Lexus plays the blues with a super-blue, limited-ed Stratocaster

Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster

Lexus and the Fender Custom Shop collaborate on the Fender Lexus LC Strat, limited to 100 units and priced at S$8.15k

Hollywood, USA – Lexus is expanding its collaboration with other brands and products in recent years, with yachts and music – now it’s making a limited-edition guitar together with US instrument manufacturer Fender.

The Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster is a 100-run limited edition guitar created from the partnership of the two companies. The guitar was created primarily by Fender’s Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn.

If you don’t know what a Stratocaster (or ‘Strat’ for short) is you’ll certainly recognise it as the now iconic axe slung by many a famous guitarist including Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Mark Knopfler, Richie Blackmore Eric Clapton, and countless others.

The axe’s finish is the same Structural Blue paint as used on the Lexus LC coupe and convertible. This paint is very unique – it’s the bluest blue around which doesn’t contain any blue.\

Here’s a stunning LC with a little less blue and a little more brightness: The LC 500 Convertible

““The engineers worked with the basic principles of light to create a special effect colour, one that appears bluer than any blue pigment thought possible. That’s achieved by a new, seven-layer paint process, which includes 12 production steps and 20 quality inspections. The paint itself incorporates ‘nano structures’, like those in a butterfly’s wings, to reflect much more light than normal paint and create iridescence and a more luminous appearance.”

Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster

The blue effect comes as a result of light reflections/colour frequency and the molecules of paint, the ironic thing being that there’s no actual blue pigment in the paint.

We last saw the Lexus LC 500 Structural Blue edition at the Singapore Motorshow almost three years ago – it cost S$525,800 with COE then. 

The guitar’s neck is high-grade flame maple with a traditional urethane finish, while the fingerboard is not the usual wood but deep blue Richlite, a composite material, featuring glowing fret markers.

Other touches include: All-black hardware, a carbonfibre pickguard, noiseless single coil pickups, and custom aluminium knobs created to match the Mark Levison sound system onboard Lexus cars.

If you have no idea what all that means, as a guitar enthusiast it translates into top-level material and finishes that would go some way to justifying a high sticker price –  just like the LC coupe. If you’re actually interested in getting your hands on one of the Lexus x Fender beauties, you could ask Lexus Singapore but with only 100 units, it’s probably going to be tough despite the S$8.15k (US$6k) asking price. 

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Derryn Wong
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