Cory Wong: "When you design a guitar with Fender, you want to make it unique, so it stands out against all the other Strats"

Cory Wong playing his signature Fender Stratocaster
(Image credit: Fender)

When Cory Wong describes working with Fender on his first-ever signature guitar as “a dream come true”, you get the impression he well and truly means it. More often than not, it’s a Sapphire Blue Highway One Strat in his hands, which – as we know from previous conversations with the funk star – he originally picked up on Craigslist for $300.

His loyalty to that specific guitar speaks volumes – it has barely left his side since their meeting. The new 2021 signature is a tribute to the same instrument, with some interesting modifications and customizations...

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).