New Fender ‘Pine Cone’ Stratocaster is a truly artwork. Handcrafted by Fender master builder Yuriy Shishkov, this Gold & Diamond Stratocaster Guitar is inspired by a 1900 Fabergé Pine Cone easter egg created for the Russian royal family. Shishkov carved the pine cone pattern found on the Faberge egg onto the body of the guitar. 550 high-grade diamonds are hand-embedded into the body to make them level with its surface. Fingerboard inlays, side dots and a carved headstock “belt” are also crowned with the spectacular jewels.
Each Pine Cone “scale” is gilded with fine silver and 18-karat gold after being traced and hand carved from a 3-D original egg image projected onto the instrument.
Shishkov hand-inlaid 10 feet of 18-karat gold wire trellis into the fingerboard. The hand-engraved hardware is also gold-plated, including custom knobs milled from scratch and adorned with diamonds.
To complete the look, Shishkov invented a finish that complements the blue multi-composite stain and three additional coatings. The warm, subtle look imparted by this special finish painstakingly mimics the eggshell gloss of the Fabergé egg.