Fender Custom Shop Obey Telecaster Relic - Shepard Fairey Original Artwork - PROTOTYPE / Mike Eldred - WoW!
Fender Custom Shop Shepard Fairey “Obey” Telecaster
Prototype built by Mike Eldred!
Hand-finished Original Artwork by Shepard Fairey!
From the Personal Collection!
Iconic Obey Propaganda - Andre The Giant - Electric Warrior designs!
Make'n Music is happy to have this unbelievably rare, unique and collectible Fender Custom Shop Telecaster for sale! This is the original “prototype” for a Limited Edition run of Shepard Fairey Strats and Teles, which were Masterbuilt by Todd Krause in 2005. That edition was 13 pieces- 6 Strats and 7 Teles- Each featuring unique artwork, and hand-finished by Shepard Fairey. No two pieces were exactly alike and they all featured some of Shepard Fairey's most iconic designs, including the Electric Warrior face (Hendrix-looking afro guy), as well as numerous "Obey", "Andre The Giant" and other classic Shep Fairey stencils.
This particular instrument is the original prototype for that run, built personally by Mike Eldred in 2003 while he was Director of the Fender Custom Shop. Mike was friends with Shep and somehow they came up with this brilliant collaboration. Unlike the Limited Edition guitars, which were pretty much straight vintage 50’s Strat/Tele spec with a 1 piece, Soft “V” Maple neck, this one is unique in that it features an Ebony fingerboard with custom pearl inlays, including Andre the Giant himself at the first fret, some interesting numerals, and Abalone dots! I believe at least one of the face stencils on the front is Joe Strummer. I think the other is Sid Vicious. Hand-signed and personalized “To Mike, Shepard Fairey”. Of the four Shepard Fairey guitars I have had through the shop, this has been part of my private store collection since I purchased it directly from Mike Eldred out of his personal collection.
The guitar itself is an outstanding instrument – It features mostly 50’s Tele specs with a lightweight Ash body, 2x incredible sounding Custom Shop pickups, and Nickel/Chrome hardware. The neck is more of a contemporary spec with 22 Jumbo frets, “C” profile, Truss Rod adjustment at the headstock and modern Fender/Schaller tuners. It sounds absolutely incredible! Lively and extremely resonant. It weighs 7.6lbs. It’s a “Relic” – although the neck finish is not distressed and the hardware only shows minor oxidation, more like a Closet Classic.
The investment potential of this guitar is as good as it gets. A super rare Fender Custom Shop prototype guitar as well as hand-painted original artwork by Shepard Fairey- One of the most iconic pop artists of our time.
Comes with the original black G&G Deluxe Fender Custom Shop hardshell case and a letter of authenticity hand-signed by Mike Eldred.
Features of the Fender Custom Shop Shepard Fairey Obey Telecaster Relic - Prototype
- Original Artwork hand-painted and signed by Shepard Fairey
- Premium Ash Body
- Maple neck with Ebony Fingerboard
- Custom MOP / Abalone Inlays
- Nickel/Chrome Hardware
- 3-way switch
- Volume / Tone controls
- Custom Shop Vintage 50's Tele pickups
- Hardshell case
- Letter of Authenticity
- 7.6 lbs
Make'n Music is proud to be a Fender Custom Shop Showcase Dealer! We always have a great selection of Custom Shop Fender electric guitars for sale and on order. We also specialize in Special Orders for Custom 1-off Fender guitars. If there is certain Fender guitar you have always dreamed about please inquire. We'd be happy to get a quote for the Fender Custom Shop electric guitar of your dreams!