Fender partners with luxury car brand Lexus for ultra-modern Custom Shop Strat designed by Ron Thorn
Since Yamaha partnered with Spongebob Squarepants all bets have been made when it comes to branding links and the electric guitar. Despite this, Fender ridesharing spec ideas with luxury car giant Lexus for a limited edition Stratocaster is always a surprise.
For Fender, whose design lead by prime contractor Ron Thorn, it was an opportunity to get creative, and the Lexus LC Stratocaster duly presents us with a series of firsts for the California guitar giant.
Let’s start with the finish. Resplendent in omnidirectional structural blue, a color inspired by the Morpho butterfly, the Lexus LC Strat offers us a polychromatic visual treat.
Depending on how the light catches it, it could be a deep midnight blue or a light metallic blue. As Fender explains, however, the paint used isn’t even blue; this is exactly what the high tech, colorless material layers want you to think about as they interfere with the light.
Imagine this finish a bit like the iridescence of peacock feathers, mother-of-pearl or opal; certainly, the pictures will not be able to do it justice.
Lexus uses the exact same paint on its LC 500 Coupe and Inspiration Series Convertible, but given that this is US only and limited to 200 cars worldwide (200 Lexi?), Chances are you Haven’t seen one lining up at your local gas station. square.
Continuing on that theme – and another Fender first – Lexus LC Stratocaster appropriates the exact same carbon fiber twill from a Lexus spoiler for the pickguard, which complements the omnidirectional structural blue quite well, with the volume control knobs. and tone comprising of aluminum machined to match the Mark Levinson buttons on a Lexus in-car audio system.
To keep it like the car’s audio system, we’ve lost tone control here. Unfortunately, there is no navigation system to call up chord changes, but there are Luminlay side dot markers to act as de facto cat eyes, glowing blue in the dark to help you navigate. in the handle.
Elsewhere, this is usually a high-end guitar design, with Ron Thorn doing things Ron Thorn, shaping a 3A flamed maple neck, first using polished blue Richlite on a Custom Shop model, opting for for a flatter 12 “radius fingerboard and 22 medium-sized stainless steel frets to make it feel faster.
An Ultra Noiseless Vintage Strat single coil trio, 2-point synchronized tremolo with saddle blocks and a Schaller locking tuner complete an impressive specification.
The Lexus LC Stratocaster is priced at £ 5,499 / € 6,199. It comes with a luxury hard case finished in carbon fiber and textured vinyl, and embroidered with the Lexus logo, and is surely the ultimate gift for the Lexus fan in your life. Only 100 units will be manufactured worldwide.
If you fancy giving this Lexus Strat a try, head over to the Fender Custom Shop for more details.