Tom DeLonge Shifts from Gibson to Fender With New Starcaster Design, Here Are Some Details

After reuniting with Blink-182, Tom DeLonge is back to another old friend. For a while now, he’s been known as a Gibson guy. But after 20 years, he’s back with Fender. And not only that — he has a new Starcaster with just one bridge humbucker.

The news of this dropped through his Instagram account. In a new post, he shared a photo of this fine semi-hollow-body guitar. This really makes sense since Tom has been using Gibson’s ES-333 and this Starcaster seems pretty close to it. You can check out the post below.

Fender Modern Player Starcaster Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Demo - Sweetwater Sound

However, as Guitar World reports, there have been other signs for those who know where to look. Blink-182 engineer Aaron Rubin, who worked on these new guitars, shared another photo where we can see Tom chilling with four of these fine specimens. They come in four different and, arguably, pretty great-looking finishes. The comments on this post also suggest that the model is equipped with a Seymour Duncan Invader humbucker.

Brian Thrasher, the mastermind behind this build, also shared some interesting stuff. In his own post, we can see these four fine guitars in slightly more detail.

And he’s also shared what their necks look like, along with the fingerboard.

On October 11 this year, Blink-182 announced Tom DeLonge’s return to the band. This, of course, meant the automatic firing of Matt Skiba. Interestingly enough, this wasn’t much of a surprise as plenty of fans pointed out that the band has been very inactive for a while and Skiba suggested that he’s not really involved with the group in an Instagram comment.

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The band will be back on the road next year. Hopefully, we’ll be seeing and hearing a lot from these new Starcasters that Tom has presented.

Photos: Guitar World screenshot, Aaron Rubin (via Instagram)

  • David Slavkovic

    David always planned for music to be nothing more than a hobby. However, after a short career as an agricultural engineer he ended up news editor at KillerGuitarRigs, senior editor at, as well as a freelance contributor to online magazines such as GuitaristNextdoor and brands like Sam Ash.

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