'GREEN T' STRATOCASTERPLAYED BY ED SHEERAN ON THE MULTIPLY WORLD TOUR
'Green T' is a customised Fender 'Eric Clapton' Stratocaster featuring iconography by Teddy McDonald.
The artist originally customised the Fender Stratocaster for his own use, as his main guitar, hence the 'T' designation.
In 2015 McDonald loaned 'Green T' to Ed Sheeran for use on his Mulitply world tour while the 'Crash x Teddy M' guitar was in production.
Ed Sheeran played 'Green T' to perform "Kiss Me" and his hit "Thinking Out Loud" in over 18 countries and the guitar featured extensively on fan footage on social media and YouTube.
'Green T' was also played during Sheeran's US televised performance at the 'Good Morning America Summer Concert' live from Central Park, New York City in 2015 and his performance on 'The X Factor' New Zealand.
A few months after Sheeran returned 'Green T' his manager Stuart Camp kindly provided a letter of provenance and 'Green T' was sold by Bonhams London on 12 December 2015 achieving over twice the estimate. To this day, we remain curious as to who purchased the guitar.
Teddy McDonald would like to thank Ed Sheeran. He also extends his thanks to Ed's manager Stuart Camp and then assistant Andy Wells, both of whom were a pleasure to work with throughout.
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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'.
John Matos aka Crash has previously created art guitars for Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Santana, Gary Clark Jr and many more music icons.
*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.