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Later on the Hysteria Tour when “Love Bites” was released as a single Steve would be seen on stage with a Fender Stratocaster – which was a fairly rare thing to see with Steve being primarily a Gibson man at this point in his career.
This Stratocaster is the one that he uses in the video for the“Love Bites” single. Steve had stated in an interview in Guitarist magazine in 1988 that he had a Fender Stratocaster fitted with Bill Lawrence pick-ups. Bill Lawrence pick-ups are renowned for their excellent tonal qualities. I assume that it is this guitar he’s referring to regarding those pick-ups, but I cannot be sure. Steve’s “Love Bites” strat is a Fender with the standard SSS pick-up configuration. It also has a rosewood fingerboard and is finished in the very nice gunmetal blue colour, looking similar to one that Jimmy Page had. It’s also fitted with a Kahler “Traditional Series” 2520 fulcrum tremolo unit.