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Fender Introduces New Deluxe Series and Offset Guitars Expanded 2016 Electrics Category

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announces two new collections in their Electrics category and an additional colorway to the previously released Johnny Marr Jaguar®,  just  in  time  for  Summer  NAMM  2016  in  Nashville,  TN.   Show  attendees  will  have  the opportunity to see—and experience—the company's latest upgrades to its electric guitar line as well as learn  about  other  expected  launches  for  the  year.  The  debut  of  these  collections  mark  the  continued evolution toward Fenders leadership in electric guitars.

The new Deluxe Series boasts an assortment of 10 models including the Deluxe Strat®, Deluxe Strat HSS, Deluxe  Roadhouse™  Strat, Deluxe  Nashville  Tele®,  Deluxe  Tele  Thinline,  Deluxe  Active  Precision  Bass® Special, Deluxe Active Jazz Bass®, Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V, Deluxe Active Dimension™Bass and Deluxe Active   Dimension   Bass   V,   all   at   accessible   price   points   and   featuring   the   Fender   quality   and craftsmanship  players  have  grown  to  love.    Five  new  Offset  guitar  models,  including  the  Mustang®, Mustang  90,  Mustang  PJ Bass,  Duo-Sonic™  and  Duo-Sonic  HS,  were  designed  to  exude  modern  sound suited for independent artists and players looking for alternative body-shapes and aesthetic features.

In  addition,  the  previously  released Johnny  Marr Jaguar  model  is now  available in  limited  edition  black and  features  an  updated  bridge  with  Mustang®  saddles  and  nylon  bridge-post  inserts  for  improved stability.  Known  as  the  strikingly  dynamic  guitarist-arranger-songwriter  behind  the  Smiths,  this  1980s U.K. pop icon has inspired many emerging musicians with the jangly riffs that contributed to the Smiths, The Pretenders, the Cribs, Modest Mouse and many more.

"We are thrilled to debut this cohesive assortment under our well-respected umbrella of electrics. said Justin Norvell, Vice President Category, Electric Guitars and Basses. The Deluxe Series is an exciting new collection offering high quality instruments at an attainable price point while the creation of the Offset guitars  connects  with  the  current  culture  of  music,  offering  a  perfect  companion  for  musicians  across multiple genres."

Johnny Marr Jaguar: Launching July 2016Johnny Marr Jaguar – New Limited Edition Black Colorway

The previously released Johnny Marr Jaguar is now available in limited edition black. This new sleek look includes  a  chrome  bridge  cover  and  nylon  bridge-posts  for  improved  stability.  Johnny  Marr  is  best known  as  the  strikingly  dynamic  guitarist-arranger-songwriter  behind  the  Smiths,  who  redefined  and ruled  U.K.  pop  in  the  1980s.  The  Johnny  Marr  Jaguar  model  is  based  on  Marrs  modified  1965  Jaguar. Features include a maple neck with a custom profile, a vintage-style heel truss rod adjustment, a 7.25-radius rosewood fingerboard with 22 vintage-style frets and dual custom-wound Bare Knuckle® Johnny Marr  single-coil  pickups.  Other  features  include  a  four-position  blade  pickup  switch  mounted  on  the lower-horn  chrome  plate,  dual  upper-horn  slide  switches  (universal  bright  and  pickup-switch  position four bright) and a Jaguar bridge with Mustang® saddles.

New Deluxe Series: Launching August 2016 Deluxe Strat

The  Deluxe  Strat,  a  tonally  versatile  guitar  with  time-honored  Fender  style and  sound,  has  a  few  tricks up its sleeve. Combining noise-free performance with enhanced playing comfort, this sleek instrument is a  truly  deluxe  performer  that  excels  on  stage  and  in  the  studio.  This  double-cutaway  electric  guitar offers  a  12  radius  fingerboard,  contoured  neck  heel,  and  locking  tuning  machines.  The  Deluxe  Strat includes a push/push mini-switch, which adds  the bridge pickup in positions four and five of the  5-way selector switch. Other features include three Vintage Noiseless™ Strat pickups and a deluxe gig bag. 

Deluxe Strat HSS

Hard-rockin sound and elegant Fender style unite in the Deluxe Strat HSS. The double-cutaway electric guitar  includes  a  single  Twin  Head  Vintage  humbucking  pickup  (bridge),  two  Vintage  Noiseless™  Strat pickups (neck and middle), an S1™ switch to split the humbucking pickup and a two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with bent steel saddles. Other features include a 12-radius fingerboard, contoured neck heel, locking tuning machines and a deluxe gig bag.

Deluxe Roadhouse Strat

The Deluxe Roadhouse Strat is the perfect instrument for tearing it up all night long. Packed with a wide-ranging variety  of  tones,  the  guitar  is  a good  match  for  a  performer  who  demands  sonic  flexibility  and the ability to quickly and easily switch sounds. The double-cutaway electric guitar includes a V6 rotary switch that adds 6 tonalities to each of the 5 pickup settings for a total of thirty possible sounds. Stellar tones  originate  from  the  three  Vintage  Noiseless  Strat  pickups.   Other  features  include  a 12-radius fingerboard, an S-1 switch to bypass the preamp, contoured neck heel, locking tuning machines, a two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with bent steel saddles and a deluxe gig bag. 

Deluxe Nashville Tele

Straight  from  the  studios  of  Music  Row  comes  the  Deluxe  Nashville  Tele, a  tonally  versatile  performer with a unique three-pickup design. With its original Fender style, customized switching and fast, smooth playing  feel,  this  Tele  is  ready  for  the  stage or  studio.  The  single-cutaway  electric  guitar  includes  two Vintage Noiseless  Tele  pickups  (neck  and  bridge),  a  single  Vintage  Noiseless  Strat  pickup  (middle),  five-way Strat-o-Tone switching and a six-saddle string-through-body Tele bridge with block saddles. Other   features  include   a  12-radius   fingerboard,  contoured  neck   heel,   locking  short-post   tuning machines and a deluxe gig bag.

Deluxe Tele Thinline

Light in weight but not sound,  the Deluxe Tele Thinline is crafted with timeless and elegant style. Crisp and  articulate,  with  a  versatile  voice,  this  stage-tested  design  is  the  ideal  combination  of  modern features  and  traditional  aesthetics.  The  single-cutaway  semi-hollowbody  electric  guitar  includes  two Vintage  Noiseless  Tele  pickups  in  the  neck  and  bridge  positions  and a six-saddle  string-through-body Tele bridge with block saddles. The four-way switching adds series wiring to the traditional scheme. Also included  is  a  12-radius  fingerboard,  contoured  neck  heel,  locking  short-post  tuning  machine  and a deluxe gig bag.

Deluxe Active Precision Bass Special

For  players  who  find  themselves  alternating  between  a  variety  of  music  at  a  moments  notice,  the Deluxe Precision Bass Special is the perfect companion on stage and in the studio. The double-cutaway 4-string  electric  bass  features  a PJ  pickup  configuration,  incorporating a  split-coil  Precision  Bass  middle pickup  and  Vintage  Noiseless  Jazz  Bass  bridge  pickup,  a  three-band  EQ  with  treble,  mid  and  bass boost/cut  and  an  active/passive  switch. The  four-saddle  HiMass™  bridge  increases  attack  and  sustain. Also includes a four-bolt asymmetrical neck plate and a deluxe gig bag.

Deluxe Active Jazz Bass

The  Deluxe  Active  Jazz  Bass  is  ideal  for  bassists  who  need  a  flexible  tone  machine  that  looks  great  on stage. Fenders classic offset bass style is blended with powerful tone and smooth playing feel to create an  instrument  that  punches  well  above  its  weight.  Tthe  double-cutaway  4-string  electric  bass  includes two  Vintage  Noiseless  Jazz  Bass  pickups in  the  middle  and  bridge  positions.  For  increased  attack  and sustain,  the  Deluxe  Active  Jazz  Bass  includes  a  four-saddle  HiMass™  bridge.  Other  features  include  a three-band   EQ   with   treble,   mid   and   bass   boost/cut,   an   active/passive   switch   and   a   four-bolt asymmetrical neck plate. Also includes a deluxe gig bag.

Deluxe Active Jazz Bass V

The  Deluxe Active Jazz  Bass  V is ideal  for  5-string  bassists  who  need  a  flexible  tone  machine  that  looks great  on  stage.  This  double-cutaway  5-string  electric  bass  includes two  Vintage  Noiseless  Jazz  Bass pickups  (middle  and  bridge),  three-band  EQ  with  treble,  mid  and  bass  boost/cut  and  active/passive switch. A five-saddle  HiMass  bridge  increases  attack  and  sustain.  Other  features  include a  four-bolt asymmetrical neck plate and a deluxe gig bag.

Deluxe Active Dimension Bass

The Deluxe Active Dimension Bass brings upgraded features and components to the working musician. Features include an ash body with gloss polyester finish, dual Dimension Bass humbucking pickups and a modern C-shaped  neck  with  12-radius  fingerboard  and  contoured  neck  heel.  The  Deluxe  Active Dimension Bass also includes an onboard 18V preamp, a three-band active EQ, a 4-string Fender HiMass bridge with chrome-plated zinc saddles and a deluxe gig bag.

Deluxe Active Dimension Bass V

The Deluxe Active Dimension Bass V is a true players instrument, designed for discerning bassists. Features include an ash body with gloss polyester finish, dual Dimension Bass humbucking pickups and a modern C-shaped  neck  with  12-radius  fingerboard  and  contoured  neck  heel. The  Deluxe  Active Dimension Bass V also includes an onboard 18V preamp, three-band active EQ, 5-string Fender HiMass bridge with chrome-plated zinc saddles and a deluxe gig bag.

New Offset Guitars: Launching October 2016

Mustang

Since  the 60s  the  Mustang  model  has  been  a  popular  model  seen  on  stages  and  in  studios  and  in  the hands of trend-setting players ranging from Nirvana to The 1975. Upgraded features in the smaller-body guitar  include  two  Mustang  single-coil  pickups  in  the  bridge  and neck  positions,  master  volume/tone controls  and  a  conventional  three-way  pickup  switch. Other  offerings  include  a  9.5-radius  maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and a C-shaped maple neck, which is ideal for those payers with  smaller  hands.  The  six-saddle  string-through-body  hardtail  Strat  bridge  features  adjustable  bent steel  saddles  to  assist  with  perfecting  intonation.  The  instruments 24  scale  also  adds  warmth  and thickness to the guitars tone.

Mustang 90

The  Mustang  90  offers  a  distinctive  take  on  a  classic  model  with  upgraded features,  unique  aesthetics and  heavy  Fender  sound.  Features  include  a  pair  of  Mustang  MP-90  pickups,  master  volume/tone controls,  and  a  conventional  three-way  pickup  switch.  Topped  by  a  9.5-radius maple  fingerboard  with 22 medium jumbo frets, the C-shaped maple neck is comfortable for all playing styles.  The six-saddle string-through-body  hardtail  Strat  bridge with  bent  steel  saddles  helps create  spot-on  intonation  while the 24 scale adds warmth and thickness to the guitars tone. Designed with a smaller body, this guitar is a great fit for those with smaller frames and energetic stage performances.

Mustang Bass PJ

The updated version of the short-scale underground bass, adds the power of Fenders venerable P Bass® and J Bass® pickups to the traditional Mustang design for flexible, heavy bass tone. The Mustang Bass PJ features master volume and tone controls, along with a conventional three-way pickup switch. The 30scale  and C-shaped  maple  neck    with  a  9.5-radius  make  playing  more  comfortable  for  smaller-statured players. This bass smaller body is also great for energetic stage performances with its reduced-weight design.

Duo-Sonic

Since  its  debut  in  the 50s,  the  Duo-Sonic  has  become  an  underground  sensation,  helping  to  create alternative music  in  the  New  York  City  clubs. Now,  with  updated  features,  the  guitar  includes  a  pair  of Duo-Sonic  single-coil  pickups  in  the  bridge  and  neck  positions, master  volume/tone  controls,  and a

three-way pickup switch. The 24 scale, 9.5-radius maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and the C-shaped maple neck are ideal for players with smaller hands. The six-saddle string-through-body hardtail  Strat  bridge  with  bent  steel  saddles increases  sustain  and  enhances  the  upper  harmonics.  The body  design  is  also  smaller  than  traditional  Fender  size,  making  it  comfortable  for  smaller  players  or those who have energetic stage performances.

Duo-Sonic HS

The Duo-Sonic HS is a modernized version of the classic instrument originally released in 1956. Offering one Duo-Sonic single-coil neck pickup and one Duo-Sonic humbucking bridge pickup with coil selection, this  guitar  has  a  crisp  and  pristine  voice.  The  24  scale  length,  9.5-radius  maple  fingerboard  with  22 medium jumbo frets and the C-shaped maple neck are comfortable for all playing styles and ideal for players with smaller hands or those who use extended chord forms. The six-saddle string-through-body hardtail  Strat  bridge  allows  for  increased  sustain  while  the  bent  steel  saddles  add  some punch  to  the players  tone.  The  smaller  body  design  is  also  ideal  for  smaller  players  or  those  who play  an  energetic stage performance.

For more information on Fender's new Deluxe Series and Offset models.

 

 

 

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