Fender Musical Instruments Corp. (FMIC) today announced a new Master Builder joining the Fender Custom Shop: Carlos Lopez. With decades of experience in guitar luthiery, he’s worked on countless designs during his four years as an Apprentice Master Builder under esteemed Fender Master Builder Todd Krause.
“Masterbuilt Fender Custom Shop guitars are in more demand now more than ever, which explains why we’ve added three new Master Builders since 2018,” said Mike Lewis, VP of Product Development at Fender Custom Shop. “Our apprentice program continues to foster some of the best up-and-coming builders in the business, and Carlos Lopez was always a standout throughout his time working for Todd Krause. We’re eager to see all the dream guitars he’ll build for players around the world.”
Lopez is no stranger to the Fender Custom Shop. After graduating from the Musician’s Institute’s Guitar Craft Academy in 2007, he earned a full-time position on Fender’s production line and was later called to join the Fender Custom Shop. Lopez brings a comprehensive understanding of the business to his work, having served in nearly every position in the Shop—including tune testing, relicing and fretwork—until he was promoted to an Apprentice Master Builder for Todd Krause. With Krause, he worked hand-in-hand on high-profile projects for top artists, including Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Robbie Robertson and Robin Trower.
“I have had the opportunity to learn and be mentored from the best of the best throughout my professional career,” said Carlos Lopez, Master Builder at the Fender Custom Shop. “I can’t put into words how special it is to be a part of such an iconic brand with some of the finest builders in the world.”
When Lopez isn’t building the most legendary iconic one of a kind guitars at work, he is likely at home in his garage-turned-workshop building guitars to hone in on his craft. Lopez describes himself as an idea curator—actively exploring new concepts and trying out new techniques. Though he has designed, built, and played countless types of guitars, his favorite is a Fender Custom Shop Jaguar in Candy Apple Red.
In his new position as Fender Custom Shop Master Builder, Lopez is looking forward to having creative control to bring his ideas to life, and then revealing them to the world at NAMM 2020.
About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC), whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®, follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest quality instruments and musical solutions across genres. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of music through electric and acoustic guitars, amplifiers, pro audio, accessories and digital products that inspire and enable musical expression at every stage, from beginners to history-making legends.