Posted March 7, 2018 by James in Blog

Cuervo X Fender Agave Stratocaster Guitar

Cuervo X Fender Agave Stratocaster
Cuervo X Fender Agave Stratocaster

In celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Fender Custom Shop, master builder Tim Waller has created a work of beauty, the Cuervo X Fender Agave Stratocaster. As the name suggests, it is made entirely from agave. Agave, is a flowering plant native to Mexico and parts of southern United States. You may know it as the primary ingredient in tequila.The project is a collaboration with Jose Cuervo Tradicional tequila. The result from Fender is a real work of art, if a little unusual.

This isn’t the first time Agave has been used in construction. It has been used to make surfboards, furniture, flutes and ornaments. I must admit, this Stratocaster is the best use of agave we seen (besides from tequila!).

Not so easy

Cuervo X Fender Agave StratocasterGuitars are typically made from hard woods, yet agave is a soft plant. This was the first challenge for Waller, who enlisted the help of surfboard builder Gary Linden. As soon as Waller took a piece of sandpaper to the agave, he knew it was going to be a challenge. But he carried on, and we’re glad he did.

The second concern about using agave was the tone. As Waller puts it, it has “a unique tone that is going to start a conversation, and that’s the purpose– it’s exactly what the Fender Custom Shop has been doing for the past 30 years.”


Making a guitar from a flowering plant is going to result in a different kind of setup. Master builder Tim Waller needed to make some different decisions and use a different approach. The guitar took 30 hours to design and build, with an additional5 days needed to harvest the agave and seal the guitar. Suffice to say that we won’t see too many more agave guitars in production!

Body – Agave
Neck – Agave
Hardware – Fender
Neck Pickup – Hard wound Fat ’50s
Middle Pickup – Reverse-wound, reverse-polarity
Bridge Pickup – Reverse-wound, reverse-polarity
Neck plate – Custom engraved with Jose Cuervo inscription
Weight – 2.9kg (6.5lbs) – most Strats weigh around 3.6kg (8lbs)
Strings – 10 gauge (for lower tension)