Posted on 25th January 2018 by Callum
To go along with the American Original series which focuses on classic designs from years gone by, for NAMM 2018 Fender have pushed the boat out with some guitars that may seem strangely familiar. Welcome to the Parallel Universe where everything is not quite as it seems….
After some 60 years of creating the same selection of guitar shapes and configurations (albeit to the highest standards) it seems Fender have decided it’s now time to come out with something new. These creations take features from some of the best-loved models and combine them to make some truly standout and original designs. If you’ve already got the staples from Fender these limited editions are guaranteed add a unique twist to your collection. There are 11 Parallel Universe masterpieces due to filter through over the year. Rich Tone have picked out a few favourites to whet your appetite!
For those who prefer the rugged shape of the Telecaster but enjoy the versatility and flavour of the Stratocaster, Fender have created this crossover hybrid. This is a real mutant creation, and guaranteed to turn a few heads when you bust out this monster at a gig. Fitting into that parallel universe vibe perfectly and begs the question – what if Fender had stuck with their Telecaster shape rather than going for the double cutaway on the Strat; maybe all guitars would look like this? Who knows, but we love it.
The Tele Thinline Super Deluxe is one for the Wild West. Treading the line between elegant and gaudy and will give both classic sound and a raw edge to your playing. The Telecaster chunky neck is here along with a modern Hardtail bridge, making playing this a dream. The F-hole is a much-loved aesthetic and tonal addition and we think that the sparkling Silver Plexi custom pickguard and bright orange finish are great touches. One for the cowboys, this one-off special is fitted with two TV Jones Classic pickups to create a rich sound, perfect for twangy desert soundtracks. Showstopping looks and tone to match, the Tele Thinline Super Deluxe is a bold and brash guitar sure to set off anyone’s collection.
Another hybrid crossover; this guitar keeps the iconic contoured Stratocaster shape but packs it with all the crazy gadgets and gizmos normally reserved for the Fender Jaguar. In Candy Apple Red this guitar’s looks are set off with all the shiny chrome they’ve managed to incorporate onto the control panels, as well as the tortoiseshell pickguard. This isn’t just a visual crossover though – the electronics are also a proper mix of components. It’s got 3 of the Jaguar’s single coil pickups, so Fender have given you the Strat’s 5-way pickup selector along with the awesome phase inversion options that make the Jaguar so cool. This guitar is an all-round tone machine and works really well as a crossover!
Fender have still got it in them to design great looking and original guitars! The Meteora is a brand new and limited-edition body shape that certainly stands out against the rest of the classic body shapes on offer from the US guitar giants. Looking fresh and classic at the same time, with the pickguard shape adding an art-deco aesthetic to this groovy guitar. In terms of hardware we’ve got a mashup; Custom Shop pickups and bridge from the Telecaster, and a maple neck in the Jazzmaster shape. A new entry with one foot in the past and eyes to the future!
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