Kenny Wayne Shepherd

About Kenny Wayne Shepherd

As a young teenager, an encounter with Stevie Ray Vaughn paved the road Kenny Wayne Shepherd has driven ever since—most likely in a muscle car with Mopar parts. Shepherd, known by the KWS moniker, has been one of the premier guitarists on the world-wide touring circuit for over two decades.

While proficiently blending rock and blues into a distinct no-nonsense sound, Shepherd has put considerable wear and tear on his collection of guitars during his many passionately powerful performances around the world.

AXE HEAVEN® is delighted to release two Officially Licensed Kenny Wayne Shepherd Mini Fender™ Stratocasters™ to commemorate his musicianship and the venerable gear he plays.

Shepherd grew up in Louisiana as the son of disk jockey Ken Shepherd, who also produced live concerts in the area. Young Kenny had been toying around with guitars since he was a toddler, but when he saw SRV at a show his father produced, he was inspired to take his playing to a whole other plateau—at an altitude few guitarists have reached.

Shepherd released his first album, Ledbetter Heights, in 1995 when he was only 18 years. He currently has nine albums, all of which have charted on the Billboard 200, with Goin’ Home reaching #25 in 2014. Eight of those albums have reached #1 on the US Blues chart.

KWS has definitely earned the right to be mentioned in the same breathe as SRV — and most definitely the right to have his signature axes in our collection.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd is an AXE HEAVEN® Exclusives artist. His officially licensed Fender™ Stratocaster™ miniature replica guitars are available in the AXE HEAVEN® STORE and the official Kenny Wayne Shepherd website. (opens in new window)

Vintage 1961 Fender™ Strat™ – “THE ONE”

As far as Kenny Wayne Shepherd is concerned, the used ’61 Stratocaster™ he acquired when he was about 16 has always been “THE ONE.” When destiny called, Kenny answered. His destiny was and still is to play that used Strat™ to entertain appreciative audiences far and wide. When we began collaborating with Kenny, there was no question we would replicate this historic vintage axe.

Officially Licensed Kenny Wayne Shepherd Mini Fender™ Strat™ Vintage 1961 Sunburst Guitar Model by AXE HEAVEN®
Officially Licensed KWS Mini ’61 Strat™
Officially Licensed Kenny Wayne Shepherd Mini Fender™ Strat™ Vintage 1961 Sunburst Guitar Model by AXE HEAVEN®
Officially Licensed KWS Mini ’61 Strat™

Crossroads Fender™ Strat™

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

A two-year project led to the development of a Fender™ Stratocaster™ in tribute to the legendary intersection where Robert Johnson is said to have sold his soul to the devil. Johnson was to receive the fame and fortune that comes with the ability to play the guitar like none before him. Legend has it the fateful transaction occurred where highways 61 and 49 intersect in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Unfortunately, Johnson only received the everlasting fame he sought. Fortunately for all of us, KWS is keeping the flame Johnson lit burning brightly every time he steps onstage with his Crossroads Strat™. And we’re doing our small part with the release of the Crossroads Mini Strat™.

Officially Licensed Kenny Wayne Shepherd Mini Fender™ Strat™ Crossroads Blue Guitar Model by AXE HEAVEN®
Officially Licensed KWS Mini Crossroads Stratocaster™
Officially Licensed Kenny Wayne Shepherd Mini Fender™ Strat™ Crossroads Blue Guitar Model by AXE HEAVEN®
Officially Licensed KWS Mini Crossroads Stratocaster™

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