'Green T' and the 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocasters
'GREEN T' STRATOCASTERPLAYED BY ED SHEERAN ON THE MULTIPLY WORLD TOUR
"Green T was my personal project before being loaned to Ed Sheeran.
The brief was to design a personalised guitar with a clean yet strong graphical identity.
- Teddy McDonald
Following discussion with Sheeran's management, McDonald offered his self-customised, 'Green T' Fender Stratocaster guitar to Sheeran while the 'Crash x Teddy M' guitar was in production. Sheeran's manager thanked the artist for his 'kind offer' and confirmed Sheeran wished to play 'Green T' on his tour
After a few technical 'tweaks' here and there by Sheeran's guitar tech Trevor Dawkins, 'Green T' was ready for the Multiply tour. Sheeran played 'Green T' to perform "Kiss Me" and his hit "Thinking Out Loud" in over 18 countries during the Multiply world tour and the guitar featured extensively on fan footage on social media and YouTube
'Green T' also featured during the US televised, 'Good Morning America Summer Concert' live from Central Park, New York City in 2015. While on the other side of the world, Sheeran also chose to play 'Green T' during his televised performance on, 'The X Factor' in New Zealand
Sheeran took delivery of his commissioned 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster just before his performances at Wembley Stadium in 2015 and 'Green T' was returned to McDonald. A few months later, Sheeran's manager kindly gave his blessing for the sale of 'Green T' at auction by Bonhams, London and provided a letter of provenance in support of McDonald. The 'Green T' Fender Stratocaster sold on 12 December 2015 achieving over twice the estimate. To this day, we remain curious as to who bought the guitar... if it was you, please let us know!
McDonald would like to thank Ed Sheeran for his formal commission and choosing to play "Green T' and extends his thanks to Ed's manager, Stuart Camp and then assistant Andy Wells, both of whom were a pleasure to work with
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'CRASH x TEDDY M' STRATOCASTERCOMMISSIONED BY ED SHEERAN
Commissioned by Ed Sheeran, the 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster is a collaboration with 1980's New York street art pioneer John Matos aka Crash
Sheeran specified the use of a Fender Eric Clapton Stratocaster and generously afforded McDonald and Crash complete control over the design. Crash opting for his 'all seeing eye' and McDonald a 'heart' design which later formed the basis of his painting with British royalty
The colours on the guitar were agreed between McDonald and Crash and are indentified as colour palettes widely used by both artists. Crash also opted to include Sheeran's iconic, 'E'
The guitar was delivered by McDonald to Rocket Music in London ahead of the final dates of Sheeran's Multiply world tour and was debuted by Sheeran on the first night of his Wembley Stadium shows in June 2015 and later seen during Sheeran's performace with Coldplay's Chris Martin at the Global Citizen festival in 2015
Sheeran chose to play the 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster extensively on the Divide world tour and his headline performance at the Glastonbury Festival 2017. The guitar also appears on Sheeran's Wembley Stadium concert movie, 'Jumpers for Goalposts'
*During this time, McDonald was known professionally as 'Teddy M'
GQ magazine published a full page feature about McDonald and the guitar and the late, great Q magazine also featured Ed with his guitar
photo of 'Crash x Teddy M' Stratocaster (c) 2015 Sun Lee for GQ magazine
Q magazineAugust 2017