“He didn’t just work here – he lived and embodied the spirit of the brand”: Mike Lewis, the head of Fender’s Custom Shop – an industry legend who played with Chuck Berry and toured with the Rolling Stones – has passed away

Mike Lewis Fender Custom Shop VP of Product Development
(Image credit: Fender)

Mike Lewis, Vice President of Product Development at the Fender Custom Shop, has passed away, according to the firm and multiple industry sources. 

Lewis was the de-facto head of Fender’s top-tier department of Master Builders and widely respected for his deep knowledge of Fender guitar history, as well as the quality of the Custom Shop builds he oversaw.

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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.