Reclaimed Old-Growth Redwood Guitars by Fender
We were thrilled to pair up with Fender guitar who produced a limited edition line of reclaimed Redwood guitars. Fender produced 500 Stratocaster and 500 Telecaster guitars from single piece old-growth Redwood reclaimed from a bridge built in Bakersfield in the 1930’s. Starting from the finest timbers available, we sliced 2″ thick “blanks” from 6″ x 16″ x 20′ for the guys at Fender to visit and diagram how each body would be laid out. The final product is nothing short of amazing!
While most of the guitars were produced “clear vertical grain” orientation, several of the guitars contain original nail holes specifically positioned in areas to be featured in a way that is not too prominent or attention grabbing. Even fewer of these already rare guitars have figured grain with light streaks that make the grain appear wavy and 3 dimensional. Collectors should be sure to keep an eye out for the elusive “Reclaimed Redwood Figured Grain” versions like the one shown below.
Seen below is a great example of the clean look of the tight old growth vertical grain pattern found in most of the guitars in the production series.
We were lucky enough to get a tour of their facility while the guitars were in production. Their facility is truly state-of-the-art with CNC routers and a team checking each piece throughout production to ensure no minor flaw makes it onto the sales floor. Hundreds of guitars in all colors and finishes are in production at any given time.
For anyone looking to use this beautiful and limited resource, we still have a good stock pile of the 6×16 redwood timbers that work well as distressed timbers or can be milled up to reveal the wood’s tight old-growth grain and used as exterior siding, decking, wall cladding, ceiling decking, or furniture stock.