VIDEO: A Fender Stratocaster is built in four minutes
If you've ever thought that building a guitar takes too darned long, then the above video should be right up your alley. A Strat Is Born, produced by Fender Films, takes viewers on a high-speed, four-minute ride through the creation of a Fender Stratocaster guitar at Fender's US manufacturing facility in Corona, California.
Minus the actual tree being planted, grown and cut down, all the steps in the process are here, giving viewers a good idea of how many many sets of hands are laid on a guitar as it's assembled (answer: plenty).
And if it's a bespoke Fender you're after, then check out our video visit to the Fender Visitor Center and the Fender American Design Experience. This magical place is where visitors can choose bodies, necks and components and have the guitar or bass of their dreams built. (The video is equally fast-paced, but it takes about a month for your guitar to be delivered.)