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Behold the supercar-inspired Fender Custom Shop Carbon Fibre Stratocaster 1

Well over all 60 years in, the Fender Stratocaster can still surprise us – just take a look at this latest Stratocaster 1 model from the Custom Shop's 2020 Prestige Collection for proof. 

Mirroring the forthcoming Saleen 1 supercar, it's finished in Saleen Candy Apple Red over a lightweight hollow carbon fiber body. There's a roasted alder center block and hand-carved maple top. 

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The quartersawn roasted maple neck has a 12” radius carbon fibre round-lam fingerboard with medium jumbo frets. The headstock overlay is also carbon fibre.

(Image credit: Fender)

The Fender custom Shop Stratocaster 1 features a TV Jones Power’Tron Plus bridge pickup and two new features for Fender; custom 6-Stack bridge with a handmade Strat 1 tailpiece.

The Saleen 1 car with the guitar it inspired

The Saleen 1 car with the guitar it inspired (Image credit: Future)

The guitar is a collaboration inspired by the new Saleen 1 (S1) mid-engine 4-cylinder turbocharged sports car and was built by Fender Custom Shop Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn – who is also a car enthusiast.

The Stratocaster 1 is part of Fender Custom Shop's 2020 Prestige Collection; a yearly challenge to Fender's Master Builders to build guitars with 'no boundaries'. 

Rob Laing

I'm the Guitars Editor for MusicRadar, handling news, reviews, features, tuition, advice for the strings side of the site and everything in between. Before that I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar.