Fender Meteora Limited Edition 2018

Fender Meteora Limited Edition 2018  ·  Source: Fender

Fender Meteora

Fender Meteora  ·  Source: Fender

I may well be the first writer on the web to have leaked the Fender Parallel Universe Meteora earlier in the year. Well, now it is finally official and getting released to the masses at last. 

Fender Meteora 2018 Limited Edition

Even if the design seems somehow familiar, we’ve not quite seen this kind of thing before. It’s a kind of sleeker Jazzmaster but a bit edgier. It reminds me a bit of the performer models. In 2011, the first prototype was introduced as Voyager and now it goes into production.

Butterscotch Blonde

There are two CS Tele pickups with high output, an American Professional Tele Bridge – unfortunately only with 3 saddles – and the Butterscotch Blonde finish that many players love and associate with a more traditional 1950s Telecaster.

Under the nitro lacquer and the black pickguard Fender has unsurprisingly paired with an ash body, the neck is maple and is modelled after the mid-60s C-profile necks with 9.5 “radius. So standard specs here; it should very pleasant to play. The saddle is made of bone and the neck plate is minimally angled.

Stratocaster headstock

My only major dislike is that I don’t think the Stratocaster style headstock really suits the Meteora.  I actually think a more traditional ’50s Telecaster one would have looked better. I’m actually quite partial to the big black block inlays on that maple fretboard. However, I have heard a lot of players were a little put off by these.

When I originally wrote the article about the Meteora back in January of this year, we got a lot of comments about its design. And I still think this guitar will divide opinions for many years to come.

I’m actually a bit of a fan of this guitar. But I think the price is a little too expensive for me to order one. However, if they don’t sell I would probably try and pick one up on the cheap in the sales…

RRP – GBP 1609 / USD 1999 / EUR 1829 

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Each their own of course, but to be honest, the black inlays are horrible. First off they are too black and secondly they should’ve gone for some spacey shaped dot inlays (Meteora being the same eh) Imo a more angular new shape headstock would’ve fitted better, but this one’s better than a small Tele one (as that one was always just too small even for a real Tele).Don’t get either why they put the selector switch yet again in that oh so annoying position. Wonder when this will be available as HH for a more reasonable price (it being just… Read more »

Not a fan of the Strat headstock either, nor the black fret markers.
Other than that: TAKE MY MONEY, PLEASE!