Most musicians and guitar aficionados know about the legendary and mystical “Custom Shop,” located deep in the bowels of Fender Musical Instruments’ headquarters in Corona, Calif. It’s here that drool-worthy dreams are made, and where custom, one-of-a-kind guitars and amplifiers are born. The shop is populated by the finest luthiers and builders in the world, and their passion and dedication to their artistry is evident everywhere you look. As a musician, I was lucky enough to visit the Custom Shop, and I’ve never experienced another place like it.
That is until I had the pleasure of spending a few days with Todd and Jo Peterson of Peterson’s Performance Plus in El Dorado, Kansas. This is where the equally mystical and unique King Katmai is crafted, and where Todd and Jo have introduced their latest creation to the world—the swift and capable Kenai.