Last Friday, Fender teased a major guitar launch on its YouTube channel, releasing a video promising that you'll "never play a Fender the same way again." Now, the curtains have opened to unveil Fender's latest line of electric guitars, the Ultra series.
Featuring redesigned body contours, with back body curves and a sculpted neck heel, the Ultra series is a continuation of the company's now-discontinued American Elite series.
Each model in the Ultra series features a new, "Modern D" neck with a 10-14” compound-radius fretboard and “extremely” rolled edges.
In the sonic department, there's a new overwound Double Tap Humbucker on the HSS Strat, the first-ever noiseless Jazzmaster pickups, plus Noiseless pickups that have been re-voiced to Ultra specs, and are available in Hot and Vintage configurations. A treble-bleed circuit and advanced wiring options appear on all Ultra series models via S-1 Switches.
New finishes - Cobra Blue, Mocha Burst, Texas Tea, Arctic Pearl, Aged Natural, Plasma Red Burst and Ultraburst - also abound.
You can read more about all four of the new Ultra series models below.
Fender American Ultra Stratocaster ($1,899-$1,999)
The Fender American Ultra Stratocaster can add its neck pickup to any position across its Ultra Noiseless Vintage single coils. It is available with a rosewood fingerboard in Arctic Pearl, Ultraburst, Plasma Red Burst and Aged Natural finishes, and a maple fingerboard with Ultraburst, Mocha Burst, Aged Natural, Plasma Red Burst, Texas Tea and Cobra Blue finishes.
Fender American Ultra Stratocaster HSS ($1,899-$1,999)
The Fender American Ultra Stratocaster HSS features Ultra Noiseless Hot single coils and an Ultra Hot Double Tap humbucker. Its S-1 Switch activates Fender’s Double Tap feature, which splits the humbucker’s coils and adds an extra wind to keep the volume consistent.
With a rosewood fingerboard, its finishes include Cobra Blue, Ultraburst and Aged Natural. With a maple fingerboard, its finishes include Texas Tea, Ultraburst, Plasma Red Burst or Arctic Pearl.
Fender American Ultra Telecaster ($1,899-$1,999)
The Fender American Ultra Telecaster features Ultra Noiseless Vintage pickups, which can be adjusted via a series-parallel S-1 Switch.
With a rosewood fingerboard, its finishes include Arctic Pearl, Ultraburst and Texas Tea. With a maple fingerboard, its finishes include Ultraburst, Butterscotch Blonde, Mocha Burst, Plasma Red Burst and Cobra Blue.
Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster ($1,999-$2,099)
The Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster features the company's first-ever noiseless Jazzmaster pickups, series/parallel and phase circuits, tone controls for the neck and bridge, plus a master volume, which contains the S-1 Switch for the series/parallel switching.
The guitar's slide switch, meanwhile, activates the phase circuit, with one roller pot for the neck pickup volume and one for the bridge pickup.
Rosewood fingerboard finishes include Ultraburst and Mocha Burst, while those who prefer maple can get Mocha Burst, Plasma Red Burst and Cobra Blue finishes.
For more info on the guitars, head on over to fender.com.