Wow––check out this Custom Painted Esquire & matching Pro Junior amp…
The one of a kind “Flying Tiger” Esquire was apparently unveiled at this year’s Winter NAMM Show, though this is the first I’ve heard of it. According to The Music Zoo’s website––where the instrument is selling for a paltry $17,500 (hey, it listed at $25,000!)––the Flying Tiger was Masterbuilt by Fender’s Chris Fleming, and then hand painted by lowbrow artist Sara Ray.
Unfortunately the known specs are incredibly limited, but the guitar is said to feature a one-pice Indian Rosewood neck, slightly “Relic’d” finish, hardshell case, and of course that custom brush-work, which includes images of a shark-mouthed WWII P-40 Warhawk, a “Red Devil” mistress with angels wings (devil’s wings?) and a formation of three P-40s on the back.
The amplifier is a highly-decorated Fender Pro Junior tube amp, and sports a front grille made from an old khaki flag, painted with a flying tiger jumping over a V-for-victory symbol in blue. The amp also boasts a number of other squad markings, including the infamous “Hells Angel’s” skull, a bull dog, and more.
You can get more info over at Sara Ray’s website, though the guitar/amp combo is currently listed as “on hold” at the Music Zoo.