Fender Acoustics NAMM 2012

Tim Armstrong Hellcat-12

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The Fender Acoustics of 2012

Fender isn’t drawing lines with just a few new electrics. Why not pitch a handful of acoustics in for good measure? That’s just what they’re going to be adding to the roster coming this weekend at Summer NAMM.

From Thursday onward they will be featuring three new acoustics, the CD-220SCE All Zebrano, the Tim Armstrong Hellcat-12 12-string guitar, and the Sonoran-Bucket acoustic.

The Specifications

CD-220SCE All Zebrano

CD-220SCE All Zebrano

The CD-220SCE is a dreadnought style acoustic with a body and headstock built entirely out of laminated zebrano or zebrawood. The neck is built out of mahogany with a rosewood fretboard. The body is cloaked in a gloss finish with scalloped X bracing. The neck is given a satin finish with a bone nut. The bridge is rosewood with a bone compensated saddle.

The 20-fretted guitar uses a dual-action truss rod, features gold hardware, and uses a Fishman Presys pickup system with an active on-board pre-amp and a tuner.

Tim Armstrong Hellcat-12

Tim Armstrong Hellcat-12

The Tim Armstrong Hellcat-12 is a signature 12-string guitar for the guitarist of the same name and is modeled after his favorite 60s era Fender acoustics. It is a concert style acoustic that uses a solid piece of mahogany for the top with laminated mahogany for the back and sides with cream body binding. The neck is built out of maple with a 20-fret rosewood fretboard. The guitar is glazed with a satin finish and features scalloped X bracing, a synthetic bone nut and a compensated synthetic bone saddle.

The Hellcat-12 features custom hellcat inlays with two skulls marking the 12th fret, a 4-ply tortoiseshell pickguard, and chrome hardware. It sis rounded off with a Fishman Isys III pickup system with an active on-board pre-amp and a tuner.

As for a brief look at the guitarist the Hellcat-12 was designed for Tim Armstrong has had an active music career since 1980 having performed either vocals, guitar, bass, or any mixture on twenty-eight albums and produced eleven albums for the likes of AFI, Union 13, Pink, Time Again, John Roecker, and others. He is also the founder of the Hellcat Records label if you can believe that.



Finishing off the three guitars is the Sonoran-Bucket dreadnought acoustic. It features a flame maple top with laminated mahogany making up the back and sides with a maple neck and 20-fret rosewood fretboard designed to bring the feeling of the Stratocasters to the acoustic side of the guitar. All woods save for the rosewood fretboard are donned with a gloss finish and much consistent with the other models it too uses the scalloped X bracing.

The nut is bone with a matching bone compensated saddle in the viking style bridge. The otherwise straight forward dot inlays are given a twist of zazz by the F logo marking the 12th fret. The Sonoran-Bucket uses a Fishman Isys III pickup system with an active on-board pre-amp and a tuner.

Summer NAMM 2012

This is but a simple preview of things to surface later this week at Summer NAMM in Nashville, Tennessee. While the days through the week may be preserved for people with reservations Saturday is open to the public for a modest fee of $15 where you can see these guitars displayed as well as a plethora of gear beyond the wildest imaginings of even the most mentally unhinged of individuals.

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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