The Masterbuilders of the Fender Custom Shop teamed up with Street Tree Revival to turn old trees into guitars — including two guitars made from recycled Disneyland trees.
Street Tree Revival salvages trees lost due to storms, disease, or normal senescence, keeping them out of landfills and recycling them for use as raw lumber, logs, and more. They worked with the Fender Custom Shop to create a whole collection. The following two guitars are the ones made from salvaged Disneyland trees.
Shamel Ash Telecaster by Todd Krause – $10,425
Todd Krause’s Shamel ash Telecaster has a four-piece body with a maple top, and it has a NOS Natural finish, showing off that stunning grain. Visitors to Disneyland might have recognised that body wood. In another life it was a tree offering shade and respite for those tired from queueing in Anaheim’s Disneyland.
It has 21 medium vintage frets, Custom Shop Josefina handwound ’51 Nocaster pickups, modern Telecaster wiring, three-way pickup selector, a single-ply black phenolic pickguard and an RSD Tele bridge with compensated brass saddles.
Green Tea Burst Strat by Yuri Shishkov – $10,650
The Shamel ash used for this Green Tea Burst Strat was also taken from Disneyland and that’s not even the most remarkable thing about this Yuri Shishkov build. Put it under a black light and the Chinese Pistache fingerboard glows green thanks to a phenolic compound of flavonoids.
The neck is lemon-scented eucalyptus so once more we have a guitar that smells as good as it looks. The Josefina Strat pickups, synchronised vintage tremoloe, 4-ply aged white pearloid pickguard complete the look.