Sure, this is a bright-sounding example, but turning our 6V6-powered combo up into the realms of overdrive proves that it’s smooth and sophisticated, too, and not overly shrill or brittle. The September 2020 issue of Guitar Magazine is out now! We spoke to Tim Shaw to get the skinny on the new V-Mod pickups. There are nine guitars in the new guitar range: Strat, Tele, Strat HH, Strat HSS, Telecaster Deluxe, Jazzmaster and Jaguar, plus Strat and Tele … FEATURES At first glance, the American Professional Stratocaster and Telecaster seem like the classic versions of iconic electric solidbody guitar models that most guitarists know and love. • NECK DEPTH 20.8mm at first fret, 24mm at 12th fret Fender American Professional II Telecaster Review. I was a big fan of the series/parallel push-push pot because they really thickened up the two pickups in series, which provided a much more humbucker-like tone than you’ll find in any other Fender Tele. Fender’s Pro II guitar features 22 narrow-tall frets, a Deep-C neck, alongside a sculpted neck heel. Both treble bleed circuits are well voiced, and once again we find ourselves plugging directly into a tweedy combo with a smidgen of reverb and finding that a good guitar with a variety of great tones onboard and a volume control that doesn’t make things muddy when it’s backed off is all the pedalboard we need. Pine is simply not as durable or strong a wood as Ash, however Ash is getting harder to responsibly source. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. When you put it all together, there were pretty much no red flags, making this a supreme option for live musicians. Made in USA Selling one of my all-time favorite guitars, a classic American Tele with a solid rosewood neck. “The Tele pickups have alnico V magnets for the wound strings and alnico II magnets for the plain strings; this is different than what we used for the Strats. • CONTACT Fender EMEA 01342 331700 Read more: Blade RH-4 Classic 30th Anniversary DMG. The guitar is a rare example of a 1954 Stratocaster with a hardtail bridge. The fretboard is also rosewood, with narrow-tall frets … In the interest of the strings not being too close to the fingerboard edges, we opted for a set-up that saw the E strings pass over the inside edge of their respective neck pickup pole-pieces. The rare Antique Olive finish (1 … Action and tuning stability were just great out of the box, even without locking tuners. The middle pickup has alnico II for the basses and alnico V for the trebles, and the bridge pickup has alnico V all the way across. Necks feature satin urethane finishes with gloss urethane headstock faces (rosewood and maple) and fingerboards (maple only). Despite minor dimensional differences, both necks have near-identical neck profiles: Fender’s new ‘Modern Deep-C’ is actually a slim C profile that fills out a little as you approach the 12th fret. You can hear the springy, Strat-flavoured heritage of the Twisted Tele unit from which Shaw drew inspiration and – dare we say it – it’s a lot more interesting than many genuine vintage and vintage-inspired Telecaster neck pickups we’ve tried. We took a look at an American Professional Stratocaster with maple fretboard and an American Professional Telecaster with rosewood fretboard. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your account. Pro tools indeed. • WEIGHT 7.6lbs/3.4kg The rolled edges make a very noticeable difference compared to other Tele’s I had just played. 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The Stratocaster’s rosewood slab board has an attractive grain and is a smooth, easy-playing surface with a 9.5-inch radius and 22 narrow tall frets that are equivalent to Dunlop’s popular 6105 fretwork. • DESCRIPTION Double-cutaway, bolt-on neck electric. So these guitars may take a bit more of a beating, as in get an extra scratch or dent, but really shouldn’t have too many serious concerns about build quality. This neck is unbelievably fast and comfortable to play. Will Fender’s new, shiny take on the Tele live up the high standards we expect in 2020? Hardware, quality control, everything was up to the standard I would expect from American Fender guitars. Long live the all-new American Professional series. In our final part of our look at the stylings of the legendary Three Kings, we tackle the searing style of Freddie King. Snappy chords and arpeggios in the bridge, smooth country twang in the neck, it’s all there. Made in USA • BUILD Ash body, ‘Modern Deep C’ maple neck with 9.5” radius rosewood fingerboard, 22 narrow tall frets, bone nut • NECK WIDTH 42.4mm at nut, 51.4mm at 12th fret The most dangerous time of year for your wallets is here. • WEIGHT 7.9lbs/3.6kg Rosewood Neck It’s unusual to see an all-rosewood neck on any instrument, but that’s exactly how Fender spec’d the American Pro. I’m going with my gut that this is a lot of guitar for the money, and will squarely fit into almost any player’s rig. Key features – Fender American Professional Stratocaster • DESCRIPTION Single-cutaway, bolt-on neck electric. In the first of a series looking at the chord shapes and sequences used by the Beatles, we get inside the head of John Lennon and find a solid rhythm guitarist with an ear for original chord changes. Fender’s Pro II guitar features 22 narrow-tall frets, a Deep-C neck, alongside a sculpted neck heel. Staggered Fender tuners and a vintage 3-saddle bridge are pretty much the only familiar features you’ll find here. Despite several vaccines on the horizon, is it still apocalypse right now for the UK live music industry? Make no mistake – this is a good Stratocaster, and it’s no slouch for rhythm either, whether you are chasing Jimi or Biffy Clyro tones, or almost anything in between in the wide-ranging musical kaleidoscope created by Strat players over the years. Each alnico alloy has its own tone due to the chemical composition of the magnets, and I decided to try mixing materials within individual pickups. Bent-steel saddles and a two-point vibrato see vintage and modern features combine. We have various magnet combinations for different musical purposes on the Teles and Strats, and on the basses as well. • ELECTRICS 2x V-Mod single-coil Telecaster pickups, 3-position blade pickup selector switch, master volume with treble-bleed circuit, master tone • CONTACT Fender EMEA 01342 331700 Key features – Fender American Professional Telecaster • PRICE £1,399 (inc Elite hardshell case) • DESCRIPTION Single-cutaway, bolt-on neck electric.