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    Default Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    Guest Luthier – Mike Eldred, Director Sales and Marketing, Fender® Custom Shop

    Tuesday, March 16, 2010. 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Pacific Time.



    Mike Eldred began building guitars in 1979 at Charvel® Manufacturing in San Dimas, California (later to be called Jackson® / Charvel). He was the first employee Grover Jackson hired, and worked on Randy Rhoads’ guitars and many other artists including Gary Moore, Allan Holdsworth, Jeff Beck, and Edward Van Halen. After eight years at Charvel Jackson, Mike left to work at Yamaha® Musical Instruments. There, he was in charge of the Guitar Service Department and eventually became the Guitar Product Manager and the Guitar / Bass Artist Relations Manager, working with John Patitucci, Nathan East, and Billy Sheehan among others.

    In 1994, Mike left Yamaha to tour as guitarist with Lee Rocker, rockabilly double bassist from the Stray Cats. Mike recorded three CDs with Lee before leaving to devote more time to his growing family. Fender Custom Shop Manager John Page called Mike in 1996 and offered him a position as Shop Supervisor. When Page left Fender, Mike became the Fender Custom Shop Manager. Mike eventually worked his way up to his current position as Director of Sales and Marketing for the Fender Custom Shop, where he works with artists, develops new products, helps organize trade shows, and is responsible for positioning and market development of the Fender Custom Shop.

    One highlight of Mike's career at Fender came when he had the opportunity to travel to the Experience Music Project (EMP) in Seattle to inspect and document Jimi Hendrix’ famed White Stratocaster® played at Woodstock. Every aspect of the guitar was documented and Mike hand-built four “clones” of the instrument which were detailed down to each scratch and ding.

    Another highlight for Mike was going to Austin, Texas along with Fender’s Richard McDonald and George Blanda, to document Stevie Ray Vaughan’s #1 Stratocaster as well as Jimmie Vaughan’s personal guitars to be replicated by the Fender Custom Shop.

    “Working for Fender and the Fender Custom Shop is a dream job for somebody like me who still plays and has been around building guitars for most of my life,” says Eldred. “I still get to build stuff every once and a while, and the whole team are really focused on our mission of building the best that Fender can build.”

    Make sure to mark Tuesday, March 16, 10:00 AM Pacific on your calendars now for this special live Q&A session with one of the musical instrument industry’s most important players.

    Fender, Stratocaster, Charvel and Jackson are registered trademarks of FMIC with which Seymour Duncan is not affiliated.

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    Now that's pretty sick!!!

    Right on!
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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    Oh man, this is going to be hot!
    big Jackson fan here!

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    This is so cool!!!
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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    WOW...Mike is the man!!!

    This is gonna be very cool!
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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    as a Charvel addict with quite a bunch of them in my collection and others in my past this is VERY cool to see happen!

    -Mike

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    WOOOO!!!

    I was hoping this series would pick up after NAMM. Thanks a million, Evan!

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    There is a god.

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    AWESOME!!!!

    Now we just need Mike Shannon and possibly Grover Jackson

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    It's been a while since we've had one of these threads and this is the perfect way to restart them. Great work, Evan.

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    Awesome! Thanks Evan!
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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    Excellent!!

    Very much looking fwd. to this, as I have known who he is for a long time.

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    this is awesome.
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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    Excellent.
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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    Can't wait, great pick!

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    This is VERY exciting! Thanks SD and Fender for this cool opportunity!
    I get weak in the knees at the sight of a vintage Fender amp!

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    Warn Mike ahead of time that he better dust off his memories of Randy's guitars, because he's seriously going to be brain-picked about them

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    SICK! hope he's ready for this, cuz I am.
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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    I must be blind as a bat. I can't believe I just noticed this thread.

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    Default Re: Guest Luthier - Mike Eldred, Fender Custom Shop, March 16, 2010 10 - 2 Pacific

    AH ! I knew it ....he was one of the two guys at Fender responsible for creating the Rory Gallagher Tribute Strat .....

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