“We had no idea it was going to perform the way it did – or if it was even going to be shown to anyone”: How Cardboard Sessions’ Dave Lee convinced Billy Gibbons, J Mascis and Keanu Reeves to slam on his Fender-approved cardboard guitars

Cardboard Fender Strat and Dave Lee
(Image credit: Marc Wierenga)

Dave Lee understands the skepticism he faces when asking artists to participate in Cardboard Sessions, a recurring YouTube series that finds players squealing out leads on a fully functional yet primarily cardboard six-string.

The feeling changes when they start work with the awe-inspiring, Strat-style game-changer, which is Master-Built at Fender’s Corona, CA facility. Fit with hardware like a classic set of ’69 pickups and beveled like one of Leo’s legendary pieces, it’s not your standard solid body – you can literally see through its thousands of lightweight corrugated flutes.

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Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams is a Vancouver-based arts reporter. From metal legends to emerging pop icons to the best of the basement circuit, he’s interviewed musicians across countless genres for nearly two decades, most recently with Guitar World, Bass Player, Revolver, and more – as well as through his independent newsletter, Gut Feeling. This all still blows his mind. He’s a guitar player, generally bouncing hardcore riffs off his ’52 Tele reissue and a dinged-up SG.