“The most unique finish Fender makes”: Fender’s new Waste Bucket Sparkle guitars turn trash into treasure

Fender Custom Shop ‘Chicago Special’ Waste Bucket Sparkle finish
(Image credit: Fender)

Fender Custom Shop and retailer Chicago Music Exchange have revealed a new collaboration: three electric guitars – among them a Stratocaster, Telecaster and Jazzmaster – finished in Waste Bucket Sparkle. 

The effect is achieved by using the leftover mix of excess paint that is created when the Custom Shop sprays its regular sparkle finishes. This might normally go to waste, but here the firm has found a far better use for it.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.