New From NAMM 2014: Fender’s TriplePlay Strat

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Fender Triple Play Strat

“… You can emulate other instruments with ease and create a world of all-new sounds. It’s a phenomenal leap forward in the evolution of the world’s greatest electric guitar.”

Fender has unleashed its Fishman® TriplePlay Stratocaster® HSS guitar, just in time for the Winter NAMM Show. Six-string enthusiasts are bound to sit up and take notice of this one. The Fender® Fishman® Strat can send MIDI data wirelessly to your computer. But that’s not all it can do.

And you thought Fender® was only about vintage Teles and classic Strats.

What’s All the Fuss About the TriplePlay Strat?

With a Fender ® Fishman® TriplePlay Stratocaster HSS, pickers and strummers can emulate the sound of a piano, violin or other instruments and then easily switch back to the guitar. Just engage the Fishman® system with a flip of the switch. Digital technology does the rest. Check out the demo.

Think about it. Metalists can add a banging string section to their favorite Metallica song one moment and then start shredding the next. Plant and Page addicts can create a Zeppelinesque rendition of “Kashmir,” violins included. That’s right. If you know how to play the guitar, Fender’s® TriplePlay Strat can transform your music.

The possibilities seem endless with the TriplePlay Strat. Included software provides notation capabilities that can record songs, note by note, with accompanying digital sheet music and playback.

According to Fender ®, musicians can “create virtually unlimited sounds with a wealth of performance, composing and recording features.”
On its company website, Fishman® explains how you can “play up to four instruments at the same time…create video soundtracks…mix your own samples, beats, loops and tracks.”

That’s How the Fender® Fishman® Works

Fender Triple Play StratGenerally speaking, Fender® has added the Fishman® TriplePlay wireless guitar controller to its characteristic design. The TriplePlay system consists of Fishman’s® hex pick-up, D-pad controller, MIDI volume control and wireless controller, which remain unobtrusive at all times.

What’s more, an onboard menu, volume control, mix and synth options allow instruments and settings to be changed on the fly.

Note the Fishman® TriplePlay Wireless guitar controller, when purchased on its own, can be added to any guitar without permanent modifications.

Fender® Favorites

The Fishman® Strat is outfitted with some familiar Fender® favorites. Solid body aficionados will find vintage Noiseless™ single-coil pick-ups at the neck and middle positions. At the bridge, however, is an atypical Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates humbucker, hence the HSS configuration. Not a bad choice.

All of the famous Fender® accoutrements are there, from the distinctive oversized 70s headstock and three-ply pickguard to the control knobs and contoured profile. The 25.5˝ maple neck, medium jumbo frets, alder body and gloss polyester finish say this is a Stratocaster. So does the expected six-saddle vintage-style synchronized tremolo.

Strings and Accessories

As far as strings go, there is nothing peculiar to report here. Fender® recommends .009 – .042 gauges. It’s worth mentioning that the Fishman® Strat has dual string trees.

Accessories include a Fender® USB drive loaded with software, mini -B to USB cable, Fishman® USB transceiver, power supply/charger and micro USB cable.

The Fender® Fishman® TriplePlay is available in black or three-color sunburst.

By the way, “TriplePlay” refers to the composing, performance and recording capacity offered by the Fishman® wireless guitar controller.

The price

The Fender® Fishman® TriplePlay Stratocaster HSS has an MSRP of $1,499.99 USD.

Just a bit of information, you can find the Fishman® TriplePlay wireless guitar controller on its own for about $400 USD.

But you have to hand it to the folks at Fender®. They’re always coming up with innovative ideas. Uncle Leo would have been proud.

Paul Wolfle

As a vintage and contemporary music enthusiast, guitars dominate Paul’s life. He plays slide in open tunings on a National Steel Tricone resonator and electric blues, in standard tuning, on an assortment of other instruments including his white Fender Stratocaster.

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