Fender has just announced their new American Acoustasonic Series Telecaster and I am sure that this new hybrid guitar will divide opinions amongst guitarists worldwide.
Fender American Acoustasonic Series Telecaster
The new Fender American Acoustasonic Series Telecaster is a hybrid design, part acoustic and certainly inspired by a certain classic ’50s Californian classic electric guitar design. The guitar also features a mahogany Telecaster neck with an ebony fingerboard. So, expect the playing experience to be not too dissimilar to playing a regular electric.
It is still a bolt-on neck design and has a nice contoured heel, so playing should feel like familiar ground for most electric players.
Stringed Instrument Resonance System
This new American Acoustasonic Series Telecaster uses Fender’s patent-pending Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS), which they state – “delivers a naturally loud voice with lively harmonics”. Currently, we know little else about this system other than its name!
There is also a Fender Acoustasonic Noiseless pickup in the bridge position, this is then paired with a Fender and Fishman-designed acoustic system. The two can be tapped individually or blended via the Mod knob. You can check out the video below to get an idea of how it all sounds when being played.
This new model comes in the following finishes Natural, Black, Sonic Gray, Surf Green and Sunburst.
I’m actually quite a fan of hybrid guitar designs like this one because I find them perfect for songwriting. I appreciate being able to coax out a variety of tones from one guitar and so this guitar appeals to that side of me.
Though, at list price, it certainly isn’t that cheap and so will probably have a limited market appeal. However, if this drips down into cheaper Mexican made or similar in the future, I could see these being really popular with players.
Reverb has just uploaded a far more comprehensive demo of the new American Acoustasonic Series Telecaster and it goes into more details about the new SIRS system. I’ve added it below, so you can check it out and get a better overview of what this guitar can do.
RRP – USD 1999