FENDER® INTRODUCES REVAMPED VINTAGE HOT ROD SERIES

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.  (Oct. 8, 2013) — Fender is proud to introduce six all-new models to the revamped Vintage Hot Rod series, a line of guitars and basses that incorporates the best of old and new into versatile instruments made for an entirely new generation of Fender players as well as longtime enthusiasts.

From their powerful new pickup configurations and intuitive switching to comfortable new neck designs, the Vintage Hot Rod series has been painstakingly modified with the modern performer in mind. And with authentically replicated design touches, vintage-style hardware and cases, and resonant lacquer finishes, Vintage Hot Rod instruments continue to evoke the golden age of Fender innovation, functionality and style. New to the series are:

The Fender Vintage Hot Rod ‘50s Telecaster®. Fender’s Vintage-Hot Rod ‘50s Telecaster features an ash body, maple neck with “D”-shaped profile, vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment, satin back finish, compound-radius maple fingerboard with 21 6105 frets, bone nut and gloss finish. Its versatile full-voiced tone comes from a Fender Wide Range Special humbucking neck pickup and a sparkling single-coil Broadcaster bridge pickup. Special four-way blade switch with “barrel” tip delivers the bridge pickup alone, both pickups in parallel, neck pickup alone and both pickups in series. Available in Black and Butterscotch Blonde.

The Fender Vintage Hot Rod ‘60s Telecaster. This three-pickup beauty offers an alder body; maple neck with “D”-shaped profile, vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment and satin finish, compound-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 6105 narrow jumbo frets, oversize white pearloid dot inlays and a bone nut. Its triple-threat pickup configuration includes a single-coil Twisted Tele® neck pickup, Texas Specialsingle-coil Stratocaster® middle pickup and single-coil Broadcaster bridge pickup. In addition to the five-way blade pickup switch with “top hat” tip, an S-1switch adds the bridge pickup to pickup switch positions 3, 4 and 5. Available in 3-Color Sunburst and Olympic White.

The Fender Vintage Hot Rod ’50 Stratocaster®. Premium features for this model include an ash body, maple neck with “D”-shaped profile, vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment, satin back finish, compound-radius maple fingerboard with 21 6105 frets, bone nut and gloss finish. Singing tone comes from an American Vintage single-coil ’59 Stratocaster neck pickup, single-coil ’56 Stratocaster middle pickup, and a Texas Specialsingle-coil Stratocaster bridge pickup. In addition to five-way blade pickup switching, an S-1switch adds the bridge pickup to pickup switch positions 3, 4, and 5. Available in 2-Color Sunburst and Fiesta Red.

The Fender Vintage Hot Rod ‘60s Stratocaster. The Fender Vintage Hot Rod ‘60s Stratocaster offers an alder body, maple neck with mid-‘60s “C”-shaped profile, vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment, satin back finish, compound-radius rosewood fingerboard with 21 6105 frets, oversize white pearloid dot inlays and a bone nut. Pickups include an American Vintage single-coil ’59 Stratocaster (neck), ’65 gray-bottom Stratocaster (middle) and single-coil ’56 Stratocaster (bridge) pickups. In addition to five-way blade pickup switching, an S-1switch adds the bridge pickup to pickup switch positions 3, 4 and 5. Available in 3-Color Sunburst and Olympic White.

The Fender Vintage Hot Rod ‘60s Precision Bass®. The all-new Vintage Hot Rod ‘60s Precision Bass is a dual-pickup tone machine that offers the best P/J Fender bass sound. Features include an ash body, maple neck with “C”-shaped profile, Posiflexgraphite support rods, vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment and satin back finish, compound-radius rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets, bone nut and aged white dot inlays. Richly versatile and powerful tone comes from its American Vintage ’63 split single-coil Precision Bass (middle) and ’64 Jazz Bass® single-coil (bridge) pickups. Available in Black and Natural gloss finishes. Includes vintage-style blonde case with orange interior, chrome pickup cover, 8’ cable, thumb rest and vintage-style leather strap.

The Fender Vintage Hot Rod ‘70s Jazz Bass. Fender’s all-new Vintage Hot Rod ‘70s Jazz Bass gives you the best P/J Fender bass tone, style and performance. Specifications include an alder body, maple neck with “U”-shaped profile, Posiflexgraphite support rods, vintage-style heel-end truss rod adjustment and satin back finish, compound-radius rosewood fingerboard with 20 medium jumbo frets, bone nut and white pearloid block inlays. Powerful tone comes from its American Vintage ’63 split single-coil Precision Bass (middle) and ’74 Jazz Bass single-coil (bridge) pickups. Available in 3-Color Sunburst and Candy Apple Red finishes. Includes vintage-style black case with orange interior, chrome pickup cover, 8’ cable, thumb rest and vintage-style leather strap.

For more information, visit fender.com.

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About Fender Musical Instruments Corporation Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) is one of the world’s leading musical instrument manufacturers, marketers and distributors, whose portfolio of brands includes Fender®, Squier®, Gretsch®, Jackson®, Takamine®, Guild®, EVH®, Ovation®, Charvel® and Groove Tubes®, among others. For more information, visit www.fender.com.

KMC Music, a division of FMIC, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments, accessories and stage lighting equipment, whose brands include Gretsch® Drums, Gibraltar® Hardware, Latin Percussion®, Toca® Percussion, Sabian® cymbals and MBT™ Lighting, among others. For more information, visit www.kmcmusic.com.

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