Just 100 units will be made.
Lexus is a brand that loves a special edition. We've seen numerous different interpretations of the Lexus LC and other models getting special attention, but while we are disappointed at this apparent unwillingness for the luxury automaker to build exciting new cars rather than slightly different versions of existing cars, we must admit that Lexus has an eye for design. As is the custom at Lexus, the latest reveal references a past hit, but this one is different from others in that it's not even of a car. Instead, Lexus has partnered with Fender to create a unique guitar inspired by the aforementioned and utterly gorgeous LC.
The custom Fender Lexus LC Stratocaster will be limited to 100 units globally, with each boasting "an omnidirectional Structural Blue finish, a spectral range that produces light metallic blue to deep midnight blue that was originally inspired by the Morpho butterfly."
It's the same paint as that used on the LC 500 Inspiration Series and it's said to contain no blue material, instead achieving its blue effect through the interference of light achieved by layers of colorless materials. The neck is made from 3A flame maple to reference Fender's woodworking tradition, while the fingerboard is made of deep-blue polished Richlite, "a composite material known for its tonal properties, structural stability, and resistance to wear and moisture." This marks the first time that the Fender Custom Shop has used this material.
The fasteners on the pickguard are said to create an automotive appearance with their black button head machine screws. That pickguard is otherwise noteworthy in that the twill carbon fiber finish is designed to perfectly match that of the Lexus LC's rear spoiler. Meanwhile, custom machined brushed aluminum knobs reference the knobs on the Mark Levinson stereo in the LC. It's a gorgeous piece even to those not interested in music, and you can see that everyone involved took their time on it. Lexus says that it will "continue to explore opportunities, such as the partnership with Fender" to share its tech and intellectual property "with partners across multiple industries." In other words, expect loads more expensive merchandise to be released in due course.