Working on the Fender “500″, as Ryan and I call it, almost always necessitates at least one trip to the local hardware store. This always means we’ll get at least three or four questioning glances as we roam around, picking out thin wire cable, turnbuckles, tiny screws, steel wool, angled aluminum stock, hooks, and buckets of lighter fluid. The last time we spent a day working on the Fender, a clerk made a joke about us making a bomb when we dumped all this on the counter. When we ran out of lighter fluid and had to go back and buy out the entire inventory, he didn’t laugh.
If you’re unaware of the history of the Fender, you can read up on it here. What follows is an update on the recent work Ryan and I have done on the guitar.
(All photos by Brandee Simone)