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…

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…

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 Introduces Vintage Pro 1963 Telecaster Custom NOS

At this point I'm not entirely sure when Fender "officially" introduced these new Custom Shop Telecasters, but I've just become aware of them myself and thought I'd better point them out here for all of you rabid Tele fanatics. Dubbed the Vintage Pro 1963 Telecaster Custom NOS, these guitars are apparently part of Fender's Custom Shop "New Old Sto…

Fender Announces 'Tele-bration', Celebrating 60 Years Of The Telecaster

According to Fender's Custom Shop website, the company is celebrating 60 years since the advent of the Telecaster with a 'Tele-bration' that includes the release of a number of gorgeous Custom Shop relics. The real stand-out to me is the 60th Anniversary Limited Telecaster Proto (left), which reproduces one of the earliest prototypes of the Tele …

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 Busts Out With Acoustic/Electric Hybrid: The Acoustasonic Tele

Wow... I definitely didn't see this one coming, and I have to say I love the design. Check out that rosewood Telecaster bridge! Very cool looking guitar. And Fender has apparently built a truly usable Electric/Acoustic hybrid guitar if word from the NAMM demonstrations are any indication. According to Fender, the new Acoustasonic Tele packs both t…