New Fender guitars released including the new American Ultra Luxe, Noventa and Boxer Series guitars plus more ahead of (what would have been) NAMM 2021.
The new Fender range for 2021 is yet again a very tasty range of products for players of all levels including the updated Fender American Ultra Luxe, Fender Noventa Series, Fender Made In Japan Boxer Series and the incredible Fender Commemorative Series plus many more cool products. We take a look at our favourites from the new Fender 2021 range.
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Fender Mustang Micro
Fender join the personal guitar amplifier market with their awesome Mustang Micro. Anyone who knows the Fender Mustang Amplifiers knows that they're packed full of features. The Mustang Micro is no different.
Plug the unit into your guitar jack plug, plug a set of headphones in and get playing with 12 amp models from the flagship Mustang range. The amp models range from classic Tweed amps to the modern high gain amps for the metalheads!
You can utilise the 13 different effects including modulation, overdrive, stereo delays and compression, plus many more. You can tweak onboard amp sounds via the adjustable EQ, jam along to tracks by streaming video and audio via Bluetooth to the unit and even record out to your MAC/PC, recharge and update firmware via USB-C connectivity. The Fender Mustang Micro is easily one of the coolest mini practice headphone amps out there.
The new Fender '68 Custom Vibro champ is just 5 Watts what is packed full of classic Fender sound. The original amp was famous for its classic, Fender tremolo as well as its bright tube sparkle and its ability to break up when you really dig in. The new version released for 2021 adds a digital reverb and uses a larger 10" speaker so you push more air around and get an increased low end. This is an incredible practise amp with two inputs and included foot switch. A perfect tube amp for around the home.
Fender '68 Custom Amps - Fender '68 Custom Pro Reverb
The original Fender Pro Reverb is the inspiration for this new Fender ‘68 Custom Pro Reverb amp, and to be honest, you won't be able to tell the difference - it's that good! . With this and you get 40 Watts of pure tube power pumping out of a 12 inch speaker. This is a single channel vintage modified amp that comes loaded with a Celestion Neo Creamback speaker, built in reverb and tremolo as well as an added middle control for extra Sonic variety. This is a highly versatile tube amp that has been out of production for nearly 40 years with original models costing a small fortune - until now. This is easily a highlight of the new Fender 2021 range and an amp any guitarist would love around the home.
Engine room power supplies
With the increasing demand for higher power pedals, guitarists and bass players' choices are quite limited these days when it comes to pedal power supplies. With our pedalboards ever growing, we need power supplies to keep up with the demand of higher current and higher draw pedals. Fortunately, Fender has now joined the pedal power supply game with its range of engine room power supplies. You have three new options: a 5 Output, an 8 Output and a 12 Output power supply all with completely isolated 500 milliamp outputs.
The cool thing about these pedal power supplies is that they give you completely clean power and can handle high draw pedals such as the Fender MTG tube pedals, Line 6 effects pedals range and even the likes of Strymon.
The 8 and 12 options each of two switchable voltages, USB-A plus USB-C input so you can charge an Acoustasonic guitar or even your phone. The good thing about these power supplies is that they're also fairly budget-friendly compared to others on the market. You won't regret upgrading to a power supply of this calibre.
The Squier Contemporary series is perfect for players who need high performance guitars but are on a strict budget. Squier has slowly become a respected name on the mainstream stages of the world and are now played by professionals as well as beginners alike. Whatever stigma previously surroudned Squier as a lower quality guitar has been eradicated thanks to the high-quality parts, high-quality construction and incredible sound. The Contemporary series updates the range of Squier guitars and offers value packed modern remixes.
Each of the new models, which includes Stratocasters, Telecasters and Jaguars feature modern voiced Squier SQR pickups , roasted Maple necks , sculpted neck heels , painted headstocks with Chrome logos and some seriously unique pickup configurations . You even have options for coil tap switching, black hardware and premium components such as a Floyd Rose tremolo system on some models.
The new 2021 Fender Made in Japan Boxer series is a faithful recreation of a classic Fender collection from the 80s. These are streamlined guitars with exposed pickups black headstocks and a sleek 80s aesthetic that metal players especially will enjoy.
Made in Japan boxer series stratocaster
The Fender Made in Japan Boxer Series HH Stratocaster is designed for the speedy players out there who also love the look and feel of the 80s style metal guitars similar to the "The Strat" models which appeared in 2020. You have two Boxer humbucking pickups that you can control via a master volume with master TBX tone control (which engages single coil mode) a speedy satin urethane maple neck with a gloss polyester headstock and highly resonant basswood body. The medium C shape neck is comfortable to play and the two-point synchronised tremolo with black saddles make sure your intonation and resonance is spot on whilst still looking cool.
The Fender Made in Japan Boxer Series PJ bass guitars continue the 80s aesthetic with black plastic control knobs black headstock and 80s inspired finishes. You have a Boxer precision bass pickup in the middle section and a Boxer Jazz Bass bridge pickup so you have a wide variety of tones at your fingertips. The master TBX circuit and Treble/Bass expander functionality provides plenty of sonic variety. Again a Maple neck with satin urethane finish is comfortable to play and the basswood body ensures all your low end is retained.
If you're a fan of John 5, Jim Root or you prefer the different, stripped back looking Telecasters with plenty of power then you'll love the made in Japan Boxer series HH Telecaster models. These guitars feature Fender Boxer humbucking pickups for pure power as well as the master TBX tone control so you can split the coils if you need to. Once again, the satin urethane neck is comfortable for play and ideal for shredders whilst the six-saddle strings-through body hardtail bridge keeps your tone resonant and ringing out loud and clear.
The new Fender American ultra luxe guitars are not your average Fender guitars, but hard wearing, completely refined models of your favourite Fender guitars. These new Fender American Luxe guitars feature stainless steel frets, some cool custom colours with matching painted head caps and even Floyd Rose tremolo systems with locking nuts on certain models. Let's take a closer look.
Fender American ultra luxe Stratocaster
The American Ultra Luxe Stratocaster has an augmented D neck profile with rolled fingerboard edges that offer a very comfortable playing experience. The tapered neck heel ensures you get access to the higher registers and a 10" to 14" compound radius fingerboard with 22 stainless steel medium jumbo frets ensures you can solo, play chords, shred or just chill out with some incredible Strat tones. This thing could do it all. You get a set of Ultra Noiseless vintage pickups with some advanced wiring options that remove any hum previously associated with single-coil pickups.
Next up we have the Fender Ultra Luxe Stratocaster Floyd Rose HSS - which as you can tell is made for shredding! The American Ultra Luxe guitars are made for the speedy players out there and those who demand reliability from their instrument after absolutely hammering them.
You have an augmented D neck profile with Ultra rolled Fingerboard edges and a tapered neck heel, so you'll have no problem moving around the fretboard! However, it's the inclusion of the Ultra Noiseless Hot single-coil pickups and ultra double-tap humbucking pickup with the added advanced wiring options that the shredders out there will really enjoy - there are just so many sonic options at your fingertips. You have an original Floyd Rose tremolo system with locking nut for reliability and versatility. If you love the look of the 80s Stratocaster guitars but you want a more modern finish and modern functionality, this one's for you.
Once again the Fender American Ultra Luxe Telecaster features the augmented D neck profile with ultra rolled Fingerboard edges. You have a set of Ultra noiseless vintage pickups with the advanced wiring options all without any of the hum associated with single coils. Sculpted rear body contours really help with playability and make the guitar a lot more comfortable to play whether you're standing up or sitting down. The unique finishes look cool especially the Transparent Surf Green (pictured). Sealed locking tuning machines chrome hardware and a bone nut are all professional level appointments that players will appreciate.
If you need more power in your Telecaster guitars and the versatile, dive-bomb sonic prowess of an original Floyd Rose tremolo system, then this guitar is for you. You have powerful custom double tap humbucking pickups with the advanced wiring options built-in and the ability to dive bomb to your hearts content thanks to the Floyd Rose term and locking nuts . The speedy 10" to 14" compound radius fingerboard with 22 stainless steel medium jumbo frets is designed for the shredders out there who need room to manouvre. An incredible looking guitar.
Fender 75th celebration diamond anniversary and commemorative instruments
Back in 1946 Clarence Leonidas “Leo” Fender had no idea that the guitars he was going to make would change the very fabric of music forever. These 75th-anniversary series guitars celebrate Leo's revolutionary designs and include special versions of the Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass guitars. Instant collector's items.
The Fender 75th celebration diamond anniversary Stratocaster features an Alder body with limited diamond anniversary finish the matching headstock. You have a set of interior 60s pickups they provide classic tone cool looking anniversary neck plate and a modern see shape Nick added playability.
With this Fender 75th Anniversary Telecaster MN, Diamond Anniversary model, you have an Alder body with that limited diamond anniversary finish and a set of Vintera 50s pickups that really bring out that classic Telecaster tone, but offer a more modern sound. The matching painted headstock looks great and the modern C shape neck profile is particularly comfortable to play.
In keeping with the tone (excuse the pun) of the other two guitars the Fender 75th Anniversary Precision Bass MN, Diamond Anniversary features that limited Diamond Anniversary finish, set of Vintera 50s pickups, and anniversary neck plate. You also get the matching painted headstock , and a modern C neck shape for added comfort. The Alder body is especially resonant and really brings out your bass lines in the mix.
Fender 75th Anniversary Jazz Bass, Diamond Anniversary
TheFender 75th Anniversary Jazz Bass MN, Diamond Anniversary features a set of Vintera 60s pickups and all the controls you need to dial in your classic jazz tones. A Modern C shape neck profile is comfortable to play and the Alder body finished with the limited diamond anniversary finish and matching painted headstock is a great touch.
The Fender 75th Anniversary Commemorative Stratocaster in 2-Color Bourbon Burst features an Ash body, which is quickly becoming the favourite tone wood of tone purists thanks to its rich, resonant tone. The gold hardware and pearl button locking tuners are an incredible addition to an already stunning looking guitar. A Maple, Deep C neck profile with rolled fingerboard edges and Satin Urethane Finish on the back with Gloss Urethane finish on front makes sure your guitar plays well, but gradually ages beautifully the more you play it.
You have a set of Fender Custom Shop Fat 60s pickups that offer that classic Stratocaster tone that the Fender Custom Shop do so well.
The Fender 75th Anniversary Commemorative Telecaster features that 2-colour Bourbon Burst finish over an Ash body, akin to the Stratocaster. However, the key difference here is that this guitar comes loaded with Fender Custom Shop Twisted Telecaster pickups which provide that twang and sparkle that you need from a Tele, as well as the clarity to cut through the mix. A top-loading, strings-through bridge with compensated bullet saddle ensures your intonation stays put.
Just like every commemorative Telecaster in this series you have special badging, with the 75th Anniversary ingot inlaid into the back of the headstock and an engraved anniversary neck plate. The gold hardware is the icing on the cake.
You have a set of Custom Shop '62 P-Bass pickups built-in so you get that style and low-end punch you need whilst the Hi-Mass vintage bridge ensures your sustain, resonance and stability are all handled perfectly.
The Fender 75th Anniversary Commemorative Jazz Bass in 2-Color Bourbon Burst features a one-piece Maple neck and a slim C neck profile which some players might find more comfortable than a P-Bass. Again a supernatural satin neck finish offers a playing experience of a well-worn guitar, whilst the Fender Custom Shop 60s Jazz Bass pickups take you back in time giving you that vintage style growl, mid-range and clarity you need - it's the sound that changed music forever. Once again you have a Hi-Mass vintage bridge which increases the sustain, resonance and stability of your bass making it an ideal option for live musicians.
Fender Noventa Series Guitars
The Fender Noventa series guitars combine classic Fender guitar shapes but offer slight variations in terms of pickups and construction that will surely turn heads. You have dynamic MP-90 pickups in each option, which provide powerful tones somewhere between a single coil and a humbucker - which is something that players who prefer more growl from their Fender guitar might appreciate. Let's take a look at the Noventa Stratocaster, Noventa Telecaster and Noventa Jazzmaster models available.
Fender noventa series telecaster guitars
The Fender Noventa Telecaster has stripped the Telecaster model down to its barebones - it gives you everything you need and nothing you don't! You have a single MP-90 single-coil pick up in the bridge position as well as a single master volume and tone control, which makes tonal changes very simple.
A atylish half pickguard and cutaway bridge looks cool and offers something different for the collectors out there. The thick soft V neck with 21 medium jumbo frets and 9.5 inch radius provides a vintage playing experience that may take a little getting used to, however, we're confident you'll fall in love with these guitars as we have.
The Fender Noventa Series Stratocaster packs 2 x MP-90 single coil pickups into this guitar and provides a single master volume and tone control as well as a hard tail bridge - this guitar doesn't mess about. You get mid-range bite and crisp tonal qualities as well as some vintage style, smooth lows of an MP-90. If you prefer your single-coil pickups with a little more bite, this guitar is ideal. A modern C shape neck profile with 21 medium jumbo frets and 9.5 inch radius fingerboard provides that modern playability that we need, but the sound still takes us back to the 60s with those lush soapbars!
The Fender Noventa series Jazzmaster strips back the Jazzmaster guitar and removes the fiddly controls, opting for a 3-way pickup switch and single tone and volume controls. You have three MP-90 single coil pickups as well as a master volume and tone control so you know exactly where you are at all times. Again, a Modern C neck profile with 21 inch medium jumbo frets and 9.5 inch radius fingerboard makes it a very comfortable guitar to play.
Fender have unleashed a range of new fender artist models including signature guitars for legends like Jason Isbell, Ben Gibbard and Chrissie Hynde.
Ben Gibbard mustang
Ben Gibbard has been a mainstay on the indie rock scene since the late 1990s and he's become a much beloved song writer and guitarist that lovers of music have come to adore. His work with the platinum selling band Death Cab For Cutie has seen guitarists, new and old, pick up a few tricks from this incredible guitarist.
To celebrate his mark on music, Fender has released a Ben Gibbard Mustang which recreates his modified touring guitar. A chambered Ash body has been designed for increased resonance and reduced weight. The one piece 22 fret modern C shaped Maple neck with 9.5 inch radius fingerboard and medium jumbo frets is very comfortable to play and is ideal for stage performance. You have a set of custom vintage inspired Ben Gibbard Mustang pickups as well as a 3 way Rotary pickup selector switch to flick between them - so you have plenty of tonal options at your fingertips. What looks like a vintage style Mustang bridge is actually a modified hard-tail setup which provides rock solid stability and increased intonation and sustain the live guitarists need.
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Chrissie hynde telecaster
When Chrissie Hynde formed The Pretenders in 1979 the the band quickly established themselves as a rock n'r olla powerhouse to be reckoned with. Chrissie's Telecaster sound has been the heartbeat of the band from the very beginning. Fortunately, the team at Fender have absolutely nailed that signature sound with the Chrissie Hynde Telecaster.
You have an Alder body finished with the Faded Icve Blue Metallic finish, complete with Road-worn scuffs, which looks incredible under stage lights. The custom mid 60s C shape neck with 7.25 radius Fingerboard is very easy to play and ideal for hitting the big chords. The Fender Custom Chrissie Hynde Telecaster pickups match Chrissie's original guitar exactly and the chrome mirror pick guard is a faithful recreation of Hynde's original 1965 model.
Jason isbell custom telecaster
The Fender Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster - 3 Colour Chocolate Burst has been a long time coming. It's also a beautiful addition to the Fender family. The Grammy award winning singer songwriter is the leading face of the Americana movement and has always championed a Telecaster, so it makes sense that this collaboration was in the works.
The Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster features a 3 Colour Chocolate Sunburst finish with cream double aged binding for that vintage lok. The '59 style Telecaster custom body features Fender's Road-Worn ageing process to provide the look and feel of a well-used instrument. You have a mid-60s C shaped Maple neck and 21 fret rosewood fingerboard that working musicians will really appreciate. The Jason Isbell Custom Telecaster pickups create a completely unique sound that you won't find on any other Telecaster.