The Fender Custom Shop Pine Cone Strat, the diamond-gold-and-silver-laden masterwork Stratocaster by senior master builder Yuriy Shishkov, insured for $1 million, recently sold via The Wild West in Riverside, CA. The Fender Custom Shop beauty, adorned with 550 diamonds, 10-feet of 18 kt gold wire, and solid silver, is the brainchild of Russian-born senior builder Shishkov.
Steeped in the tradition of the iconic artisan Russian jeweler Carl Faberge, whose company rose to prominence in the late 1800s and early 1900s, creating jewelry and objets d’art for Tzarist Russian families. The ornamental design on the Pine Cone strat embodies the look of the original Pine Cone, created in 1900 by the Faberge Company for a private collection.
“The guitar is the product of a year of hard work and dedication to the look of the original,” Shishkov says. “I always believed that the original pine-cone design would look beautiful on a Stratocaster.”
And the wind cried, “Shishkov!”