What happens when Eric Clapton’s favourite electric-guitar model meets a Fabergé egg? The folks at Fender Custom Shop took that whimsical association and ran with it. Out came the Pine Cone Stratocaster with a design is inspired by the egg of the same name made in 1900 for a Russian nobleman.
Through a projected 3-D image, Fender’s master builder Yuriy Shishkov traced and carved the pine cone pattern found on the Fabergé egg onto the body of the guitar. He then embedded a total of 550 diamonds in the scales, fingerboard inlays, custom knobs, side dots and engraved sides of the headstock. Next, he gilded each scale with silver and 18K gold. The gold treatment continues on the engraved bridge and pickups. The fingerboard alone had 3m of gold wire trellis. Finally, he coated the body three times in his own special finish to give the guitar the same gloss as its namesake egg.
Along with an authentic Fabergé Pine Cone Easter egg, the customer will get a matching blue leather strap – important because all the added ice isn’t going to make the already-heavy Stratocaster any easier to carry.