This collaboration between Fender and Cuervo is a bit different, as you don’t usually associate Stratocasters with tequila! We reckon this must be the world’s first 100% Agave guitar…
This Custom Shop Stratocaster features a pure agave ‘two-piece’ body with a matching 21-fret neck and fingerboard. Styled as a ’56 Stratocaster with regular Fender hardware, a custom-engraved neck plate with a Jose Cuervo inscription, the guitar is set up with a hand-wound Fat ’50s neck, RWRP middle and bridge pickups, so expect it to sound the part.
Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Mr Paul Waller states the following:
It’s so much more different than everything else I’ve ever used. There are places where you can just squeeze it with a moderate amount of pressure, like you’re fretting a chord on a guitar – you can actually indent the material and create a dent in the agave. That’s how soft it is.
So was Agave a good choice of wood for a guitar? Probably not, but we have seen Stratocasters made from cardboard, so you know, if you can, then why not?
Luckily he teamed up with Gary Linden who is a’ legendary’ surfboard shaper and also happens to be the creator of the world’s first 100% agave surfboard. Together they made it happen and if you would like to see exactly how, then check out the official video below.
It’s all obviously a huge marketing gig. However, I think it looks kind of cool and I like the fact that Fender said yes to at least trying this out. At least this way we get to see and hear a completely different wood being used for guitar manufacture. This guitar weighs in at a mere 6-6.5 pounds, so it won’t weigh you down either.
Still, a nice bit of fun and hopefully they had a few glasses of tequila whilst they got his off the ground!
Cuervo x Fender product page
- Fender Custom Shop's Paul Waller and Gary Linden: Fender