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.
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.
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