The most expensive Fender Stratocaster ever built; the ‘Midnight Opulence’ has been put up for sale in Singapore for an unbelievable US$90, 000. The guitars’ specifications can be found below.
Studded with several different kinds of precious jewels, including diamonds, citrine, blue topaz, peridot and emeralds the ‘Midnight Opulence’ is a one-of-a-kind axe, hand built from scratch and designed by master builder Yuriy Shishkov. Even the guitar wires are hand-hammered of fine silver and rose gold design.
Swee Lee Music Company won the bid for the guitar at the recent NAMM show in LA. Spokesperson for the company Aryadni Balfaghi says that while the asking price for the guitar may seem a little extreme, already 15 potential buyers have expressed their interest in it. “Usually those who purchase such guitars would be collectors and hobbyists, and we have buyers, of course, from Singapore, and Southeast Asia.” He added, “Some of the buyers are from the Brunei Royalties, Malaysian Royalties, and some international celebrities as well.”
Midnight Opulence specifications:
.Design, jewelry work and inlay by Yuriy Shishkov
.161 Diamonds, with pieces of Citri, Blue Topaz, Peridot and Emeralds
.Hand Hammered wire of fine Sliver and Rose Gold
.Select Alder, Midnight Purple Oil Finish
.4A Bird’s Eye Maple Neck
.Handwound 60′s Strat Pickups