12 Custom Fender Guitars

Theres something about the shape or magic vibe of Fenders that just inspires people to customize them. The proof of that comes with the fact that there are so many Fender customs out there – from the Fender Custom Shop to the independent guitar builders to the folks who just decide to do something personal with their favorite Fender.

We’re out there all day long looking at new, old, and unique guitars, and here’s just a sampling of what we’ve found, both online and offline of what some folks have done to make that Fender truly special and unique.

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While Fender guitars have developed a traditional style design wise, plenty of guitarists and luthiers have taken their guitars and added a new twist to make it their own. Some experiment with paints and building materials. Others experiment with removing as much wood from the body as possible. Take the Jack Wells Tele above. It’s not hard to find pictures of guitars like that where the majority of the body is open space, but honestly I’ve never seen one face to face. I always wonder what guitars like that sound like. I imagine having that much less wood would alter how the body resonates and ultimately the overall sound. A design like that seems almost a hop, a skip, and a jump away from the Gittler guitar.

Then there are guitars like that lush purple Strat with the quilted maple top and gold hardware. I can’t think of one guitar with quilted maple that doesn’t look awesome. Therefore I think it’s safe to say it’s a fact that quilted tops make all guitars even better by default. That dream was made a reality by Pete Noon.

Then there are options like Mighty Mite – where anyone can make their own custom Fender Creation or folks like Rick Mariner, who has taken things a step further with his Haywire creations.

All in all, Fender has a look and feel that inspires people to customize.

Tim Monaghan (129 Articles)

Tim has been playing guitar & bass since he was 12 years old and has been in Jazz, funk, rock & metal bands. Influences include Jeff Beck, Stanley Clarke, Doug Stegmeyer, Baden Powell, Steve Vai, and pretty much anyone else who has a unique style that expresses their individuality. One of Tim’s many hobbies is building, tweaking, and repairing basses and guitars.