Fender at NAMM 2013 – Day One

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Fender Richie Kotzen Telecaster

Look at these guitars from the Fender Custom Shop. Pick up your bottom jaw, please.

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“Tribal Moth” Dreadnought

Graphic artist Melanie Steinway creates a “Limited Edition of One” Fender Acoustic Custom Shop instrument. Steinway applied her elegant moth-themed imagery to this Collector Custom Series dreadnought acoustic using a meticulous wood burning technique. Then the Acoustic Custom Shop finished the instrument, with features including a solid Engelmann spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides.

“Dia de Los Muertos” Dreadnought

When our top craftsmen and finest materials are coupled with the talents of punk godfather, folk artist, and T.S.O.L. frontman Joe Wood, the result is a one-of-a-kind Fender Acoustic Custom Shop instrument. The “Muertos” features Engelmann spruce top and solid mahogany back and sides.

“Pirate Bay” Newporter

Sara Ray, graphic artist from Southern California, created this vibrant and festive pirate scene on a Fender Collector Custom Series orchestra-style acoustic. This instrument features a solid mahogany top, back and sides.

All of these guitars have bone nuts, saddles and bridge pins; a nitrocellulose lacquer finish; and Fishman® electronics for superb amplified tone.

I don’t know about you but I think those are something! I want the “Pirate” one.

Fender Roland G-5A VG Stratocaster Electric Guitar

Roland and Fender have collaborated before to bring you the VG Strat. Now, they present the latest member of their VG family, the G-5A VG Strat. This guitar is a Limited Edition Candy Apple Red. Made in the USA, only 1,000 guitars will be made.

Features and Specifications

COSM technology infused American Standard Stratocaster.
Instantly accessible alternate tunings and 12-string sounds for all COSM guitar tones.
Unique pickup tones like the “Bright Humbucker”, and full, bold “Wide Range” single coil, plus onboard modeled instruments for a total of 25 sounds.
Simple operation based on the Strat design concept.
Classic Candy Apple Red finish.
22 fret maple neck with rosewood fingerboard.

Fender has released Richie Kotzen’s signature Telecaster Guitar

The Richie Kotzen Telecaster, previously being available to purchase only in Japan and Europe, is set to go on sale across the world.

Formerly of Poison, but now more prevalent as a solo artist, Kotzen wrote on his Facebook profile: “Fender Guitars will be selling Richie Kotzen’s signature model Telecaster GLOBALLY starting this January… The guitar was previously only available in Japan and Europe… Good news for those interested parties in North and South America!”

Kotzen’s signature Telecaster model features a flame maple top on an ash body, with satin-finish maple neck in a large ‘C’-shaped profile. The maple fingerboard has 22 jumbo frets and pearloid dot inlays.

Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster

For more than 40 years, Blackmore’s riff in the 1972 Deep Purple classic “Smoke on the Water” has been the budding guitarist’s first heavy rock guitar riff and a metal-melody.
The Ritchie Blackmore Tribute Stratocaster takes you back in time to the shores of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva, where smoke from the burning Montreux Casino drifted over the waters on Dec. 4, 1971. The members of Deep Purple watched from their hotel and drew inspiration for a timeless rock classic. Blackmore played the song’s powerful double-stop riff on a black 1968 Stratocaster, not knowing at the time, the impact that simple G-Minor riff would have on guitars everywhere.

Each instrument also includes an exclusive tribute decal on the back of the headstock, an orange-lined, black textured vinyl case with the Fender “amp” logo, and a certificate of authenticity.

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Doug Knight

Our “Man on the Street” reporter, with his “What’s New in Music Stores?” series, resides in Coos Bay, OR. You can find him on Friday nights at The Small Events Center at OrCoast Music in Coos Bay.

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