When you’re shopping for guitars, there is an inescapable thought that’s gonna swim around in the back of your head: “Good stuff costs money.” The more you spend, the better the guitar, right? While that tends to be true with most companies, Fender is trying to push that to its limit with the new Deluxe series of guitars. Every guitar in the new Deluxe series comes with premium hardware and electronics, with overall build quality that you regularly find in guitars that cost twice as much.
In the way of electric guitars, Fender is offering Deluxe models of Telecasters and Stratocasters -- no Jaguars and no Jazzmasters yet. Each guitar comes standard with Fender locking tuners and low profile string posts for easy tuning and string changes. The Stratocaster models have a new two-point rolled steel bridge for tuning stability while using the tremolo arm. The Telecasters have a new high mass bridge for longer sustain. A new rounded neck heel allows for improved upper fret access and it’s far more comfortable than the slight cut that was in the USA Deluxe series. It wouldn’t be a true upgrade if Fender didn’t spruce up the electronics and they went above and beyond with the new Deluxe series. Both Telecasters and Stratocasters feature Noiseless pickups that give you all the single coil tone with none of the noise. There are a lot of naysayers out there in regards to the Noiseless pickups, but I have to say, these guitars made a believer out of me.
The Deluxe bass guitars feature many of the same accoutrements as the guitar line, but offered in a Jazz, Precision and Dimension bass. Each bass features a High Mass bridge that increases sustain while keeping your tuning rock solid. While the basses don’t have locking tuners, they do feature the Fender Deluxe series tuners, (previously available on USA Deluxe Basses) that don’t move unless you want them to. The Jazz bass features two Noiseless single coils while the Precision Bass has one in a “P/J” pickup configuration. Each bass also has the same Neck heel cut for upper register playing. The Precision and Jazz basses have an active passive switch for tonal versatility while the Dimension bass has a 5 Way pickup selector to get the most out of your humbuckers.
No matter which way you turn, the new Fender Deluxe series is giving you high-end guitar for a working player’s price. Come and check them out at the Guitar Factory today!