An identical pair of high-performance American icons, a 1969 Ford Mustang resto-mod and a custom-built Fender Stratocaster guitar, have been created by Barrett-Jackson Builds and the Fender Customized Store, each primarily based in Scottsdale, Arizona.

The gloss-black Mustang and Stratocaster characterize the primary partnership between the custom-build divisions of Barrett-Jackson collector automobile auctioneers and the Fender guitar firm, with extra collaborations to come back, in line with a Barrett-Jackson information launch.

The Fender Tone Grasp amp is fitted to the Mustang’s trunk

The matched set, which features a Fender Tone Grasp Deluxe Reverb amplifier {custom} fitted to the Mustang’s trunk, will likely be auctioned at no reserve throughout Barrett-Jackson’s annual flagship Scottsdale sale held March 20-27.  The public sale was postponed from its typical January dates due to coronavirus.

“We’re excited to start this undertaking with Fender,” Craig Jackson, chief government of Barrett-Jackson, mentioned within the launch. “For years, Fender guitars and muscle vehicles had been the soundtrack of American tradition, and this undertaking presents an exquisite alternative to pay homage to that point and showcase the spectacular abilities of the Fender Customized Store and the Barrett-Jackson Builds staff.”

The one-off guitar, constructed by Fender’s Customized Store director and principal grasp builder Ron Thorn, is called the Fender Customized ’69 Stratocaster, and which Thorn calls a resto-mod model of a 1969 Stratocaster utilizing fashionable high-performance parts, refined styling and aggressive tones.

“This collaboration combines my prime two passions in life – Fender guitars and high-performance vehicles,” Thorn mentioned.  “Stratocasters and fastbacks have lengthy been two iconic symbols of excessive efficiency. They’re loud, but additionally traditional icons with stunning traces.” 

Ron Thorn director and principal grasp builder on the Fender Customized Store, works on the Stratocaster physique

The alder physique form and maple neck stay the identical, the information launch says, however Thorn deleted the pickguard and rear-loaded the knobs and push-button switching for a extra fashionable and aggressive look.  Letters spelling out MUSTANG are inlaid in sterling silver on the guitar’s fretboard, and the three humbucking pickups are housed in {custom} covers comprised of ’69 Mustang side-marker lights.

The tremolo arm is machined to match the turn-signal stalk of the Mustang, and the digital management knobs for quantity and tone and the pickup selector had been made to match the Mustang’s radio controls.

The Mustang is completely fashionable below its classic sheet metallic, powered by a BluePrint Engines V8 stroked to 347 cubic inches and dyno’d at 419 horsepower and 436 pound-feet of torque, linked with an computerized transmission and 9-inch posi rear. Brakes, steering, suspension and different part even have been upgraded with efficiency gear.
The Mustang wears a Fender emblem on its grille

The Barrett-Jackson Builds staff contains two veterans of the TV sequence “Quick N’ Loud,” Jason Aker, a famed Mustang builder who has labored with Craig Jackson in restorations, and Tony Cano for fabrication and portray. Additionally on the staff is Barrett-Jackson automobile logistics supervisor Jeff Catlin.

This Mustang-Stratocaster undertaking launches a digital sequence referred to as “Barrett-Jackson Builds,” that includes collector automobile restoration movies that doc automobile builds and the craft individuals who make it occur.

“From idea to completion and public sale, the 1969 Ford Mustang Resto-Mod will likely be absolutely documented in a 10-episode Barrett Jackson Builds video sequence that’s now streaming on Barrett-Jackson’s YouTube channel,” the discharge says.

For extra details about Scottsdale public sale, go to the Barrett-Jackson’s web site.  For extra details about Fender guitars and amps, go to the corporate web site.

Bob Golfen

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive author and editor, specializing in new automobiles, collector vehicles, automobile tradition and the automotive life-style. He’s the previous automotive author and editor for The Arizona Republic and, the web site for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for plenty of publications, together with Autoweek, The New York Instances and Barrett-Jackson public sale catalogs. A collector automobile fanatic with a variety of data in regards to the outdated vehicles that all of us love and need, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic equipment. His present obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Tremendous coupe.