Fender tributes El Mocambo in new Custom Shop releases made from the venue’s wood
The guitars are made from pieces of wood reclaimed from the club’s 2014 restoration.
Photo: Fender via Youtube
El Mocambo in Toronto has been tributed in two new electric guitars from the custom shop, using pieces of the club itself.
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The El Mocambo has been the site of countless legendary recordings such as The Rolling Stones’ Love You Live and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble’s Live At The El Mocambo.
Built by Master Builder Ron Thorn (who is a Toronto native), the Telecaster and Stratocaster feature bodies made from 300-year-old Easters White Pine sourced from the club during its 2014 renovation.
Each board was subsequently examined with a metal detector so builders could locate and delicately remove nails embedded in the wood.
You can hear the guitars in action with Fender’s promotional video below:
Both guitars each boast a quartersawn and roasted Canadian maple neck with ’59-style D profile ad a 9.5-inch-radius, slab-laminated African blackwood fingerboards and 21 jumbo frets.
The axes also feature the famous hand-wound Josefina Campos ’69 Strat (neck), vintage ’65 Strat (middle) and Texas Special (bridge) single-coil pickups, as well as Fat ’50s 1/2 blender wiring, Heavy Relic lacquer finish with gold hardware, three-ply black pickguard, Custom Shop vintage synchronized tremolo, vintage-style tuners, and wing string tree.
As well as the unique wood, the guitars also feature a palm tree design that has been inlaid on the first fret of both models. It is a tribute to the club’s signature feature, the giant 22-foot sign that has been on the front of the building since its 1948 opening. Both guitars also display a similarly themed engraved neckplate.
The guitars can only be bought in a pair, and are limited to only 25 sets.
For more information, visit FenderCustomShop.com.
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