Strummer's personally-owned and -used black-bodied Fender Squier Telecaster electric guitar. Made in Japan circa 1985-86, the guitar is serial numbered A001112 on the neck plate, and bears a Joe Strummer & the Latino Rockabilly War sticker affixed to the body, with remnants of two other stickers to the body and black pickguard. The guitar exhibits heavy overall wear from frequent use, and is known to have been used by Strummer during recording sessions for both the Grosse Pointe Blank soundtrack and on his solo album, Earthquake Weather, recorded during 1988-89.
With The Clash having parted ways in the mid-1980s, this instrument dates to a particularly trying period in Strummer's musical life. Having moved to Los Angeles to record and pursue a career in Hollywood, Strummer was tapped to compose the soundtrack for the 1997 black comedy Grosse Pointe Blank. He struggled and worked tirelessly with his band, as well as with close friend Gerry Harrington, to expose himself to other sounds as motivation. The album was ultimately well-received by critics, bridging nicely from Strummer's time with the Clash and into his next project, the Mescaleros. Acquired directly from Harrington, this guitar represents the reemergence of Strummer after his time with The Clash.
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