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The Fender Stratocastor Pizza Peel

The Most Unique Pizza Peel Ever Created

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Rockin' Out With Pizza

  • Jan 15, 2012
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Let me introduce you to something in many pizza makers’ kitchen tool box: a pizza peel. This is an essential pizza tool.



A Pizza Peel and Pizza Stone

A pizza peel is used to move pizza in and out of wood or coal fired oven. The peels used in Pepe’s Pizza in New Haven, have a handle that is 8-10 feet long. The peel can be used to move a pizza on and off a pizza stone as well.

It is a handy tool. The peel can be made of wood, metal or even bamboo. (My friend Espo made a peel out of a card board box once, until it caught on fire…but that’s another story..)

Over the years of my pizza making adventures, I used many different pizza peels. I have a collection of 4 of them. I’ve used them, I’m familiar with them. I like them.

Enter Ron, a longtime friend of Pizza Therapy. He sent me pictures of the most amazing pizza peel I have ever seen. He made it himself out of wood in the shape of a Fender Stratocaster Guitar.
 
Ron wrote: I too am somewhat of a pizza fanatic. I use an 18" Weber kettle grill with a 16" Old Stone Oven stone and fire it with a 185,000 BTU Cajun cooker. I also made a pizza peel fashioned to look like a Fender Stratocaster guitar.

(Albert's Side Bar: Musicians who have played a Fender Stratocaster include: Buddy Holly, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Mark Knopfler, Dick Dale, Prince...)


                                                         
Eric Clapton with Stratocaster



Now I have seen some unusual pizza devices,  but a peel in the shape of a Fender Stratocaster guitar?
I was speechless!

Here is what an actual Stratocaster looks like:


 
I immediately had to see it!
This pizza peel makes you want to Rock and Roll!

Pictures of the Stratocaster Pizza Peel:

                                                                  


As soon as I saw The Stratocaster Pizza Peel,
I knew I had some questions for Ron.

Albert: Are you a wood worker?

Ron: I used to work construction and woodworking has always been one
my fields of expertise. I simply do woodworking as a hobby now as
my job isa civilian field representative in an electronics shop for the
Air Force.

Albert: How did you come up with this idea?

Ron: One day I was passing through my neighborhood and one of the
neighbors was having a yard sale so I stopped in to take a look. He had a
Fender amplifier for sale so I bought it and replaced the jacks to
make it serviceable. I then built a guitar and figured that would make
a really neat pizza peel. I made the patterns and then made a few
proto types before I came up with the finished product. It's very close to
the size of an actual Strat.

Albert: How much did it cost to make? How long did it take?

Ron: I would guess that it only cost about $25 to make but there was
a lot of sanding and I also inlayed the frets and scale markings.
 The toughest part was sanding the main body down to less than 1/4". I just
used a belt sander for that job. The whole process could be automated
and be performed quite efficiently.

It was fun making something that no one else has. I don't really know how long it took me to build. I would just work on it for an hour or two at a time when I felt like it. I don't have any plans to make them commercially as that would take all the fun out of it. It's like making pizza, if you start doing it as a
job instead of a hobby it somehow looses it's allure.

Albert: What do your guests say when you cook a pizza with the Strat?
 
Ron: Everyone loves the pizza Strat. I moved to Germany last October and when the movers unpacked my household goods they saw theSrat and asked me if I could make one for him as he worked as a pizza man at the local pizzeria.

 I think everyone likes it because it's so unique and who doesn't want to secretly be a rock star?

Albert: Are you a musician?
 
Ron: I'm not a musician and can't play the guitar to save my life. I
did make another pizza guitar in the shape of a Gibson SG. It was the
original pizza guitar prototype. It's not as neat as the Strat. I made
the neck out of maple and glued that onto a pine body. ...

Albert: Thanks Ron on behalf of pizza makers everywhere. You certainly have taken the pizza peel to new levels.
 

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January 18, 2012
That is so cool! Thanks for sharing the photos and the interview with us!
 
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I'm a Pizza Promoter and Internet Marketer. I have a number of websites and blogs including   Pizza Therapy, Pasta Therapy, Legends of Pizzaand Albert Grande's Personal blog   … more
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The Fender Stratocaster, often referred to as the "Strat", is a model of electric guitar designed by Leo Fender, George Fullerton, and Freddie Tavares in 1954, and manufactured continuously by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation to the present. It is a double-cutaway guitar, with an extended top horn for balance while standing.

The Stratocaster has been used by many leading guitarists and can be heard on many historic recordings. Along with the Gibson Les Paul, the Gibson SG and the Fender Telecaster, it is one of the most common and enduring models of electric guitar in the world. The design of the Stratocaster has transcended the field of music to rank among the classic industrial designs of all time; examples have been exhibited at major museums around the world.
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