Just how many options do you have when designing your dream guitar or bass with the Fender Mod Shop?
By Mike Duffy
With the Fender Mod Shop, that’s exactly what you can do. As seen during the 2018 Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote, the platform allows users to choose from a myriad of options when making their dream Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision Bass or Jazz Bass.
Fans can use the interface on their computer, tablet or smartphone, and easily test their designs along the way with a snapshot feature to save, compare and share iterations with friends.
Once they select and approve features like color, pickups and hardware, Fender builders will complete the guitar or bass in 30 days at Fender’s Corona, Calif., factory.
“The more comfortable you are with your guitar, the better you play,” said Fender CEO Andy Mooney. “Mod Shop grants you the ability and convenience to create a factory-manufactured model truly tailored to your personal preferences. With Mod Shop, you get exactly what you want, in every way.”
To help wrap your head around the many permutations of Mod Shop instruments, here is a breakdown the available modifications by the numbers:
12 – Configurable features for the Stratocaster and Jazzmaster
11 – Configurable features for the Telecaster
10 – Configurable features for the Precision Bass and Jazz Bass
2 – Orientations: Left-handed or right-handed
2 – Body materials: Ash (for burst finishes, Vintage Blonde and Natural) or Alder (for solid color finishes)
29 – Body color options: Tobacco Burst, Silverburst, Autumn Blaze Metallic, Fiesta Red, Antique Olive, Sonic Grey, Dakota Red, Sunset Metallic, Hot Rod Red, Ice Blue Metallic, Black, Vintage Blonde, Olympic White, Lake Placid Blue, 2-Color Sunburst, 3-Color Sunburst, Candy Apple Red, Daphne Blue, Surf Green, White Blonde, Sienna Sunburst, Desert Sand, Sherwood Green, Shell Pink, Walnut, Bordeaux Metallic, Mystic Aztec Gold, Satin Black, Ocean Turquoise, Aged Cherry Burst, Amber, Mystic Ice Blue, Skyburst Metallic and Natural
2 – Neck shape options: "C"-to-"D" compound profile and American Professional modern "C" profile (in addition to limited releases)
2 – Fingerboard options: Maple or Rosewood
11 – Pickguard materials for the Telecaster: Gold Metallic, Brown Anodized, 1-Ply Gold Anodized, 1-Play White, 4-Ply Tortoiseshell, 4-Ply Aged White Pearl, 3-Ply Mint Green, 3-Ply Parchment, 3-Ply Black and (Strat- and Tele-only), 4-Ply Green Pearl and 4-Ply Orange Pearl
9 – Pickguard materials for the Stratocaster: Brown Anodized, 1-Play White, 4-Ply Tortoiseshell, 4-Ply Aged White Pearl, 3-Ply Mint Green, 3-Ply Parchment, 3-Ply Black, 4-Ply Green Pearl and 4-Ply Orange Pearl
6 – Pickguard materials for Jazzmaster: Gold Anodized Aluminium, 4-Ply Aged White Pearl, 4-Ply Tortoiseshell, 3-Ply Mint Green, 3-Ply Parchment and 3-Ply Black
6 – Pickguard materials for the Precision Bass and Jazz Bass: 1-Ply Gold Anodized, 4-Ply Aged White Pearl, 4-Ply Tortoiseshell, 3-Ply Mint Green, 3-Ply Parchment and 3-Ply Black
5 – Pickup options for the Stratocaster (in addition to limited releases): V-Mod SSS, V-Mod HSS, 4th Generation Noiseless SSS, 4th Generation Noiseless HSS and Texas Special SSS (1-Ply White, Brown Anodized, Orange Pearl and Green Pearl pickguard only available with American Series SSS, 4th Generation Noiseless SSS and Texas Special SSS)
4 – Pickup options for the Telecaster (in addition to limited releases): Texas Special, 4th Generation Noiseless, Vintage 1952 Tele and American Series
3 – Pickup options for the Precision Bass: Pure Vintage ’58 P Bass, Pure Vintage ’63 P Bass and V-Mod (in addition to limited releases)
3 – Pickup options for the Jazz Bass: Vintage ’64 J Bass, 4th Generation Noiseless and American Series J Bass (in addition to limited releases)
2 - Tuning machine options: American Standard and Modern Locking (American Standard only for Basses)
2 - Bridge options for the Stratocaster: American Elite Strat Tremolo and American Professional Strat Tremolo (American Professional only for basses, Jazzmasters and Telecasters)
2 - Hardware color options: Chrome and Gold (Chrome only for Jazzmasters and basses)
3 - Plastic part color options: Black, Aged White and White (Vintage White only for Jazzmasters)
Start designing your own Mod Shop instrument here, and keep your eyes peeled for new options launching throughout the year.
Check out a how-to video above and get started with the Fender Mod Shop.