Kenny Wayne Shepherd


Blazing onto the charts during the 1990s, Kenny Wayne Shepherd was considered a young prodigy with some talk of him filling the boots of the late great Stevie Ray Vaughan. Shepherd would soon enough earn four No. 1 blues album spots and a series of blues-rock hit singles. He gathered up a couple of Billboard Music Awards and later was recognized for his contributions to music in 1998 and 2001 by the Gibson Guitar Corporation when he was presented the prestigious Orville H. Gibson Guitar Award for Best Blues Guitarist.


Kenny uses a variety of Custom Shop Strats that have been made for him, including a Fender Signature series Strat. To eliminate string breakage during the big bends that are characteristic of his style, Kenny uses Graph Tech's String Saver saddles:

“I like String Saver saddles because they save my strings from breaking...I’ve been using them now for at least 10 years, if not longer, and I’ve noticed a significant decrease in string breakage...I hardly ever break strings anymore. I’m so much a fan of the Graph Tech product that I’m actually going to be including them on my Signature Series Stratocaster that’s coming out very soon. That’s a good testament to the quality of the product”. - Kenny Wayne Shepherd