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Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov Showcases His Gold Leaf Telecaster

The creative luthier discusses his contribution to the 2017 Prestige Collection.

Inspired by the Fender Custom Shop’s 30th anniversary, the annual Prestige Collection of guitars on display at the 2017 Winter NAMM show represents the peerless craftsmanship, artistry and detail that elevated the Custom Shop to worldwide acclaim.

Yuriy Shishkov’s Gold Leaf Telecaster – symbolically wrapped in gold to celebrate the Shop’s 30th anniversary – is “different from anything I’ve done in the past,” he insists. Inspired by early Custom Shop art guitars that spawned new materials and finishes, such as gold leaf, in guitar production – Yuriy set off to make another one-of-a-kind creation. A classic Telecaster with a modern twist, the instrument features a new type of RSD bridge; a Texas Special bridge pickup; a TV Jones Power’tron neck pickup; as well as a custom single-ply tortoiseshell pickguard. In true Yuriy Shishkov fashion, the Telecaster is full of originality with unique features that have never been done before, such as double-bound binding with a Gold Leaf “finish” and a Gold Leafed neck – a first for a Telecaster.

Check it out above and visit the Fender Custom Shop here.