NAMM 2019: Fender’s New Guitar Range

Posted on 24th January 2019 by

The great team at Fender has just announced a whole batch of new guitars at this year’s NAMM convention in Anaheim, California. Fender frequently uses this time of year to reveal new body finishes and modifications to popular lines of guitars. And we, like everyone else, of course, are incredibly excited to get our hands on them.

Fender Rarities Collection

Firstly we begin with a selection of guitars from the Fender Rarities collection. Combining exotic tonewoods with high-class pickups and unique features, this collection is full of exciting specifications. So, if you think you know Fender, then this collection really pushes the boundaries of expectation. Although we shouldn’t be surprised. After all, this is the same company that changed the sound of popular music.

Fender Rarities American Original 60s Stratocaster – Natural

Fender Rarities American Original 60s Stratocaster - RW - Quilt Maple Natural

  • Pickups: Pure Vintage ’65 Gray-Bottom Single-Coil Strat.
  • Neck: Rosewood.
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood.
  • Body: Roasted Alder with Quilt Maple Top.
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle Pure Vintage Synchronized Tremolo.
  • Colour: Natural.

Rarities American Original 60s Stratocaster – Plasma Red Burst

Fender Rarities American Original 60s Stratocaster - MN - Plasma Red Burst

  • Pickups: Custom Shop ’54 Strat® Single-Coil
  • Neck: Birdseye Maple
  • Fingerboard: Birdseye Maple
  • Body: Alder with Flamed Ash Top
  • Bridge: Pure Vintage 6-Saddle Synchronized Tremolo
  • Colour: Plasma Red Burst

Rarities American Original Stratocaster – Natural

Fender Rarities American Original Stratocaster - MN - Flame Koa Top

  • Pickups: Hot ’59 Strat® with Gold Foil Covers and Tim Shaw-designed pickup with Filter’Tron cover
  • Neck: Quarter-Sawn European Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Body: Ash with Flamed Koa Top
  • Bridge: 6-Saddle American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
  • Colour: Natural

Rarities American Professional Stratocaster – Golden Brown

Fender Rarities American Professional Stratocaster - RW - Golden Brown

  • Pickups: Custom DoubleTap™ Humbucking and Pure Vintage ’65 Gray-Bottom Single-Coil Strat®
  • Neck: Solid Rosewood
  • Fingerboard: Flame Maple
  • Body: Alder with Flame Maple Top
  • Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles and Pop-In Tremolo Arm
  • Colour: Golden Brown

Rarities Chambered Telecaster – Natural

Fender Rarities Chambered Telecaster - MN - Flame Maple Natural

  • Pickups: Hot Vintage-Style Telecaster and Shawbucker™ 1T
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Body: Chambered Roasted Alder with Flame Maple Top
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage-Style Strings Through Body Tele® with Compensated Steel Barrel Saddles
  • Colour: Natural

Rarities Telecaster – Natural

Fender Rarities Telecaster - MN - Matural Red Mahogany Top

  • Pickups: Vintage-Style Single-Coil Tele® and Custom Shop “Twisted” Single-Coil Tele®
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Body: Ash with Red Mahogany Top
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle, Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Compensated Brass Saddles
  • Colour: Natural

Rarities American Original 60s Telecaster – Blue Cloud

Fender Rarities American Original 60s Telecaster - MN - Blue Cloud Burst

  • Pickups: Pure Vintage ’64 Gray-Bottom Single-Coil Tele® and Custom Shop ’51 Single-Coil Nocaster
  • Neck: Quarter-Sawn European Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Body: Ash with Bound Quilt Maple Top
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle American Original Strings-Through-Body Tele® with Compensated Brass Saddles
  • Colour: Blue Cloud

Fender Artist Series

Secondly, we have a couple of Jimmy Page Signature Telecasters. His original guitar, featured on the song Good Times Bad Times, came in the form of a simple White Blonde lacquered finish. But, in a moment of inspiration, presumably after one of his legendary big nights out, Page began giving it the mother of all makeovers. In the first place, Jimmy created the ‘mirror guitar’.  And then, it was followed by the famous dragon design, hand painted by the great man himself. So, in homage to Jimmy’s famous riffs, tone and artistry, Fender has given the world a pair of new Jimmy Page Signature Telecasters.

Jimmy Page Dragon Telecaster Artist Model – Dragon

Fender Jimmy Page Dragon Telecaster Artist Model - RW - Natural

  • Pickups: Jimmy Page Custom Tele
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Body: Ash
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage Style Tele® with Threaded Steel Saddles Top-Load or Strings-Through-Body
  • Colour: Natural with Dragon Design

Jimmy Page Mirror Telecaster Artist Model – White Blonde

Fender Jimmy Page Mirror Telecaster Artist Model - RW - White Blonde

  • Pickups: Jimmy Page Custom ’59 Tele#
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Body: 2-Piece Ash
  • Bridge: 3-Saddle Vintage Style Tele® with Threaded Steel Saddles Top-Load or Strings-Through-Body
  • Colour: White Blonde

Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

Fender Alternate Reality Electric XII 12-String

If you’re the kind of person who takes pleasure in hybrid creations, such as mythical beasts or a portmanteau, then this range of Fender guitars will really get you rubbing your hands until they burn. The series splice together the DNA of popular guitars, resulting in the creation of new and unique instruments that further highlight Fender’s innovation. However, on this occasion, we’re focusing on this marvellous looking 12 string. It comes on a Jazzmaster body shape and in three new finishes. Furthermore, it features, features dual split-coil pickups.

  • Pickups: Split-Coil Electric XII
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Pau Ferro
  • Body: Alder
  • Bridge: Fully Adjustable 12-Saddle Hardtail Bridge
  • Colours: 3-Colour Sunburst / Lake Placid Blue / Olympic White

American Pro Light Series

Both the Stratocaster and Telecaster are regarded, by some, as the most loved and iconic guitars in history. When they dropped, way back in the 1950s, they changed the course of rock ‘n’ roll. And, as a consequence, the way players approached the guitar in general, too. Therefore, with those two guitars, Fender cemented itself as an irreplaceable cog in the ongoing machine of popular music. So, Fender has popped the hood of these ever-popular instruments and given them a few upgrades. It is, in other words, evolution, not revolution.

American Pro Light Ash Ltd Ed Telecaster – Honey Blonde

Fender American Pro Light Ash Limited Edition Telecaster - MN - Honey Blonde

  • Pickups: American Professional Telecaster
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Body: Lightweight Ash
  • Bridge: American Professional Telecaster
  • Colour: Honey Blonde

American Pro Light Ash Ltd Ed Stratocaster – Aged Natural

Fender American Pro Light Ash Limited Edition Stratocaster - RW - Aged Natural

  • Pickups: V-Mod Single-Coil Strat
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Body: Lightweight Ash
  • Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles and Pop-In Tremolo Arm
  • Colour: Aged Natural

American Elite Series

Finally, we move onto the Elite Series. Mixing modern sound with a deluge of innovative features, this guitar certainly pushes the envelope. Its design will please modern players, especially those who demand tonal variety and a supple playing feel. Overall, it’s a top-draw performer that delivers the goods each time it’s plugged in.

American Elite Stratocaster HSS – Olympic Pearl

Fender American Elite Stratocaster HSS - Ebony - Satin Ice Blue Metallic

  • Pickups: 4th Generation Noiseless and Shawbucker
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Body: Alder
  • Bridge: 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm
  • Colours: Olympic Pearl

So, that concludes our NAMM 2019 Fender roundup. If you’ve seen something you like then get in touch with the sales team at Rich Tone. Or, better still, pop down to our store in Sheffield and try out a few of these excellent guitars.

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