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This gorgeous Fender amp is made out of whisky barrels

How's this for alcohol by volume?

The Fender Custom Shop are no strangers to luscious guitar hardware. From signature models, made to the exact standards of stadium-filling acts, to enviable creations like this Fabergé egg Stratocaster, they're the musical equivalent of Pimp My Ride

The latest creation to roll out of their dream factory is this - the Fender 80 Proof Blues Junior Amplifier, made entirely out of reclaimed whisky barrels. Does the whisky aid the sound in any way? Probably not - but we bet it smells fantastic. 

Rather than covering the wooden hardware in the usual faux-leather cover, the custom amp leaves its wooden construction exposed - showing off the curves and stains of its repurposed barrels.

Brass metalwork covers the dials and control board, while a stitched leather handle rounds off the unique look. An all-tube amp, this little number chugs along at 15 watts, powering a Jensen P12Q 12-inch speaker.

Anyone lusting after one will have to move quickly - selling for £1,313 ($1,999), the Proof Blues Junior is limited to a run of 100 models (though that number could grow if the team at Fender work their way through a few more barrels).

And yes, it does go up to 11.