First Look: Dive Into Fender's 2019 Summer NAMM Debuts
From the fine woods in the Acoustasonic Exotic Series to the Britt Daniel Signature Telecaster Thinline, check out the summer's freshest gear.
By Mike Duffy
When the Summer NAMM Show comes around each year in Nashville, Fender always has some of the most buzzworthy gear on display.
So it wouldn't shock anyone to learn that this edition of the annual event features several new and exciting additions to the Fender family.
Not only are there several updates to Fender's Artist Signature Series, but the Vintera Series has arrived to replace and upgrade the Classic Series, the Player Series reloads with a few new colors, and several new pedals expand Fender's effects offerings.
Learn more about Fender's Summer NAMM slate below.
Celebrating Fender's rich history, the Vintera Series features authentic specs from the '50s, '60s and '70s, such as period-correct neck shapes and new pickups with decade-specific tones. That's not to mention the eye-catching finishes, which include vintage gems like Mocha, Fiesta Red, Seafoam Green, Inca Silver, Burgundy Mist and Ice Blue Metallic.
For players who want the mojo of the past matched to contemporary features, the Vintera Series also includes modified versions of Fender's most popular electric guitars and basses.
New Player Series Colors
New Effects Pedals
Fender's line of original effects pedals grows with the introduction of six all-new models: the Pour Over Envelope Filter, the Smolder Acoustic Overdrive, the Compugilist Compressor/Distortion, the Trapper Fuzz, the MGT-LA Tube Distortion and the Reflecting Pool Delay/Reverb.
Designed in Southern California, these new Fender pedals were engineered with insight from professional gigging and studio musicians, artists and some of the industry’s best minds.
American Acoustasonic Exotics Series
After gaining a huge following upon its release at the 2019 Winter NAMM Show, the American Acoustasonic line is elevated with the Exotics Series.
Using the rare Koa, Ziricote, and Cocobolo woods to craft each unique guitar in the Exotics Series - it’s a natural progression for Fender to introduce the same appointments to the Acoustasonic platform. The Exotics embody Fender’s commitment to creating the highest quality instrument possible, taking the Acoustasonic platform and adding the warmth and beauty of legendary acoustic tone woods. All of this culminates in a guitar that is both tonally nuanced and visually bold.
Tone Master Series
Tone Master Series models definitively establish what a classic Fender amplifier is supposed to sound like in the digital domain, authentically capturing the iconic Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb tube amp sound.
While the Tone Master Deluxe Reverb and Twin Reverb models have all of the amazing tonal perfection of their tube counterparts, they are half the weight and are completely modern, next-generation versions with the features today’s players need for on-stage performances and recording.
Britt Daniel Tele Thinline
The Britt Daniel Tele Thinline is a testament to the Spoon frontman's slashing indie-rock and precision-punk guitar style.
Stunning in a custom Amarillo Gold lacquer finish, the guitar’s lightweight semi-hollow ash body resonates sweetly while sacrificing none of the Telecaster’s signature steely clarity thanks to its Fender Custom Shop pickups and an S-1 switch that allows you to change instantly between series and parallel pickup wiring. The one-piece “Deep C” maple neck shape fits comfortably in the hand and the 9.5”-radius fingerboard and medium-jumbo frets allow for fast playing and choke-free bending
Lincoln Brewster Stratocaster
With an ash body and striking Aztec Gold lacquer finish, the Lincoln Brewster Stratocaster is a true modern classic, combining timeless body contours and a vintage neck shape with updated features like a compound-radius fingerboard, 2-point tremolo with bent-steel saddles and pop-in arm. It's a tribute to his 25-year career that has inspired and uplifted countless fans all over the world.
Two DiMarzio Area 58 pickups in the neck and middle positions and a DiMarzio Area 61 at the bridge offer vintage tones with zero hum. The “Soft V” maple neck with nitrocellulose lacquer finish and the maple fingerboard’s 22 medium-jumbo frets are built for speed and comfort.
These are just a few of the selections making their austere debut at the 2019 NAMM Show. For a full list of the latest gear, click here.