Fender U.S.S. Constitution Guitar Amps

Jan 24, 2017

Category: Tech

A part of one of the largest musical instrument and equipment manufacturers in the world, the Fender Custom Shop is pretty well known for making some mind-blowing off-the-wall specialty builds. This one, however, blows them all out of the water. And that’s because of the materials out of which these amps were made. You see, the wood that makes up the cabinets of these two one-off amplifiers comes from leftovers of the stuff used to build “Old Ironsides” itself, the U.S.S. Constitution.

If you’re not privy, the U.S.S. Constitution, which was named by George Washington, is the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat. Apparently, however, the ship lost some oak along the way, because Fender got their hands on a bit that was found in 2011 at the Charlestown Naval Yard in Boston, Massachusetts. They used it to build these two amps: one a ’57 Pro-based 26-watt and the other a ’57 Champ-based 5-watt. They also feature a number of other nautical accents, including brass knobs, dock cleat handles, and a compass rose decal on the control panel. The amps, which cost $20,000 and $10,000 respectively, are up for sale at the winter NAMM show in Anaheim, CA, but if they don’t sell in person, you can contact the Fender Custom Shop to get your hands on one. That is, if you’ve got that kind of cash just lying around. [Purchase]

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