Fender Factory Tour + Design Experience

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by totem, Nov 3, 2012.


  1. totem

    totem

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    Bellevue, WA
    I've been in Irvine, California this week, and the other day I made a run over to Corona for a tour of the Fender Factory. Here's a few pics:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    David, the tour guide, holding a choice specimen:
    [​IMG]

    Back at the visitor center I went in to the Design Experience room for a look around. To the left, they have racks of necks, to the right are bodies, in the corner are loaded pick guards, and in the center, a workbench.

    I have been jonesing for a surf green P-bass for years, and I figured that as long as they didn't have a surf green body, I was safe. I mention this to the Fender tech working on a guitar on the bench, and he said that they could paint me one for an up-charge. Ooops. So I text the wife:

    Me: Well they don't have a surf green body here but they can paint me one.

    Her: Lol, I hope you won't deny yourself this!

    Me: Srsly?

    Her: Dude, of course.

    Oh man, gotta love her; this is all her fault. I actually start looking at the components more seriously. I find a nice jade metallic P body that is very light. Not surf green but maybe it would do. Definitely a possibility as it looks great with a tort guard and a maple neck.

    I find a mahogany-stained ash body that is equally light and really pretty. It looks classy with a white pearled guard and a rosewood neck. My surf green fantasy is fading to dust, and anyway I already have a few vintage-looking basses.

    Then David the tour guide shows up and says he think he's got a cream pearled guard over in his office. In a minute, he's back with it, and it looks awesome. He comments that the rosewood neck I have is kind of light, and maybe we could find a darker one that matches the body better.

    The "piece de resistance" .. we walk across the parking lot to the factory, and I select a neck for my bass right off the factory floor.

    Here's a cellphone pic of the components on the bench. It doesn't do it justice.
    [​IMG]

    TL;DR: This is the bass they're assembling for me, mahogany-stained ash body, cream pearled pick guard, rosewood neck, '62 vintage pickups. Should ship to me in 2 -3 weeks. I'll post better pics then.
  2. gwangi

    gwangi Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2009
    Location:
    Forbidden Valley

    Is this a custom shop bass?
  3. rockinrayduke

    rockinrayduke Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2007
    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    That is great, very nice! Hang on to that lady!
  4. Deaky

    Deaky

    Joined:
    Oct 24, 2006
    Very nice.

    I'm a huge Fender fanboy and I'd love to tour the factory. Scotland to California ain't cheap tho!!

    Enjoy
  5. Register to disable this ad
  6. totem

    totem

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    Bellevue, WA
  7. zortation

    zortation Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Dec 26, 2011
    Location:
    Toronto, ON
    I misssed the machine that randomly puts an irreversible bow in the neck ...
  8. j.kernodle

    j.kernodle

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2008
    Location:
    Charleston, SC
    zing!

    on a productive note:

    to the op. thanks for posting. can't wait to see your surf green P.
  9. LightForce104

    LightForce104

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2012
    Location:
    Hawaii
    Nice! Question though. Do they do matching headstocks?
  10. jbossolo

    jbossolo

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2011
    Great story man! Thx for sharing! Does your wife have a sister?
  11. Rob L

    Rob L Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2006
    Location:
    Chilly ND
    Nice, Thanks for sharing. I'd love to tour the factory.

    They must have missed my basses when using their irreversible bow machine. :)
  12. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Sep 16, 2002
    Location:
    Below Ground, Detroit area
    Love those hand rubbed finishes! It would be a tough choice between one of those and a Surf Green, Sonic or Daphne Blue though.

    Congrats on a very, very cool bass!
  13. totem

    totem

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    Bellevue, WA
    Unfortunately I didn't ask that question so I don't know. It would be cool if they did.
  14. totem

    totem

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    Bellevue, WA
    This guy's installing truss rods in neck blanks:

    [​IMG]
  15. HypersoulRocks

    HypersoulRocks Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jun 7, 2011
    Location:
    Houston,TX
    Howabout some prices? Are we in the 2 grand neighborhood or the 5 grand....
  16. matey

    matey

    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2012
    Location:
    wild wild oz
  17. LuvMusic

    LuvMusic

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2007
    Location:
    Oak Park, IL
    The cream pearl guard on that body looks great! I have a 2012 P bass with the same mahogany stained ash body, you've got me thinking.
  18. totem

    totem

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    Bellevue, WA
    roughly $1600 - $2400 depending on wood, custom paint, neck blocks, etc. I don't remember all the possible options.
  19. Road Bull

    Road Bull Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2011
    Location:
    Seattle, WA.
    Oh nooooooooooo! I thought they stopped making basses with the hand-stained mahogany finish, as they were to be a limited run. I have really dug those dark stained finishes. I hope they keep that as a finish option until I am ready for my next one.

    Congrats on a great looking bass and a cool experience getting to put it together. Thanks for sharing brother.
  20. totem

    totem

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2006
    Location:
    Bellevue, WA
    Here's Abigail Ybarra, legendary pickup winder and a Fender employee since 1956:
    [​IMG]
  21. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 1, 2004
    Location:
    Forest Hills, New York
    Classic....god bless her...

Share This Page