Fender's Artist Series grows with these three new guitars.
By Mike Duffy
Fender's Artist Signature Series contains a highlight reel of some of the most influential players to create music over the years. And now, three new models join that prestigious list - the Eric Johnson "Virginia" Stratocaster, Jim Root Jazzmaster V4 and Tom Morello "Soul Power" Stratocaster.
Debuting at the 2020 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., each new guitar boasts performance-ready features and stylistic touches hand-selected by the artists that inspired their creation.
“We are excited to continue to work with such legendary players to help share their story through music,” said Fender Executive Vice President of Products Justin Norvell. “Whether it is their first signature model or fifth, we continue Fender’s legacy by helping artists showcase the versatility of our instruments."
Read more about the latst additions to Fender's Artist Signature Series below.
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Both beautiful and beastly, the Jim Root Jazzmaster V4 is the fifth Fender artist signature model for Slipknot guitarist Jim Root. It features active humbucking pickups, a 12" radius, jumbo frets ideal for heavy playing styles, an ebony fingerboard, block inlays and striking white finish that makes the guitar stand out on stage. Fender worked hand-in-hand with Root to deliver crushing detuned tone with an all-new bold look, culminating in a brutal-sounding signature Jazzmaster model that complements his heavy playing style.
The Tom Morello “Soul Power” Stratocaster is based on the modified Designer Series Strat, which Morello used during his time in Audioslave. Featuring an alder slab body with binding, a recessed Floyd Rose locking tremolo system, Seymour Duncan Hot Rails bridge humbucker and two Fender Noiseless pickups, this Strat delivers powerful and unique effects from gentle rhythms to screaming feedback, chaotic stutters and more.
For the first time, Fender has replicated and released Eric Johnson's beloved '54 “Virginia” Stratocaster, the instrument he used to record the hit song “Cliffs of Dover," 1987's Grammy Award-nominated album Tones and 1991 Grammy-winning album Ah Via Musicom. Built in Corona, Calif., this extremely limited-edition model combines extraordinary history and exceptional tone. Featuring a rare sassafras body, custom switching and special setup, E.J.'s favorite Strat is now available to the masses from both Fender's production line and the Fender Custom Shop.