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Fender Alternate Reality Sixty-Six in Daphne Blue

Fender Alternate Reality Sixty-Six in Daphne Blue  ·  Source: Fender

Fender’s new Sixty-Six is part of its Alternate Reality series of odd-the-wall designs and makes use of a down-sized Jazz Bass body shape. This model was announced during the Winter NAMM show but has now made it to market. Can this left-field guitar tempt you into parting with your money?

Fender Sixty-Six

Out of all of the 2019 Alternate Reality models, the new Sixty-Six is possibly my favourite. It has a down-sized ash Jazz Bass body, reminding me a lot of the John Squire guitar from his early days in the Stone Roses.

Fender Alternate Reality Sixty-Six

Fender Alternate Reality Sixty-Six

Player Series

This new model has a kind of offset-meets-Stratocaster vibe to it. Aesthetically, I think this looks very appealing. It comes factory fitted with a single Player Series humbucking pickup in the bridge position and two Player Series single-coil Tele pickups, so it should be pretty versatile in the tone department.

It’s fitted with a familiar Strat-style vintage synchronized tremolo bridge, so tuning should be good. The Modern C shaped neck profile with a  9.5”-radius fingerboard should be fairly comfortable, though perhaps a somewhat ‘vanilla’ choice. I’m more of a chunky neck player myself, but I realise that the majority of players probably don’t want a thicker neck.

The best part is the choice of colours, as you can order it in either a classic 3-Color Sunburst, Daphne Blue or a Natural finish. Those are nice choices and they all suit the look of this model well.

Fender Alternate Reality Sixty Six in 3-Colour Sunburst

Fender Alternate Reality Sixty Six in 3-Colour Sunburst

Sixty-Six?

The name refers to the year in which Fender Jazz Bass first came out (1960) as well as the 6 strings of guitars rather than the four you’d get on a bass. With the release of the the official demo video, which you can watch below, we can now finally hear the Sixty-Six in action. It sounds pretty decent and should appeal to lovers of that classic Californian look that Fender is so good at. But this guitar also has a modern twist, giving a new take on those vintage curves we all know and love.

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by Jef