Japanese carmaker Lexus and American musical instrument manufacturer Fender have teamed up to build a very special guitar. Say hello to the Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster.
It’s a combination of two of Lexus’ and Fender’s most popular creations, the LC and the legendary Strat. The development of the custom guitar was led by Fender Custom Shop (FCS) principal master builder Ron Thorn.
“As a deep car enthusiast, this was a fun project to build off. We went bold with the technical specs to make this model a living Lexus guitar. I can’t wait to see how everyone rocks out to it,” said Thorn.
The guitar bears the standard shape and parts of a Strat, only it features various elements derived from the LC500. The Structural Blue used on the guitar was the same paint used on the CL500 coupe and convertible Inspiration Series, a limited-edition model built exclusively for the US market. What makes the paint special is that it doesn’t contain blue material—it only looks blue because the layers of colorless materials come together to generate the hue.
The neck is built from 3A flame maple finished in high-gloss urethane, while the fingerboard from deep-blue polished Richlite. The latter features a flatter 12-inch radius and 22 medium-jumbo stainless-steel frets.
The machined brushed-aluminum knobs match the Mark Levinson stereo knobs on the LC. Also, there are only two knobs on this guitar as opposed to the typical three-knob layout on a standard Stratocaster.
The pickguard, meanwhile, is made from twill carbon fiber that matches the LC’s rear spoiler—a first for Fender. Fastening the pickguard are black button head machine screws that create “a clean automotive appearance.”
The headstock is also finished in Structural Blue with a chrome Fender logo. As for the case, it’s wrapped in carbon-fiber textured vinyl with black leather ends and with the Lexus logo embroidered inside.
“Collaborating with Lexus to conceptualize, design, and build the Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster has been an incredible ride,” said FCS VP of product development Mike Lewis. “The process our team took to design this Strat has certainly been a labor of love, as well as a source of inspiration and excitement around the shop. Our team is constantly building innovative products and this launch is another great representation of craftsmanship and creativity at Fender.”
“When we saw the first iteration of this Stratocaster, we couldn’t believe how well it matched the original LC500 Inspiration Series,” said Lexus marketing vice president Vinay Shahani. “It’s amazing to see this partnership come together based on our respective brands’ mutual admiration for one another. Seeing our Structural Blue color represented in this Stratocaster guitar illustrates endless possibilities of creativity, and we’re honored to have been a part of this creation.”
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