“It’s as if the bass jumped straight from my dreams into reality..."
My Chemical Romance bassist Mikey Way has been honoured with a new signature guitar, courtesy of Fender.
The Fender Limited Edition Mikey Way Jazz Bass is a vintage, 70s-style inspired instrument, featuring a silver sparkle finish (matching with his Squire Mustang Bass) with the punchy tone Way needs when he’s jamming on stage or in the studio.
His second signature instrument with Fender, “It’s as if the bass jumped straight from my dreams into reality. It’s my most favourite instrument I’ve ever played,” Way said in a press release.
Justin Norvell, Executive Vice President of Products at FMIC, added in a statement, “For over two decades, Mikey Way has been a legendary influence in the modern music guitar genre and a part of the Fender family. We are honoured to work with him for the second time and bring his vision for this Signature Jazz Bass® to life.
“Our team really wanted to make it extra special and was dedicated to getting his inspiration for every spec and detail right. The 70s-inspired J Bass® pickups and stamped tuning machines deliver a balanced sound and punchy tones, making it an excellent choice for any musician performing in the studio, club, or arena. We look forward to seeing what our players create!”
At the time of writing, the Fender Limited Edition Mikey Way Jazz Bass will be made available in Australia, the US, the UK, Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Potential buyers are looking at prices of $1,499 USD, £1,399.00 GBP, €1,599.00 EUR, and $2,649.00 AUD.
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You can find more details on the Fender website and check out Way’s Fender artist video below.
“Rod Laver Arena felt like a pressure cooker of pent-up emotion, excitement, and feverish anticipation,” Kill Your Stereo’s My Chemical Romance live review noted earlier this year.
“Blink your eyes, and it could have been 2006; the elongated wait for fans to exorcise their need to see MCR live bred the energy and intoxicating atmosphere that elevates their music past a run-of-the-mill screamo band.
“Thankfully for the starved masses, the band delivered everything they could ever want,” we added. “Amongst the screaming, there were tears and people embracing each other in moments of sheer happiness that they were witnessing My Chemical Romance on stage. In a perfect storm of catharsis, it was an evening of mutual devotion, fierce passion, and an understanding that music can save you. They’ve still got it.”
You can read our full review here.