Collaboration between luxury car brands and lifestyle accessories isn't exactly new. They're there to reinforce the appeal of both brands. We've seen a lot before, mostly sneakers and watches, but we've also seen weird ones like a Bugatti-branded heated razor because... why not?
Lexus joins this segment with a collaboration with American music instruments brand, Fender.
Introducing, the Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster guitar, the newest product by Fender Custom Shop that's created by Principal Master Builder, Ron Thorn. And yes, the guitar is inspired by the Japanese automaker's coupe and convertible, the Lexus LC.
Gallery: Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster
So what's special about the Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster? First off, the guitar comes in an omnidirectional Structural Blue finish, which doesn't contain any blue material. According to Lexus, the paint only looks blue because of the interference of light, with layers of colourless materials come together to generate the ultimate colour.
The touch of blue doesn’t end with the Stratocaster's body and headstock with a chrome Fender logo. Even the fingerboard is made of deep-blue polished Richlite, used by Fender Custom Shop for the first time. More importantly, the Luminlay fingerboard inlays glow in vivid blue in the dark.
The pickguard, on the other hand, is made of twill carbon fibre to match the Lexus' rear spoilers. The fasteners are black-button machine head screws to create a clean appearance just like in cars. Ron Thorn also included bespoke machined brushed aluminium knobs to match the Mark Levinson stereo knobs, the sound system Lexus cars are known for.
Just like the limited LC Inspiration Series, the Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster is restricted to 100 units worldwide. All units come in a bespoke case wrapped in carbon fibre textured vinyl, with black leather ends and the Lexus logo embroidered inside the lid. The price? $6,000 (approx. £4,400) apiece.