Over the past few years, singer/songwriter/guitarist H.E.R. has blazed a singular trail across the R&B landscape with a fresh, powerful sound that melds influences ranging from Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway and Jimi Hendrix to Eddie Van Halen, Santana and B.B. King. She emerged on the scene in 2016 with a series of well-received EPs that highlighted her soulful vocals and dynamic, slow-burning guitar solos. But it was her run at the 61st Grammy Awards – where she picked up trophies for Best R&B Album and Best R&B Performance, and played an electrifying version of her ballad “Hard Place” on a show-stopping see-through acrylic Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster – that made it clear we were witnessing an incredible artist with one-of-a-kind style (and impeccable taste in guitars).
UNPARALLELED FENDER FLAIR
That awe-inspiring acrylic Fender, conceived by H.E.R. and brought to life (amazingly) in under a week by Custom Shop Master Builder Scott Buehl, is just one of the artist’s striking Strats. She’s also been spotted playing a Custom Shop model finished entirely in black — we mean everything from the body, fretboard and headstock to the back of the neck, the hardware and even the iconic Fender logo. To state the obvious: H.E.R. is not your typical R&B artist. And when it comes to writing and performing her music, she needs a guitar that’s likewise unique in sound and style. The new H.E.R. Stratocaster, finished in a stunning Chrome Glow and accented by an anodized aluminum pickguard, is that guitar.