• Fender Introduces Upgraded American Standard Series Models for 2012

    From Premier Guitar

    Scottsdale, AZ
    (March 21, 2012) -- Fender’s acclaimed American Standard series guitars and basses have been upgraded for 2012, resulting in the latest iterations of the company’s four archetypal instruments—the Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass guitars.

    They’re the same great best-selling go-to instruments they’ve always been, and now feature Fender Custom Shop pickups, as well as other distinctive new design touches.

    The American Standard Telecaster has been upgraded with a comfortable new body contour and classic-sounding Fender Custom Shop Twisted Tele (neck) and Broadcaster (bridge) pickups, making it ring more fully, brightly and crisply than ever. Left-handed model also available.

    The American Standard Stratocaster has been upgraded with aged plastic parts and full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat ’50s pickups for the very essence of Stratocaster tone. Its high-output hot-rodded sibling, the American Standard Stratocaster HSS, has also been upgraded with aged plastic parts, with Fender Custom Shop Fat ’50s pickups in the neck and middle positions and a Diamondback humbucking bridge pickup for an added measure of muscle that makes it more graceful and powerful than ever. Both instruments are also available in a left-handed model.

    The American Standard Precision Bass and five-string American Standard Precision Bass V are now upgraded with a seismic Fender Custom Shop ’60s Precision Bass split single-coil pickup, making the latest incarnations of the indestructible workhorse instrument that revolutionized popular music, stronger and more indispensable than ever. The four-string version also comes in a striking new Jade Pearl Metallic finish option, and both basses are available in a left-handed model.

    The American Standard Jazz Bass, in right- and left-handed models, is now upgraded with Fender Custom Shop ’60s Jazz Bass single-coil pickups and a striking new Jade Pearl Metallic finish option, making the latest incarnation of our timeless bass hit sing, snarl, groove and growl more powerfully than ever. The five-string American Standard Jazz Bass V and the gracefully voiced American Standard Jazz Bass Fretless now feature the Custom Shop ’60s Jazz Bass single-coil pickups; the fretless model is also available in the new Jade Pearl Metallic finish.

    For more information:
    fender.com
    Comments 8 Comments
    1. Roryfan's Avatar
      Roryfan -
      The Candy Cola looks great w/ the RW board. Great pickup choices for the Tele although I think the Fat 50s will be too bassy w/ RW. Couldn't find pics of the body contours on the Tele, assuming the back is cut out like a Strat?
    1. keto's Avatar
      keto -
      Those MSRP's look really high, or am I comparing the wrong thing in my mind?
    1. keeperofthegood's Avatar
      keeperofthegood -
      Quote Originally Posted by keto View Post
      Those MSRP's look really high, or am I comparing the wrong thing in my mind?
      New prices vs old?
    1. keto's Avatar
      keto -
      Not sure, those MSRP's are awfully close to the old deluxes' prices.
    1. Robert1950's Avatar
      Robert1950 -
      Isn't "upgrade" a matter of opinion? Isn't aged plastic a different choice rather than an upgrade? What about Fat 50s? I'm not familiar with what was in Am Std before.
    1. Roryfan's Avatar
      Roryfan -
      Am Std pups have been very muddy & bland for a while. The Fat 50s are an upgrade but work best w/ maple.
    1. seadonkey's Avatar
      seadonkey -
      Quote Originally Posted by keto View Post
      Those MSRP's look really high, or am I comparing the wrong thing in my mind?
      MSRP ( Manufacture's Suggested Retail Price) is always much higher than street price. If that were MAP price (Minimum Advertised Price), then yes, that would seem a bit high. My best guess is that this will street for $1,100-$1,200,
    1. stevenharvey's Avatar
      stevenharvey -
      Nice..I've been waiting for this.

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