Fender George Harrison Rosewood Telecaster. Whoa.

One of my all-time favourite guitars is George Harrison’s famous rosewood Fender Telecaster – y’know, the one he played on the roof of Apple headquarters on January 30, 1969 in those spectacular green pants? Well the Fender Custom Shop is offering a reproduction of this iconic guitar right down to the finest detail. Wider nut? Yep. Two-piece rosewood neck? Uh huh. Logo over the finish instead of under it? You got it. And get this: Abigail “Abby” Ybarra came out of retirement to wind the pickups. The only thing it doesn’t include is those pants.

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NAMM 2016: Fender ‘Music Repeater’ Telecaster

PRESS RELEASE: Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) and its Custom Shop unveiled today the Music Repeater Telecaster®, created by Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov. As part of the Fender Custom Shop 2016 Prestige Collection for NAMM, this is a fully performing guitar with a floating timepiece musical repeater built into guitar. The guitar also comes with a 200 year old antique 18-karat gold and diamond repeater watch. Read More …

Fender Releases Adam Clayton Jazz Bass

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Fender is welcome to deposit one into my iTunes account.

PRESS RELEASE: Fender is extremely proud to introduce the Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar. Throughout the entire phenomenal history of the band, the groundbreaking music of U2 has been underpinned by the gracefully muscular bass work of Adam Clayton. His impeccable groove and expansive tone form the sonic foundation of one of the biggest bands in the history of rock music, never more powerfully than today. Fender’s Adam Clayton Jazz Bass guitar puts his rock solid sound and style in bassists’ hands, with elegant appointments and elemental tone, including two potent Fender Custom Shop pickups and a beautiful Sherwood Green Metallic gloss finish with matching headstock. Read More …

A Bunch O’ New Fenders

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Aah, is there anything sweeter than seeing an email in my inbox about a bunch of new Fender models? Well, maybe that day I brought home my Fender American Vintage ’62 Strat Reissue or perhaps my Squier Bass VI. But in terms of guitar-geek excitement level, there’s something primal about the Fender logo that still makes me giddy after all these years. Today they’ve announced some new Limited Edition American Standard Series guitars, new Classic Player Series models and a Special Edition Blacktop Series guitar, as well as some pretty dang sweet Custom Shop stuff. Here’s the press release: Read More …

Troy Van Leeuwen’s New Fender Custom Shop Double-neck Jazzmaster

TVLAcrossIs there anything cooler than the double neck? No. Jimmy Page knows it, Eddie Van Halen knows it, David St Hubbins knows it, and Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens Of The Stone Age knows it. Check out Troy’s monstrous new Fender Custom Shop double-neck Jazzmaster, which features 6 and 12-string necks, and there’s a great video about the guitar’s creation, which you can see below. It starts with the beginning of the process back in mid 2013, follows through to the delivery of the finished beast. And there’s plenty more info about it in this article over at the Fender website.

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Fender Custom Shop Artisan, Master Designed Series

Fender Custom Shop 2014 Artisan Spalted Maple-Top StratocasterPRESS RELEASE: The Fender Custom Shop is proud to introduce the two latest collections of handcrafted instruments, the Artisan Series and Master Designed Series. With the Artisan series, the Fender Custom Shop pulls out all the stops for high-end instruments of remarkable tone, look and feel. In a first for the Custom Shop and inspired by Master Built instruments created for the 2013 Tokyo Guitar Show, this series is built to spotlight fine woods with distinctive figures, hand-rubbed stains and gloss finishes. Team-built for a limited time only, Artisan series instruments are also outfitted with a wealth of special appointments and features that contribute to their striking sound and style. Read More …

NAMM: Fender Nile Rodgers Hitmaker Stratocaster

hitmakerLemmie tell you a little bit about me. Whenever I’m feeling down, the best cure is to put on David Bowie’s “Modern Love” and just jam out on rhythm guitar along with Nile Rodgers. Nile is, of course, a hugely influential figure in popular music. Just think of the albums he’s had a hand in: Let’s Dance, Family Style, Like A Virgin, Original Sin, Cosmic Thing, Random Access Memories… and then of course there’s Chic and Sister Sledge, with whom Nile practically defined an entire genre and showed us what it really means to play the perfect part for the song. The Fender Custom Shop is paying tribute to Nile with a guitar that recreates the Hitmaker, the legendary Strat with which Nile has sprinkled musical gold dust over all sorts of tracks. It’s been a long time coming and here’s hoping that it leads to other more affordable versions too that tap into the same magic.  Read More …