You can now build and customise your own Fender guitar online

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Chris Sayer

Fretbangers of the world, lend us your (tinnitus-riddled) ears: here's news that'll have all you four- and six-stringers slamming your whammy bars in excitement. 

Iconic instrument mavericks Fender have just launched a Mod Shop. Nope, it's not a place you can go to get a Paul Weller 'do, it's where all you wannabe (Joe) Strummers can customise your very own guitar or bass online, tweak your creations in real time and snapshot your bespoke options until you're ready to slaaaaaaaaaaaaay. Then, bish bash bosh, you're playing Stairway To Heaven to 60,000 screaming fans in just 30 days (this is not a guaranteed element of the service). 

Customers can play around with the colour, wood finish, tuner, bridge and more, with Telecaster (Keith Richards' fave) and Stratocaster (Hendrix's choice) guitars and Jazz and Precision basses all options to pick from. The site also encourages you to head to your local music shop to work on your dream axe with an expert. Oh, and before you ask, there's no option to add a flamethrower to the neck. Trust us. 

The best news? Expect to cough up around $1500 for the finished product (a touch over £1000). That's nowhere near as much as we'd anticipated. 

The worst news? For now, it looks like it's a service only available in the States.


Pic: Andre Csillag/REX/Shutterstock


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Chris Sayer

Chris Sayer is a freelance journalist and editor based in London. Chris has interviewed some of the biggest names in entertainment and travelled the world doing an all manner of adventures for lots of brilliant magazines. He writes for Shortlist about booze but would probably prefer we let him write about fishing instead. Follow Chris on Twitter: @ChrisSayer00

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