Fender acoustics has announced an array of new instruments in its Winter 2013 collection including artist signature models, hot-rodded acoustics and an acoustic bass.
First up, Fender is releasing new artist signature models for longtime T.S.O.L. guitarist Ron Emory including the new Ron Emory “Loyalty” Parlor and Ron Emory “Loyalty” Slope-Shoulder Dreadnought models. Both guitars are available in two versions - one with a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck and a vintage-style sunburst finish reminiscent of the 1930s; the other with an all-ash body, maple neck and butterscotch-stain finish resembling Emory’s ’52 Telecaster.
Both versions feature quartersawn scalloped 'X'-bracing, elegant herringbone body binding and rosette, soft 'V' neck profile and aged neck binding, rosewood fingerboard with diamond inlays and 12th-fret 'Loyalty' logo, 19 large vintage-style frets (20 in slope-shoulder dreadnought model), 1970s-style Fender headstock, three-ply pickguard, vintage-style rosewood 'Viking' bridge with Graphtech Nubone compensated saddle, and open-gear tuners. The Slope-Shoulder Dreadnought models also offer open-gear tuners, FishmanIsys III pickup/active preamp system with built-in chromatic tuner, on/off switch, three-band EQ and volume control.
Next, Fender is bringing back the Mando-Strat, a highly distinctive instrument that evokes the Fender electric four-string mandolins of the 1950s and ‘60s, with an updated and improved design. Main features include a solid alder body, 'C'-shaped maple neck with 24-fret rosewood fingerboard, and specially designed pickup with volume and tone controls.
The all-newReso-Tele is a resonator version of a Telecaster and combines a Tele neck pickup with an under-saddle pickup and electronics. Distinctive features include a maple Telecaster body with a 3-Color Sunburst finish, stylized Fender 'F' sound hole and hand-spun cone crafted in Eastern Europe for rich resonator tone.
Fender Acoustic's Hot-Rod design series brings upgraded features to certain models including the T-Bucket 100CE, T-Bucket 200CE, T-Bucket 300CE, T-Bucket 400CE, T-Bucket Bass E, and Vince-Ray Voodoo-Bucket 300CE models (pictured).
Certain models now feature Fishman Isys III pickup/active preamp system with built-in chromatic tuners and come in custom finishes.
More information on the Hot-Rod design series and all of Fender's other acoustic models can be found on their website here.
Lastly, Fender has upgraded its top-selling DG8S Acoustic Pack by adding a slightly re-shaped pickguard and rosewood bridge that give a nod to the Fender acoustics of the 1970s, new 3mm dot markers and a simple-but-striking white pearloid rosette.
Other features include a solid spruce top with scalloped and quartersawn 'X' bracing for balanced tone, mahogany back and sides, mahogany neck with 20-fret rosewood fretboard, neck and body binding, and Graphtone Nubone nut and compensated bridge saddle. Pack includes everything needed to start playing, with gig bag, chromatic electronic tuner, strings, picks and strap, and instructional material.
If you're visiting the 2013 Winter NAMM show, be sure to swing by the New Bay Media stand in Hall B, booth 5761 to pick up a special NAMM edition of MI Pro.