This thermochromic Fender Tele finish changes with temperature

Fender has produced some pretty wacky finishes over the years, but this thermochromic beauty easily ranks among our faves.

Built for Joseph Morinelli of US band Joywave, the ‘Moodcaster’ Tele’s liquid crystal thermochromic finish looks black at first, but responds to temperature and body heat, resulting in a variety of cool effects.

Check out the video below to see the guitar’s nifty finish in action. Full production model, please, Fender!

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.

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