About Fender Guitars
The most popular Fender guitars are Fender Stratocaster guitars and Fender Telecaster guitars. But, there are many more designs in the Fender guitars lineup, including the offset Fender Jaguar guitars and Fender Jazzmaster guitars. The current lineup of Fender guitar series includes the Fender Player Series, which in 2018 replaced the most popular guitar series of all time, the Fender Standard Series. In addition to the Fender Player Series is the Fender American Professional Series, Fender American Elite Series and Fender American Original Series. In 2018, the American Original Series replaced the discontinued American Vintage Series. Each Fender guitar series has its own Strat, Tele, Jaguar and Jazzmaster models with a unique set of features and finishes. In 2018, the Parallel Universe Fender guitars were released, offering never-before-seen combinations of features from different Fender guitar models. The Parallel Universe models include the Meteora, Toublemaker Telecaster, Jazz Telecaster, Jaguar Stratocaster, Whiteguard Stratocaster and more.
The most popular Fender Strats are the Fender Player Stratocaster guitars, which are made in Mexico. The most popular Strats made in the USA are Fender American Professional Stratocaster guitars, and the advanced Fender American Elite Stratocaster guitars. Both the Professional and Elite Strats deliver Fender's finest production quality, and the Elite models offer upgraded materials and components.
Like the Strats, there are three Teles that dominate the market today. Made in Mexico, Fender Player Telecaster guitars give guitarists the most affordable option. Made in the USA, Fender American Professional Telecaster Guitars give players dependable, tour-worthy construction. Also American-made, Fender American Elite Telecaster guitars offer the same high-quality craftsmanship, plus some upgraded features over American Professional Teles.
When talking about Fender guitars we are really discussing the vision of one man, Leo Fender. Today Leo Fender is today considered to be one of the finest industrial designers of the 20th century and the guitars that his company created and the methods of instrument manufacturing forever changed the landscape of popular music. Probably the most famous and widely copied of Fender’s designs is the Fender Stratocaster. These days we take the look and sound of the Fender Strat guitar for granted. But, when it was introduced in 1954, its contoured body, 3 pickup design and tremolo were considered wildly futuristic. The Stratocaster was not Fender’s first successful guitar design. That accolade goes to the Fender Telecaster guitar. Initially named the “Broadcaster” the Fender Telecaster guitar’s design was deceptively simple. I featured two single-coil pickups on a single contoured body, a detachable neck and an innovative headstock. The popular Fender guitar’s minimalist looks are deceiving however, as a wide variety of tones can be produced using the guitar’s volume, tone and pickup controls.
Later additions to the Fender guitar family include the Jazzmaster, which was first introduced in 1958 and the Jaguar, which was launched in 1962. Fender also introduced a hollowbody design called the Coronado. These models provided great sounding and playable alternatives to the classic Strat and Tele and it’s a worthy testament to the design skills of fender that all of these models are still in production today. In addition to electric guitars, the Fender Company has produced an enormously popular series of acoustic and electric acoustic models, such as the Kingman and Newporter models. The selection of Fender guitars now offered is huge, ranging from period specific reissues of classic Stratocasters and Telecasters, to modern variants with humbucker pickups, exotic woods, and models based on the instruments modified by such guitarists as Johnny Marr and Jeff Beck. You'll also find signature Fender guitar models for legendary artists including Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Johnson and more.
The list of notable Fender guitar players is a long one. Muddy Waters, Jeff Beck, Ritchie Blackmore, Roy Buchanan, Albert Collins, Kurt Cobain, Bob Dylan, Rory Gallagher, David Gilmour, Buddy Guy, George Harrison, John Lennon, Buddy Holly, Eric Johnson, Mark Knopfler, Yngwie Malmsteen, Keith Richards, Johnny Marr, Hank Marvin, John Mayer and Brad Paisley are all known for playing Fender guitars. The list of Fender guitar players also includes Dave Murray, Jimmy Page, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Chris Shiflett, Bruce Springsteen, Pete Townshend, Brian Wilson, Billy Corgan, and many others.