“Pinky” 2008 Bullet by Squire Strat
A cheap knockoff of a Fender Stratocaster made in China and probably marketed for tween-age girls, this guitar has a touching origin story. I was playing a two night corporate gig in Canmore with John Hyde and Kelly Kruse. On the Friday of the gig, I stopped into Long and McQuade to rent some p.a. stuff and noticed the bright pink Strat prominently displayed. At $120, I should have just bought her on the spot. I didn’t buy her but I told John and Kelly about her, bubble gum pink and all. The next night I showed up for the gig and there she was on stage. Nice guys! One thing that I did to modify her was to rewire her like a Telecaster. Strats have one master volume and two tone knobs for a three pickup guitar, and the volume knob is very close to where your pinky finger hangs while you play. It’s quite easy to inadvertantly turn off the volume in the middle of a solo, especially if your eyes are closed. I removed the master volume and stuck a cap in the hole where it once was. It’s kind of a cool modification that I wouldn’t have made with a more expensive guitar. This now my open G slide guitar. Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder and Lowell George can’t all be wrong!