Fender partners with Meta for an out-of-this-world VR experience, the Stratoverse

(Image credit: Meta)

From Megadeth's own cryptocurrency, $MEGA, to Avenged Sevenfold's Deathbats Club, an NFT-based community which gives fans access to exclusive perks, Web3 has well and truly infiltrated the music industry. Even Joe Bonamassa auctioned an NFT.

It probably only comes as a little surprise, then, that Fender has announced its partnership with Meta – yes, the company that owns Facebook and Instagram – for its first leap into the Metaverse, with a digital world dubbed the Fender Stratoverse.

Created as part of Meta's Horizon Worlds project – a social VR app which allows users to explore virtual worlds – the Fender Stratoverse is dubbed an “out-of-this-world augmented reality/virtual reality music experience”, and consists of a guitar-shaped island surrounded by clouds, floating high up in the stratosphere.

Users are able to explore the headstock, neck and body of the guitar island before reaching the “main attraction”: the Riff Maker scavenger hunt. This gamified experience allows users to build melodies layering sounds they find throughout the Stratoverse. 


(Image credit: Meta)

Sounds are unlocked by completing tasks – including an air guitar challenge, a guitar pick tossing game and answering guitar-based trivia questions – before users can take them to the main island to place them in one of 12 spots in the ‘Riff Maker’, in turn creating custom melodies.

As a brand we are committed to enabling all forms of musical expression and are thrilled by the potential this technology has

Evan Jones, Fender CMO

“We could not be more pleased to have been invited by Meta to bring Fender into the Metaverse for the first time,” says Fender CMO Evan Jones. 

“As a brand we are committed to enabling all forms of musical expression and are thrilled by the potential this technology has to allow Fender fans and creators to come together, play, and create across borders, cultures, and from any distance.

“Collaboration and experimentation are essential ingredients to the musical journey, and we're looking forward to seeing what creators can do with the unlimited potential of the Metaverse and our first Fender Stratoverse experience.”

Last month, Fender filed trademarks for NFTs and “other crypto-collectibles”, though as we've not heard any more on the matter since, we'd wager the guitar giant made a defensive move in order to ensure its own intellectual property and trademarks aren't left open to violation in the digital space.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at GuitarWorld.com from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.