Fender Guitars and Jose Cuervo announced their collaboration to create the Agave Stratocaster – the world’s first Strat guitar made from the agave plant. It was unveiled on Wednesday.
The guitar fuses an innovative use of tequila’s thorny ingredient with Fender’s most iconic guitar model that musicians have been playing for more than seven decades. For years, Jose Cuervo has found other ways to use the agave plant beyond tequilla, from car parts to the first 100% agave surfboard, and now – a Strat.
All traditional wood elements have been replaced by agave plant-based material. While the instrument features a pure agave body, 21-fret neck and fingerboard, the two-piece ‘56 Stratocaster remains true to tradition with all-genuine Fender hardware, a custom-engraved neck plate with a Jose Cuervo inscription, and hand-wound Fat ‘50s neck, RWRP middle and bridge pickups.
One of the biggest challenges in construction was working with the extremely soft agave plant material. For this reason, the guitar uses 10-gauge strings with the agave neck and fretboard. Total weight of this Strat? Just 6.5 pounds!