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NAMM 2018: NEW FENDER CALIFORNIA MODEL ACOUSTICS

AM’s Greg Phillips chats with Fender’s Billy Martinez at NAMM 2018 about the new models in their California series of acoustic guitars

At NAMM Show 2018, Fender Musical Instruments Corporation (FMIC) announced the all-new California Series acoustic guitars, celebrating the lifestyle and culture associated with the region and the brands Southern California roots. Energetic and independent, this family of guitars defies acoustic guitar conventions with a visible look and feel of Fender’s famous electric guitars – from the Stratocaster® headstocks and vibrant colors, to the distinctive Fender body shapes that mark players as visionary artists. Lively-sounding – California Series acoustic guitars capture the laid back, yet energetic California lifestyle – from the beach to the festival stage.

The series features three original Fender body shapes – Malibu™, Newporter™ and Redondo™ – in several colors at three price points: California Classic (AUD$1599), California Special (AUD$1299) and California Player (AUD$699). These exclusive shapes boast refined geometry and unique bracing patterns designed for responsive, articulate tone. They are diverse body shapes that can give any guitarist a comfortable playing experience– from the small and narrow-waisted Malibu, ideal for recording, to the larger Redondo, suited for ensemble playing. Each model’s personality is also defined by 11 vibrant and slick Fender colors, including some popularised in the electric guitar world: Cosmic Turquoise, Arctic Gold, Aqua Splash, Matte Black, Hot Rod Red Metallic, Candy Apple Red, Champagne, Rustic Copper, Electric Jade, Belmont Blue and Jetty Black.

California Player models express unique personal style with bold looks and inspiring sound. The satin finish mahogany neck features an easy-to-play, slim-taper “C”-shaped profile suitable for any playing style. When it’s time to plug in, solid-top California Player models also feature a Fishman pickup/preamp system for incredible amplified performance with pure, rich and resonant tone.

California Special models mix no-compromise attitude with top-notch build quality and sound. Optimized bracing reduces mass for superior resonance, while the upgraded bone nut and saddle grant them exceptional sustain. Featuring all-solid construction, the fully-painted solid Sitka spruce top and matching 6-in-line headstock give the models a shot of electrifying attitude and unconventional Fender style that loves to be both seen and heard.

California Classic models feature superb playability, distinctive looks and an unmistakable Fender vibe. The fully-painted solid Sitka spruce top and natural solid mahogany back and sides, as well as a matching painted 6-in-line headstock and koa binding and rosette, give them an elegant two-toned aesthetic that was made for the stage. California Special and California Classic acoustic guitars are equipped with a Fender- and Fishman-designed PM preamp specifically tuned to complement the unique shape and voice of each instrument—complete with tuner, frequency and phase controls.

The next step in a long-term commitment to growing the Fender acoustics category, California Series is available beginning March 20, 2018 at local dealers.
Models include:
o   Redondo Player – $699
o   Malibu Player – $699
o   Newporter Player – $699
o   Redondo Special – $1299
o   Malibu Special – $1299
o   Newporter Special – $1299
o   Redondo Classic – $1599
o   Malibu Classic – $1599
o   Newporter Classic – $1599

For technical specs, additional information on new Fender products and to find a retail partner near you, visit www.fender.com.au 

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