NAMM 2020: Visiting the Fender Custom Shop booth at any trade show is always a treat – and this year’s NAMM Show proved no different. Sparkles, relic’d finishes, paisley, exotic tonewoods, and even diamonds, there was plenty of bling on parade. Here are our top highlights of the booth:
No, this isn’t a new J Mascis signature. It’s a 1963 Tele Custom Relic in Faded/Aged Magenta Sparkle that’s only available at NAMM.
Up-close and personal with the Coronation Strat, arguably the most impressive – and, at $560,000, expensive – guitar at this year’s Fender Custom Shop booth. Find out more about the Coronation Strat here.
The Limited Edition Andy Summers Monochrome Strat is emblazoned with black-and-white photos that the former Police guitarist took personally with his Leica.
Battered and bruised Teles from this year’s Dream Factory crop.
This Prestige Argyll Sparkle Tele NOS was master built by Dennis Galuszka with select alder, a flame maple neck and Curtis Novak pickups.
A drop-dead gorgeous thinline Tele – the Prestige Carve Top Tele – with a carved AAA quilt maple top, AA flame maple neck, flat lam rosewood fretboard and brown shell binding.
Inspired by floral motifs found in the sub-continent, this India Garden Esquire bears the handiwork of ‘pyrography’ artist Madeline Hanlon – her intricate wood-burning design wraps around the guitar’s alder body.
Nothing says retro quite like a surf green Jazzmaster – and this 1965 relic’d example has an aged finish, along with several other period-accurate specs, to go along with it.
Ending on a rather boozy note, this Winery Relic Tele is upcycled from discarded wine barrels from the Beaulieu Vineyard in California. And those cork knobs are a nice touch, too.