To make the world an eco-friendly place, instrument manufacturing companies like PRS, Wallace Detroit Guitars and Fender are using reclaimed wood from city’s buildings to make some of their custom guitars. Combining sustainability perspective with a unique vibe of history, this time Fender has come up with limited edition Front Row Legend Esquire line made from 100-year-old benches from Hollywood Bowl.
Southern California’s Hollywood Bowl is as iconic as the music legends it has hosted over the years. From the Beatles to Black Sabbath, many talented musicians have graced this stage. Now you have got a chance to own a functional piece of its history in form of a harmonious guitar.
Fender’s new, limited edition custom guitar series is made in Fender’s Custom Shop by Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov. These special Telecasters are built-to-order using 100–year–old Alaskan yellow cedar used in the Hollywood Bowl’s original bench boards. Each built-to-order guitar includes a ’60s-style “Oval C” shaped maple neck, vintage frets, 7.25-inch radius fingerboard, original-spec Broadcaster bridge pickup, and oxidized brass hardware.
The bench wood used in the construction has been hand-selected to add some character to the instruments. Meanwhile, each build includes the original cracks, scratched, bolt holes, and a different original “seat number” to make each one of them absolutely unique and authentic.
As mentioned before, these guitars will be extremely limited. So, don’t expect them to come cheap. Each one will set you back a cool $12,000. However, it’s still to be figured out how many orders Fender’s Custom Shop is accepting.
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