If you were thinking that the current tumultuous state of the US of A might slow down the world’s biggest guitar and amp maker, it seems you were mistaken. Fender have an enormous range of new gear incoming for 2021. Here’s a few highlights.
Fender embrace the bitey midrange of the P90 pickup on this new series, featuring the classic shapes of the Telecaster, Stratocaster and Jazzmaster, each available in 3 colourways. The Jazzmaster in particular looks like a beast (but I am admittedly a sucker for ’em), with three MP-90 single-coil pickups, master volume and tone controls and a Jazzmaster tremolo.
75th Anniversary Commemorative Series
Yep, Fender have rocking for 75 years, old mate Clarence Fender started Fender Electric Instrument Company in 1946. For the occasion Fender have special versions of the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass , handmade in Corona – California. Each guitar features a 2 colour Bourbon Burst finish, gold hardware, Custom shop pickups and rolled fingerboard edges. Each guitar includes a custom Inca Silver molded hardshell case with plush Lake Placid Blue interior and a special certificate of authenticity.
American Ultra Luxe Models
Fender’s Ultra series gets 4 new additions across the Telecaster and Stratocaster shapes dubbed the Ultra Luxe models, featuring state of the art specs for a modern playing experience. The pictured Ultra Luxe Strat Floyd Rose HSS features an augmented “D” neck profile with ultra rolled fingerboard edges and tapered neck heel to allow easy access to the highest register. 22 stainless steel medium-jumbo frets mean effortless and accurate soloing, while the Ultra Noiseless Hot single-coil pickups and Ultra Double Tap humbucking pickup, along with advanced wiring options, provide a huge amount of tone sculpting .
Squier Contemporary Series
On the more budget friendly side of things, Fender have announced a new series under the Squier banner. The new Contemporary series feature bold colourways, modern-voiced Squier SQR pickups, rich-looking roasted maple necks, sculpted neck heels for improved hand comfort all the way to the upper frets and painted headstocks with chrome logos for a premium look. The above Squier Contemporary Telecaster RH in Shoreline Gold is looking pretty mean!
Fender have also announced 6 new signature models; the Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders) Tele, Mike McCready (Pearl Jam) Strat, Ben Gibbard (Death Cab for Cutie) Mustang, Joe Strummer Campfire acoustic electric, Dhani Harrison Ukulele and the jason Isbell Tele. The pictured guitar is the Gibbard Mustang, and is a recreation of his modified touring workhorses. It features a chambered ash body design for increased resonance and reduced weight and a one-piece 22-fret modern “C”-shaped maple neck with 9.5” radius fingerboard. It’s been designed to be a comfortable and versatile stage performer. Electronics include a set of custom, vintage-inspired Ben Gibbard Mustang pickups and a stage-ready 3-way rotary pickup selector switch.
The amp department hasn’t been left out, with 2 new addition; the ’68 Custom Pro Reverb and ’68 Custom Vibro Champ Reverb as well a headphone practice amp; the Mustang MicroTM. The new ’68 Custom Pro Reverb (pictured) is a 40w Tube amp, featuring a single 12″ Celestion Neo Creamback speaker. This amp offers spring reverb and pulsating tube-biased tremolo effects. Sitting around a 15kg mark, Fender have managed to take a whopping 7kg off their 22W ’68 Custom Deluxe Reverb amp (also a single 12″ Speaker), making this is an ideal amp for players on the move.
For the full rundown on everything 2021 Fender, sus their website.