Sunday, 29 April 2012

The Fender Custom Shop gets weirder: Crash Strat, Pro Junior amp and canvas set  

Here we have a Fender Custom Shop Stratocaster, masterbuilt by by Todd Krause, with matching Pro Junior amp and a large art canvass all painted by renowned graffitti artist John "Crash" Matos. The canvass features white silhouettes where the Strat and the amp were supposedly sitting when the painting was made. Strats with artwork by John Matos have been favoured by Eric Clapton in particular, and are often referred to as Crashocasters.

Apparently this is one of two such sets made circa 2007, but because of the nature of the original artwork each set could be said to be unique. I'm guessing such items are aimed squarely at the collectors' market rather than at players, although of course this are fully functioning musical instruments. It does seem very far removed from Leo's original vision of "everyman" production line guitars, but I guess that's the nature of the "art".

I'm not sure how it is supposed to be displayed. Would you just have the whole shebang lying on the floor or would you have to somehow fix the guitar and amp to the wall behind the canvas?

Currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $12,999.95.

G L Wilson

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  1. Yeah that's one big canvas, I'm also wondering how in the world one would display this? Maybe have the amp and guitar in a seperate case beside the canvas and then point out to everyone how it should look?

  2. I would love to buy this if I had $13,000 lying around. The guitar is unique and one of a kind plus it was painted by the same artist who did a couple of Clapton's strats and the amp is an added bonus although if you could afford this you probably already have a nice amp lying around. The canvas though I would probably sell as soon as possible because of its size.

  3. I totally appreciate to idea. I would be interested in purchasing something like this if the artwork as a whole was more appealing to my own tastes. More my style.



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