If you wanted to create an epic book series and TV show that would appeal to fans of heavy metal and progressive rock, you’d probably create “Game of Thrones.”
As the HBO series draws to a close this season, the sprawling tale – based on the novels by George RR Martin – is causing all sorts of to rent. But a tribute came from an unexpected source.
Fender guitars are known less for heavy metal than for pop, hard rock, blues and country. But the California-based instrument maker has a side that yearns to step up to the Iron Throne. Fender CEO Andy Mooney is a guitarist whose tastes lean toward punk rock and heavier tunes, and he’s befriended “Thrones” co-creator DB Weiss, Fender said. in a press release.
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The result is the Game of Thrones Sigil collection, a product of Fender’s legendary Custom Shop.
“Principal master builder Ron Thorn… drew inspiration from the family seal, costume designs, armor and weapons of each House, and each of their locations in Westeros, sparing no detail “, Fender said, adding that the new guitars “bring themselves ornate.” and unique features such as dragon scale carvings, custom etched inlays, hand-carved headstocks, and gold-plated pickguards.
These axes don’t come cheap: Prices range from $25,000 to $35,000, Fender said. The three guitars each took over 100 hours to make.
Designs based on Fender classics
The design is based on a trio of Fender’s most popular instruments: the iconic Telecaster, the world’s first commercially successful solidbody electric guitar; the beloved Stratocaster, made famous by Jimi Hendrix; and the Jaguar, a guitar rediscovered by indie rockers in the 1990s.
The Tele is for House Stark, the Strat for House Targaryen, and the Jag for House Lannister.
“Ron Thorn at Fender has built three beautiful GoT-inspired works of art, and you can shred your enemies with each one,” Weiss said. “The craftsmanship and attention to detail reminds me a lot of what we’ve seen in our costume shops and armories, and on our sets. Hopefully this will make a few other 1/1000th people as happy as ‘they give me back.
Check out the individual guitars below – and yes, these axes can play the “Game of Thrones” theme, as demonstrated by Tom Morello, Scott Ian, Nuno Bettencourt, Ramin Djawadi and DB Weiss.