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.
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 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 CAB
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 SHG
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 2TSB
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.
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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