Hot Wheels and Fender create a line of guitars inspired by die-cast models
Hot Wheels has partnered with Fender to release a line of 16 unique guitars and basses based on some of their die-cast models. Priced on par with a used car, these are the kind of instruments meant to be displayed in a collection rather than broken up after a show.
Each instrument is modeled after a 1/64 scale Hot Wheels released within the past few decades. There’s something in the collection for almost every enthusiast: the range includes the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar, Katana and Precision Bass. One of the notable omissions is the Jazz Bass. Designers were inspired by the eye-catching liveries of Hot Wheels to create one-of-a-kind instruments.
For example, the Night Shifter Stratocaster is distinguished by a red painted body with blue, yellow and white accents, just like the die-cast car. Its spec sheet is impressive: it’s built with EMG JH “HET” bridge pickups and a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo, among other hardware. For something a little more subtle, the Baja Truck Strat wears gray paint with mint green accents. Alternatively, if subtlety isn’t what you’re looking for in a guitar, the Muscle Bound Stratocaster is painted Metallic Cadallic Green with cool graphics.
These instruments will be built by a master or apprentice builder in the Fender Custom Shop, and only one of each will be made. None are cheap: Prices range from $10,500 for the Bad to the Blade Katana to $16,500 for the Night Shifter fretless Precision Bass and Bull Whip Stratocaster. Buyers will also receive a set of Hot Wheels straps and picks, a custom case and the car that inspired their guitar.
Cars and guitars make a great combination. In 2021, Jeep and Wallace released a guitar built with wood sourced from the Packard factory.