Fender’s boundless imagination and drive toward the next big breakthrough are two hallmark qualities of the name. The place Fender has forged in the musical world over the last seventy-five years is well earned with countless innovations inspiring players time after time, year after year.
With plenty of exciting new instruments joining the Fender family in 2021, check out what this year will have to offer!
Fender’s flagship Stratocaster and Telecaster models have been celebrated for years, and with this new series, 2021 will carry on that legacy. The Ultra Luxe series brings together fan favorite Fender features and new innovative specifications for a collection of instruments optimized for dynamic performance, inspiring sounds, and seamless playability. Fender’s Ultra Luxe Stratocasters and Telecasters present players new avenues to explore the Fender experience in ways never before seen.
The Ultra Luxe series features four models, two Stratocasters and two Telecasters with shared features to make for a consistent and unified group of guitars. Playability is a quality that the masterminds at Fender have homed in on for the Ultra Luxe series as each model features a new hand-crafted “Augmented D” neck profile and contoured body. The new “Augmented D” profile is a crowning feature of the Ultra Luxe as Fender has designed a neck that is slightly fuller in hand than the Modern “D” neck profile. A hybrid model shape, this profile fits effortlessly in hand and is enhanced further by the Ultra tapered neck heel so going from the lowest to highest frets is seamless. Rolled fingerboard edges and twenty-two medium jumbo stainless-steel frets only enhance the smooth glide Fender necks have become famous for.
Classic single-coil Stratocaster and Telecaster tones play starring roles in the Ultra Luxe series along with appearances from double tapping humbuckers. The two distinct Fender voices are complemented by some twists on the traditional with the addition of Floyd Rose locking tremolo systems in the Floyd Rose HSS Stratocaster and the Floyd Rose HH Telecaster models. Bright single-coil clarity and double tapping humbucker bite both shine in the Ultra Luxe series for players that enjoy different options when it comes to choosing the best tonal match. Fender voices ring out from the Ultra Luxe series in ways players can find both familiar and exciting.
A new wave of Fender playability is available in the Ultra Luxe series and it is certainly one you’ll want to catch.
Clarence “Leo” Fender founded the Fender Electric Instrument Company in 1946 with electric guitar icons like the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazz Bass, and Precision Bass introduced in the years shortly after. After seventy-five years, Fender comes together in 2021 to commemorate the original instruments that made the brand world famous. The Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazz Bass, and Precision Bass all receive time in the spotlight for this incredible occasion in a collection with timeless Fender tones and dazzling looks. Paying homage to these original four guitars, the 75th Anniversary collection features vintage-inspired style and electronics. Bourbon Burst and Diamond Anniversary finishes make the collection stand out along with gold hardware, matching colored headstocks, and special anniversary badges. This collection will be limited to 2021 in honor of the occasion, so these truly vintage inspired models are ones to not be missed.
Built for rugged power and dynamic performance, the Noventa series blows the doors off the traditional P-90 single-coil pickup experience. Each Noventa model is equipped with Fender’s MP-90 pickups that deliver plenty of kick while a Modern “C”-shaped maple neck plays effortlessly in a way that Fender fans are familiar with. Classic Stratocaster, Telecaster, and Jaguar body shapes fit comfortably in hand for any player while new eye-catching finishes make the series stand out onstage. The Noventa series is a new collection that strays from the beaten path in the worlds of both Fender and P-90 pickup guitars altogether and is a great addition to any player’s collection of guitars with undeniable style and unstoppable attitude.
From the platinum selling band the Pretenders, Chrissie Hynde is a star in the world of rock music with her prized 1960s Fender Telecaster. A partnership between the singer and Fender has brought to life a recreation of her vintage Tele for players of today to experience an authentic Telecaster firsthand. Key features from this Telecaster reflect Hynde’s experience and personal touches such as a pair of custom low-output single-coil Telecaster pickups, a faded Ice Blue Metallic road-worn finish, and a chrome mirror pickguard. Fender’s collaboration with the pop rock icon summons a standout instrument with plenty of charm and character.
As the songwriter and frontman for Death Cab for Cutie, one of the biggest indie rock acts in the last twenty years, Ben Gibbard’s reputation in indie music circles precedes him. Designed particularly for the singer-songwriters of today, Gibbard’s signature Mustang packs plenty of custom features into the classic offset for a guitar that is ready to go in practice or onstage. New features such as a chambered ash body, a custom vintage-inspired Mustang pickup, and an innovative modern hardtail Mustang bridge all contribute to an instrument that is precise and performance ready at a moment’s notice. The indie rock energy is sure to flow from this Fender collaboration.
With years of experience producing Americana music with country and rock roots, Jason Isbell’s talents on a Fender Telecaster come together in his own signature model. Isbell’s signature Telecaster combines the best of traditional tones and modern features with top-of-the-line electronics, unique personalization, and a broken-in feel to match up with any musician. Tim Shaw designed Telecaster pickups have some extra heat and kick to cut through mixes and let searing solos fly while a mid-’60s “C” shape neck and Vintage Tall frets keep body feeling broken-in and homey in hand. The award-winning songwriter’s experience in Americana music shines through this Telecaster with all the wear and grit gained along the way.
Squier introduces some spins on classic models in the Squier Contemporary series. Featuring new takes on the Stratocaster, Telecaster, and Jaguar models, each guitar is equipped with new pickup and hardware configurations. With setups featuring a Railhammer humbucker in the Telecaster RH, coil tapping capabilities in the Jaguar HHST, and a Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo system in the Stratocaster HHFR, these new Squiers play like no other. New body finishes and roasted maple necks keep the series fresh with features never before seen with Squier for fans of the unique twists the brand provides.
The Clash’s legendary frontman was known for more than his masterful punk rock compositions and volatile lyrics, and to commemorate it, Strummer’s estate has paired up with Fender to celebrate the legacy of the artist with his acoustic guitar. Inspired by Strummer’s campfire gatherings at the Glastonbury festival, the Joe Strummer Campfire acoustic guitar seeks to capture that warm and intimate essence shared between artists and listeners. A spruce top with mahogany back and sides brings out clear acoustic tones while a Fishman electronics system translates those tones to the stage seamlessly. Strummer’s legacy as a songwriter and performer lives on in this Fender acoustic for musicians to enjoy today in their own campfire circles.
An accomplished musician with a storied career, Eastern-inspired designs and sounds come alive with Dhani Harrison’s Signature Ukulele. The tenor-sized ukulele is designed by Harrison to make the playing experience and accompanying acoustic tones as smooth and lush as possible. With an ovangkol top, back, and sides, Harrison’s ukulele features a ¾ sized body depth for easily handling and bright uke tones. A Fender designed preamp system brings the instrument to life onstage for captivating performances with all the sound and style of Harrison’s music. Tonally unique and comfortably designed, Harrison’s thoughtful musicianship shines through in his new signature Fender.
A revolutionary piece of amplification technology, Fender’s new Mustang Micro brings iconic Fender tones directly to the player through a simple yet advanced headphone amplifier. The Mustang Micro perfectly sets up a headphone amplifier experience with a couple of groundbreaking technological additions. First, the Mustang Micro plugs directly into a guitar, no cables required. Second, the Mustang Micro comes preloaded with a wide selection of amplifier and effect models that translate directly to the player through their headphones. Finally, the Mustang Micro can be directly recorded to a Mac or PC via a USB-C connection. Along with other functions such as direct Bluetooth streaming to allow players to play along to streamed music in real time, a 270-degree rotating plug, and rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, the Mustang Micro delivers a new kind of headphone amplifier experience that has never made jamming alone more simple, more streamlined, or more expressive.
Fender’s mastery of tube amplification lives on with the newly designed ‘68 Custom Pro Reverb and Vibro Champ amplifiers. Getting some new upgrades and adjustments, the new ‘68 Customs are equipped with all the sounds and looks of the original vintage icons while producing unmistakable Fender tones. The two amplifiers both are equipped with Celestion speakers made for all the Fender clarity and tone the name is famous for, the Pro Reverb featuring a Celestion Neo Creamback. Authentic Fender tube circuitry drives the power of the ‘68 Customs while classic Fender reverb cascades out to make tones lush and full. These classics get royal treatments in the ‘68 Custom series for a pair of amplifiers to look out for in the new year.
Featuring new breakthroughs in guitar and amplification technology, Fender’s new 2021 lineup is a star-studded collection to watch for. Exceeding expectations time and time again, Fender rolls out the red carpet for players and the music they make as this year’s models kick off 2021 in an exciting fashion.