedy.
• “WTC” pin issued to New York police and Port Authority officers.
• NYPD Police Combat Cross; a solid green bar denoting “Members who have successfully and intelligently performed an act of extraordinary heroism while engaged in personal combat with an armed adversary under circumstances of imminent personal hazard to life.” Also issued to Port Authority officers.
• “Bronze Star” pin; green, white and blue bar bearing a bronze star denoting “Integrity for great personal danger in the performance of duty.”
• “Blue Star” pin; green, white and blue bar bearing a blue star denoting community service.
• “Meritorious Police Duty” pin; green, white and blue bar (no star).
• Pistol sharpshooter pin.
• Specially commissioned Port Authority of New York and New Jersey badge commemorating the agency’s 37 officers lost on Sept. 11, 2001.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:04 AM   #3
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I'm sure they're not deliberately trying to provoke anyone, but this does seem pretty tasteless, to me at least. Putting aside the whole profit-from-others'-misery for a minute, there's still the idea that you'd be on stage playing on a guitar that shows images of one of the worst moments of humanity.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:09 AM   #4
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I don't see anything wrong with them neccesarily (since they're being donated and commerating), but I wouldn't have depicted a 9/11 the way they did the red one.
Plus the policeman holding that piece of steel or what type of damage from the building it is(did that actually happen). Because I don't recall seeing a picture of a officer doing that or at least holding it above him, maybe it's a symbol?

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Old 09-13-2011, 06:12 AM   #5
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Nothing about those are visually striking. They look like cheap import dollar store toys or something.


Edit: This is what came to mind when looking at those guitars. I think it's a great idea to raise money for this cause, but the product is anything but tasteful.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:16 AM   #6
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I don't think there was any intentional cause of a cheap and somewhat offensive (To me, at least) design, but yeah, I don't really think I'd feel comfortable owning or playing one.

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Old 09-13-2011, 06:16 AM   #7
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I'm sure they're not deliberately trying to provoke anyone, but this does seem pretty tasteless, to me at least. Putting aside the whole profit-from-others'-misery for a minute, there's still the idea that you'd be on stage playing on a guitar that shows images of one of the worst moments of humanity.
No I agree I am sure they aren't trying to be anything but respectful but still it as you say even if all the money was going to charity etc etc... why would you buy it.... dunno sometimes I get guitar manufactures making theses sort of tribute models but then with theses I really don't get the point.... and tbh the art work of the police officer holding up the debris is pretty poor and at best very cheesy....

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Are they actually for sale though?

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Works for me, if not though just got to the guitar world site mate its on the home page the link

Didn't read this bit.... Obviously I take it from this they are one off's...
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After going on brief display at a Fender event in California in mid-September, Eric Clapton will play the guitars during fall dates on his 2011 world tour, after which they will be donated to Sept 11, 2001, first-responder organizations.
Even if they are one off's I still think the question should be why make them in the first place?
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:22 AM   #8
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Well, considering that they're being donated, one can tell that their heart is in the right place (excluding the idea that all charity that large companies do is for publicity). I still can't get past the idea that it just seems a little off.
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I really don't like this.

But i'm not really into tributes and stuff
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:46 AM   #10
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Why not, I understand a US corp would want to make a tribute, but I guess their place would be better in a display case as a "don't forget" memento than on a stage.

The art could be better though, they look like cheapo guitars. The inlaid mementos are a good idea though, but the painting is...well.

Imho the "right" thing would be to offer them to the concerned agencies.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:49 AM   #11
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as a New Yorker...im tired of this ..... Its tacky. Please stop.
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Old 09-13-2011, 06:50 AM   #12
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Where we you when you saw the horrors of 9/11....









....air-brushed onto the face of a Fender Stratocaster?

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Old 09-13-2011, 07:32 AM   #13
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as a New Yorker...im tired of this ..... Its tacky. Please stop.
i'm not American, but i totally agree with this
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:44 AM   #14
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The guy who pitched this should be fired.

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Come on Fender, really?

What happened to Jeff? Funny how he dropped off the radar now that the entire Western world disagrees with his right wing bull.....
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The one with the cop on it looks like a piece of Soviet propaganda... only not as visually striking or impressive...
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as a New Yorker...im tired of this ..... Its tacky. Please stop.


And those guitars are really ugly.



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Wow, those are ridiculous.

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The only way these would even be on the border of acceptable is if ALL of the the profits went to charities for the victims, first responders and others associated with and still suffering from the tragedies.

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Words can't describe how disgusting this is. I thought what Dean are doing was tasteless...
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After skimming the GW article, I'm at least glad to read that these are one-offs and are being donated to 9/11 first-responder organizations. Still, they look really tacky.

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These are absurd and ugly.
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Yeah, after reading the article, it is a very interesting story.

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Why would the services need the guitars? Why not hold a benefit show with lots of famous guitarists and actually give them something that can help. That would make more sense.
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I just think that first why do it in the first place its a weird "tribute" to the services who worked so hard and lost so many in the first place but then if you are gonna do it do it ....ing right and put some effort in to it or least make the guitars look like fitting tributes with a decent graphic artist doing the graphics not cheap & ugly with some bizarre Cold War Soviet style image representing what exactly? Superman in a cop uniform....

Someone tbh at Fender needs to get the sack really....
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