SNAMM10: Fender Goes With Fishman

Upgraded preamps for all electro-acoustics plus say hello to the Dirty Donny Franken-Bucket   20-Jun-10

SNAMM10: Fender Goes With Fishman

Fender has announced its move to Fishman preamps with built-in tuners for all acoustic guitars with onboard electronics, and the release of two new acoustic guitars, the Dirty Donny Franken-Bucket and T-Bucket 400CE acoustic guitar. Here's what they have to say in their press release...
Fender has now upgraded all of its acoustic guitar preamp systems to Fishman, the leading U.S. manufacturer of acoustic pickups and preamps. Among these instruments, the Sonoran SCE models now have preamps with built-in tuners thanks to their new Fender Fishman Isys IIIâ„¢ systems.
Frankenstein's monster himself glowers from the custom-pinstriped top of the green-sparkle "Dirty Donny Franken-Bucket" guitar, straight from the twisted but talented psyche of San Francisco hot rod artist extraordinaire "Dirty" Donny Gillies. Fender recently invited Gillies, who is well known for his graphics work with cars and skateboards, to work his monster magic on a single-cutaway dreadnought, and the resulting guitar was dubbed the "Franken-Bucket."
It's not only cool looking, but also solidly built. The Dirty Donny Franken-Bucket features a laminated spruce top with scalloped X bracing, laminated mahogany back and sides, ivory neck and body binding, a laminated mahogany neck with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard and dual-action truss rod, pinstripe inlay motif on headstock and rosette, a Fender Fishman® Presys™ preamp with a built in-tuner, rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, black bridge pins with white dots, chrome hardware, die-cast tuners and a green-sparkle gloss polyurethane finish.
The new Hot Rod Design series T-Bucket 400CE model boasts some of the most beautiful touches yet seen on a Fender acoustic guitar. Most notably, the T-Bucket 400CE features a gorgeous natural finish flame maple top, back and sides. A closer look reveals an inlaid Fender "F" and pinstriping motif at the 12th fret, designed by noted graphic artist and rockabilly musician Vince Ray. Fender fans will note that Ray was the creative force behind the 2008 "Unlucky 13" limited edition acoustic guitar model. The T-Bucket 400CE also features an elegantly inlaid pinstriping motif on the headstock and rosette, and ivory neck and body binding.
Structurally, the guitar features scalloped X bracing, a dual-action truss rod, all-solid rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, side dot position inlays, factory-mounted forward strap button with internal block reinforcement, chrome end pin, white bridge pins with black dots, and a Fender Fishman Isys III preamp with built-in tuner.
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