There are plenty of Black Friday guitar deals floating around at the moment, but Black Friday doesn't just mean sales and discounts. It's also a time that sees guitar companies team up with retailers to offer unique, often collectible, twists on established models that are difficult to find elsewhere and at other times.
Case in point is this stylish trio of new, Guitar Center-exclusive, denim-finished Fenders, unveiled right in time for the holidays.
These three guitars from Fender's American Ultra line – two Strats and a Tele, respectively – all come in a limited-edition Denim Burst finish, with a AA flame maple top, ash or alder body, and a black-finished headstock with Fender's logo in silver.
All three of the instruments also come fitted with modern D-shaped maple necks with sculpted heels, and striped ebony (rather than the rosewood typical of American Ultras) fretboards with 22 medium jumbo frets.
Electronically, the axes are armed with Fender’s fifth-generation Ultra Noiseless pickups – model-specific vintage single-coils on the regular Strat and the Tele, plus those and a dual-coil overwound Double Tap bridge humbucker on the HSS Strat.
Each of the three guitars is also fitted with an S-1 switch on the volume knob, which users can engage to add the neck pickup to any switch position or – on the HSS Strat – use for coil-splitting.
Elsewhere, the controls on the three guitars are fairly standard: a three-way pickup switch and individual master tone and volume knobs on the Tele, and a five-way blade pickup switch, two tone controls, and a volume knob on the Strats.
The Tele boasts a fixed bridge with individual string saddles, while the Strat features a two-point deluxe synchronized trem system. Locking tuners come standard on all models.
The Fender American Ultra Denim HSS Stratocaster is available now for $2,549, while the standard Strat and Tele versions will set you back $2,499.
For more info on the guitars, head on over to guitarcenter.com.
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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com and GuitarPlayer.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.