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fender | stratocaster "irish roots" JOHN CRUZ20170425 019

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Eines der Highlihgts auf dem Fender Stand der diesjährigen NAMM SHOW war diese "Irish Roots". Das Holz stammt von der legendären Ha´penny Bridge in Dublin, die vor etwa 16 Jahren komplett renonviert wurde.  

John Cruz hat aus diesem geschichtsträchtigen Holz für die NAMM 2017 eine Tele und eine Strat gebaut - ich bin glücklich, dass die Strat den Weg wieder zurück nach Europa gefunden hat und  jetzt bei mir im Gitarrenstudio steht - sicher nur für kurze Zeit....

....And there is no doubt that legendary Irish bluesman Rory Gallagher traversed the Ha’Penny’s planks one time or another while growing up in his home country. 

This year, the Ha’Penny Bridge was immortalized by Fender Custom Shop Master Builder John Cruz in the form of the one-of-a-kind Irish Roots Telecaster Relic and Irish Roots Stratocaster Relic using the actual reclaimed wood from the original structure. 

The elliptical walkway was refurbished in 2001, a process carried out in part by Harland and Wolff, the company that actually built the Titanic. The company that bought the salvage wood sold much of it in the form of plaques and other pieces to bar owners around the world. 

Some of it was also sourced by Mike Born, Fender’s director of wood technology.

“Mike always gets the best pieces of wood to use, and he came to the Custom Shop saying that he had a guy with some wood from the bridge,” said Cruz, who was working on the limited-edition signature Stratocaster of virtuoso Irish guitarist Gary Moore at the time. “Considering the Gary Moore guitar was happening then, it was a true Irish connection.”

“I think they may have been talking about doing some amps with the wood, but I pushed to make some guitars. Then the question was how many pieces we could get, but we snapped up enough for two.”

Upon seeing the wood, Cruz was immediately smitten. 

“It was pretty beat up, but it had tons of character,” he recalled. “I wanted to keep all the nails and screws intact.

“We had to grind some of them down a little. You don’t want anyone to have to get a tetanus shot. But once we joined the wood and cut out the bodies, some of the wood looked new again, so I had to use a lot of oils and dirt to make it look like the rest of the wood.”

What makes the Ha’Penny Telecaster and Ha’Penny Stratocaster even more unique is the addition of authentic British halfpennies that would have been used in Ireland as a toll on the bridge in that era.

Embedded just below the bridges of the Tele and Strat, one halfpenny is dated 1916 and another 1917. 

Both guitars were on display for the first time ever at the 2017 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., and Cruz was pleased with the response of those who got to see these masterpieces in person. 

“If it makes me want one—and I want them both for my collection—I think they turned out pretty great,” he said. “I’ve seen people hold it and play it, and the feedback has been pretty exciting. It just pays homage to the history of that bridge. So many feet crossed it … legends in the world of music. It was just an amazing project to work on.”




  • Body: 200 year old pine 
  • Neck: Roasted quatersawn maple
  • Fretboard: African blackwood
  • Radius: 9,5" 
  • Profil: Large  "C"
  • 1. Fret: 0.875"
  • 12. Fret: 0.950"
  • Frets: 21, 6100 JUMBO
  • Pickups: JC Bone Tone - handwound
  • Volume, Tone, Blend
  • Switch: 5-way
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