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NAMM 2017: Fender's biggest announcements, including the limited edition exotic collection and new acoustic amps

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NAMM 2017: Fender's biggest announcements, including the limited edition exotic collection and new acoustic amps

The Exotic Collection features its most-popular electric guitars built with a variety of unique woods.

Fender has announced a number of new lines and products at this year’s NAMM show. Here we take a look at some of the biggest guitar and gear launches from the firm.

First up is the Fender launch of Fender’s 2017 Limited Edition Exotic Collection, which includes expanded offerings for some of Fender’s most-popular electric instruments: American Professional, American Elite and American Vintage models – all built with a variety of unique woods, such as rescued mahogany, shedua, Malaysian blackwood and reclaimed pine.

The models are:

2017 Limited Edition Malaysian Blackwood Telecaster 90 – $1,999.99 (pictured, right)
2017 Limited Edition Shedua Top Stratocaster – $1,999.99
2017 Limited Edition American Professional Jazz Bass FMT – $1,999.99
2017 Limited Edition American Professional Mahogany Stratocaster – $1,999.99
2017 Limited Edition American Elite Mahogany Tele Thinline – $1,999.99
2017 Limited Edition American Professional Mahogany Tele Deluxe ShawBucker – $1,999.99
2017 Limited Edition American Vintage ’59 Pine Stratocaster – $1,999.99
2017 Limited Edition American Professional Pine Telecaster – $1,999.99
2017 Limited Edition American Professional Pine Jazzmaster – $1,999.99

Next up, Fender has launch several additions to its ever-expanding acoustic guitar business with its growing Paramount Series, which adds the PM-3 All-Mahogany NE Triple-0 and PM-2 All-Mahogany NE Parlor to its widely received series created for players of all levels. The firm has also debuted its new Classic Design Series, which includes 11 upgraded models with features catering to the new player.

New Paramount Models:

PM-3 All-Mahogany NE Triple-0, Natural (pictured, below) – $599.00
PM-2 All-Mahogany NE Parlor, Natural – $599.00

New Classic Design Models: 

CC-60S – Right-Hand & Left-Hand – $199.99
CC-60SCE – Right-Hand & Left-Hand – $299.99
CC-140SCE – $399.99
CD-60S – Right-Hand & Left-Hand – $199.99
CD-60S All-Mahogany – $199.99
CD-60SCE Right-Hand & Left-Hand– $299.99
CD-60SCE All-Mahogany – $299.99
CD-60SCE 12-String – $299.99
CD-140SCE – $399.99
CD-140SCE All-Mahogany – $399.99
CD-140SCE 12-String – $399.99

In honor of Fender Custom Shop’s 30th anniversary, the firm and its guitar luthiery pioneers have reunited for 2017 Fender Custom Shop Founders Design: eight guitars, each designed by one of eight visionary Founding Master Builders who kick-started the iconic Custom Shop – known as the “dream factory.”

One of the most exclusive and coveted collections in the Shop’s history, only 30 units of each design will be built by a team of artisans at Fender Custom Shop in Corona, Calif. and released throughout 2017.

2017 Fender Custom Shop Founders Design models include:
Michael Stevens Founders Design Esquire (pictured, below): March 2017 – $5,500.00
John Page Founders Design Double F-hole Esquire: April 2017 – $7,200.00
George Blanda Founders Design Jazzmaster: May 2017 – $6,650.00
Fred Stuart Founders Design Herringbone Telecaster: June 2017 – $8,400.00
J.W. Black Founders Design Stratocaster: July 2017 – $6,950.00
Mark Kendrick Founders Design Stratocaster: August 2017 – $7,450.00
Alan Hamel Founders Design Sparkle Telecaster: September 2017 – $6,000.00
Gene Baker Founders Design “Stelecaster”: October 2017 – $5,450.00

Moving on to Fender’s range of amps, the firm has launched new lightweight acoustic amplifiers along with new Fortis powered speakers and a subwoofer.

As Fender’s acoustic guitar category grows, as does its expanding accompanying amplifier offerings with the addition of the Acoustic 200, Acoustic 100 (pictured, below) and Acoustasonic 40 amplifiers.  

Built on the success of the Acoustic SFX and Acoustic Pro amplifiers that debuted in late 2015, this new lineup of acoustic amplifiers boast all new and upgraded features including two channels, designed for instrument and microphone use, respectively, as well as Bluetooth compatibility.

The new versatile Fortis powered speaker and subwoofer creates a powerful listening experience, whether it be at a concert venue or in a classroom. A new addition to the Fortis powered speaker models currently available, the 10” Fortis F-10BT offers a wide variety of I/O connections, Bluetooth compatibility, and user-friendly rear panel controls. The 18” subwoofer is the first of its kind to join the Fortis powered speaker collection, adding audiophile-quality bass enhancement to a Fortis powered speaker system.

Pricing is as follows:

Acoustic 100 – $399.99
Acoustic 200 – $549.99
Acoustasonic 40 – $199.99
Fortis F-10BT 10” Powered Speaker – $549.99
Fortis F-18SUB 18” Powered Subwoofer – $899.99

Keep up to date with all the latest NAMM 2017 news here.


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