[NAMM] New Fender Acoustic Models
Fender Acoustics introduced a selection of new and upgraded models for 2012 at NAMM.
The new models also bring a limited edition, U.S.-made model with appointments from Fender’s Custom Shop, and three signature models.
Limited to 150 instruments, the new U.S.A. Select Kingman C dreadnought has a Custom Shop Fiesta Red gloss finish, aged white body binding, and vintage-style appointments. Features include a solid Engelmann spruce top with forward-shifting scalloped X bracing and solid mahogany back and sides; vintage C-shaped maple neck with rolled edges, dual-action truss rod and Stratocaster headstock shape; 9”-radius rosewood fingerboard with bone nut and 20 frets; and Fishman Matrix Infinity electronics.
The California series welcomes two new models. The Sonoran SCE Thinline features a “tight” dreadnought body 3” deep and a Fishman Isys pickup system with onboard tuner. Other features include a solid spruce top with scalloped X bracing, mahogany back and sides, three-ply gold pickguard, C-shaped bolt-on maple Stratocaster neck, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with bone nut, and a Fender “Viking” rosewood bridge.
The new Redondo CE returns with features including the Stratocaster headstock shape, three-ply gold pickguard and vintage-style Fender “Viking” bridge. Other features include a “tight” dreadnought cutaway body shape, spruce top with scalloped X bracing and mahogany back and sides, body and neck binding, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, and Fishman Isys III pickup system with active onboard preamp and tuner.
New in the artist signature models are the Alkaline Trio Malibu, the Duane Peters Sonoran SCE ’61, and the Robert Schmidt Electric Signature Mandolin.
The Alkaline Trio Malibu takes the ’60s-era Malibu folk-style acoustic and dresses it up with a heart-shaped rosette designed by the band, as seen on the cover of the 2011 acoustic album Damnesia. Features include a mahogany body with the aforementioned AT-designed heart-shaped rosette, scalloped X bracing, C-shaped maple Stratocaster neck with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard, body and neck binding, and rosewood bridge with synthetic bone compensated saddle.
Designed by Flogging Molly’s mandolin player Robert Schmidt, the Robert Schmidt Electric Mandolin is Fender’s first signature mandolin. Inspired by the FM62 E Fender Mandolin, the signature Robert Schmidt Electric Mandolin includes a dark walnut stain spruce top, carved maple back and sides, rosewood fingerboard, bronze cast chrome tailpiece, chrome dome style volume knob, Piezo pickup and ebony bridge.
Honoring Orange County punk outfit U.S. Bombs' leader Duane “Master of Disaster” Peters is the limited edition Duane Peters Sonoran SCE ’61. With 500 models released worldwide, this model is decked in a custom graphic finish featuring skulls and red and black stripes. Features include a “tight” dreadnought cutaway body shape, solid spruce top with scalloped X bracing, mahogany back and sides, C-shaped maple neck with dual-action truss rod and Stratocaster headstock shape, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with bone nut, vintage-style Fender “Viking” bridge with bone saddle, and Fishman Isys III pickup system with active onboard preamp and tuner.
The new models also welcome the FR-55 Hawaiian Resonator, and the new FA-100 Fender Acoustic Pack. The new FR-55 Hawaiian Resonator features a bell brass nickel-plated dreadnought body etched with scenes of the South Seas, with swaying palms, outrigger canoes and a volcano caught in mid-eruption. Other features include a continental Eastern European hand-spun cone, Fender “F” sound holes, mahogany neck with satin finish and gold Fender headstock logo, 19-fret rosewood fingerboard with 16” radius, ebony bridge with hard maple top, bell brass nickel-plated tailpiece and chrome hardware.
The FA-100 Fender Acoustic Pack, also available with a gig bag, includes a spruce top with x bracing, body binding, Fender headstock shape, Fender pickguard, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard and a rosewood bridge with compensated saddle. Accessories include a strap and clip-on electronic tuner.
Models receiving cosmetic and hardware upgrades are members of the California series, the Sonoran SCE, Kingman SCE, Malibu CE, Sonoran S, Villager 12 String, and Kingman Bass SCE.
For more information, go to www.fender.com.
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