Fender Japan has just announced a new limited edition run, the Midnight series. These dark, almost blacked out versions are available for the Stratocaster, Telecaster and the Precision Bass.
Fender Midnight Series
These limited edition is made in Japan and encompasses hree guitar models in a Gloss Black finish with matching black-white-black pickguards and finished with gold hardware.
Black is black
Whilst the Stratocaster and Precision Bass feature Basswood bodies, the Telecaster has an Alder body. It’s odd that Fender has decided to single out the Telecaster in this way, but I think that might just be down to the availability of certain woods. Whatever the reason, the fact they are all gloss black kind of negates seeing any grain anyway!
All three models have a chunky, U-shaped, vintage style 7.25-inch-radius maple neck. These are complete with nice dark rosewood fingerboards.
The Precision Bass comes in a vintage ’60s styling, and the Telecaster and Stratocaster have been designed to match it. The whole Midnight look is pretty classy and uses the gold hardware to good effect against that black backdrop.
If you were in the market for a new guitar, you can usually do quite well with Japanese-made Fender models. I have owned plenty of really good ones myself over the years, so I expect these to be equally as good.
I don’t think they will win any awards for standing out from the crowd. But they do look like a decent buy for anyone wanting a more subtle finish option. Could these be ideal for wedding bands and those slightly classier gigs?
RRP – USD 799.99 whilst the Precision Bass comes in at USD 899.99
- Fender Midnight Telecaster: Fender
- Fender Midnight Precision Bass: Fender