The brainchild of Mike Born, Fender’s director of wood technology, the new 2017 Exotic Collection is a dream for aesthetes and tone fiends.
Capturing the spirit of Fender’s early years and recalling the original prototype instruments fashioned from pine, the company has come full circle with three new models made from pine that dates back more than 100 years as part of the Buckstaff Furniture Company’s facility in Oshkosh, Wisc. The three pine models included in the collection are the Limited Edition American Professional Pine Jazzmaster, Limited Edition American Vintage ’59 Pine Stratocaster and Limited Edition American Professional Pine Telecaster.
“We thermally treated it to reduce the weight and that also gives it an aged guitar sound and darkens the color a little”, Born said. “We don’t have to add stain to it. It’s natural. And all the defects like the knots in the wood and old bolt holes are all included.”
A truly unique instrument, thanks to its grain, knotholes and man-made imperfections. Features in the new limited-edition model include a pair of V-Mod single-coil Jazzmaster pickups, 22 narrow-tall frets, a 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard and an improved tremolo and bridge that incorporate a screw-in arm and brass Mustang saddles.
Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Body Material: Solid Thermally Treated Pine
Body Shape: Jazzmaster®
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Fret Size: Narrow Tall
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Back
Fretboard Material: Rosewood
Neck Shape: Modern "Deep C"
Number of Frets: 22
Nut Material: Bone
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series
Truss Rod Wrench: 1/8" Hex (Allen)
Bridge Pickup: V-Mod Single-Coil Jazzmaster
Controls: Master Volume with Treble-Bleed, Master Tone
Neck Pickup: V-Mod Single-Coil Jazzmaster
Bridge: 9.5 inch Radius Jazzmaster/Jaguar Bridge with Vintage-Style Floating Tremolo with Tremolo Lock Button and Screw-in Tremolo Arm
Control Knobs: White "Witch Hat"
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Tuning Machines: Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Staggered
Strings: Fender® USA 250L, NPS (.009-.042 Gauges)