You can never say Fender just rests on their laurels. They’re always coming out with new models. And Fall 2014 is no exception. But the question is… will their new creations be well received or not. Only time will tell. So, here are a couple new takes on the Tele theme for you to check out:
The Limited Edition American Standard Tele. This Telecaster features Fender’s channel-bound compound-radius fingerboard. If you are not familiar with this type of fingerboard it was first seen on the Select Series guitars a few years back. They route out the fingerboard area if a solid pine neck and glue the rosewood fingerboard INTO the channel – hence the name. This creates a pseudo-binding on the neck. And it does away with the skunk stripe. This new LTD AM STD is available in either Sonic Blue gloss finish:
Or in the ever popular Dakota Red:
MSRP List: $1499 (approx $1,049 Street Price).
Next up: a couple of Master Builder-designed but factory-made Teles.
Custom Shop Master Builder Chris Flemming has upgraded his Classic Player Baja Telecaster with a full-on ’60s vibe, including a rosewood fingerboard, and a C-shaped neck. Pickups: Single coil American Vintage ’52 Tele in the neck, and a a ’58 Tele in the bridge. Other touches: brass barrel saddles, Custom Shop neck plate engraving, four way S-1 switching. (Read about S-1 here: )
MSRP List price: $799 (approx $559 Street Price).
Custom Shop Master Builder Todd Krause has cooked up the Classic Player Triple Tele, outfitted with three slanted Nocaster single-coil bridge pickups, black finish and pickguard paired with a one-piece maple neck/fingerboard. Other features include a C-shaped neck, five-way Strat-style switching, three brass saddles, and Custom Shop neck plate engraving.
MSRP List price: $799 (approx $559 Street Price).
If you pick up one, give us your review.
For more info, head to Fender.
Fender has announced that Luke Wood, president of Beats Electronics, will join its board of directors. Wood was the 11th employee hired by Beats, a company best known for headphones that have almost become a fashion statement, though Ward says the company is “maniacal” about sound.
Wood brings a strong musical background to Fender. He began his career in 1991 as the director of publicity for Geffen Records, working with Nirvana and Sonic Youth. Later, Ward was president of DGC Records, then Chief Strategy Officer at Interscope Geffen A&M. He signed bands TV on the Radio, All Time Low, Yelawolf, Jimmy Eat World, Elliott Smith and AFI.
A lifelong producer, songwriter and musician, Wood signed a publishing deal with Universal Music Group in 1996 and that same year his band, Sammy, released its third album, Tales of Great Neck Glory, on Geffen/DGC Records.
He’s also a guitarist, and calls Fender’s Jazzmaster a “perfect instrument.”
Let’s wish Luke Ward well at Fender.
Here’s a taste of Sammy:
A few months ago, Fender announced plans to sell customized guitars direct to the consumer through its website, calling it the “Fender Design Experience.” Now, word is out that Fender will be selling ALL of its branded products through the website.
That was the message Fender gave to key North American dealers earlier this month. However, interim CEO Scott Gilbertson said the company remained “committed to grow our business in partnerships with our dealers.”
Gilbertson is a Partner at TPG Growth, the private investment firm that controls FMIC and he was formerly COO of J. Crew and Senior VP for Under Armour Performance Apparel. He is currently on the board for Fender and The Vincraft Group, MarketTools and 3-Day Blinds. He is an observer to the boards of Adknowledge, Become, Inc. and Mammoth/Petbarn.
So, when will you be able to buy Fender products through the Fender website? No date was given, but check back here for updates.
Fender has a new series of Telecasters out, and they’re already coming up short. So what’s the big deal? Actually, it’s small: one and a half inches. That’s the difference between a normal Tele’s scale length (25.5″) and their latest, the Modern Player Short Scale Telecaster (scale length 24″.) That scale length is the same a the Fender Mustang (Jaguar, Jagmaster, MusicMaster or Duo-Sonic, too) and these Tele’s are comparatively sized to the Mustang. This not only makes them interesting in their own right, but a great option for children, teens and smaller-framed adults, as well.
Here it is in Butterscotch:
This is White Blonde:
Both feature the same configurations:
- 24″ scale length
- 20 medium jumbo frets
- 9.5″ radius maple fingerboard
- Downsized body
- Single coil Telecaster bridge pickup, and a Guild HB-1 anti-hum humbucker in the neck
- String-through body bridge
- Brass barrel saddles
Currently, European retailers have them, with street prices from £300.00 to £359.00. That’s $500 in American greenbacks, but asked if they will be released in the U.S., our mole-in-the know-would only answer “I think so, but I’m not sure when.”
Look here for updates.
PS. We know that Andertons has these in stock – we’ll let you know about others.