The Rembrandts: Fender Custom Shop Telecoustic Prototype Guitar used for recording the "Friends" theme. Phil Solem acquired this "experimental" Fender Telecoustic a few days before The Rembrandts' appearance on The Tonight Show in 1991. It was a prototype model, built in the Fender Custom Shop by master builder Jay Black, with a single humbucker in the neck position and an acoustic bridge pickup. Following the Tonight Show performance the Custom Shop added the second humbucking pickup. In Phil's words: "I used it to record both the original version and the full-length single of 'I'll Be There For You,' the Friends theme song. It's been around the world several times, and has lived through its fair share of abusive stage antics." The guitar was also used extensively on the Rembrandts' Untitled and L.P. albums. During a Hard Rock Cafe grand-opening in Phoenix, in 1995, it was "painted" by the performance artist/painter Denny Dent (who died on March 29, 2004). "Denny saw my white guitar and thought it would be an opportunity to be creative. A news crew filmed him in action, whipping colors onto the instrument, while we Rembrandts were joined by Seal and Alice Cooper to witness the act. His painted fingerprints and autograph remain on the back."

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