It is always good to see guitar design being pushed and for manufacturers to use innovative and sustainable raw materials. In fact we have written in the past about the sustainability of the wood used to make guitars. We were therefore interested to see recently that you can now build a Stratocaster out of cardboard! Don’t worry you did read that right we now have the first cardboard Fender Stratocaster.
We have written about some interesting guitars over the years. From 3d printed guitars to guitars made from recycled skateboards but this one, a cardboard Fender Stratocaster, probably takes the prize for crazy ideas.
The concept for a cardboard Fender Stratocaster came from Los Angeles based Ernest Packaging. Wanting to prove the true strength and durability of their raw materials they decided to see if they could build a guitar made entirely from cardboard. In essence the concept behind a cardboard guitar is fairly straightforward, you can pick up a cardboard guitar from any novelty gift shop. But Ernest Packaging wanted to create a fully playable Cardboard Fender Stratocaster, which looked and sounded like the real thing. So undaunted by the challenges this project presented they teamed up with the Fender Custom Shop to see if they could bring the dream alive.
Having put the cardboard structure for the body and the neck together they sent the parts to Fender Custom Shop master guitar luthier Paul Waller for him to work his magic. Waller then set about hand shaping the individual components to a classic 50s Fender specification before adding the pick-ups, bridge, tuners and strings. Once he was satisfied with his work the finished guitar was sent to Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington and guitarist Brad Delson for their verdict on whether the cardboard Fender Stratocaster was a success.
You can judge for yourself whether the cardboard Fender Stratocaster is a good thing by taking a look at the video below! For me the Cardboard Fender Stratocaster is a fantastic concept which looks amazing and sounds even better.
Let us know your thoughts on whether you would want to play a cardboard guitar.
You can find out more by visiting the Ernest Packaging site.