Fender Releases Swirled Strat, Tele

SwirlsFender is dipping into their 80s history right now – pardon the pun – with a pair of guitars that use the ‘Swirl’ finishing technique popularised on Ibanez Jems and Universes. Fender was actually the first company to offer guitars with this finish – they called it ‘Bowling Ball’ – when they were working with swirl mastermind Darren Johansen. And now Fender is offering affordable (and probably not Darren-swirled, judging by the reasonable price tag) swirled Stratocaster and Telecaster models in the Standard series. Naturally no two will be alike, since the swirling process is so very, very unique to each guitar. I hope these babies really take off and we start to see future models in other colour schemes, from subtle to extreme. Wouldn’t that be great? Here’s some info about each model from the Fender website:  Read More …

Fender Expands Modern Player Series

modern playerFender’s Modern Player series is designed to combine classic Fender styling with modern features, and to take things in new-but-still-comfortable directions that wouldn’t fit in other more traditionally-oriented lines. They’re also very affortable. It’s where you’ll find reimaginings of popular models with drastic pickup changes or bolder cosmetics, for example, yet there’s always something about Modern Player guitars that you can relate back to the classic designs that made Fender great in the first place. The latest models to be added to the line include three guitars and three basses. And the Modern Player Jazz Bass V is really doing it for me. Here’s the press release: Read More …