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Billie Joe Armstrong's Blue (and his many other Strats)

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This was brought up to me by another user and its what prompted me to do this thread. I've heavily been into Green Day since I was 13, and given the gearhead that I am I was immediately drawn to the guitars. This thread is to basically document all of the strats that Billie Joe played through the years, starting here:


1. Fernandes Strat RST-50 (Blue) - Given to Billie by his mom for his 10th birthday, who saved up all of her waitressing tips to buy it for him. It was purchased from Armstrong's guitar teacher, George Cole in the early 80's. Sometime before or during the formation Green Day (then called Sweet Children), the bridge pickup was replaced with a Bill Lawrence L-500 Lead humbucker set an angle. This is what sparks the trend of the angled humbucker feature. This lasted until August of 1994, until it was replaced and unknown brand of a white humbucker (believed to be a Seymour Duncan) and was seen at Woodstock '94. This was then replaced again with another Bill Lawrence pickup (which can be seen in Jaded In Chicago), and lasts until the beginning of 1995 when it was replaced again with a black Seymour Duncan JB. Although the most notable thing about the guitar and what would mark the influence for countless bands and musicians was the constant plastering of stickers throughout the years.

Featured on: Every record up until 'nimrod.'

Tours: Every Green Day tour























These are the several backup strats for Blue, in order by appearance:

1. Black Fender Stratocaster (1992-1993) - First known backup for Blue, acquired in late 1992. It was a Fender American Standard Strat with a black pickguard, rosewood fretboard, HSS configuration, and a Bill Lawrence pickup, although this one is not placed on an angle. There were a few stickers placed on this guitar. It was only seen during 1993.

Featured on: No albums. This guitar was only seen live.

Tours: 1993 Kerplunk! tour, 'Recipe For Hate' tour opening for Bad Religion



2. Blue Fender Stratocaster (1997-98) - This particular instrument was nicknamed 'Frankenstein' since the parts for this guitar were acquired from various locations. The most notable feature of this instrument is the left handed bridge.

Featured on: Touring guitar only

Tours: 1997-98 nimrod tour



3. Blue backup #2 & Frankenstein #2 Strats (1997-98) - Also most likely parts guitars

Featured on: Touring guitars only

Tours: nimrod (1997-98)

Blue backup #2 (top right corner)


Frankenstein #2. There is some debate over whether this guitar was painted or left with a natural finish.


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I know what the white humbucker is: it’s a KMSE double coil neck version I think they used it on the Yamaha Pacifica. I’ve got one (currently in the shop) and did some research on this.

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