A lot has changed in rock ’n’ roll during the last 30 years—from punk to pop and heavy metal
to hip-hop. Yet the dream guitars produced by O.C. native Leo Fender’s namesake Fender Custom Shop for legends like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Pete Townshend and Stevie Ray Vaughan have never faltered—not in quality or in sound. That makes the shop’s 30th anniversary worth celebrating in a special way—with an exclusive collection, including a limited-edition set of handcrafted guitars by eight of the original master builders. “[They] are truly the best of the best in guitar craftsmanship worldwide,” notes Mike Lewis, vice president of product development. The company began rolling the beauties out in March and will release a new design each month. Among them is this Studioliner sensation by Senior Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov, inspired by a 1930s-era Kodak Bantam Special photo camera. See that bling around the edge? Those are diamonds—1,000 of them—offset by silverwork and guilloche enamel inlays. Estimated value: $450,000. A dream guitar, indeed.