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Fender Launches All-New Acoustic “Highway Series”

Published 4 months ago on October 17, 2023

By Guitar Interactive Magazine

FENDER® UNVEILS THE HIGHWAY SERIES:
THE ULTIMATE STAGE-READY GUITARS

New Series of Acoustic Guitars Includes a Comfortable Thin Silhouette, Fully Integrated Fishman® Pickup System and More Cutting Edge Features That Provide a “Road-Ready Sound”

Today Fender unveiled the highly anticipated The Highway Series, the newest iteration in the brand’s long acoustic history and is specifically geared toward live performers searching for reliability, predictability and road-tested sound in their guitar. 

Comprised of two different models, the more compact Parlor and the classic and fuller bodied Dreadnought, these acoustic guitars have been finely tuned for performance on and off the stage. While the designs of these instruments harkens back to a more traditional style, the technology and specifications are a nod to the future of acoustic guitar playing. 

Key Features: 

  • Lightweight & Ergonomic Body: The Highway’s body depth is thinner than a traditional acoustic, and this more ergonomic shape reduces feedback while the lighter-weight body increases comfort over the course of your set
  • Fishman Fluence Acoustic Pickup: Crafted to integrate seamlessly into the Highway, this new and exclusive pickup delivers dynamic sound movement with a higher-quality output and more consistency than a conventional microphone setup.
  • Hyper-Playable Neck: The thinner mahogany neck makes for a more playable acoustic guitar, with a wider range of playing options and genre diversity, plus it gives you more speed with less hand fatigue.
  • Feedback Resistant: The thinner body and integrated pickup system are designed to be feedback resistant making it easy to move from venue to venue without the worry of feedback.
Fender Highway Series
Fender Highway Series

announces the launch of The Highway Series, the newest iteration in Fender’s investment in the acoustic category. Comprised of two different models, the more compact Parlor and the classic and fuller bodied Dreadnought, these acoustic guitars have been finely tuned for performance on and off the stage. While the designs of these instruments harkens back to a more traditional style, the technology and specifications are a nod to the future of acoustic guitar playing. 

Historically, acoustic guitars have been characterized by large and bulky body shapes, but the Highway Series challenges this industry standard. Drawing inspiration from Fender's groundbreaking history of transforming the electric guitar landscape, the Highway Series is set to redefine the acoustic guitar experience. At its core, the Highway Series is a multi-purpose guitar, carefully crafted to cater to the diverse needs of modern musicians. This innovative instrument streamlines the way artists can utilize it on stage, providing exceptional versatility while also offering a unique advantage for musicians during the songwriting process. While Fender’s Acoustasonic® series pushed the boundaries of acoustic-electric design, the Highway Series strikes a harmonious balance between modern innovations and the timeless appearance of traditional guitars. It embraces the best of both worlds, combining cutting-edge acoustic-electric technology with the classic and familiar look of a traditional guitar. The result is an instrument that not only stands out on stage but also inspires musicians to explore their creativity in more intimate, quiet settings. 

“The Highway Series represents a bold step forward in the world of acoustic guitars, offering musicians a new avenue for sonic exploration and self-expression,” said Billy Martinez, VP of Product - FMIC Acoustics & Squier®. “Among the many standout features, we partnered with Fishman to bring their cutting-edge electronic pickup technology, the Fishman® Fluence® Acoustic pickup to the realm of traditional acoustics and meticulously crafted the necks to deliver an amazing playing experience.  These guitars are a testament to our dedication to pushing the boundaries of guitar design and manufacturing.”

Both models in this series feature an ergonomic and lightweight body to ensure optimal comfort and precision. In addition, an exclusive Fishman Fluence® analogue acoustic pickup comes fully loaded at no additional cost giving player’s the ability to plug in and turn up at any given moment. Thanks to the Highway Series’ thin silhouette and fully integrated pickup system, long gone are the days of having to rapidly adjust your stage volume to avoid distracting feedback while strumming on an acoustic. The sum of all these parts equates to an acoustic guitar that gives the modern performer the privilege of consistency, predictability and road-tested sound night after night. To meet the demands of this innovative approach, Fender® has made a significant investment in the Corona, Calif. factory by dedicating a section of the facility exclusively to the production of acoustic-electric guitars, reaffirming the brand’s commitment to delivering top-tier quality instruments.

The Highway Series Dreadnought comes crafted with either a solid sitka spruce or genuine mahogany top, inlaid into a fully chambered mahogany body. Inside is a proprietary internal architecture including a tapered X bracing pattern and ergonomic thinline design. Crafted with the modern live musician in mind, the Highway Series Dreadnought comes equipped with a Fishman Fluence® acoustic pickup that will allow players to deliver amplified acoustic tones with rich clarity and sonic nuance. The Highway Series Parlor model delivers all of the same breathtaking features and optimized design but in a slightly more compact and tapered design, perfect for the guitarist on the go. 

The launch of The Highway Series will be accompanied by a visual creative campaign that features long-time Fender® collaborators, Mt. Joy. Through a prolific songwriting and recording process and a relentless touring schedule, the band has catapulted themselves to center stage of the scene with chart-topping singles and energetic live shows. Fender’s “On The Road'' will follow Mt. Joy on their current tour and provide a glimpse of what tour life really is – from soundcheck and warming up backstage to performing to sold-out audiences. The video is an authentic love letter to live performance and how the consistency, predictability and unrivaled tone of the Highway Series aids Mt. Joy’s craft every night.

Introducing the all new Highway Series. With a streamlined setup and feedback-resistant design, the Highway Series was built for the live acoustic performer. Featuring Mt. Joy.

“We do a lot of touring, playing for two and a half hours every night, and what I was immediately drawn to about the Highway Series is that they’re super light,” said Matt Quinn of Mt. Joy. “The idea of having a feedback-resistant pickup is what I’ve been looking for and to have a guitar that won’t feedback on stage is huge for your confidence when performing a song. “ 

Explore the new Highway Series, featuring a thin and lightweight body, Fishman Fluence pickups and a hyper-playable neck. Watch Molly Miller and Nicholas Veinoglou take them for a test drive.

To learn more and view product descriptions, click HERE. Product and lifestyle images of the Highway Series  can be found HERE.

For technical specs, additional information on new Fender® products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com. Join the conversation on social media by following @Fender. 

 

Highway Series Dreadnought ($999.99 USD, £949.00 GBP, €1,099.00 EUR, $1,699.00 AUD, ¥143,000 JPY) 

Crafted with either a solid sitka spruce or genuine mahogany top inlaid into a fully chambered mahogany body, The Highway Series Dreadnought is engineered with a proprietary internal architecture including a tapered floating X bracing pattern and inventive thinline design, producing remarkable resonance and dynamic, organic tone. With fidelity and performance at its core, the Fishman Fluence® acoustic pickup system incorporates an elegantly curved magnetic Fluence® CoreTM pickup with innovative all-analog technology to deliver pure and truly musical amplified tone with astonishing sonic realism, clarity and feedback resistance. The Fender® Highway Series Dreadnought represents not a revision, but a re-imagining of the acoustic experience, inviting players to throw away the map and get lost on the open road of creativity. Available in natural and all-mahogany. 

Highway Series Parlor ($999.99 USD, £949.00 GBP, €1,099.00 EUR, ¥143,000 JPY)

Crafted with either a solid sitka spruce or genuine mahogany top inlaid into a fully chambered mahogany body, the Highway Series Parlor is engineered with a proprietary internal architecture, including a tapered floating X bracing pattern and inventive thinline design, producing remarkable resonance and dynamic, organic tone. With fidelity and performance at its core, the Fishman Fluence® acoustic pickup system incorporates an elegantly curved magnetic Fluence® CoreTM pickup with innovative all-analog technology to deliver pure and truly musical amplified tone with astonishing sonic realism, clarity and feedback resistance. The Fender® Highway Series Parlor represents a re-imagining of the acoustic experience, inviting players to throw away the map and get lost on the open road of creativity.  Available in natural and all-mahogany. 

ABOUT FENDER MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS CORPORATION: 

Since 1946, Fender has revolutionized music and culture as one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors. Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC)–whose portfolio of owned and licensed brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch® guitars, Jackson®, EVH®, Charvel®, Bigsby® and PreSonus® – follows a player-centric approach to crafting the highest-quality instruments and digital experiences across genres. Since 2015, Fender’s digital arm has introduced a new ecosystem of products and interactive experiences to accompany players at every stage of their musical journey. This includes innovative apps and learning platforms designed to complement Fender guitars, amplifiers, effects pedals, accessories and pro-audio gear, and inspire players through an immersive musical experience. FMIC is dedicated to unlocking the power of musical expression for all players, from beginners to history-making legends. In 2021, Fender celebrated 75 years of giving artists "wings to fly," carrying on the vision of its founder, Leo Fender, and connecting players through a shared love of music.


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