Mike McCready’s Fender Stratocaster (Pinkpop 1992)

This guitar is one of the fan’s favorites, and despite being only used for a short period of time – it became iconic and very well known. It was used as a backup/second guitar in the short period from 1991 to 1993. During that time, Mike’s main guitar was the 1959/1960 sunburst strat that he acquired shortly after the release of Pearl Jam’s debut album “Ten”.

The most famous appearance of this particular guitar was during a set in 1992 at a dutch festival – Pinkpop, where Mike used it to play Jeremy, Alive and Black.

Mike playing the yellow Stratocaster at Pinkpop Festival 1992.
Mike playing the Stratocaster at Pinkpop Festival 1992.


What can be concluded from the footage and the photos is that the he guitar seems to have been finished in a butterscotch blonde color, or it could’ve been originally white and yellowed over time.

It does look pretty scratched up, so it could indeed be a vintage model, but a lot of other details don’t fit in. For example, the pickguard is not a single-layer pickguard like it would’ve been on an original 50s Strat, and the tree string and tuners don’t look vintage either.

Unfortunately, there is basically no information about this guitar whatsoever. So, we don’t know what year model it was, whether it was stolen, broken, or retired. If you happen to come across any mention of it by Mike or anyone else, post it in the comments.

Submitted by: Mikolaj

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