04 May X Cuervo Fender Stratocaster Guitar: Made Out of an Agave Plant?
This is taking creativity beyond extreme! Imagine a Fender Guitar made from an agave plant. Cuervo has partnered with Fender® – one of the world’s most legendary and innovative instrument brands – to create the world’s first Agave Stratocaster®. Working with the extremely soft agave plant material presented Waller with a unique challenge.
Paul Waller, Fender Custom Shop Master Builder, and Gary Linden, legendary surfboard shaper and creator of the world’s first 100% agave surfboard, partnered on this extreme project. The instrument features a pure agave body, 21-fret neck and fingerboard. In addition, the two-piece ’56 Stratocaster remains true to tradition with all-genuine Fender hardware, a custom-engraved neck plate with a Jose Cuervo inscription, and hand-wound Fat ’50s neck, RWRP middle and bridge pickups.
How do you select the plant to ensure quality construction? Crafting the guitar took over 30 hours, on top of the five days it took Gary to harvest the agave stalk and complete the sealing of the guitar. The design process resulted in a unique art guitar that, in the true innovative spirit of the Fender Custom Shop, tests the limits of guitar craftsmanship.
At a mere 6-6.5 pounds, the bantamweight Cuervo X Fender Agave Stratocaster weighs much less than a guitar crafted from traditional tone woods. It sounds very “musical,” retaining the classic “quackiness” of a Stratocaster pickup. Cuervo and Fender have made history once again with the Cuervo X Fender Agave Stratocaster.