Owning a Fender Stratocaster

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Fender Stratocaster
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Patrick Borchard has served as a finance executive for a number of companies, including the Chicago-based privately held real estate investment trust Pangea Properties. Beyond his professional commitments, Patrick Borchard finds time to make music with his Fender Stratocaster.

Fender Stratocaster is one of the most recognizable names in the electric guitar market. First introduced in 1954, it has been used in countless performances and recordings across a gamut of popular genres.

Apart from its popularity, why should an aspiring guitarist choose the Fender Stratocaster over other similar brands? First off, it is smooth and comfortable to use owing to its iconic body and neck contour. However, one of its main advantages is its deep cutaway design, which also allows the guitar player full access to the fretboard.

Other than that, the Fender Stratocaster’s three-pickup array and five-way selector switch which give guitarists the flexibility to experiment with the sound and gain access to a wide range of tonal colors.

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A Phish Profile

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Phish
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Patrick Borchard is the chief financial officer for Pangea Properties, a privately held real estate investment trust based in Chicago. When he’s not working, Patrick Borchard enjoys playing guitar and attending Phish concerts–he has been to more than 50 shows.

Though never wildly commercially successful in the traditional sense, the American rock-and-roll band Phish has acquired a fanatical following due to their live concerts, which rely heavily on improvisation and jamming sessions. Diehard Phish fans often follow the band around the country and debate past concerts with each other.

Phish was founded in a dorm room at the University of Vermont, where drummer John Fishman and guitarists Trey Anastasio and Jeff Holdsworth (who later left the band) first starting playing together. They were later joined by bass player Mike Gordon and keyboardist Page McConnell. The band’s first album was independently released in 1988 and by 1993, the band began to see chart success. While most preceding albums charted, Phish is best known for its amazing live performances and they continue to tour today.

The CF Martin D-28 Acoustic Guitar

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Patrick Borchard has served as chief financial officer of real estate investment trust firm Pangea Properties for the last six years. Outside of his professional responsibilities, Patrick Borchard pursues a passion for playing the guitar, particularly on his CF Martin D-28 acoustic guitar.

First introduced in 1931, the D-28 has long been known for its wide-body dreadnought design, which creates a high-quality tone and powerful bass projection. Originating from CF Martin & Company in Pennsylvania, the D-28 quickly gained popularity among country bands, who preferred its deep sounds when playing alongside fiddles and banjos. The guitar has since become predominant in the realm of bluegrass music, serving as the favored guitar of several famous performers, including Hank Williams, Elvis Presley, and Paul McCartney.

The six-string model’s East Indian Rosewood and Sitka Spruce wood design provides a warm and resonant sound quality, optimizing the guitar’s use for vocal accompaniment and songwriting. In addition, the guitar features a solid black ebony fretboard and hardwood neck, which eases playing for any musician.

Caring for an Acoustic Guitar

As chief financial officer of Pangea Properties, Patrick Borchard heads the financial operations of a company with over 500 employees. In his free time, Patrick Borchard is a guitar enthusiast and owner of an acoustic Martin D-28, a model played by both Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. The care and maintenance of valuable acoustic guitars is a simple yet important part of instrument ownership.

Proper maintenance of an acoustic guitar begins with storage. When it is not being played, a guitar should be returned to its case to prevent damage. Many guitars incur damage when they are leaned against a wall and subsequently knocked over between practice sessions.

Like many items constructed of wood, acoustic guitars are sensitive to both temperature and humidity. Martin guitars, for example, are crafted in an atmosphere of around 50 percent humidity with a temperature in the low to mid-70s, and the company recommends storing them in similar conditions. It is important to keep guitars adequately humidified and protected from extreme changes in temperature to avoid warping, swelling, and cracking.

Guitar owners can clean their instruments by dampening a cotton cloth with warm water and gently wiping the body down, then drying it immediately afterward. A professional should always be consulted before any kind of polish is used on a guitar’s body or fretboard.