This cake is a replica of a classic Fender Stratocaster. The guitar strings are real because there is nothing in the sugar world that looks like that and can with stand temperature change and moving the cake around. The Bridge is made of sugarpaste which is dried to very hard so that the strings can be threaded through, just like a real guitar. I was excited to use my airbrush to paint the classic 3 color sunburst that you see on Fender guitars. If you haven't seen it, check out my other guitar cake which was a Gibson Les Paul, pics are posted here too. My friend who owns the guitar collection told me I should recreate a Paul Reed Smith next ;) I gotta find the $target market$ that is interested in this kind of cake art so I can add to my collection.