Fender Select series guitars and basses combine more than six decades of Fender experience and expertise with a wealth of high-end features and elegant design options for discerning musicians everywhere. With choice tone woods, figured tops, strikingly beautiful finishes, figured and quartersawn maple necks, compound-radius and innovative “channel-bound” fingerboards, specially voiced Fender Select pickups and other first-rate features, the U.S.-made Select Series is Fender’s top-line best.
The 2014 Fender Select Stratocaster® Exotic guitars certainly live up to their name, with atypical and highly distinctive wood figures in their flame or quilt maple tops.
No two instruments are identical, and the swirling, almost marbled quality of the wood figure is highlighted to even more beautiful effect by each guitar’s gloss finish.
These Stratocaster guitars launch the Fender Select series into 2014 with more style and performance than ever, including a new rosewood neck model with a striking channel-bound fingerboard and compound radius (9.5”-14”).
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Completely unique to Fender guitars, the new channel-bound design encases the fingerboard into the neck, achieving longer-lasting construction, increased contact and amazing comfort.
Encasing the fingerboard also provides greater resonance. The Fender channel-bound neck and fingerboard design acts more like one-piece neck than a two-piece neck, with both greater resonance and unison between neck and fingerboard.
Instead of being laminated to the front of the neck, the channel-bound fingerboard fits precisely inside the neck, making the surface flush with the curve of the maple.
In addition to creating a stylish new look, it imparts an amazingly comfortable fretting-hand feel in which both edges are pleasingly rounded, with no side seam between neck and fingerboard.