Meet The Fender Ultra Luxe Series

Today, Fender is unveiling the American Ultra Luxe series for players who demand the ultimate in performance and tone with the most advanced series of guitars and basses.

The addition of four new American Ultra Luxe models in 2021 will bring the guitar playing experience up a major notch.  These elevated models in this series feature versatile, state-of-the-art specs that will inspire players to push their skills to new heights. 

The American Ultra Luxe series features a unique Augmented “D” neck profile with Ultra rolled fingerboard edges for endless playing comfort and a tapered neck heel that allows easy access to the highest register. A speedy 10”-14” compound-radius fingerboard with 22 stainless steel medium-jumbo frets means effortless and accurate soloing.

Models include:  

·         American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster® ($4,499 AUD). The American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster features Ultra NoiselessTM Vintage pickups and advanced wiring options providing endless tonal possibilities – without hum. Available in 2-Color Sunburst (Rosewood fingerboard) and  2-Color Sunburst and Plasma Red Burst (Maple fingerboard). 

·         American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster® Floyd Rose® HSS ($4,699 AUD). The American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster Floyd Rose HSS features Ultra NoiselessTM Hot single-coil pickups and Ultra Double TapTM humbucking pickup, along with advanced wiring options, providing endless tonal possibilities – without hum. The Original Floyd Rose Tremolo system allows for precision vibrato effects while staying perfectly in tune. Available in Silverburst (Maple fingerboard) and Mystic Black (Rosewood fingerboard).

·         American Ultra Luxe Telecaster® ($4,499 AUD) This model features Ultra NoiselessTM Vintage pickups and advanced wiring options providing endless tonal possibilities – without hum. Available in Transparent Surf Green and 2-Color Sunburst. Available April. 

·         American Ultra Luxe Telecaster® Floyd Rose® HH ($4,699 AUD) Featuring an Original Floyd Rose Tremolo system, stainless-steel frets and eye-catching custom colors with matching painted headcaps, the American Ultra Luxe Telecaster Floyd Rose HH is Ultra – elevated. This model features Custom Double TapTM humbucking pickups and advanced wiring options, providing endless tonal possibilities  – without hum. The Original Floyd Rose Tremolo system allows for precision vibrato effects while staying perfectly in tune. The sculpted rear body contours are as beautiful as they are functional. Available in Mystic Black (Maple Fingerboard).

The new Fender Mustang Micro is adorable and I want to pinch its little cheeks

FENDER® EXPANDS ACCLAIMED MUSTANG™ SERIES WITH POCKET-SIZED MUSTANG™ MICRO PERSONAL AMP

Mustang™ Micro Packs 12 Amp Models, 12 Effects Combinations In One Portable Package, For Players To Practice Anywhere

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (April 6, 2021) — Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today launched the latest amp in the widely-acclaimed Mustang™ series, the Mustang™ Micro. The Mustang™ Micro is the complete personal guitar amplifier with a wide selection of tones and effects from the acclaimed Mustang™ Series amps, now available in a compact, portable product that fits in a player’s pocket and allows them to jam silently anywhere.  Fender’s personal amp has streamlined the playing process with no compromises, providing an affordable option with great sound capabilities. 

The ultimate on-the-go guitar amplifier, the Mustang™ Micro has over four hours of continuous play time and can be plugged directly into your guitar and connected to your favorite wired headphones. Players can easily choose from a selection of amps depending on your musical preference — from classic cleans to metal — and a bevy of effects. With 12 amp models and 12 effects combinations straight from Fender’s Mustang™ Series of amps, it makes it quick and easy to get iconic Fender tones no matter where you are. The Mustang™ Micro is ideal for beginners and seasoned players alike. Its simple and intuitive controls, as well as rechargeable batteries, are made for the player on the go, while its headphone output and Bluetooth play-along capabilities make it perfect for quiet, at-home practice sessions. 

“We’re thrilled to bring the iconic Mustang™ amp tones into a pocket-sized amp,” said Max Gutnik, Vice President of Electric Guitars, Basses & Amplifiers. “The Mustang™ Micro will allow everyone from touring artists to new players at home to plug in without disturbing anyone around them. Players will be able to express themselves through authentic effects and tones without being tied to an external amp, allowing for Micro’s portability to take them wherever the music goes.”

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • 12 Amp Models and 12 Effects Combinations Built-In: Straight from our Mustang series of amps with adjustable parameters. All signal processing is self-contained. Just plug in and play.
  • Backing Track Bluetooth Streaming with Audio Video Sync: Wirelessly stream audio backing tracks and play along with your favorite songs or practice app without latency or skipping.
  • Simple and Intuitive Controls: Easy to use features are ideal for beginners to seasoned players.
  • Rechargeable Battery: Internal battery is rechargeable via USB (cable included).
  • Recording Output: Record to your Mac or PC via USB with no additional hardware needed.

Fender discusses the Mustang™ Micro in an episode of Fender’s serialized social video series, Fender® Demos™. Watch it here. Fender Demos is an educational video series focused on providing a deep dive into Fender’s newest products. The series focuses on showcasing not only the key features and benefits but also the sonic quality of Fender’s instruments, amplifiers and pedals. In addition to product demos, the series also provides valuable beginner, intermediate and advanced tone tips, set-up and maintenance guides and insights to getting the most out of your Fender gear.

For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.

MUSTANG MICRO ($99.99 USD, £89.99, €99.99, $219 AUD, ¥11,000 JPY) The Mustang™ Micro is a complete personal guitar amplifier featuring a wide selection of tones from the wildly popular Mustang™ series of amps. Simply plug Mustang™ Micro directly into your guitar, connect a pair of headphones and choose your amp and effects. It’s ideal for any player from beginner to pro, making it quick and easy to get great tones when jamming silently at home or on the go. You can even play along to your favorite tracks or instructional videos using the built-in Bluetooth audio connection. Main features include: an all-in-one personal headphone amplifier with onboard DSP, 12 amp models and 12 effects combinations from the Mustang™ series of amps for a wide range of clean and dirty tones, Bluetooth audio streaming with audio/video sync for playing along in real time and a USB interface for recording output and firmware updates. 

To learn more about the Mustang™ Micro, click here. For product images click here. See and hear what the Mustang Micro can do in this video. 

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ABOUT FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION: 

Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)–whose portfolio of owned and licensed brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH®, Charvel® and Bigsby®–follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest-quality instruments and digital experiences across genres. Since 2015, Fender’s digital arm has introduced a new ecosystem of products and interactive experiences to accompany players at every stage of their musical journey. This includes innovative apps and learning platforms designed to complement Fender guitars, amplifiers, effects pedals, accessories and pro-audio gear, and inspire players through an immersive musical experience. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of musical expression for all players, from beginners to history-making legends. In 2021, Fender celebrates 75 years of giving artists “wings to fly,” carrying on the vision of its founder, Leo Fender, and connecting players through a shared love of music.

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The Fender Jason Isbell Telecaster is a thing of beauty

I love me a good double-bound Tele, and apparently so does Jason Isbell, if his new signature Fender is anything to go by.

It’s finished in a gorgeous Chocolate Sunburst with ’59-style Telecaster Custom cream double-binding and it’s given the Fender Road Worn aging treatment, which is a feature I really like, not particular for the look but for the feel. It has a vintage-style mid-’60s “C”-shaped Maple neck with a 21-fret Rosewood fingerboard and a set of custom Fender Jason Isbell Telecaster Pickups. The bridge is a custom-modified unit with vintage-style brass saddles, and the neck has a vintage-accurate 7.25″ radius.

Yeah so EVH just announced my dream Wolfgang

Have you seen the new gear from EVH yet? Among the guitars announced was this beauty.

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram you’d know I have a big thing for blue guitars. My main guitar right now is my blue Kiesel Vader headless, and I post blue Ernie Ball Music Man Axis guitars with tiring regularity. So this new EVH Wolfgang Special QM in Chlorine Burst is totally my jam. The only thing I would change would be to swap the pickups for a zebra set. But other than that, this guitar is everything I want.

Okay, enough of my yakkin’. Here’s the press release, which includes info on plenty new models plus something fun: a reflector kit to more accurately spec out your EVH Striped Series Frankie.

EVH® REVEALS ALL-NEW PRODUCT OFFERINGS HONORING LEGACY OF EDDIE VAN HALEN
Scottsdale, Ariz. (January 11, 2021) – The industry saw record guitar-playing interest in 2020 but also sadly said goodbye to one of the most innovative and influential players of its time. Eddie Van Halen’s singularly inventive style inspired an entire generation of players. He innovated not only in how he played but what he played and what he played through by creating some of the greatest guitars and amps the world has seen and heard. EVH® today announced a slate of new product offerings for the first half of 2021 designed to honor and continue the legacy of the late Eddie Van Halen including new models for the 5150® Series, Wolfgang® Special and Wolfgang® WG Standard.
2021 NEW PRODUCT INTRODUCTIONS
5150® SERIES
Engineered for speed, comfort and full-throttle attitude, the reimagined EVH® 5150® Series models are an iconic blast from the past that blend both throwback and modernized features, including the all-new addition of a kill switch for high-velocity rock.
The 5150 Series models feature a modified Strat®-style basswood body with deeper upper body curve, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s specifications with hand-rubbed satin urethane back finish and graphite reinforcement, 12”-16” compound radius fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, heel-mount truss rod adjustment spoke wheel, hockey stick color matched headstock with logo decal, direct mount EVH Wolfgang® bridge and neck humbucking pickups, three-way toggle switch on the upper bout, kill switch on the lower bout, volume control (500K EVH Bourns® Low Friction Pot) with treble bleed circuit, tone control (250K EVH Bourns® High Friction Pot), EVH-branded Gotoh® tuning machines and top-mount EVH-branded Floyd Rose® bridge with EVH D-Tuna® and R3 locking nut. Models include:
·      The 5150® Series Deluxe Poplar Burl ($999.99 EST US Street, £899 MSRP, €999 MSRP, $1,999 AUD RRP) stuns with a unique poplar burl top that is wrapped in Aqua Burst or Black Burst. This model also features chrome hardware and an ebony fingerboard with cream dot inlays. Available April 2021.    
·      The 5150® Series Standard, Ebony ($899.99 EST US Street, £899 MSRP, €999 MSRP, $1,7999 AUD RRP) boasts spotlight-ready style in all-new Ice Blue Metallic or Stealth Black finishes with black hardware. This model features an ebony fingerboard with cream dot inlays. Available February 2021.
·      The 5150® Series Standard, Maple ($899.99 EST US Street, £899 MSRP, €999 MSRP, $1,7999 AUD RRP) screams in a Neon Pink finish with chrome hardware. This model features a maple fingerboard with black dot inlays. Available February 2021.
WOLFGANG® SPECIAL
Road-tested in arenas around the world, the EVH® Wolfgang® Special models are purebred music-making machines, designed with stunning style, giant sound and high-speed playability.
The Wolfgang® Special models feature a basswood body, bolt-on quartersawn maple neck carved and rolled to Eddie Van Halen’s specifications with hand-rubbed satin urethane back finish and graphite reinforcement, 12”-16” compound radius fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, heel-mount truss rod adjustment spoke wheel, direct mount EVH Wolfgang® Alnico 2 bridge and neck humbucking pickups, three-way toggle switch, EVH volume control (500K EVH Bourns® Low Friction Pot) with treble bleed circuit, tone control (250K EVH Bourns® High Friction Pot) and top-mount EVH-branded Floyd Rose® bridge with EVH D-Tuna® and R2 locking nut. Models include:
·      The Wolfgang® Special QM ($1,099.99 EST US Street, £1,259 MSRP, €1,399 MSRP, $2,999 AUD RRP) is spotlight-ready in Charcoal Burst or Chlorine Burst with cream body binding and chrome hardware. This model features a baked maple neck and fingerboard with black dot inlays. Available March 2021.
·      The Wolfgang® Special ($999.99 EST US Street, £1,259 MSRP, €1,399 MSRP, $2,199 AUD RRP) is offered in an all-new Miami Blue finish with black body binding, color matched headstock and black hardware. This model features a maple neck and ebony fingerboard with pearloid dot inlays. Available February 2021.
WOLFGANG® WG STANDARD
Wolfgang® WG Standard boasts the same style and massive sound Eddie Van Halen created—at a price the everyday musician can afford.
These instruments feature a basswood body, baked maple neck with graphite reinforcement and hand-rubbed oil back finish, 12”-16” compound radius baked maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets and black dot inlays, heel-mount truss rod adjustment spoke wheel, direct mount EVH Wolfgang® bridge and neck humbucking pickups, three-way toggle switch, single volume control with treble bleed circuit, single tone control and EVH-branded Floyd Rose® Special bridge and R2 locking nut. Models include:
·      The Wolfgang® WG Standard Exotic Bocote ($699.99 EST US Street, £599 MSRP, €659 MSRP, $1,4999 AUD RRP) is available in a Natural finish with black headstock and black chrome hardware. Features include a bocote top and masked-off natural body binding. Available February 2021.
·      The Wolfgang® WG Standard Exotic Koa ($699.99 EST US Street, £599 MSRP, €659 MSRP, $1,4999 AUD RRP) comes in a Natural finish with black headstock and black chrome hardware. Features include a koa top and masked-off natural body binding. Available February 2021.
·      The Wolfgang® WG Standard QM ($699.99 EST US Street, £599 MSRP, €659 MSRP, $1,4999 AUD RRP) is available in an all-new Transparent Green with a black headstock and black chrome hardware. Features include a quilt maple top and masked-off natural body binding. Available February 2021.
·      The Wolfgang® WG Standard is decked out in head-turning Silver Sparkle ($699.99 EST US Street, £599 MSRP, €659 MSRP, $1,4999 AUD RRP) or Stryker Red ($649.99 EST US Street, £599 MSRP, €659 MSRP, $1,4999 AUD RRP) finishes with black headstocks and black hardware. Available February 2021.
ACCESSORIES
EVH accessories for 2021 include new gig bags, a Frankenstein™ reflector kit, skateboard, clothing, collectibles and more. For a complete list, visit evhgear.com/accessories.
·      The EVH® Star/Shark Economy Gig Bag features an EVH logo with external storage compartments and back straps.
·      The EVH® Wolfgang®/Striped Series Economy Gig Bag features an EVH logo with external storage compartments and back straps.
·      The EVH® Wolfgang®/Striped Series Gig Bag features padded ends and sides, an EVH logo, external storage compartments, back straps and side handle.
·      The EVH® Frankenstein™ Reflector Kit set includes four round red reflectors, two orange round reflectors and two oval orange reflectors.
For technical specs, additional information on new EVH products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.evhgear.com.

 

Fender releases the George Harrison ‘Rocky’ Strat.

FENDER® CUSTOM SHOP RELEASES MASTER BUILT GEORGE HARRISON’S ROCKY™ STRATOCASTER®, A REPLICA OF ONE OF HARRISON’S ICONIC GUITARS

A Faithful 100 Piece Global Recreation of Harrison’s “Rocky” Stratocaster From Master Builder Paul Waller, With Abigail Ybarra Pickups To Honour The Legendary Musician’s Famously-Nicknamed Guitar 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (September 29, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released their highly anticipated recreation of George Harrison’s iconic “Rocky” Stratocaster initially previewed at Winter NAMM 2020. With only 100 being made available worldwide, its debut sparked major conversation that only further emphasises its ultimate, limited-edition status. The “Rocky” Stratocaster is considered to be one of music’s most celebrated guitars, known for several iconic appearances including the live performance of “All You Need Is Love” on Our World, the very first global satellite TV program. Harrison’s spontaneous psychedelic paint job continues to serve as a special homage to the late ‘60s and to Harrison’s artistry.

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released their highly anticipated recreation of George Harrison’s iconic “Rocky” Stratocaster initially previewed at Winter NAMM 2020. With only 100 being made available worldwide, its debut sparked major conversation that only further emphasises its ultimate, limited-edition status. The “Rocky” Stratocaster is considered to be one of music’s most celebrated guitars, known for several iconic appearances including the live performance of “All You Need Is Love” on Our World, the very first global satellite TV program. Harrison’s spontaneous psychedelic paint job continues to serve as a special homage to the late ‘60s and to Harrison’s artistry. Read More …

The new Kenny Wayne Shepherd Strat can get it

FENDER® INTRODUCES THE ALL-NEW ARTIST SIGNATURE STRATOCASTER®  WITH BLUES, ROCK LEGEND KENNY WAYNE SHEPHERD 

Second Fender Launch, The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Signature Stratocaster® Custom “Hot” Vintage Pickups, Block Inlay Neck and Unique Faded Transparent Blue Finish

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (September 15, 2020)— Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released the all-new Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster®, the newest result of Fender’s collaboration with one of the most powerful guitarists in Blues-Rock today. It features a chambered ash body, Transparent Faded Sonic Blue lacquer finish and early ‘60s “C”-shaped maple neck. This guitar delivers a punchy, full-throated Stratocaster® tones with three custom voiced pickups created with design input from Shepherd himself to meticulously complement his personal sound. Today, fans can own and play a part of that legacy with the Kenny Wayne Shepherd Stratocaster®. Read More …

Fender has brought back real CuNiFe Wide Range Humbuckers

For a long-ass time, the Fender Wide Range Humbucker with CuNiFe – copper (Cu), nickel (Ni), iron (Fe) alloy – magnets has been one of those Holy Grail pieces of gear. Why? Well partly because of the tone of course, but also because CuNiFe magnets have been basically impossible to come by. Pickup companies and Fender itself have developed all sorts of models designed to get as close to the sound of those old Seth Lover-designed Wide Range humbuckers as possible, but there’s quite literally nothing like the real thing.

Well now the agonising CuNiFeFoMo is over: Fender has released the first authentic CuNiFe Wide Range pickup since 1979. It’s all there: the full bass, the clear treble, the bell-like mids. If you’ve never played one before, it’s a unique sound and feel. Earlier this year Fender announced an American Original 70s Telecaster Custom with a CuNiFe neck humbucker, and now you can get the pickup separately.

It’s not cheap but hey, a lot of players have waited 40 years for it and you’d pay a lot more for an original one.

New Fender Offsets Make Life Worth Living In This Hellpit

FENDER® RELEASES THREE NEW OFFSET MODELS, ADDS VINTAGE-INSPIRED, METALLIC FINISHES TO PLAYER SERIES 

Mustang®, Duo-Sonic™, Duo-Sonic™ HS, Mustang® 90, Mustang® Bass PJ Join Player Series Family, Inspiring Artists like beabadoobee, Omar Apollo, The Black Pumas, The Regrettes, and Music Lovers Around The World To Create  

HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (July 14, 2020)—Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) today released new, highly anticipated additions to its Player Series line of electric guitars and basses. The Series now features reimagined Mustang®, Duo-SonicDuo Sonic™ HS, Mustang® 90, and Mustang® PJ Bass models in 10 colours new to the Player Series, including Firemist Gold, Desert Sand, Aged Natural and Burgundy Mist Metallic. Available through local retailers beginning today, each delivers the classic look, comfort and signature Fender sound that has helped shape popular music for over 74 years.

In 2018, Fender introduced the Player Series as a means of empowering players to take that next step in their musical journey. Now, the next generation of artists is bringing these iconic Fender models into a new decade with videos featuring soulful duo The Black Pumas, power-pop band The Regrettes, singer-songwriter Omar Apollo, and U.K. bedroom pop sensation beabadoobee. 

“More people are playing guitar than ever before,” said Justin Norvell, EVP of Fender Products. “Music fans everywhere continue to turn to music and playing guitar in times of hardship and artists are finding new ways to create. Like our artists, we’re always pushing the boundaries of what a guitar can be, giving players products that inspire and deliver quality craftsmanship, timeless design and iconic sound that take their music to new heights. These new offset models are no exception and bring some of our most popular designs and vintage-inspired colours to the Fender brand’s entry point and the forefront of a musical renaissance.”

The Player Series was built to unlock infinite creative opportunities for those looking to express their individual style with Fender’s often imitated–but never duplicated–gear. Mustang, Duo Sonic, Duo Sonic HS, Mustang 90 and Mustang Bass models are available in colours new to the Player Series, including Firemist Gold, Desert Sand, Aged Natural and Burgundy Mist Metallic. These offset electric guitars retail for $1,199 and the Mustang Bass PJ is priced at $1,299. The Player Series continues to set the benchmark for quality and performance, with upgraded, cool features, including: vintage-inspired pickups for legendary tones reminiscent of the world’s most influential records; modern “C” shaped necks for comfort; roadworthy hardware for reliable performance and easier setup; fresh colours; the classic Fender logo and “F”-stamped neck plate for a more authentic Fender look. 

Earlier this year, Fender released the Player Lead series featuring a new solid-body design, hard-tail bridges and cool new wiring options for the unconventional, offbeat, and most importantly, undefined players. The series offers the choice of the Player Lead II (an homage to the late `70s models) and the Player Lead III (a tribute to the original 1982-only model), which both incorporate era-correct Lead Series specs with a blend of the modern Player Series specs offering style, power, and versatility in comfortable, easy-to-play models.

Player Series instruments mark a player’s official entry into the Fender brand and are perfect for a wide assortment of guitarists – from inspirational artists to fans that are just learning online with digital learning app Fender Play®. In an effort to welcome new players into the fold, Fender has created a New Players Buying Guide with resources for beginning players who need gear advice and direction on where to start. 

For a full break down of Player Series specs, click here. For product and artist images of beabadoobee, Omar Apollo, The Black Pumas and The Regrettes, click here.    

For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender.  

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ABOUT FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION: 

Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)–whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH® and Charvel®–follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest-quality instruments and digital experiences across genres. Since 2015, Fender’s digital arm has introduced a new ecosystem of products and interactive experiences to accompany players at every stage of their musical journey. This includes innovative apps and learning platforms designed to complement Fender guitars, amplifiers, effects pedals, accessories and pro-audio gear and inspire players through an immersive musical experience. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of musical expression for all players, from beginners to history-making legends.