In the world of custom electric guitars, details matter.
High-end components, top-of-the-line pickups, quality woods, hand-wired electronics … all of those factors conspire to create instruments that rise above garden variety guitars you’ll find hanging on the wall at your local music store.
But what if you could take it a step further?
A unique idea
What if you could buy a custom Fender Esquire guitar made from 100-year-old Alaskan cedar wood that was once part of the bench board seating at Hollywood Bowl? Or how about a custom Fender Telecaster or Stratocaster with a pickguard crafted from the aluminum skin of a B-25 Mitchell Bomber that was used during Pacific battles in World War II?
Master builder Yuriy Shishkov, who works out of the Fender Musical Instruments Corp. manufacturing facility and custom shop in Corona, is creating a limited run of each. But if you’re thinking about buying one, it’s gonna cost you. The guitar made from Hollywood Bowl seats sells for $12,000 and the Pacific Battle Tele and Strat each sell for $8,800.
Wood from Hollywood Bowl
Shishkov, who has worked at Fender for 17 years, explains how the project came to be.
“We have people who do research to see if we can find interesting or exotic materials to use,” the 53-year-old Aliso Viejo resident said. “When some of the wood from the Hollywood Bowl seats became available, we decided to acquire it. I said it didn’t matter what condition it was in, I’ll make it work.”
Fortunately, most of the wood was in good shape. The Bowl’s original seats were replaced three years ago, but Shishkov said the original wood has proven to be…
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