FENDER Made Guitars Out Of The El Mocambo’s Old Floors

The El Mocambo venue has seen countless classic shows over the years from bands like The Cars and U2 to Elvis Costello and Hall and Oates. The venue recently underwent a bit of a facelift, and Fender was there to collect all the old wood for their El Mocambo guitars.


“It’s a great history for rock, especially Canadian acts,” said Fender Principal Master Builder Ron Thorn. “It’s a great venue to be a part of and play.” Thorn

“When this project came up, it was a gift. I had to do it. Once we got into the lumber and just how much character there was in it, it just seemed like a shame to cover that up,” he said. “We don’t need any color, it’s just beautiful exactly how it is.”

The El Mocambo guitars feature hand-wound ’60s-era pickups from the Custom Shop’s venerable Josefina Campos, African blackwood fretboards and quartersawn Canadian maple necks, and gold mother-of-pearl inlays.

Learn more about the guitars here.

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