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Been a big fan of Fender's incredibly bizarre mythology themed 1976 catalog for a long time. Never seen high res scans, but a sci-fi artwork site recently uploaded them. It's an ultra-cool bit of obscura because not only is it batshit insane, Fender themselves commissioned the art, thought this was a good idea.

So in case anyone else is into the "inhumanly hot licks", here they are.







Feel free to guess the amount of drugs this took to make, or ponder why guitar catalogs have stopped featuring hookah smoking catepillars or wonder if the fact the Starcaster never made it as a model is due to the bizarre fantasy roll out.
 

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Id guess at least 2 drops of liquid LSD per drawing session ? Give or take a drop depending on strength and user tollerance...... not that I know about that. :flame:
 

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Mooncaster Lady is pretty hot :yesway:
 

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*Starcaster, right :lol:

I actually really like the Warmoth Mooncaster...

 

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My buddy makes a starcaster look normal, no idea how :lol:

And yes those ads should be in a museum/RRHOF.
 

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I'm sure there were *lots* of drugs involved in that, but the guitar world is better for it
 

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I was so into Yes in '76 I basically didn't listen to anything else, and these pics remind me a lot of the Yes album covers of the time. Very Roger Dean and cheap Mexican brown weed inspired :)





 

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Relayer is my favorite Yes album, and yes, that Dean cover is awesome. The snake isn't actually part of the cover, it's just the nights on the ice bridge, you only get the full thing with it laid out as a gatefold. The last four-six minutes of the main cut on that album that got released as a single is one of my favorite songs of all time.


Also obviously a huge fan of all of Hawkwind's album covers from that era.
 

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The last four-six minutes of the main cut on that album that got released as a single is one of my favorite songs of all time.
I was fortunate to see them bring back "Gates of Delirium" on the Masterworks tour in 2000. I don't even have the words to express how awesome it was to hear that in concert. No other rock concert I've ever attended brings what the "Soon" section does in concert--the only comparable experience I've had was a live performance of Mahler's Ninth Symphony. I can only imagine how great that piece was in concert when they were at their prime in 1974-76.

It's actually topical to this thread, too, because Steve Howe used a Telecaster Deluxe on the entire Relayer album--that being another of Fender's ill-fated '70s experiments.
 

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It's actually topical to this thread, too, because Steve Howe used a Telecaster Deluxe on the entire Relayer album--that being another of Fender's ill-fated '70s experiments.
Which is actually funny, because the Deluxes have a fair bit of following these days, and they just reissued the Starcaster as well :lol:
 

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I believe Steve mostly played a modded late 50's whiteguard Tele, but with a PAF added in the neck slot and the Telecaster Deluxe 'Les Paul' type 3 way switch in the upper bout added. The regular Deluxe had 2 hums but Steve almost always had the single in the bridge no matter the Tele. I mean, he may own 50 Teles so its splitting hairs anyway...

I was never a huge fan of "Soon" as a single edit, but I can see why they did it. One of my favorite parts of "Gates" is in the 'War' section, where Jon and Alan White are banging on hubcaps they bought on the way to the studio to make the 'War' sound more realistic :)

 

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Those are awesome. :lol: Awful, but awesomely so.
 

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Which is actually funny, because the Deluxes have a fair bit of following these days, and they just reissued the Starcaster as well
I'd like to try one, actually, but the reissues don't have the genuine pickups. You can get reissue pickups aftermarket, though, but $$$. The real Tele Deluxe is supposed to have a very precise, cutting sound that is great for effects-heavy tones.

I believe Steve mostly played a modded late 50's whiteguard Tele, but with a PAF added in the neck slot and the Telecaster Deluxe 'Les Paul' type 3 way switch in the upper bout added. The regular Deluxe had 2 hums but Steve almost always had the single in the bridge no matter the Tele. I mean, he may own 50 Teles so its splitting hairs anyway...
You may be right about that. Relayer has a thin, trebly sound, and I swear I read that he played a Tele Deluxe on it, but that could have been a mistake by the writer. I'll have to watch the QPR 1975 footage again to see what he's playing on the Relayer songs.

That's the only album I recall him using a Tele on. He started using an early 60s strat after that when he wanted Fender tones (which is surprisingly often).
 

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I know he played that 50's Tele on The Ladder, but how much I have no idea. Relayer was the Tele, TRSOG from Tales was 345 and the rest of that album was a Les Paul Junior, and as you note the GFTO album was almost all Strat except for the pedal steel. He always sounds like him though. The beginning of Asia's Heat Of The Moment, that 5 chord intro, is 5 different guitars, one chord each lol
 

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Well, I dig that Caster. Fender should [re]issue it - as the multiscaled Seventhcaster FF.

I wonder who modeled for Alice.. ;)
And, of all the understood symbology, I still miss why the book is open on a page with capital D..
 
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