Fender Musical Corporation announced the launch of the American Original Series, a new line of American-made electric basses and guitars inspired by some of Fender’s most-successful ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s models. Boasting 11 models and 30 SKUs to match a variety of musical tastes and players, the American Original Series replaces the American Vintage Series, which was first introduced in 1982.
Whether you’re a gigging musician, lover of vintage-style design or a collector – this new series marries that classic Fender vibe players have always loved about ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s Fender electric guitars and basses with distinct, modern features offering greater comfort, playability and best-in-class performance.
Priced from $1,799.99 to $2,099.99, American Original electric guitars and basses are designed and handcrafted in Corona, California.
The progressive lineup features a wide variety of models across decades, including ’50s and ’60s Stratocaster guitars, ’50s and ’60s Telecaster guitars, ’60s Jazzmaster and ’60s Jaguar guitars, ’50s and ’60s Precision Bass guitars, ’60s and ’70s Jazz Bass guitars, as well as left-handed models of the ’50s Stratocaster, ’60s Stratocaster and ’50s Telecaster.
Thirteen classic Fender colors are features on these electric guitars and basses: Aztec Gold, White Blonde, 2-Color Sunburst, Olympic White, Candy Apple Red, 3-Color Sunburst, Butterscotch Blonde, Fiesta Red, Lake Placid Blue, Surf Green, Ocean Turquoise, Natural and Black.
Marrying classic style, modern playability and performance, the American Original Series brings together vintage-style design cues, as well as modern fingerboard radii and switching. Other key features include: vintage-style hardware, vintage-tall frets, body radii and neck shapes, lacquer finishes, original-spec pickups, classic Fender colors and vintage-style cases.