No photo exists of Elliot actually playing the Lead II but he does own one. ... more
No photo exists of Elliot actually playing the Lead II but he does own one. I happened to capture one of his guitars (the one used on Shake It Up for the title track and the song "Cruiser") before the Hard Rock Cafe took the images of those guitars offline (they had at least 3 of Elliot's leads - one red Fender Lead 1 1/2 that looks like a survivor of a house fire, the red Lead II I posted the link to below, and a white Fender Lead I that was used to record the solo to "Touch and Go" on Panorama).
Here's the picture of EE's straight off of Pinterest - I saved it from the Hard Rock Website when it was still there https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/5e/13/19/5e13198f3fe0d9b01861b547cffb8bc3--the-shakes-shake-it.jpg
The Daily Event's Book Blog also lists out the Lead II's use on "Shake It Up" in a interview taken from Musician Magazine in 1982 done during the release of that album http://dailyeventsbookpagethree.blogspot.com/2007/04/cars-musician-magazine-shake-it-up-1982.html
Let's start with Easton's short-form guitar list. The Fender guitars he used on the album were mostly the Telecaster and the Lead II. "I didn't play the Stratocaster on the whole album, except for 'Cruiser,' that crazy thing where it ends slamming the door."
Can be seen with a candy red and with a white one in this video. more
Can be seen with a candy red and with a white one in this video.
He talks about it here. more
He talks about it here.
Seen playing live with it in this picture. more
Seen playing live with it in this picture.
"Built For Elliot Easton 2005 All Korina Body & Neck, Jason Lollar Pickups, ... more
"Built For Elliot Easton 2005 All Korina Body & Neck, Jason Lollar Pickups, Ebony Fingerboard Gold Hardware, Tone Pros Bridge." -Ed Roman
He has it in this picture. Also it's his signature model. more
He has it in this picture. Also it's his signature model.
"#TBT 1984 Heartbeat City Tour. Pink paisley Telecaster. Blue taffeta Antony ... more
"#TBT 1984 Heartbeat City Tour. Pink paisley Telecaster. Blue taffeta Antony Price suit. #ElliotEaston #TheCars Wahoo!"
"I also played a Fender Custom Shop Nocaster." more
"I also played a Fender Custom Shop Nocaster."
"I also played a Fender Custom Shop Nocaster, a Mosrite and a Phantom 12-stri... more
"I also played a Fender Custom Shop Nocaster, a Mosrite and a Phantom 12-string from Phantom Guitarworks."
"And there was a Martin HD-28V." more
"And there was a Martin HD-28V."
"And there was a Martin HD-28V and a Custom Shop '66-style Strat with a big h... more
"And there was a Martin HD-28V and a Custom Shop '66-style Strat with a big headstock, a white one."
"The two main guitars were my signature model SG and a ’63 ES-335 Historic re... more
"The two main guitars were my signature model SG and a ’63 ES-335 Historic reissue."
"I also used a Martin HD-28V acoustic, and a white Mosrite Ventures model." more
"I also used a Martin HD-28V acoustic, and a white Mosrite Ventures model."
"I have a left-handed ’61 Barney Kessel custom with PAFs that I don’t think I... more
"I have a left-handed ’61 Barney Kessel custom with PAFs that I don’t think I would ever sell."
Shown in picture. more
Shown in picture.
It's his signature guitar. more
It's his signature guitar.
With a les paul on the right more
With a les paul on the right
Sometime around 1980, The Cars appeared to get into Fender in a big way. Ell... more
Sometime around 1980, The Cars appeared to get into Fender in a big way. Elliot Easton started playing new Fender Lead models (which some sources say he had a hand in - like the Lead fansite), Elliot used a few Stratocasters on the Panorama tour, Ric used a Jazzmaster and a Jaguar - and then there's this 1965' Fender Jazzmaster owned by Elliot Easton. This photo is from the Panorama tour. Here's another shot along side Ric Ocasek playing the pink 74' Jazzmaster he used a lot - https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/4e/50/43/4e5043a3981d91a1a4fa9118f12eccd3.jpg
Another shot of it post-Elliot's ownership is here from a Fender Calendar - http://gretschpages.com/media/img/fretboard/2015/8/FenderJazzmaster-1.jpg.540x540_q85_autocrop.jpg
Elliot Easton even mentions it on the Gretsch forum himself - http://gretschpages.com/forum/other-guitars/a-jazzmaster-without-a-vibrato/51410/page3/
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This one used to be mine. Again, note the righty tailpiece. When I got it, in 1980, it had a cracked body and nails holding in the pickups. Paid next to nothing for it!
Elliot also had another mid 60's Jazzmaster for sale for awhile. A sunburst model. Something I read a lot - especially on offsetguitars.com - is that Elliot has owned a crazy lot of Left Handed and/or High Quality and/or vintage guitars.
For a short time in 1978, Elliot Easton played a B.C. Rich Mockingbird, he wa... more
For a short time in 1978, Elliot Easton played a B.C. Rich Mockingbird, he was also seen in an ad for the B.c. Rich Mockingbird as well.
In 1980, Elliot Easton of The Cars started using Fender Lead series guitars, ... more
In 1980, Elliot Easton of The Cars started using Fender Lead series guitars, including the Lead I, Lead II, and a custom hybrid of his own custom built for him by Fender called the Fender Lead 1 1/2.
The Fender Lead 1 1/2 is a creation of Elliot's that mates the bridge humbucker of the Fender Lead I with the angled neck pickup of the Fender Lead II. It was NEVER a production instrument, just a custom job made for Elliot. The picture for the product provided is one of Elliot Easton's actual guitars owned by the Hard Rock Cafe currently.
Elliot had at least 2 if not 3 Fender Lead 1 1/2's that he has been seen with..
#1 - This one - which is a 1979 model in red with matching headstock that looks like it suffered some kind of fire or water damage.
#2 - a better known example in Olympic white with a white pickguard and black pickups that Elliot was seen using for most of the Panorama tour in 1980.
#3 - There was another white one, a cream white one from circa 1980-1982 with a Kahler Whammy bridge. It is unknown if this may have been the above Panorama guitar modified further by Fender in the early 80's, but it was said it was used on "HEartbeat City" for the guitar solo on "Magic". It was sold by Route 66' guitars in the late 1990's.
Elliot Easton used a Fender Lead I on the guitar solo for "Touch and Go" off ... more
Elliot Easton used a Fender Lead I on the guitar solo for "Touch and Go" off the Panorama album. Here's the Quote from the Forum, right from the source himself.
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thanks, it's one of the solos that i'm proudest of. i used a fender lead 1 guitar through a boogie head into a marshall cab in case you're interested. i also 'composed' the solo beforehand. it wasn't one where i simply 'winged' it, that's for sure!
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Elliot Easton was one of the first people to become a patron of Fender's Cust... more
Elliot Easton was one of the first people to become a patron of Fender's Custom Shop when it started in the mid 1980's (back when it was pretty much an exclusive thing to the rich and famous). And one of the first guitars the Fender Custom Shop made is this Sea Foam Green 1985 Fender Custom Shop Telecaster Thinline - which Elliot Easton mentions and shows a picture of himself in this forum post.
There's also a 1987 Door to Door era promo photo somewhere on the web of Elliot holding this guitar with the rest of The Cars.
In the mid 1980's Kramer was the hottest guitar brand on the planet at the ti... more
In the mid 1980's Kramer was the hottest guitar brand on the planet at the time, and they had a huge roster of celebrity endorsers.....some well known like Ritchie Sambora, George Lynch, Eddie Van-Halen......but they also had a lot of other guys outside the realm of "big rock/hair rock" guitar like Paul Dean (Loverboy), Paul Reynolds (A Flock of Seagulls), and obviously Elliot Easton of The Cars.
However, Elliot Easton, or so it seems, never actually used the Kramer built version. The prototype for the Kramer EE-Pro 1 and EE Pro-2, he used a ghost-built prototype version made by esteemed luthier Tom Anderson. The guitar above is one of Elliot's actual guitars he likely used with The Cars which was originally posted to "Route 66'" guitars website in the late 1990's.
"Interview Excerpt from Elliot Easton
Elliot had this to say about the signature line in this interview.
From Vintage Guitar Magazine By Willie G. Moseley
At one time, you had a Kramer signature model guitar.
That was something that I designed with Tom Anderson, who's a fine builder. The guy who was running Kramer at the time, Dennis Berardi, loved to hang around rock bands; I don't know any other way to put it. He was a nice guy, and he offered me the opportunity to design my own signature instrument. I took it as a challenge to come up with something for Kramer that had more of a traditional vibe. At the time, they didn't offer a guitar that didn't have a Floyd Rose. So I designed a guitar with a Tele-style bridge. It was available in two models: The Tele bridge and Seymour Duncan Quarter-Pounder system with a five-way switch for a lot of sounds, or with a humbucking-single-single pickup setup with a Floyd Rose. I thought such a guitar might have some appeal to country players and roots rockers who might go for the Tele configuration.
Looks-wise, I was inspired at the time by that orange Jackson guitar Jeff Beck was playing around the time of his Flash album. I wanted something that looked like it could have existed, but didn't. The pickguard on the Kramer is an example; Fender could have done that with their Tele, but didn't.
Mick Jagger played one of the Tom Anderson-built prototypes in the Mixed Emotions video. Tom built fabulous guitars, and I can't honestly say that the production guitars had the "magic" of the Anderson-built ones. That's not to put Kramer down, but you're talking about two completely different setups; one is an artist in a small shop, building one guitar at a time, the other is a huge factory, which by its very definition has to turn out a lot of instruments. In effect, Fender has gotten around the same potential problem by offering the Custom Shop; they don't ask you to expect the same thing out of a Mexican-built Strat as one that Jay Black builds for you (chuckles).:"
Elliot Easton used a new reissue of the 1958 Gibson Flying V at the US Festiv... more
Elliot Easton used a new reissue of the 1958 Gibson Flying V at the US Festival in 1982 in this performance of "Good Times Roll".
Elliot Easton also had a Dean Z as well, as seen in this video "Cars, Guitars... more
Elliot Easton also had a Dean Z as well, as seen in this video "Cars, Guitars, and Elliot Easton" someone posted to Youtube recently. His had a leopard print paintjob.
From the video "Cars, Guitars, and Elliot Easton" - here's a strange and uniq... more
From the video "Cars, Guitars, and Elliot Easton" - here's a strange and unique prototype guitar that Elliot started working on with Dean in the early 1980's. This is about the only time this guitar is seen or mentioned as far as I know.
Used in the recording of the album "Move Like This" as explained by the guita... more
Used in the recording of the album "Move Like This" as explained by the guitarist.