The Fender Japan Ken Stratocaster Paisley Fantasy and Experiment #1 have just been announced for the L’Arc-en-Ciel guitarist. One in striking, complex paisley patterned Strat, the other stripped-back minimalist Stratocaster.
Ken Stratocaster Paisley Fantasy
This new Ken Paisley Fantasy Stratocaster is currently very early in development and the picture provided by the Fender Japan website is actually of Ken’s original Master Built guitar. The Sarah Galenberger paisley design covers the whole guitar body, pickguard and headstock.
It comes with an engraved neck plate, gold hardware throughout, plus a maple neck and fretboard. This model will come with three Fender V-Mod II single-coil pickups and the Custom Shop production model will have a clear acrylic pickguard to show off the paisley pattern.
The first shipment is scheduled to be shipped in October, and after that, it is scheduled to be shipped around 2024.
MSRP – YEN 2,290,200
Experiment #1 is inspired by Kintsugi Japanese pottery and has a completely stripped-back minimalist vibe. Especially, when compared to the Paisley Fantasy Strat above.
Kintsugi pottery is the art of repairing broken pottery by mending any damage with powdered gold and so there are gold accents throughout the guitar’s design. For example, the gold-painted elbow contour and the rear spring cavity, as well as the under-the-clear back control cavity.
Again, this model comes with a gold neck plate engraved with Ken’s CHLion logo. This time the Strat has a set of direct-mounted Fender V-Mod II and Fat ‘50s single-coil pickups, plus a typical five-way selector switch and three control knobs. Though there is a pickup blender for front and rear pickups.
Again, this model has gold hardware throughout and it features a six-saddle vintage synchronized tremolo and a set of locking tuners fitted to an oversized headstock.
This model is due out in October and will be exclusive to the Japanese market.
MSRP – YEN 385,000
- Fender Custom Shop Ken Stratocaster Paisley Fantasy: Fender
- Experiment #1: Fender
- Gold highlights inspired by Kintsugi pottery: Fender