KWS Signature Strat With Rosewood Neck | Kenny Wayne Shepherd

This particular version of the KWS Signature Series Stratocaster is a one of a kind. The body and electronics feature all the same components found on one of Kenny’s production guitars, but the stand out feature on this unique guitar is its prototype neck. Featured exclusively on this guitar, this neck was developed by Kenny and Fender CEO at the time, Larry Thomas. Larry and Kenny collaborated on several projects and tossed around many ideas during Larry’s tenure as CEO of Fender and this prototype neck is just one of those ideas that was made in very limited quantities for road testing by KWS. This neck features Fender’s latest Channel-bound neck and fingerboard technology, but in an unusual but visually striking application of a rosewood neck with an inlaid birdseye maple fingerboard. Only four of these necks are known two exist and Kenny has two of them. Of the two that KWS has, one has a standard 9.5 radius and the other has a compound radius that goes all the way from 9.5 to a very flat 14 up top. They are fitted with jumbo 6100 frets per Kenny’s spec and have a beautiful oil based finish on both front and back.