Fender has partnered with audio technology company Mobile Fidelity Electronics to create its first-ever turntable, the PrecisionDeck. Yes, you can now buy a Fender branded three-tone sunburst record player!
Designed by Master Builder Yuriy Shishkov, the PrecisionDeck turntable is a collaboration between Fender and audio electronics company MoFi, and limited to only 1000 units worldwide. They’re priced at $3495 each, which in hi-fi terms is pretty mid-range, so it won’t replace your souped-up Linn Sondek LP12.
The turntables have some pretty decent specifications. They include a 1.3″ Delrin platter that weighs in at 6.8 pounds, a 300RPM isolated AC synchronous motor, plus a 10″ straight aluminium gimbaled bearing Ultra tonearm with Cardas Audio wiring, along with hardened-steel inverted bearing system, anti-vibration feet, and a dust cover.
According to the specs, the main body is made out of swamp ash. In fact, they are the very same blocks of wood that Fender uses for its Precision Bass models. Let’s hope they dampened it internally, as that wood can ring like a bell!
The cartridge housing has been milled from solid aluminium billet, and it has pure Ohno continuous-cast copper coils and a trademarked Micro Linear diamond stylus. It is apparently all pre-mounted with this MoFi MasterTracker pickup, which has two low-mass magnets aligned in a V formation parallel to the record’s grooves. Therefore, it should track your favourite slab of vinyl perfectly.
The whole deck comes in at 25.5 pounds, so it is quite substantial and, I’d imagine, pretty well made.
Each of the 1000 units is individually numbered and comes in a classic Fender three-tone sunburst finish. So if you enjoy your vinyl and happen to be a massive Fender fan, then this limited edition turntable could be for you.
Guitar theme Hi-Fi?
I think it would look great set up with a pair of those (ahem) lovely Gibson studio monitors from the glory years of Henry J! Maybe, we will see a relic version sometime in the future?
You can read the full specifications of the new Fender/MoFi PrecisionDeck from the link below.