What would you say if someone told you that they could merge a Stratocaster with a Telecaster? How about a Jaguar and a Stratocaster?
That’s just what Fender is doing for 2018 with the brand-new and innovative Parallel Universe Collection. Kicking off with the eye-catching Strat-Tele Hybrid, this limited-edition line features hybrid pairings of Fender’s notable guitar and bass models that truly highlight instrument innovation. Throughout the rest of 2018, another Parallel Universe creation will drop every month… and we can’t wait!
Fender 2018 Limited Edition Strat-Tele Hybrid 2-Color Sunburst
If you had a clean sheet of paper and the ability to create a hybrid guitar splicing together the DNA of two of Fender’s most iconic models, a Stratocaster and Telecaster mashup would be a good place to start.
That’s exactly what the minds behind Fender product development did with the new Strat-Tele Hybrid, the first offering in the limited-edition Parallel Universe Collection.
The Strat-Tele hybrid is the ideal instrument for throwing down hot licks in any setting. We dressed up the traditional Tele body with professional touches like three Custom Shop ’69 Aged Strat pickups, a Strat synchronized tremolo bridge and elegant silver “spaghetti” Fender logo. It’s business in the front and party in the back with this versatile, intriguing limited- edition guitar.
The ash body sports the sleek Comfort Contours of a Strat, making this guitar a joy to play, the ergonomic style extends to the American Professional “Deep C” neck which hosts a 9.5”-radius fingerboard with 22 narrow-tall frets and bone nut. The Strat tremolo bridge rocks, dives and screams as you would expect. In an elegant aesthetic touch, the Limited Edition neck plate marks this instrument as one-of-a-kind.
Versatile, powerful and uniquely Fender, the Strat- Tele Hybrid is one of the best ways to get your hybrid twang on. Includes a hardshell case and Certificate of Authenticity.
The “wrong-but-right” ethos runs through the entire Parallel Universe Collection, which will see a new guitar and bass model released each month throughout the rest of 2018. “We wanted to do something fresh and different, something exciting and interesting to consumers that wasn’t just a typical Strat or Tele,” Fender Senior Product Development Manager of Electric Guitars and Basses Allen Abbassi said. “We’ve mixed and matched different models in the past, and this is still very much in Fender’s wheelhouse.”
The Parallel Universe Strat-Tele Hybrid was initially inspired by a limited run of similar models produced by Fender Senior Master Builder and Custom Shop Director Chris Fleming in 2006. Fender has also placed three pickups in a Telecaster in the past, like the Nashville Tele. This version features professional touches like three Custom Shop ’69 Aged Strat pickups, Stratocaster controls (single volume, two tone controls and a five-way switch), a Strat synchronized tremolo bridge, a lacquer finish and comfortable contours.
“These use the best of the best parts we have,” said Fender Vice President of Fender Electric Guitars and Basses Product Development Joey Brasler. “Whatever premium specs we had at our disposal, we used. We spared nothing.” With the Strat-Tele Hybrid combining the beloved specs of two of Fender’s legendary guitars into one, don’t be surprised if more Telecaster players come over to the Stratocaster side of the road soon. “There are Strat people and Tele people, and we wanted to give a Tele guy a Strat,” Brasler said with a laugh.
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