Fender Introduces the Mike McCready Stratocaster, a Recreation of His Prized 1960s Road Worn guitar

Published 1 week ago on September 16, 2023

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

Fender Introduces the Mike McCready Stratocaster, a Recreation of His Prized 1960s Road Worn Guitar

Fender releases the Mike McCready Stratocaster, an accessible homage to Pearl Jam’s lead guitarists’ iconic 1960s Stratocaster® guitar. As one of the founding members of Pearl Jam, McCready’s unique style became his signature sound and helped the band to stand out from their contemporaries throughout their long and hugely influential career. Created in close collaboration with McCready, this signature Stratocaster® guitar pays tribute to his unique, blues-inspired style and serves as a testament to his extraordinary artistry and sonic finesse. Built in Ensenada, Mexico, this signature guitar marks the second collaboration with the award winning guitarist following his Fender Custom Shop Limited Edition Mike McCready Stratocaster® released in 2021. Created not only for Pearl Jam and Mike McCready fans, but Fender enthusiasts alike looking for an accessible, excellent vintage-style, road-worn® 60s Strat®.


  • Custom Pickups: This custom pickup set is voiced to sound like his beloved 1960 Stratocaster. Warm and articulate, this custom pickup set nails McCready’s signature tone and sounds great for any style of music.
  • Signature Finish: Alder body provides the classic Fender tonewood while the Road Worn finish adds the nuances of a well traveled vintage guitar.
  • Neck Construction: The neck is carved to match his 1960 Strat and is reminiscent of the most popular neck shapes in Fender’s catalog, designed for comfort and performance.
  • Vintage Tremolo: The six-point tremolo offers proper intonation, full adjustability, and easy access to cool vibrato sounds.
  • Fingerboard Radius: This radius is slightly flatter than a vintage-style radius but with enough arc for comfortable chording and easier note bending.

The Mike McCready Stratocaster® captures the unmistakable sound and timeless spirit of one of rock’s most enduring and influential bands. Designed in collaboration with the Pearl Jam guitarist, the Mike McCready Stratocaster® is the ultimate Strat® for any guitarist seeking to channel the potent power and electrifying intensity of this grunge guitar icon. The Mike McCready Stratocaster® features a hand-crafted, heavily Road Worn® lacquer finish over an alder body, recreating the battle scars Mike’s own Strat® has earned over three decades of grueling, sold-out tours and legendary performances. The comfy 9.5” radius slab rosewood fingerboard on a slim “C” maple neck are shaped to match McCready’s treasured 1960 Strat®, while the custom Mike McCready Stratocaster® pickups are voiced to replicate Mike’s vintage single-coils for the same timeless tone, passion and energy that define his signature sound. The vintage-style synchronized tremolo, bent-steel saddles and cold-rolled steel block ensure the purest Fender tone and performance. With its well-worn finish and bold tones, the Mike McCready Stratocaster® resonates with the soulful essence of the iconic Strat® that has powered Pearl Jam’s chart-topping hits and transcendent live performances across countless studios and stages.


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