More new Fender guitars from Japan! Following on from the recent Mahogany Offset Telecaster, the new models consist of three FSR (Factory Special Run) models. Although the majority of them are purely cosmetic differences, rather than something new, there are some interesting additions here.
FSR Traditional 50s Stratocaster
A new Strat with 50s specs – what’s not to like? After all, this is the “original” and still popular among guitarists decades later. Thick neck, 7.25 “fretboard radius, vintage-style pickups, synchronized tremolo (just the Strat standard) – all the stuff you would expect.
The peculiarity is the Racing Stripe. Some contrast more starkly with the basic colour, but they all look great, I think. But this may not be your cup of tea…
RRP -USD 799
FSR MIJ Stratocaster XII
Now this is interesting: a Stratocaster with 12 strings. Available in Sunburst and White, this guitar has the classic Strat look with rosewood fretboard, vintage-style tuners, three standard single coils – but just a hardtail bridge with 12 saddles, rather than the more traditional vintage tremolo.
Shaped a bit like a hockey stick. the headstock has 12 tuners. The Stratocaster XII pays homage to the 1965 Fender Electric XII. Unlike the original model, there are no split coils. Too bad. However, I like that Fender Japan has released a 12-string again, as it has been a while since they have offered one outside the Japanese market.
RRP – USD 899
MIJ Traditional 60s Jazzmaster
Paisley: either you like or you don’t. I like the look of it on old vintage ’60s guitars, but I would probably never buy one of these new modern day ones, as it looks a little too clean and clinical for my tastes. The Traditional 60s Jazzmaster is equipped with Alnico Single Coils. But otherwise it’s a standard Jazzmaster in Pink Paisley and Flower Power (Blue Flower) paint job. The patterned finish is also on the back of the guitar.
RRP – USD 999 / GBP 1169
Not all these new models are currently listed on Fender’s own site, so you may need to check in with your local dealer for more details and pricing outside of the US. The Jazzmaster is listed, so I have linked to it below.