Fender Custom Shop Unveils Limited-Edition Electric Guitars and Basses From Its 2022 Annual Collection | Guitare.com

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Following the announcement of its 2022 Prestige line of unique instruments, the Fender Custom Shop has also unveiled its limited-edition offerings as part of its 2022 Annual Collection.

According to Fender, these guitars were designed to showcase its latest innovations and developments, which include unique models, pickup design, wiring, finishing processes and more. Here is an overview of the 12 models making up this year’s edition.

Limited Edition Dual P90 Telecaster Relic

These vibrant Telecasters celebrate the Paisley and Blue Floral finishes that debuted on the Telecaster in 1968. Their Thinline Ash bodies feature an F-hole and parchment binding with a distressed lacquer finish. Meanwhile, there’s also a 2A flamed maple neck with a V-shaped profile and a vintage compound fingerboard radius of 7.25″ to 9.5″, as well as 21 narrow and tall frets. Equipped with two Fat ’50s P90 pickups, the guitars promise to pack some punch and growl.

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Available in pink cashmere, black cashmere and blue floral at $5,450 / £4,749 / €5,549

Limited Edition Roasted ’61 Strat Super Heavy Relic

Combining 1961 Fender Strat specs and “bad to the bone” modifications from the Fender Custom Shop, this ultra-relic’d guitar has the look and feel of an instrument that’s been played for years. It has a two-piece roasted alder body (ash on the aged natural finish version) for increased sustain. Along with that, there’s a quarter-sawn maple neck with a fat custom C-profile, paired with a rosewood fingerboard with 21 jumbo frets. For sound, there are hand-wound Texas Special pickups, which are supposed to produce searing tones. This guitar also features a Strat “half-mixer” which allows you to mix the neck and bridge pickups in positions one and two.

Fender Custom Shop Roasted 61 Strat
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Available in Distressed 3-color Sunburst, Distressed Natural, Distressed Sherwood Green on 3-color Sunburst and Distressed Black on 3-color Sunburst at $5,600 / £4,899 / €5,699

Fat ’50s Strat Relic Limited Edition

With design, electronics and a relic finish designed to showcase “the best that the 1950s had to offer”, this Fat Strat promises to deliver a louder tone and a more transparent bloom. It features an alder body, “dirty” finish control, and a one-piece maple neck with a soft ’54 V-profile and 21 jumbo frets. Its hand-wound pickups feature a reverse-polarity middle pickup that should produce a fatter sound.

Fender Custom Shop Fat Strat 50s
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Available in Indian Ivory, 2-Tone Chocolate Sunburst and Super Washed Aged Seafoam Green at $4,750 / £4,149 / €4,849

Twisted Tele Custom 50s Journeyman Relic Limited Edition

Vintage styling meets modern playability in this “Twisted” Telecaster, which features exciting upgrades for a unique playing experience. The angle of the bridge pickup has been reversed to “fatten the high strings and tighten the low end” for an overall juicier sound. Meanwhile, its construction features an ash body, 2A flame maple neck with a soft ’57 V-profile, vintage compound radius from 7.25″ to 9.5″ and 21 narrow and tall frets.

Fender Custom Shop Twisted Telecaster
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Available in Chocolate 3 Color Sunburst, Aged Ocean Turquoise and Aged Tahitian Coral at
$4,800 / £4,199 / €4,899.

Limited Edition Custom Jazz Bass Heavy Relic

This heavily relic’d Jazz bass gives the appearance of a seriously road-worn guitar and is equipped with hand-wound pickups for thundering lows. It features a two-piece ash body with nitro binding and a U-shaped maple neck with 20 medium jumbo frets. Some other appointments include a black three-ply pickguard, vintage-style bass bridge with threaded saddles, vintage ’66-style “lollipop” tuners, and a third strap button on the headstock playback for “style old-fashioned vertical” while playing.

Fender Custom Shop Heavy Relic Jazz Bass
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Available in Aged Natural, Aged Black and Faded Aged 3-Color Sunburst at $5,450 / £4,749 / €5,549.

Limited Edition CuNiFe Tele Custom Journeyman Relic

Packed with vintage-flavored hardware features and interesting electronics, this Telecaster delivers a unique playing experience. It comes with a CuNiFe neck humbucker and hand-wound Texas Special single-coil bridge, delivering very warm tones. Its resonant pine body has a figured top and bottom, brown shell binding and rope netting for a look full of character. There’s also a Bigsby B-5 bridge and tailpiece, vintage-style tuners, and a bone nut.

Fender Custom Shop Cunife Journeyman Telecaster
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Available in Chocolate 3-Color Sunburst, Aged Ocean Turquoise and Aged Tahitian Coral at $4,800 / £4,899 / €5,699.

Limited Edition ’55 Bone Tone Strat Relic

Said to go back to an “archetypal year for the Strat,” this modified vintage-style guitar includes gold hardware and other custom features. It has a two-piece ash body with a relic lacquer finish, a one-piece 2A flamed maple neck with a soft ’54 V-profile, and a vintage compound-radius fingerboard ranging from 7.25″ to 9.5″ plus 21 narrow and high frets.

Hand-wound Bone Tone pickups promise plenty of headroom with alnico 2 magnets and the use of heavy formvar wires. There is also a half-mixer to allow you to mix the neck pickups in positions one and two.

Fender Custom Shop Bone Tone Strat
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Available in Aged Honey Blonde, Aged Haynes Limited Edition Gold, Wide Fade 2-Colour Sunburst at $5,300 / £4,649 / €5,399

Limited Edition Caballo Tono Ligero Relic

Translating directly to “Light Tone Horse”, this Telecaster model is fitted with a pair of TV Jones pickups to provide growl and bite. While it can produce heavy tones, the guitar itself is designed to be extraordinarily lightweight, featuring a resonant hollow ash body with an F-hole and relic finish. It also has a one-piece AAA flame maple neck with a V-shaped profile and narrow, high frets. Other notable hardware includes a sawn off Tele bridge, Sperzel Deluxe tuners and a vintage disc string tree.

Fender Custom Shop Caballo Tono Ligero
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Available in Aged Black, Aged Gold Sparkle and Aged Magenta Sparkle from $5,400-$5,900 (£4,699-£5,149, €5,499-€5,999)

Red Hot Strat Super Heavy Relic Limited Edition

Considered to offer sounds “warm as the Sonoran sun”, this heavily relic Strat exudes the vibe of a road-worn instrument. It features overwound Red Hot Strat single coils that are routed through vintage modified #2 wiring and Greasebucket tone circuitry – a combination of a high pass filter and a low pass filter – for a mid more complete range.

Fender Custom Shop Red Hot Strat
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Available in Faded Aged Chocolate 3-Color Sunburst, Aged Dirty White Blonde and Super Faded Aged Lake Placid Blue at $5,950-$6,200 (£5,249-£5,449, €6,099-€6,349)

Limited Edition HS Telecaster Custom Relic

Combining a sleek modern look with vintage sensibilities, this Telecaster HS has a lot to offer players. It features a hand-wound humbucker by Josefina Campos and a hand-wound Texas Special single-coil bridge, as well as dual-stack wiring for a more balanced sound.

As for its construction, it has an ash body with a distressed relic lacquer finish and parchment binding, as well as an AAA flame maple neck with an oval C-profile and a rosewood fingerboard topped with 21 narrow frets and tall.

Fender Custom Shop Custom Shop Relic Tele
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Available in Aged Charcoal Frost Metallic and 3-Color Sunburst at $5,950 / £4,549 / €5,299

Limited Edition P Bass Special Journeyman Relic

Marrying elements of the Precision Bass and Jazz Bass, two of Fender’s most recognizable bass models, this special instrument might be the ultimate weapon for some players. In construction, this bass features a ’60s P-Bass body and J-Bass neck with a U-shaped profile and rosewood fingerboard.

There’s a hand-wound ’65-’70 Precision Bass neck pickup and a hand-wound Jazz Bass ’75 bridge pickup, with individual master volume controls and a master tone control for accessing a range of sounds.

Fender Custom Shop P Journeyman Relic Bass
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Available in 3 colors Sunburst, Aged Dakota Red and Aged Sherwood Green Metallic at $5,250 / £4,599 / €5,349

Limited Edition Tomatillo Tele Journeyman Relic

The Tomatillo Telecaster delivers a subtly rich playing experience, with underwound Alnico 2 pickups to deliver flavorful tone. It has a two-piece select ash body and one-piece maple neck, which were chosen to allow “all the subtle nuances of the pickups to shine through during play,” says Fender.

It also features modified ’51 Nocaster style wiring with a mixer pot instead of a master tone. However, there is also a Fat ’50s control set included if you prefer a more conventional Telecaster style control setup.

Fender Custom Shop Tomattilo Telecaster
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Available in Natural Blonde, Tomatillo Green and Super Faded Aged Tahitian Coral at $4,650 / £4,099 / €4,749

Learn more at fendercustomshop.com

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