Every month, Fender announces a new guitar in a series of instruments made in limited numbers using exotic woods and high-end hardware. Some have looked better than others, but many have been pretty over the top. Enter the Quilt Maple Top Stratocaster: Has Fender finally gone too far?
Fender Quilt Maple Top Stratocaster
I’m just going to state right now at the beginning of this post that I do not like the look of this Strat. You may love it of course, but to my eyes it is pure fugly. For some perspective, take a look at some of the other Fender Rarities Series releases here.
Now that we’ve let the looks of this guitar sink in, let’s take a look at the specifications. This Stratocaster has a solid one-piece rosewood neck with a soft ’60s C-shape profile and a 9.5-inch radius fretboard loaded with narrow-tall frets. It should play very smoothly and present no problem for string bends.
It comes with the highly figured quilted maple cap affixed to a two-piece roasted alder body. The guitar has a single-ply gold anodised aluminium pickguard, a bone nut and a six-point synchronised tremolo.
This Rarities Strat model is fitted with three Vintage 65 single-coil Stratocaster pickups controlled via a five-way blade selector switch with a master volume and two tone knobs. Nice pickups, to be sure, but overall this is a relatively standard setup for a modern Strat. Yes, the hardware and electronics are certainly top notch. But I’m afraid that this guitar makes me feel a little sick every time I look at it. Then again, I’m not a big fan of bling and quilted maple.
What do you think of this model? Is it turning your stomach or loosening your wallet? Let us know in the comments section below.
RRP – USD 2499/ GBP 2249 / EUR 2599 inc deluxe hardshell case