Joywave Unveils Thermochromic Fender Guitar

(Image credit: Courtesy of Hollywood Records)

When Joey Morinelli of Rochester, NY band Joywave decided to get a custom-built Fender, he wanted his instrument to stand out from the pack. Rather than requesting an unusual shape though, he asked for his custom Fender Telecaster to be fitted with a liquid crystal thermochromic finish.

The end result is a black Telecaster that—though it looks unassuming at first—changes color based on both temperature and body heat.

Even when Morinelli is simply standing around with the guitar—as you can see in the second video below—the guitar's appearance can change dramatically.

You can see a couple of examples of the guitar's thermochromic finish in action below.

For more on Joywave, you can follow along on Facebook.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.