If it doesn’t come from pure 100% Agave — it ain’t Tequila — Period. The same could be said for guitar collectors and musicians alike that if it’s not a Fender, you’re just not playing the right gear. Both Jose Cuervo and Fender have cemented their legacy in their respective industries creating some of the most iconic guitars and one of the most insatiable spirits ever to grace the planet, and now the two have teamed up to create a world’s first.
Bringing together a 70-year history making the world’s most iconic instruments and bridging the gap between artisans to explore agave’s many uses beyond tequila, the Jose Cuervo x Fender Stratocaster is the first guitar with all traditional wood elements replaced by agave plant-based material. Over the course of a year, Fender Master Builder, Paul Waller and notable surfboard shaper Gary Linden (who has worked with agave for more than 30 years and created the first 100% agave surfboard in partnership with Jose Cuervo in 2015) joined forces to create a one of a kind piece. Linder worked alongside Waller to harvest the agave materials and complete the sealing of the guitar.
Using the agave plant material helped to reduce environmental impact, as the stalk harvesting process happens at the end of the plant’s life and does not disturb regrowth of the species. Jose Cuervo’s dedication to agave sustainability and knowledge about the plant helped Waller to rethink his approach to the shaping, sanding and preparation process. In the end, the Cuervo x Fender Agave Stratocaster took more than 30 work hours to design and meticulously build, with an additional five days used for agave stalk harvesting and guitar sealing.