Fender’s Custom Shop has today announced a threesome of guitars themed around the popular TV show Game Of Thrones: a House Stark Telecaster, House Lannister Jaguar and House Targaryen Stratocaster!
Game Of Tones?
The brain behind these Fender Custom Shop design is Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn. And let’s be clear about one thing: they don’t come cheap. In fact, you may need to steal some dragon’s treasure to afford one.
The House Stark Telecaster
The House Stark Telecaster model has a lightweight swamp ash body, with a weathered inlaid sterling silver purfling that was inspired by the Winterfell landscape from GoT. This model also has a maple neck with an ebony fingerboard, that has a hand-cut and engraved sterling silver Dire Wolf sigil inlay on the first fret.
It also has a matching embossed nickel silver version of the Dire Wolf on the guitar’s pickguard, just in case you weren’t sure which house it represented. You also get a set of hand-engraved knobs, an etched neck plate and the whole guitar is finished with thin lacquer over custom paints, including Raven Black and Gray Wolf.
RRP – USD 25000
The House Lannister Jaguar
This Game of Thrones-inspired House Lannister Jaguar has a lightweight alder body that features 24k Gold leaf with heraldry design on both the front and the back of the guitar.
Inspired by the lavish wealth of the Red Keep in King’s Landing, this one also features an ebony fingerboard, hand-cut, but this time with an engraved brass Lion sigil inlay on the first fret.
You also get 24k leaf heraldry design carved guitar’s headstock, gold hardware and a gold-plated pickguard that is engraved with the Lannister’s sigil to complement the opulent aesthetic of this model.
Again with this model you get an etched neck plate, hand-engraved knobs and the whole instrument is finished with a thin lacquer over custom paints including Burnt Crimson and Lannister Gold.
RRP – USD 30000
The House Targaryen Stratocaster
Last, but certainly not least ,we have the Game of Thrones House Targaryen Stratocaster and this time Thorn has added carved dragon scales across the front and back of the guitar, representing the family’s sigil of a three-headed dragon.
This Strat has a lightweight alder body with black hardware, a maple neck with an ebony fretboard, and a hand-cut, engraved sterling silver three-headed dragon sigil inlay on the first fret. You also get a hand-tooled and stained leather pickguard that features the Targaryen seal.
The guitar also has an etched neck plate and is finished with thin lacquer over custom Dragonglass Black paint.
RRP – USD 35000
Each guitar took over 100 hours to complete, making a total of 300 hours spent building these three instruments. Fender also says this project was two years in the making! Here’s some more background from the PR material announcing these instruments:
“We worked directly and extensively with Game of Thrones’ creator and avid guitar player D.B. Weiss to ensure that our vision, design and materials reflected the identity of each house. And there’s no better place than the Fender Custom Shop to tackle this task with experts in not only guitar-building, but specialised skills, such as carving and engraving, that really set these instruments apart,” said Justin Norvell, EVP Fender Products. “As existing fans of the series, we couldn’t be happier with the final results and this partnership overall.”
“Ron Thorn at Fender has built three beautiful, GoT-inspired works of art, and you can out-shred your enemies with all of them,” said D.B. Weiss, who along with David Benioff, serves as creator and showrunner on Game Of Thrones. “The craftsmanship and attention to detail reminds me a lot of what we saw in our costume and armory shops, and on our sets. I hope these make a few other people 1/1000th as happy as they make me.”
These aren’t for me and I think they look a bit daft. However, I can appreciate the skill it took to hand build each one. But I reckon if I wanted opulent dragon-inspired guitars then I’d have opted for one of the old ’90s PRS Dragon models myself.
You can hear Scott Ian, Nuno Bettencourt and Tom Morello giving them a strum, whilst attempting the Game Of Thrones theme tune on them in the video below.