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Fender Gold Foil Series

Fender Gold Foil Series  ·  Source: Fender

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These new Fender Gold Foil Telecaster, Jazzmaster and Jazz Bass all feature vintage gold foil pickups and have some other unique specifications. Gold foil pickups were originally popular in the 1950s with catalogue guitars and now they are making a comeback.

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Fender Gold Foil Telecaster

The telecaster is equipped with two mini-humbucker gold foil pickups. Originally in the 1950s, these were actually only single coils, with few exceptions. Unfortunately, Fender does not have the exact specs listed yet and so currently we are a little in the dark about the exact specifications of these gold foils.

There are two versions: White Blonde* and Candy Apple Burst*.

There is actually mahogany under the paint job on these. The headstocks are also either matching or black. For the maple neck, Fender has gone with a 60s C-profile and the fretboard is made of ebony.

The two Gold Foil Telecasters retail at 1249 euros.

Fender Gold Foil Telecaster EB WBL

Fender Gold Foil Telecaster EB WBL

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Fender Gold Foil Telecaster EB CAB

Fender Gold Foil Telecaster EB CAB

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Fender Gold Foil Jazzmaster

Fender also relies on mahogany for the Jazzmaster. With the three PU switches, it is more reminiscent of a Jaguar – but it controls the three Gold Foil Mini Humbuckers.

The Jazzmaster comes in Shoreline Gold* or Candy Apple Burst*finishes.  In addition, as with the Tele above, there is a maple neck, an ebony fretboard with 21 narrow-tall frets and this model has a Bigsby Vibrato.

Fender Gold Foil Jazzmaster EB CAB

Fender Gold Foil Jazzmaster EB CAB

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Fender Gold Foil Jazzmaster EB SHG

Fender Gold Foil Jazzmaster EB SHG

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Fender Gold Foil Jazz Bass

Finally, the Gold Foil Jazz Bass model which in Two Tone Sunburst* or Sonic Blue*. This one has an alder body with a maple neck and 60s C profile, an ebony fretboard with 20 medium jumbo frets and a gold foil single coil.

 

Fender Gold Foil Jazz Bass EB SNB

Fender Gold Foil Jazz Bass EB SNB

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Fender Gold Foil Jazz Bass EB 2TSB

Fender Gold Foil Jazz Bass EB 2TSB

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Limited Edition

These Gold Foil Series models are a limited edition run, made in Mexico. They aren’t exactly cheap, however, they do look quite interesting with some nice colour choices.

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Of course, the big question will be how authentic are those pickups. Will they sound anything like a 1950s catalogue guitar?

At the time of writing these models are not listed officially on the main Fender website. Thomann is taking pre-orders now with a relatively short wait time for most models.

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Fender Gold Foil Series

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4 responses to “Fender Gold Foil Telecaster, Jazzmaster and Jazz Bass”

    Don says:
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    They missed the opportunity to make the Tele’s more of a Cabronita style with the gold foil pickups. Why only one pickup on a JB?

    George says:
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    So now Fender is trying to sell a MIM for 1450 Euros when just 2 years ago in the middle of a supply chain and logistics crisis the same money bought you a MIA.

    I really hope nobody is stupid to buy those.

    Feurope says:
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    I like the looks of the CAB Jazzmaster, as it has a black headstock, matching headstock dont do it for me. For people who think the price is crazy, Epiphone have chinese LPs in this price range. Times change, everything got more expensive… why no “7” Fender Bigsby like one Tele? I think that is a bit of a letdown. They couldve at least done the logo’ed version.

    Feurope says:
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    Watching the Tele video of Norman’s and man, Fender shouldve done a whiteblonde black pickguard Jazzmaster too.

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