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Fender has just announced its new Flame Maple Top Stratocaster! They seem to be going for a classic American guitar – with an added touch of class.


The new Fender Flame Maple Top Stratocaster is a part of its Rarities series. This one has a two-piece alder body with a lovely flame maple Golden Brown top and a solid rosewood neck capped with a flame maple fingerboard. The neck is a “Modern C” profile with a  9.5”-14”-compound-radius, so pretty flat and suited to modern playing styles.

The guitar has Fender’s modern two-point tremolo system. I’d expect this to perform smoothly and hold tuning well. All makes for one pretty swanky Stratocaster – a touch more fancy than your average Strat.

Fender released their new Flame Maple Top Stratocaster.

Fender released their new Flame Maple Top Stratocaster.

S1 Switching

This new model comes loaded with a set of Pure Vintage ’65 Strat pickups and a custom wound DoubleTap bridge pickup, all wired via a 5-way switch. It also has the Fender S-1 switch incorporated into the Volume pot as well.

The S1 switching incorporates the DoubleTap technology that switches from a straight, full-on humbucking voice to a single coil sound Fender describes as ‘powerful’. This adds versatility to the guitar and should suit players after a bit more ‘poke’ in their bridge position.

Fender solid rosewood neck

Fender solid rosewood neck – Nice!

This new Rarities model is essentially a Strat on steroids. I think it will appeal to players looking for a classier, smooth ride. If you were looking for a PRS Silver Sky, Tom Anderson Drop Top or similar alternative to a regular Fender Stratocaster, Fender has a Strat in their range just for you!

RRP – USD 2499 inc vintage style Fender hard case

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One response to “New Fender Flame Maple Top ‘Rarities’ Stratocaster: A Strat on steroids?”

    joey racano says:

    Well Fender has simply outdone themselves with the ‘Rarities’ collection. I’m a strat man, and these strats are untouchable! Perhaps the best is the thinline, but who can get over that weird azz F hole??? Not for me. I purchased the Flame Ash Top and it’s been a true love affair. Got the Flame Maple Top halfway paid for and I am excited about the extra bite the S-1 switch will make available. I love the quilted and the KOA but at these prices, I’ll just buy the two and that’ll be my tandem for the duration. I’m on FB at: Lupinesong Recording Studios. Make mine Fender!

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