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Fender Master Builders Announce Fender Play Foundation-Inspired "Student" Guitars

Four new Fender Custom Shop "Student" guitars
(Image credit: Fender)

The Fender Custom Shop's Master Builders have announced a new line of "Student" guitars.

A series of 12 one-off models inspired by Fender's short-scale, small-bodied Student guitars of the 50s and '60s, the new Student line is a tribute to the Fender Play Foundation, which – according to Fender – has donated over $1 million in resources and equipment to help increase access to music education.

The program hopes to support more than 35,000 students by the end of 2023, and 1 million students nationwide by 2030.

The first four models in the 12-guitar series – two Musicmasters and two Strats – have been unveiled in full. All proceeds from the sale of the guitars will go toward the Fender Play Foundation.

The Fender Play Foundation Musicmaster by Paul Waller

Fender Play Foundation Musicmaster by Paul Waller (Image credit: Fender)

First up is a Musicmaster designed by builder Paul Waller. The guitar features a two-piece alder body, 24.75”-scale flat-sawn maple neck with a 9.5”-radius round-lam rosewood fretboard, and a Fiesta Burst finish. 

Elsewhere, the guitar features a single Wide-Range Cunife neck humbucker – controlled by individual volume and tone controls – a vintage-style Strat Hardtail bridge, and vintage-style tuning machines.

The Fender Play Foundation Musicmaster by Dennis Galuszka

Fender Play Foundation Musicmaster by Dennis Galuszka (Image credit: Fender)

Builder Dennis Galuszka's Musicmaster, meanwhile, features a quartersawn maple neck with the same 9.5”-radius round-lam rosewood fingerboard, and a Copper Sparkle finish.

Elsewhere, the guitar boasts a pair of Curtis Novak pickups (a Wide-Range humbucker in the neck and a Tele unit in the bridge), controlled by individual volume and tone knobs and a three-way switch. Other appointments include a Hardtail Subsonic bridge, vintage-style tuning machines, and a custom "FPF" logo inlay at the first fret.

The Fender Play Foundation '62 Stratocaster by Greg Fessler

Fender Play Foundation '62 Stratocaster by Greg Fessler (Image credit: Fender)

The first of the two Strats unveiled is a '62 Blue Ice Metallic model by Greg Fessler, which features a two-piece alder body, 9.5”-radius quarter-sawn maple neck, and a flat-lam rosewood fingerboard with 21 narrow tall frets.

Sounds on the guitar come by way of a set of hand-wound Fat ‘50s single-coils with an RWRP middle, controlled by a five-way switch and Strat Blender Wiring.

Other appointments include a 3-Ply parchment pickguard, an American Vintage synchronized tremolo, and vintage-style tuning machines.

The Fender Play Foundation Short-Scale Stratocaster by Carlos Lopez

Fender Play Foundation Short-Scale Stratocaster by Carlos Lopez (Image credit: Fender)

Last but not least is an Oxblood-finished short-scale Stratocaster by Carlos Lopez. This guitar is built with a two-piece ash body, and a 14” radius quarter-sawn maple neck boasting a rosewood fingerboard with 22 narrow tall frets. 

Sonically, it features a single DiMarzio Super Distortion humbucker controlled by a single volume knob.

Each Fender Play Foundation Student model guitar comes with a deluxe hardshell case, strap, polishing cloth, and certificate of authenticity.

For more info on the Fender Play Foundation, stop by fenderplayfoundation.org.