Fender Custom Shop Masterbuilt Guitars | The Music Gallery
John Cruz, Todd Krause, Yuriy Shishkov, Dennis Galuzska, Stephen Stern, Greg Fessler, Paul Waller, Jason Smith, Dale Wilson, Ron Thorn and Kyle McMillin. These 11 craftsmen, are the absolute best at what they do. Which is build the most elaborate, beautiful, and most expertly detail oriented guitars to ever sport the Fender logo. When the Fender Custom Shop Team gets presented with an idea that requires extra attention from inception to completion, they enlist one of the aforementioned Masterbuilder's. From the John Cruz built Stevie Ray Vaughan #1 Stratocaster Replica that doubled in value practically overnight, to a Todd Krause built Eric Clapton Stratocaster that is fit for Slowhand, himself... we have seen them all! We specialize in getting you the Fender guitar of your dreams by knowing the builders and what they excel at or feel passionately about. Giving the right guy the right project is a sure fire way to get their blood, sweat and tears all over it during the build process. From customer designed one of a kind creations to Jeff Beck Signature Strats, too Limited Runs, if the Fender Masterbuilders are making it, we are stocking it! From the hand wound pickups of Abby and Josephina, to the unreal finishing abilities of Master Painter Jay Nelson, every one at the Fender Custom Shop is there because of their unparalleled expertise and experience. John Cruz, for instance, has been working for Fender since 1987. Arguably one of the most time tested and proven employees who has risen through the ranks to be a true Masterbuilder. When some of your Masterbuilder's have a 3 year waiting period for an instrument, you have all the evidence you need to know you are building the best of best! Stop by the Music Gallery of Highland Park today and experience Masterbuilt quality!
The Fender Custom Shop, known as the Dream Factory, is capable of building the guitar of your dreams. Founded in 1987, we have watched the Custom Shop evolve over the years and become a true industry leader. For the true player's out there, there is no better Fender to own than one bearing the Custom Shop logo. Years ago player's were saying that if Fender built them the way they did pre CBS-era, that they would happily cough up the money. Fender listened and over the last 30 years have put together the most player centric Custom Shop you could ask for! Every guitar from the Fender Custom Shop has a considerable amount of hands-on time during the build process. Perfectly shaped, custom neck profiles that are Era-specific or even customer specific. Love the neck on a 69 Strat but want it on a Nocaster? Fine! How about a Jazzmaster neck on a Telecaster body? You got it! The Fender Custom Shop has no fear, so if you can dream it, they can build it! Some projects do require the touch of a Masterbuilder as some builds are just too complex to have a team of builders handle it. Call or write us today with your dream guitar and we will let you know the cost, estimated time for it to be built, and whether or not it would require the touch of one of Fender's Masterbuilders.