Fender has announced a new lineup of Fender Select Series guitars and basses for 2013. The luxury models will join seven previously released instruments, and are designed to showcase the best of what Fender can do when it comes to producing stock models outside of their Custom Shop.
The all-new Fender Select Carved Maple Top Jazzmaster is the first of the new guitars released by Fender. A high-end take on a cult guitar. It features a pair of new 'Wide Range Special' humbucking pickups and a "channel-bound" rosewood fingerboard--a new development at Fender in which the compound-radius rosewood fingerboard is "inlaid" into the thick modern "C"-shaped maple neck.
In addition to the new-look Jazzmaster, Fender claims that the neck shape imparts a comfortable fretting-hand feel in which both edges are completely rounded, with no side seam between neck and fingerboard.
Other features include a chambered alder body with a carved flame maple top in elegant hand-stained Cayenne Burst and Twilight Burst finishes with gloss-lacquer topcoat, hand-rubbed oil neck finish, 21 medium jumbo frets, Bi-Flex™ truss rod system, and Adjusto-Matic™ bridge with stop tailpiece.
The 2013 edition of the Fender Select Stratocaster HSS ups the ante on its 2012 predecessor with several new features. Among these is a channel-bound rosewood fingerboard, a flame maple-top with traditional contours, and an intriguing Tobacco Sunburst finish with a gloss lacquer topcoat, neck with hand-rubbed oil finish, and a comfortable contoured heel.
The new Fender Select Telecaster HH is designed to be a lightweight Tele, but with heavy humbucking tone, with what could prove to be a potent pair of Wide Range Special humbucking pickups, chambered alder body, Malaysian blackwood top, comfortable back contour and Natural gloss lacquer finish.
Its modern C-shaped birdseye maple neck has a contoured heel, satin lacquer finish and Bi-Flex™ truss rod system; the compound radius birdseye maple fingerboard has 22 medium jumbo frets and a gloss lacquer finish.
It's an interesting take on a classic model.
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