Fender unveils 16 Custom Shop guitars inspired by Hot Wheels cars
This is another one of those unexpected guitar collaborations you didn’t know you needed; Fender’s Custom Shop and Mattel’s Hot Wheels model cars. That equates to 16 super cool guitars and basses sporting Hot Wheels-inspired finishes and influence.
And we can’t afford any of them. Still, they’re fun to watch, aren’t they?
“Hot Wheels rides were as much a part of our team’s childhood as classic guitars, so having the opportunity to create unique instruments inspired by some of our favorite cars has been a dream,” said Dennis Galuszka, FCS Master Builder.
“Each builder brought their own take on the design process, which was influenced by years of childhood nostalgia and the iconic orange track,” adds Dennis. “The end results are works of art that pay homage to both Fender and Hot Wheels.”
Check out eight of these stunners in the gallery below.
Hot Wheels Bad to the Blade Katana, Black Sparkle with Orange and Teal Trim – (10,500.00 USD, 9,399.00 GBP, 10,999.00 EUR, 17,499.00 AUD, ¥1,625,800 JPY )
Apprentice-built by Dylan Delpizzo, the Bad to the Blade Katana features a NOS urethane finish on a two-piece select alder body.
‘This custom has a 4A flamed maple neck with a modern ‘C’ back shape and an ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl shark fin inlays.
Other features include a Seymour Duncan Invader humbucking pickup, rear-loaded volume and tone controls, custom classic two-point Strat tremolo, and vintage-style tuners. ‘
Hot Wheels Rip Rod Tele, Hot Wheels Blue – ($13,250.00 USD, £11,899.00 GBP, €13,899.00 EUR, $21,999.00 AUD, ¥2,032,800 JPY)
Apprentice-built by Nick Saccone, the Rip Rod Tele® boasts a NOS lacquer finish on a two-piece Select Ash body. This guitar has a quartersawn maple neck with a ’52 style “U” shaped back and an ebony fingerboard with orange face dots, made from Hot Wheels tracks.
Other specs include vintage-style frets, a Curtis Novak Gold Foil GT-V (bridge), and hand-wound Josefina Open Load ’51 Nocaster (neck) pickups.
“This custom further features modern Tele wiring, sawn off Tele bridge with RSD compensated brass saddles and vintage style tuners. An orange anodized pickguard creates a distinct look against the Hot Wheels Blue body.
Hot Wheels Night Shifter Tele, Pearl White with Red Competition Stripes – ($12,000.00 USD, £10,799.00 GBP, €12,599.00 EUR, $19,999.00 AUD, ¥1,863,400 JPY)
‘Mastered by Todd Krause, the Night Shifter Tele has a NOS urethane finish and features a two-piece select alder body with graphics by painter and artist Pamelina H.
‘This custom guitar has a quarter-sawn maple neck with a ’60s-style Ovac ‘C’ back shape and an ebony fingerboard with pearl face dots.
‘This guitar combines vintage and modern elements, including a hand-wound Josefina Blackguard Tele (bridge), Twisted Tele (neck) pickups, modern Tele wiring, vintage-style tuners and a ’58-’63 Tele bridge. with threaded steel saddles. More color is introduced with the single layer red acrylic pickguard on the body of the instrument.
Hot Wheels Baja Truck Strat, Gray with Mint Green Stripes – ($12,500.00 USD, £11,199.00 GBP, €13,099.00 EUR, $20,999.00 AUD, ¥1,922,800 JPY)
Apprentice-built by Dan Gonzalez, the Baja Truck Strat has a NOS urethane finish with Gold hardware on a two-piece select alder body.
‘This custom guitar has a matching painted flat sawn maple neck with a ’62 style Jaguar back shape and a flat ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl face dots.
“More features include Seymour Duncan Lipstick Tube pickups, rear-loading volume and tone controls with three-way toggle, vintage-style Jaguar tremolo with RSD J-bridge, and vintage-style tuners.”
Hot Wheels Deora Strat, Blue Sparkle – (13,000.00 USD, 11,699.00 GBP, 13,599.00 EUR, 21,999 AUD, ¥1,991,000 JPY)
‘Mastered by Yuriy Shishkov, the Deora Strat features a NOS urethane finish on a two-piece select alder body with graphics by artist and painter Pamelina H.
‘This custom guitar further favors a roasted 2A birdseye maple neck with a ’60s-style oval “C” back shape and a flat rosewood fingerboard.
Vintage elements are woven throughout the instrument, with 21 vintage-style frets, hand-wound Josefina Fat ’50s Strat pickups, vintage American synchronized tremolo, and vintage-style tuners. Other elements include modern Strat wiring, a five-way switch and a gold anodized pickguard.
Hot Wheels Muscle Bound Strat, Cadallic Green Metallic – ($13,000.00 USD, £11,699.00 GBP, €13,599.00 EUR, $21,999.00 AUD, ¥1,966,800 JPY)
Apprentice-built by Levi Perry, the Muscle Bound Strat has a NOS Lacquer finish on a two-piece select alder body with custom graphics.
‘This custom features a quarter-sawn maple neck with a ’60s oval “C” back shape and a round ebony fingerboard with black dots on the face.
“Other features include hand-wound Josefina ’60s Strat pickups, modern Strat wiring, American Vintage synchronized tremolo, vintage-style tuners, and painted three-ply pickguard.”
Hot Wheels Night Shifter Strat, Hot Wheels Red – ($14,500.00 USD, £12,999.00 GBP, €15,199.00 EUR, $24,499.00 AUD, ¥2,226,400 JPY)
Apprentice-built by George Ruiz, the Night Shifter Strat promotes a NOS urethane finish on a two-piece Selecter alder body with custom graphics.
Other features include a 5A flame maple neck with a ’60s oval “C” back shape and a contoured heel and ebony fingerboard with eye-catching sterling silver tube face dots and a Hot banner inlay Wheels 12th fret.
This custom guitar also features EMG JH ‘HET’ bridge pickups, recessed Floyd Rose Original double-locking tremolo and nut, and Hipshot Griplock open-gear tuners.
“This guitar is further customized with custom pickup switching that includes a remote Fender volume pedal.”
Hot Wheels Mad Manga Strat, Magenta Sparkle – ($14,000.00 USD, £12,599.00 GBP, €14,699.00 EUR, $23,499.00 AUD, ¥2,082,300 JPY)
‘Mastered by Carolos Lopez, the Mad Manga Strat features a NOS lacquer finish on a two-piece select alder body.
‘This custom further features a flat sawn maple neck with a ’66 style ‘C’ shaped back and a round rosewood fingerboard with mother of pearl face dots.
Vintage Elements Josefina Hand-Wound ’60 Strat Pickups, Vintage Modified #2 Wiring with Tone-Saver Bleed and American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo This guitar is even more personalized thanks to its custom etched black anodized pickguard.
The complete list of models in the Hot Wheels 16-Guitar Collection
- Hot Wheels Mod Rod™ Strat, Dark Blue with Gold Foil Competition Stripes
- Hot Wheels Night Shifter Fretless Precision Bass®, Black with Blue Competition Stripes
- Hot Wheels Bone Shaker Precision Bass Matte Black with Bone Shaker Graphic
- Hot Wheels Mod Rod Tele, Burnt Orange with Pinstripes by Pamelina H
- Hot Wheels Twin Mill Strat, Floral Blue
- Hot Wheels Bull Whip Strat, Hot Wheels Chrome Vinyl Cover
- Hot Wheels Fast-Bed Hauler Tele, Taos Turquoise
- Hot Wheels Rip Rod Jaguar, Black with Red Competition Stripes
- Hot Wheels Night Shifter Tele, Pearl White with Red Competition Stripes
- Hot Wheels™ Deora Strat, Sparkle Blue
- Hot Wheels Mad Manga Strat, Magenta Sparkle
- Hot Wheels Night Shifter Strat, Hot Wheels Red
- Hot Wheels Muscle Bound Strat, Cadillac Green Metallic
- Hot Wheels Rip Rod Tele, Hot Wheels Blue
- Hot Wheels Bad to the Blade Katana, Shiny Black with Orange and Teal Trim
- Hot Wheels Baja Truck Strat, Gray with Mint Green Stripes