Fender was in full force at this year’s Winter NAMM, featuring hundreds of great new products including electric guitars, acoustics, amps, powered speakers, in-ear monitors and more. While there was enough at the convention to keep us busy for weeks on end, there were definitely a few standouts that we just had to share. Below are just a few of the pieces of gear that caught our eye at the Fender booth during Winter NAMM 2016!
American Elite Stratocaster
While the new American Elite Stratocaster definitely retains Fender’s timeless style, under the hood, it's a totally different story. The new American Elite Strat and is an entirely new breed of guitar designed for 21st-century players in mind. With over a dozen new innovations, the American Elite Strat is a true performer with eye-catching style, exceptional feel and versatile sound from the very first moment you plug it in and play. A few notable features include three all-new fourth generation Noiseless single-coil Stratocaster pickups, S-1 switching for even more tonal versatility, a redesigned contoured neck heel, 9.5”-14” compound radius fingerboard, locking short-post tuning machines and speedy soft-touch control knobs. Also includes a redesigned ABS Elite Molded Case with TSA locks. The American Elite Strat is available now!
American Special Telecaster
The American Special Telecaster puts U.S-made Fender quality into the hands of players at any level. With incredible quality and even better value, this was made for guitarists who wants a combination of timeless Fender style and contemporary features. The American Special Tele delivers the timeless design with some extra elements for modern tone and performance, including dual Texas Special pickups and special circuitry, modern neck profile and fingerboard radius, and more. Great sounding, great looking and feeling, and made in the United States. Other features include vintage-style string-through-body Telecaster bridge with three brass saddles, three-way pickup switch and Greasebucket tone circuits for rolling off the highs without adding bass.
PM-1 Deluxe Dreadnaught Acoustic
The PM-1 Deluxe Dreadnaught is part of the U.S. designed Paramount series line of acoustics, each of which is expertly crafted and meticulously voiced to bring a player's artistic vision to life. Each all-solid guitar offers many legacy design elements of classic ’60s models, including checkerboard purfling and rosette, pickguard shape and abalone and mother-of-pearl "Concert Tone" fingerboard inlays. Despite their old-school, art deco look, Paramount acoustics definitely take advantage of today's technology, featuring a brand new preamp designed by both Fishman and Fender. Each preamp is specifically voiced and optimized for each body shape in the series, ensuring complete tonal control and variation. PM preamp features include a tuner, frequency (bass, middle and treble) and phase controls and an elegant retro design reminiscent of old-school radio knobs.
Bassbreaker 45 Combo
Flexibility is the name of the game for the flagship Bassbreaker 45 Combo, the latest evolution of the “granddaddy” of almost all amps—the ’59 Bassman. Heard on countless recordings since its release, the timeless guitar amp tone of the original Bassman, with remarkable touch sensitivity and sound that really comes alive when cranked, is brought into the modern era with the Bassbreaker line. With plenty of grit, crunch and grunt, along with mile-wide dynamic range and redefined dirty tube tones, this powerful, roadworthy beast dishes out plenty of authentic Fender sound with a modern twist. And with the versatile "Both" input, a third channel which combines the Normal and Bright inputs without requiring an extra cable, creating deeply complex tones with increased note definition and dynamic response has never been easier. The Bassbreaker 45 Combo equipped with two 12” 8-ohm Celestion V-type speakers for midrange punch, three 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL34 power tubes for hard rockin’ tone and a 45-watt head with variable output from one to 45 watts.
The Edge Deluxe Signature Tweed Combo Amp
Tweaked to the discerning tastes of U2’s legendary guitarist, The Edge Deluxe is not only the perfect amp for fans of his signature sound but fans of great amps in general. A longtime Fender amp user for decades, this signature model is an updated take on the classic ’57 tweed Deluxe used to craft his signature sound on stages and in studios around the world. Whether played clean or crunchy, this amp produces the tone and articulation of the vintage Fender Deluxe amps that are an important part of his complex multi-amp and effects setup. The Edge Deluxe comes equipped with a genuine 12" Celestion Blue speaker that gives the amp a distinctive British tonal flavor with a more modern sound and utterly classic roar when pushed. And better still, The Edge Deluxe features hand-wired circuitry, performed by an actual person at a workbench, just like the great Fender guitar amps of the 1950s and ’60s!
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