16-Guitar Fender Custom Shop Hot Wheels Guitar Collection Combines Two Long-Time Favorites in a One-of-a-Kind Collaboration

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16-Guitar Fender Custom Shop Hot Wheels Guitar Collection Combines Two Long-Time Favorites in a One-of-a-Kind Collaboration Listen to this article

As a long-time guitar player, Fender guitars bring back so many memories from different times of my life. I spent much of my youth trying to obtain a Fender guitar, and I’m still obsessing about them as an older man! Another great memory from my childhood is playing with Hot Wheels cars, so the idea of a Fender Custom Shop Hot Wheels Guitar Collection sounds pretty epic!

Showing the guitars in the Fender Custom Shop Hot Wheels Guitar Collection

Images courtesy of Fender

The Fender Custom Shop Hot Wheels Guitar Collection was created by a team of eleven master builders and five apprentice builders. It consists of 16 one-of-a-kind, bespoke designs inspired by the #1 selling toy in the world, Mattel’s Hot Wheels diecast toy cars. These guitars are designed with careful attention to detail using the colors and graphics that made Hot Wheels so iconic.

Fender Custom Shop Hot Wheels Guitar Collection artisans and guitars

Each guitar in the new collection features unique designs, graphics, and true Hot Wheels color shades. Each also comes with a Hot Wheels strap, pick set, and a custom Hot Wheels Hardshell case that comes in Hot Wheel’s signature orange and blue.

fender hot wheels collection guitar case

Notably, the Hot Wheels diecast model that each model was inspired by will be included, along with a certificate of authenticity.

Hot Wheels rides have been just as much part of our team’s childhood as classic guitars, so getting the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind instruments inspired by some of our favorite cars has been a dream.

Each builder brought their own unique take to the design process, which was influenced by the years of childhood nostalgia and the iconic orange track. The final results are works of art that pay tribute to both Fender and Hot Wheels. Dennis Galuszka, Fender Custom Shop Master Builder

The Fender Custom Shop Hot Wheels Guitar Collection includes:

Hot Wheels Mod Rod Strat in Dark Blue with Gold Leaf Competition Stripes: Masterbuilt by Paul Waller, the Mod Rod Strat has a NOS WLS finish on a two-piece select Alder body. This custom guitar has a Rift Sawn Maple Neck with 60s Oval “C” back shape and a round-lam ebony fingerboard with stainless steel side dots.

Mod Rod Strat

This guitar further boasts vintage-style elements with a Josefina Hand-Wound Texas Special bridge, fat 50’s Strat pickups, vintage modified #2 working with tone-saver bleed, and vintage-style tuning machines. A single-ply Black pickguard keeps an eye-catching color combination with the Dark Blue body and Gold Leaf Competition Stripes.

Hot Wheels Night Shifter Fretless Precision Bass in Black with Blue Competition Stripes: Masterbuilt by Vincent Van Trigt, the Nightshifter Fretless Precision Bass has a NOS Satin Urethane finish with Gold hardware on a two-piece select Alder body.

Night Shifter Fretless Precision Bass

This custom has a Quartersawn Maple Neck with a ’60 Style “C” back shape and a flat-lem fretless ebony fingerboard. This guitar includes vintage and customized elements with a Curtis Novack T-Bird pickup, vintage wiring, BABICZ full contact bridge, Gotoh GB640 Res-o-Lite tuning machines, and a custom pickguard.

Hot Wheels Bone Shaker Precision Bass in Flat Black with Bone Shaker Graphic: Masterbuilt by Jason Smith, the Bone Shaker Precision Bass boasts a NOS Satin WLS finish on a two-piece select Alder body.

Bone Shaker™ Precision Bass®, Flat Black with Bone Shaker Graphic Bone Shaker Precision Bass

This custom bass includes a one-piece 3A Flame Maple Neck with ’60s Oval “C” back shape and a Lace Alumna pickup. Vintage wiring, an RSD HiMass bridge, and Fender Deluxe tuning machines promote strong and clear use.

Hot Wheels Mod Rod Tele in Burnt Orange with Pinstriping by Pamelina H: Masterbuilt by Greg Fessler, the Mod Rod Tele promotes a NOS Lacquer finish on a two-piece select Alder body with pinstriping completed by artist and painter Pamelina H.

This custom includes a Quartersawn Maple Neck with ’60s Oval “C” back shape, a Josefina Hand-Wound original Blackguard Tele bridge, and Twisted Tele (neck) pickups.

Mod Rod Tele

This guitar further boasts both vintage and modern elements with modern Tele wiring with Greasebucket tone and a ’67 Tele bridge with slotted steel saddles. An ebony fingerboard with Hot Wheels 12th fret banner inlay and a Black anodized pickguard further create a distinct and unique aesthetic.

Hot Wheels Twin Mill Strat in Floral Blue: Masterbuilt by Kyle McMillin, the Twin Mill Strat has a NOS Urethane finish on a two-piece select Alder body. This custom promotes an oil-finished Quartersawn Maple Neck with a Modern “C” back shape and contoured heel in addition to an ebony fingerboard with a Mother of Pearl circle flame inlay.

Twin Mill Strat

This guitar further boasts Bare Knuckle Impulse pickups with radiator covers, mase volume & tone controls with three-way toggle, recessed Floyd Rose pro locking tremolo & nut, and Gotoh SG381 tuning machines.

Hot Wheels Bull Whip Strat in Hot Wheels Chrome Vinyl Wrap: Masterbuilt by Dennis Galuszka, the Bull Whip Strat boasts a NOS WLS finish on a two-piece select Alder body. This custom features a Quartersawn Maple Neck with ’60s Oval “C” back shape, and an ebony fingerboard with Mother of Pearl face dots.

Bull Whip™ Strat®, Hot Wheels™ Chrome Vinyl Wrap Bull Whip Strat

This guitar combines modern and vintage elements with its Josefina Hand-Wound Fat ’60s Strat pickups with RWRP middle, modern Strat wiring, a five-way switch, two-point custom classic strat tremolo, and Fender Deluxe locking tuning machines. The color contrast between the Chrome Vinyl body and the Black anodized pickguard is a visual delight.

Hot Wheels Fast-Bed Hauler Tele in Taos Turquoise: Masterbuilt by Ron Thorn, the Fast-Bed Hauler™ Tele features a NOS Urethane finish on a two-piece select Alder body. This custom has a Quartersawn Maple Neck with a ’65 Style “C” back shape and an ebony fingerboard.

Fast-Bed Hauler Tele

Further specifications include Fender Tele Mágico pickups with diamond plate bezels, modern Tele wiring, a three-way switch, Fender Custom Shop Subsonic hardtail bridge, and vintage-style tuning machines.

Hot Wheels Rip Rod Jaguar in Black with Red Competition Stripes: Masterbuilt by Dale Wilson, the Rip Rod Jaguar has a NOS Satin WLS finish on a two-piece select Alder body. This custom uniquely boasts a roasted 4A Flame Maple Neck with a ’62 style Jaguar back shape and a round-lam Rosewood fingerboard.

ThermoWorks Thermapen Mk4

Rip Rod™ Jaguar®, Black with Red Competition Stripes Rip Rod Jaguar

Featured vintage elements include Josefina Handwound ’62 Jaguar pickups, vintage wiring, vintage-style tuning, and a vintage Jaguar Tremolo with RSD J-Bridge. The single-ply Red acrylic pickguard ties together the red and black aesthetic.

Hot Wheels Night Shifter Tele in Pearl White with Red Competition Stripes: Masterbuilt by Todd Krause, the Night Shifter Tele has a NOS Urethane finish and features a two-piece select Alder body with graphics by painter and artist Pamelina H. This custom guitar has a Quartersawn Maple Neck with a ’60 Style Oval “C” back shape and an ebony fingerboard with Mother of Pearl face dots.

Night Shifter Tele

This guitar features combined vintage and modern elements, including a Josefina Handwound Original Blackguard Tele® (Bridge), Twisted Tele (Neck) Pickups, modern Tele wiring, vintage-style tuning machines, and a ’58-’63 Tele bridge with threaded steel saddles. More color is introduced with the single-ply red acrylic pickguard on the instrument’s body.

Hot Wheels Deora Strat in Blue Sparkle: Masterbuilt by Yuriy Shishkov, the Deora Strat boasts a NOS Urethane finish on a two-piece select Alder body with graphics by artist and painter Pamelina H. This custom guitar further promotes a Roasted 2A Birdseye Maple Neck with a ’60 Style Oval “C” back shape and a flat-lam Rosewood fingerboard.

Deora Strat

Vintage elements are woven throughout the instrument, featuring 21 vintage-style frets, Josefina hand-wound Fat ’50s Strat pickups, American vintage synchronized tremolo, and vintage-style tuning machines. Other elements include modern Strat wiring, a five-way switch, and a Gold Anodized pickguard.

Hot Wheels Mad Manga Strat in Magenta Sparkle: Masterbuilt by Carolos Lopez, the Mad Manga Strat features a NOS Lacquer finish on a two-piece select Alder body. This custom further features a Flat Sawn Maple Neck with ’66 Style “C” back shape and Round-Lam Rosewood Fingerboard with Mother of Pearl Face dots.

Mad Manga™ Strat®, Magenta Sparkle Mad Manga Strat

With vintage elements Josefina Hand-Wound ’60 Strat Pickups, Vintage Modified #2 Wiring with Tone-Saver Bleed, and American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo, this guitar is further customized through its custom engraved Black Anodized pickguard.

Hot Wheels Night Shifter Strat in Hot Wheels Red: Apprentice-built by George Ruiz, the Night Shifter Strat promotes a NOS Urethane finish on a two-piece Selecter Alder Body with Custom Graphics.

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Further specs include a 5A Flame Maple Neck with ’60s Oval “C” Back Shape and Contoured Heel and an Ebony Fingerboard with eye-catching Sterling Silver Tube Face Dots and Hot Wheels 12th Fret Banner Inlay.

Night Shifter™ Strat®, Hot Wheels Red Night Shifter Strat

This custom guitar also boasts EMG JH “HET” Bridge Pickups, Recessed Floyd Rose Original Double-Locking Tremolo & Nut, and Hipshot Griplock Open-Gear Tuning Machines. This guitar is further customized with a custom Pickup Switching that includes a Remote Fender Volume Pedal.

Hot Wheels Muscle Bound Strat in Metallic Cadillac Green: Apprentice-built by Levi Perry, the Muscle Bound Strat has NOS Lacquer finish on a two-piece select Alder body with custom graphics. This custom features a Quartersawn Maple Neck with ’60s Oval “C” Back Shape and a Round-Lam Ebony Fingerboard with Black Face Dots.

Muscle Bound Strat

Further features include Josefina Hand-Wound ’60s Strat Pickups, modern Strat wiring, American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo, vintage-style tuning machines, and a three-play painted pickguard.

Hot Wheels Rip Rod Tele in Hot Wheels Blue: Apprentice-built by Nick Saccone, the Rip Rod Tele boasts a NOS Lacquer finish on a two-piece select Ash body. This guitar has a Quartersawn Maple Neck with a ’52 Style “U” back shape and an Ebony Fingerboard with Orange Face Dots, fabricated from Hot Wheels tracks.

Rip Rod Tele

Other specifications include vintage-style frets, a Curtis Novak Gold Foil GT-V (Bridge), and Josefina Hand-wounded Open Loade ’51 Nocaster (Neck) pickups. This custom also features modern Tele wiring, a Sawed-Off Tele Bridge with RSD Compensated Brass Saddles, and vintage-style tuning machines.

An Orange Anodized Pickguard creates a distinct look against the Hot Wheels Blue body.

Hot Wheels Bad to the Blade Katana in Black Sparkle with Orange and Teal Green Trim: Apprentice-built by Dylan Delpizzo, the Bad to the Blade Katana features a NOS Urethane finish on a two-piece select Alder body.

Bad to the Blade Katana

This custom has a 4A Flame Maple Neck with a Modern “C” back shape and an ebony fingerboard with Mother of Pearl Shark Fin inlays. Further features include a Seymour Duncan Invader Humbucking Pickup, Rear Loaded Volume & Tone controls, two-point Custom Classic Strat Tremolo, and vintage-style tuning machines.

Hot Wheels Baja Truck Strat in Grey with Mint Green Striping: Apprentice-built by Dan Gonzalez, the Baja Truck Strat has a NOS Urethane finish with Gold hardware on a two-piece select Alder body.

Baja Truck Strat

This custom guitar has a matching painted Flat Sawn Maple Neck with ’62 Style Jaguar back shape and a Flat-Lam ebony fingerboard with Mother of OPearl Face Dots. More features include Seymour Duncan Lipstick Tube pickups, rear-loaded volume & tone controls with three-way toggle, vintage-style Jaguar® tremolo with RSD J-bridge, and vintage-style tuning machines.

If you’re interested in one of the designs shown in the Fender Custom Shop Hot Wheels Guitar Collection, you’ll need to bear in mind that these won’t come cheap. You can expect to spend between $10,500 and $16,500 depending on the model you choose, but it will be a major score if you can get one!

The Fender Custom Shop Hot Wheels Guitar Collection will be available from limited dealers. You can learn more about Fender Custom Shop designs here.

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About the Author

Travis Ehrlich
Travis is a high school teacher and coach in a small South Texas town. His love for gadgets began at a very early age, and he has been a cross between a jock and a geek for most of his life. He has two boys and a wonderful wife who lets him be a gadget freak. He is a Mac convert and has drank the whole pitcher of kool-aid! He is also an avid guitar player and loves the outdoors, especially hunting with both a bow and rifle.