Published On: Wed, Nov 13th, 2013

Fender Vintage Hot Rod Series Revs Up

Fender has updated its Vintage Hot Rod Series with six new models that mix classic style with welcome modern touches


Fender is introducing four new guitars and two new basses to its Vintage Hot Rod Series this month, each with updated specs to suit the modern picker including various new pickup configurations, newfangled switching and comfort-friendly necks.

The ash-bodied Hot Rod ’50s Telecaster has a maple neck with a D-shaped profile, and various tonal options are available via the Wide Range Special humbucker at the neck and single-coil Broadcaster pickup at the bridge. The ’60s Telecaster follows similar neck specs but features a versatile three-pickup combo made up of a Twisted Tele neck pickup, a Texas Special Stratocaster middle pickup and a Broadcaster single-coil at the bridge, all controlled by a five-way switch.

Two new Stratocasters include a ’50s-style maple-neck model with an ash body and an interesting mixture of pickups – an American Vintage single-coil ’59 Stratocaster at the neck, a ’56 Strat in the middle and a Texas Special single-coil at the bridge – and a ’60s model with a mid-’60s C-shaped neck with rosewood fingerboard and another mix-and-match pickup selection, an American Vintage single-coil ’59 Stratocaster (neck), ’65 gray-bottom Stratocaster (middle) and single-coil ’56 Stratocaster (bridge). Lastly there’s a ’60s Precision with a P/J pickup array and a ’70s Jazz Bass with an alder body, a U-shaped maple neck, block markers and a compound-radius rosewood fingerboard… and, unusually, P/J pickups too. Various tasty finishes are available; see to make up your mind.

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