Fender gets expressive with Made In Japan Art Gallery Tele and Strat

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It's always great to see what kind of spin a collaboration can bring to a classic guitar design. Last week we saw that in full force with the Fender x Saleen Stratocaster 1 (opens in new tab) model and now Fender Japan has some stunners of its own.

It's the finishes that are the centre of attention here with two renowned Japanese artists bringing their visions to a new Tele (opens in new tab) and Strat (opens in new tab)

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FACE's illustrations have gained worldwide acclaim and he has already worked in collaboration with fashion brands in Japan and overseas.

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In this collaboration model, the body top of the Stratocaster features the bold pink that has become a hallmark of FACE's work.

Traditional Vintage-style pickups and controls and an alder body are used.

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MHAK was born in Aizuwakamatsu and the painter's work is famous for it's architectural style. Here he's drawn influence from '50s furniture for his design.

The fingerboard also features a 12th fret musical note inlay. Pickups are a Wide Range humbucker in the neck and a standard single coil in the bridge.

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(Image credit: Fender)

These are currently only listed on the Fender UK site (opens in new tab) at present with TBC availability so no news on US availability and prices at present. Head over to Fender UK (opens in new tab) to be notified when they're available. 

Rob Laing
Guitars Editor, MusicRadar

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 MusicRadar I worked on guitar magazines for 15 years, including Editor of Total Guitar. I've currently set aside any pipe dreams of getting anywhere with my own songs and I am enjoying playing covers in function bands.