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: 

Strat

The Standard Stratocaster Swirl model looks and sounds out of this world, with one of the most vividly arresting looks a Stratocaster has ever had—a swirling, multi-colored marbled finish that looks like something from another planet.

Each Standard Stratocaster Swirl body undergoes a unique finishing process, resulting in a design that is as random and one-of-a-kind as a thumbprint—simply put, no two are the same!

Features include an alder body, maple neck with “modern C” profile and satin urethane back finish, 9.5″-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets, single-coil neck and middle pickups, humbucking bridge pickup, five-way switching, three-ply black-white-black pickguard and black plastic control knobs, and a vintage-style six-saddle synchronized tremolo bridge.

Tele

The Standard Telecaster Swirl model looks and sounds out of this world, with one of the most vividly arresting looks a Telecaster has ever had—a swirling, multi-colored marbled finish that looks like something from another planet.

Each Standard Telecaster Swirl body undergoes a unique finishing process, resulting in a design that is as random and one-of-a-kind as a thumbprint—simply put, no two are the same!

Features include an alder body, maple neck with “modern C” profile and satin urethane back finish, 9.5″-radius maple fingerboard with 21 medium jumbo frets, dual single-coil pickups with three-way switching, three-ply black-white-black pickguard and knurled flat-top control knobs, and a string-through-body bridge with six block saddles.