By now youve seen the article. If you haven't: https://www.gearnews.com/leak-fende...troublemaker-tele-whiteguard-strat-jazz-tele/ I want to talk about the interesting fact that series like this are limited, short-run, nonpermanent additions to the lineup, which I find silly from an instrumentalist and customer perspective. It speaks volumes to me about the chances a wealthy company like Fender is *not* willing to take that instruments like this are considered weird or groundbreaking. The combinations theyve presented seem largely pretty functional and most have a market. Take maybe chiefly the Jazz and Troublemaker Telecasters. These are both fantastic ideas that should already be on the market. The Jazzmaster platform is sought after sound, and being able to have those features in a Telecaster body makes it more attractive to those offput by offset bodies. (Heh.) Honestly they need nor have included the floating tremolo, instead using a hardtail bridge with the same Jazzmaster pickups and pickguard. Id buy that. Hell I want that right now. Add the ability to choose between 25.5 and 24.75 scale? Ooooo buddy. And the Troublemaker Tele gives them a direct bead on the shorter scale length, 2 humbucker crowd. The bodies are not wildly different between this and an LP. If it were about 700$, I'd be much more prepared to buy it than ever shell out for a Les Paul. Its a very useful set up, and again if they were sold at varying scale lengths, that would be ideal as a player. Maybe I want the warmth of PAF type humbuckers, but the articulation from a more taughtly wound instrument. This is the kind modularity that could benefit Fender a lot, and give me an excuse to buy a ****-ton. Maybe theyve been paying attention to Reverend's approach of having (roughly) two solid body shapes, and providing a very wide range of pickup selections--to wit, you can get their single cutaway with either 3 strat style pickups, 2 P90s, a Tele Bridge/ Filtertron-style neck combo, or PAF style humbuckers. All of those with the same scale length and body shape. For just around 700 dollars. These are meaningfully different options, and too often do I see Fender splitting hairs between 50s or 60s reissues, the same guitars with these infintesimal changes, changed to the point where we're scarcely dealing with the old instruments anyway in anything but some calling card aesthetics. A change that aesthetically and tonally significant is a marketable one, and helps the players identify the nuances that make an instrument sound so different than another, especially at a mid-tier price point (where I live). As a recording artist, I want to be able to find instruments that have the elements I need to play comfortably, but also the broad-strokes tonal differences that will translate cognitively to an audience. As a performing artist, having a distinct instrument helps creates a distinct perception, and arguably a distinct style of playing. The Parallel Universe series is emblematic of the type of game I think Fender ought play more often, at least with the T and S body types. I think they'd find a solid market. Id buy so many if I had the money. Whaddya think?