Commodifying a dissenter



John Mayer's got a sneak peek of a Joe Strummer replica Fender Telecaster over at his blog, along with word that the company will officially unveil it at NAMM. It appears to be an exact copy of Strummer's guitar, down to the pattern of paint erosion, and the list price is almost $1,300 (though at least one place will sell it to you for $900). So if you want to honor a punk rock hero by purchasing a brand-new instrument carefully crafted to look like something he naturally wore down through years of play—at a sum that would probably feed a sub-Saharan family for a year—you can do that. It even comes with stickers designed by Shepard Fairey, who knows a thing or two about making real cash off of dead dudes.

Via Boing Boing

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