As you’ve no doubt noticed, Squier is on fire lately with cool new guitars. And, now just prior to Winter NAMM 2012, they’ve introduced a few more guitars for Tele Fans. Not exactly “all new,” the new models are familiar, yet still new for Squier and they join an ever expanding line up of punk and pop signature models the brand offers. The new Avril Lavigne Tele joins the previous Squier model and the Jim Root Tele, which has been available in the Fender line-up now comes to Squier, as well.
The new black-on-black Avril Lavigne Telecaster joins Lavigne’s previous signature Squier Tele, and features several new touches, including a three-ply pickguard, knurled black flat-top volume control knob, a black headstock with die-cast turners, and a distinctive 12th-fret skull and crossbones logo. The MSRP on the new Avril Lavigne Signature guitar is $479.99.
Designed in cooperation with Slipknot/Stone Sour guitar speed demon Jim Root, the Squier Jim Root Telecaster boasts several new features, a satin-matte finish in black or white, starkly simple single-knob/single switch control layout, black die-cast tuners and other black hardware, and two passive humbucking pickups with black covers. The MSRP on the new Jim Root Signature Tele is $599.99.
See full details and specs at www.squierguitars.com
You have to wonder what’s going on within Fender these days. Expensive new “Select” Series guitars are introduced one day, only to be followed by some heavy talkin’ Blacktop Series guitars the next and then some really FRESH new Squier models the day after that. One can only assume that last Summer’s record heat-wave in Phoenix got to the marketing department’s heads and got their creative juices flowing.
Further proof of this concept is the new Squier products. Squier keeps coming out with interesting new products for Tele-lovers and this year’s models look to be no exception to this rule. We haven’t received full details yet, but our sources show a cool new Squier Vintage Modified Tele Special being introduced at this year’s Winter NAMM show.
Here’s what we know so far. The Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Special looks to be very special indeed with a classic Tele body and the neck from a Vintage Modified Jazzmaster Neck and Jazzmaster pickups. Pricing looks great too at about a $300 street price.
More details will be provided as we learn more about this guitar.
Another cool new Squier product is a VM “Surf” Strat with Duncan Lipstick Pickups and a pearlized guard. Colors include Sonic Blue, Surf Green and Candy Apple Red. Pricing is that same sweet spot of around $300 street price.
Fender’s “Blacktop” series of guitars is relatively new — but the line is already expanding. Today Fender introduces 3 new Blacktop Series guitars, including the Blacktop Baritone Telecaster. Along with the Baritone Tele, Fender is introducing a Blacktop Stratocaster HSH and a Blacktop Jaguar 90. These guitars are true to the “blacktop” credo of modern tones from humbucking pickups and more in your face hardware choices for “modern” (read: Heavy) players.
A true baritone Telecaster with a 27” scale, low B-to-B tuning, and a versatile triple-pickup configuration—including a humbucking bridge pickup—that goes from tic-tac to twang. The Blacktop Baritone Tele features an alder body, maple neck, 9.5”-radius rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and aged white position markers, single-coil Telecaster neck and middle pickups, humbucking bridge pickup, five-way pickup switching, three-ply pickguard (black-white-black), skirted black amp knobs (volume and tone) and black switch tip, Blacktop Telecaster bridge and chrome hardware.
Finish options include Classic Copper, Ghost Silver and Three-color Sunburst. The Blacktop Baritone Telecaster has a MSRP of $739.99
For more info on the Blacktop Baritone Telecaster visit Fender’s Blacktop Series website.
Later this month the Annual Winter NAMM Show takes place in Anaheim and that means it it’s prime time for new Fender Custom Shop model introductions. This morning the Fender Custom Shop has provided us with the info on some new goods for 2012 Winter NAMM.The 2012 Limited Collection includes 10 new models including 5 Telecasters, 4 Stratocasters and one Jazz bass.
The first two Teles are the Custom Shop’s homage to the famous “Nocaster” with their release of the 1951 New Old Stock (NOS) Nocaster and the 1951 Relic Nocaster. Both models feature a hand-selected ash body with a Nocaster Blonde finish, and include all-new Twisted Tele pickups designed by Fender’s skilful Master Builders, giving the model’s historical significance and modern performance. For added authentic feel, the 1951 Relic Nocaster features special aging treatment, evoking the magic of an aged, Fender classic. Other features include a one-piece maple neck with early-’50s U shape, maple fingerboard with 9.5-inch radius and 6105 frets, three-way pickup switch with custom modern Tele wiring, nickel hardware, case and certificate of authenticity.
In the early ’60s, the Custom Telecaster instantly became a classic with its double-bound body and striking appearance. And for 2012 the CS is recreating the classic with the 1961 Relic Telecaster Custom. Featuring a double-bound, hand-selected lightweight ash body, maple neck with an early-’60s C shape, rosewood fingerboard with 9.5-inch radius and 6105 frets, all-new Twisted Tele pickups with three-way switching, nickel hardware, case and certificate of authenticity. Available in Black and Faded, Three-Tone Sunburst.
A remarkable new guitar, the 2012 Closet Classic Telecaster Pro sports a body fashioned from swamp ash with Closet Classic lacquer finish. Other features include an access heel, quartersawn maple neck with a mid-’50s (10/’56) V shape, 22-fret maple or rosewood fingerboard with 9.5-inch radius and medium jumbo frets, new Twisted Tele pickups with three-way switching and modern wiring, vintage hardware, and a Greasebucket tone circuit. Available in Black, Dakota Red, and Nocaster blonde.
The 2012 Custom Deluxe Telecaster is exactly that – a deluxe model with refined, custom features and the most exotic selection of wood for the highest-quality sound. The Tele features a hand-selected lightweight ash body with access heel and AAA quilted maple veneer top, satin-finished AA flame maple neck with C shape and a 22-fret maple or rosewood fingerboard with 9.5” radius and medium jumbo frets, chrome hardware with pearl button tuners, and a case and certificate for authenticity. The 2012 Custom Deluxe Telecaster features Twisted Tele pickups, custom Tele wiring, and a Greasebucket tone circuit. They are available in Faded Honey Burst, Candy Red, and Faded Cherry Sunburst.
In the Non-Tele categories, the Custom Shop is also introducing four new Stratocaster models and a 1961 Closet Classic Jazz Bass. For info on the Stratocaster models, see our Strat sister-site, www.strat-talk.com. To learn about them all vist the Fender Custom Shop website.
We’ll have more info and photos from the 2012 Winter NAMM show in the next few weeks. So, check back later.