Fender Custom Shop Creates ‘Game of Thrones’ Inspired Guitars

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It seems the entire world is celebrating the final season of Game of Thrones, including Fender Musical Instruments Corporation. Fender is introducing three handcrafted guitars, called the Game of Thrones Sigil Collection, and it includes three of the fan favorite houses.

“We never stop pushing the envelope at the Fender Custom Shop,” said Mike Lewis, VP of Product Development at Fender Custom Shop. “HBO’s Game of Thrones is an ideal collaboration for us, as the show pushes the limits of creativity and storytelling, and you never know what is going to happen next!”

The Game of Thrones Sigil Collection took approximately 300+ hours to make with over 100 hours dedicated to each individual instrument. These guitars were handcrafted by Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn. Designs drew inspiration from the house sigils, costume designs, armor, and weaponry, as well as their locations in Westeros.

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The House Stark Telecaster guitar features a lightweight swamp ash body, weathered with inlaid sterling silver purfling reflecting the Winterfell landscape. The guitar has a maple neck with ebony fingerboard and a hand-cut and engraved sterling silver Dire Wolf sigil inlay on the first fret, in addition to an embossed nickel silver version on the pickguard. It also features hand-engraved knobs, an etched neck plate and is finished with thin lacquer over custom paints, including “Raven Black” and “Gray Wolf.”

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The House Lannister Jaguar guitar stuns with a lightweight alder body that features 24k Gold leaf with heraldry design on both the front and back, paying homage to the opulent Red Keep in King’s Landing. The guitar has a maple neck with ebony fingerboard, a hand-cut and engraved brass Lion sigil inlay on the first fret, a 24k leaf heraldry design carved headstock face, gold hardware and a gold-plated pickguard that is engraved with the Lannister’s sigil. The Jaguar also includes an etched neck plate, hand-engraved knobs and is finished with a thin lacquer over custom paints including “Burnt Crimson” and “Lannister Gold.”

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For the House Targaryen Stratocaster guitar, Thorn drew significant inspiration from the family’s sigil, a three-headed dragon, as this Strat features carved dragon scales across the front and back of the guitar. The lightweight alder body is adorned with black hardware, a maple neck with ebony fretboard, a hand-cut and engraved sterling silver three-headed dragon sigil inlay on the first fret, as well as a hand-tooled and stained leather pickguard that also features the Targaryen sigil. The Strat also boasts an etched neck plate and is finished with thin lacquer over custom “Dragonglass Black” paint.

Each Game of Thrones guitar comes with a tailored guitar case that reflects the spirit of the instrument with ornate attention to detail, as well as an El Dorado strap. The Game of Thrones House Stark Telecaster guitar case features a faux wolf fur lining and a black suede exterior. House Lannister’s guitar case features gold accents, including a crushed gold velvet interior and all gold hardware. Lastly, the House Targaryen guitar case boasts an all-black reptile design on its exterior with red stitching accents both inside and out.

Get a behind the scenes glimpse at the making of these guitars below!

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