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…

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…

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…

Your Chance To Win A Prototype American Special Guitar From Fender

In case you missed it, Fender's just rolled out another guitar giveaway, and this time they are intent on giving away three prototype instruments from the company's recently announced American Special line. If my memory serves me, all three American Special models –– the American Special Stratocaster, American Special HSS Stratocaster, and Ame…

Fender Reveals New 'American Special' Line Of Guitars

Well, it's NAMM time again folks, and that means new guitars and gear coming out of the woodwork. For its part, Fender this week announced the release of a whole new line of guitars, dubbed the American Specials. Comprised of the American Special Telecaster, American Special Stratocaster, and American Special Stratocaster HSS, this latest edition …

Fender Reproduces The Ritchie Blackmore Stratocaster… Again?

So, anybody got the inside scoop on this? I apparently missed the memo. Off the top of my head I remember two other official Ritchie Blackmore Stratocasters coming out of Fender in the last decade or so... there was a 1997 MIJ Limited Edition version with set-neck construction, and a lower-cost MIJ production version with a bolt-on neck. This lat…

Fender Shows Off 'Road Worn' Series, New Amps @ NAMM 2009

Yep, it's that time again... Winter NAMM 2009 is now in full swing, and even though difficulties in my offline life have kept me from attending for the last two years straight, I'm certainly there in spirit! The big news from Fender this season (at least as far as electric guitar enthusiasts are concerned,) is the official release of their new Roa…

Fender Giving Away An Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Stratocaster

Okay all you hair-metal-heads (are there any of those left? Quick, show of hands!) here's your chance to win a frighteningly scalloped Yngwie Malmsteen Signature Strat––signed by the madman himself. This is apparently a PR move to bring some awareness to the upcoming release (November 28th, 2008) of the new Fender Custom Shop limited edition Y…