Mmmm, Humbuckers… Fender Announces ‘Blacktop’ Line Of Guitars

Well if you're in the market for a Fender with humbuckers this post should seriously make your day... the company –– best known for a long and illustrious line of iconic single-coil loaded instruments –– has announced the release of an entire series of new instruments armed with humbuckers, including all of their biggest sellers: Strats, Te…

Fender’s John Mayer Black1 Strat Finally Available For Pre-Order

Well, it's been a long time coming folks (rumors have been circulating for at least the last two years,) but it looks like Fender has finally put the finishing touches on its new John Mayer 'Black1' Stratocaster, and the guitar is available on a pre-order basis at various online guitar retailers (not to mention some smaller local shops which appear…

Comfy Old Vintage '69 Fender Telecaster With Bigsby B5

Here's another of my favorites from the Bay Area World Guitar Show –– it's a vintage '69 Telecaster (ash body/ blonde finish/3-ply white pickguard) with an original Fender-branded Bigsby B5 unit... a good looking guitar, and really not a bad price for its era. They were asking $4500, and probably could have gotten closer to $6,000. Oh well, jus…

Fender Producing LTD Custom Shop Broadcaster Replica

While we're on the subject... it looks like Fender is currently reproducing its incredibly rare Broadcaster in a high-end Custom Shop 'Relic' model –– apparently the first time the guitar has been reproduced bearing its original logo. With just 200-some of the original Broadcasters built before Fender received its famous request from Gretsch t…

Smithsonian Channel Presents– Electrified: The Guitar Revolution

Well, August is Inside the Music month over at the Smithsonian Channel, and as part of the music-related festivities the good folks at Smithsonian will be offering up something for all of you guitar lovers. Electrified: The Guitar Revolution is a documentary covering the history of what we all know to be music’s greatest invention –– the ele…

More Eye Candy… Gorgeous Vintage ’66 Fender Jaguar

Honestly, I can't believe this beautiful Jaguar was selling for just $2500, and for me it was incredibly hard to walk away from... unfortunately, I felt that way far too many times over the weekend –– so many guitars, so little cash! Someday I know I will kick myself for not picking this one up. …

Guitar Porn: A Fender Broadcaster To Die For… Just $78,500

Well, we're fresh back from the Bay Area World Guitar Show in beautiful Marin, California, and I've got lots of great photos to share with you... first up is this beautiful old Broadcaster, which I found sitting unassumingly in its original case, the whole thing rather buried at the back of the Exhibit Hall. Read 'em and weep folks –– it'll cos…

Fender’s Limited Edition ‘Snake Head’ Telecaster Now In Stores

After writing about it a few weeks back I've received a number of inquiries about Fender's unique new Snake Head Telecaster, so I thought I'd point out that this Limited Edition Tele appears to finally be showing up in stores. The guitar, which is part of Fender's "Telebration" celebrating 60 years since the introduction of the iconic Telecaster, …

Fender Custom Shop Producing 1956 Stratocaster NOS In Sea Foam Sparkle

Wow... so this retro beauty is apparently the latest addition to Fender's Time Machine series of guitars. I don't know about you, but Sea Foam has always been one of my all-time favorite Fender finishes, and with this Strat the Custom Shop has taken it even a step farther –– with an NOS (New Old Stock) finish in Sea Foam Sparkle. Honestly, I r…

Fender Offers Up Custom Shop Vintage Pro 1956 Stratocaster NOS

While we're on the subject of Fender's famous Custom Shop, here's yet another new line of guitars that have sprung up quietly in recent weeks –– the Vintage Pro 1956 Stratocaster NOS. Like the Vintage Pro 1963 Teles mentioned last week, these new Strats were built to look, sound, and indeed handle, like a 1956 Fender Stratocaster purchased new…