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Guitar Gear Gems

Guitar Gear Gems  ·  Source: Fender


This week on Guitar Gear Gems we take a peek at the latest Fender Japan launch. The new Elemental Series is a new range of high-spec instruments all at an affordable price. Including all the old favourites from Fender, just with a modern twist. Then we check out the latest Art Canvas model for 2022 from Heather Brown and the latest news from SolidGoldFX.


Fender Japan Elemental Series

The Elemental Series features a Jazzmaster, Telecaster, Stratocaster and a Jazz Bass model. Key features include a pair of Modern Modified humbucker pickups and a three-way coil-splitting switch.

Elemental Jazzmaster

Elemental Jazzmaster · Source: Jazzmaster

Compound Neck

Each of the guitars has a 12” radius rosewood fretboard fitted with 22 medium jumbo frets all on a C to D profile compound maple neck.

Made in Japan

Made in Japan · Source: Fender

Stone or Nimbus?

These are available in either Stone Black or a Nimbus White finish and they each have a nice modern contoured neck heel for better upper fret access.

Hardware includes an Adjusto-Matic bridge with an anchored tailpiece on the Jazzmaster model, a six-saddle hardtail on the Telecaster, and a two-point Deluxe Synchronized tremolo with a pop-in arm on the Stratocaster.

Whereas the Jazz Bass model has a HiMass Vintage bridge. It also has controls for master volume with a push/pull, a pickup selector, a treble boost and a bass boost.


Let’s hope some of these make their way into Europe and beyond, as they look great and aren’t overly expensive either.

MSRP – YEN 170,500 each

Heather Brown Art Canvas

Last year, Fender Japan released a highly limited edition Art Canvas Esquire by Heather Brown and it sold out super fast. Well, they have down a new model for 2022 and it again features Brown’s unique artwork.

Made in Japan Art Canvas Esquire Heather Brown No.2

Made in Japan Art Canvas Esquire Heather Brown No.2 · Source: Fender

This “Made in Japan Art Canvas Esquire Heather Brown No.2” looks very similar, just with more blue in the colour palette. This model comes with a single American Vintage ’58 Single-Coil Tele bridge pickup and is limited to only 30 guitars this year.

MSRP – YEN 198.000

SolidGoldFX takes on Diamond Pedals


SolidGoldFX · Source: SolidGoldFX

Also in the news in the last week was that SolidGoldFX has taken on Diamond Pedals. The official statement you can read in full below.

SolidGoldFX is thrilled to announce the massive honour of taking on the legacy of Diamond pedals. Diamond has been a brand we have admired for years and to be able to continue the story of one of the greatest Canadian brands is beyond words for us.
Rumours of Diamond quietly closing shop had made their way to us in October of last year so we reached out to see if we could help. Be it manufacturing, parts, R+D, or any other part of the pedal-making process.
In essence, we wanted to do our part in keeping this pedal institution alive. One thing led to another and SolidGoldFX ended up purchasing the Diamond pedal brand and intellectual rights from Polyblend Inc – the parent company of Diamond pedals.
I would hazard a guess that this is a great move and I’m looking forward to seeing what new products we may see in 2023. As SolidGoldFX make some great stuff and Diamond pedals had some pretty sweet circuits in their lineup as well.
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One response to “Guitar Gear Gems: Fender Japan Elemental Series”

    Feurope says:

    I am a big Jazzmaster fan but this thing is so MEH. My Ultra Luxe Jaguar, the one that is JMy 25.5″, is great with double humbuckers and dark look, but somehow this approach just looks boring and plain.

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