Fender Unveils New Gold Foil Series Jazzmaster, Telecaster and Jazz Bass
These '60s garage rock-inspired guitars feature vintage-style gold-foil pickups and ebony fingerboards
Fender has officially launched their new Gold Foil Series (opens in new tab) of electric guitars. Three exciting new models include a Jazzmaster (opens in new tab), Telecaster (opens in new tab) and Jazz Bass.
As per the name, each model is fitted with snazzy, vintage-style Fender Gold Foil pickups.
Fender says their new line is inspired by the sort of "midcentury mail-order" instruments used by ‘60s garage rock bands. Commonly associated with popular guitar brands like Harmony and Silvertone, gold-foil pickups have gained popularity in recent years.
Varied in design, these pickups have retro appeal in spades, though modern builds such as this are generally more stageworthy and reliable than the gold-foils of yore.
Combining authentic Fender design with pawnshop charm, the Jazzmaster and Telecaster both appear with Gold Foil Mini-Humbuckers while the Jazz Bass comes with a solitary mid-position single-coil Fender Gold Foil.
Here’s a brief rundown of specs for both six-stringers…
Fender Gold Foil Jazzmaster (opens in new tab)
Featuring a mahogany body, the Gold Foil Jazzmaster comes in a choice of two finishes – Shoreline Gold (opens in new tab) and Candy Apple Burst (opens in new tab) – and sports a bound ebony fingerboard with large pearloid block inlays.
Each variation comes with a matching headstock and showcases a trio of Gold Foil Mini-Humbuckers with independent on/off switches located on a Jaguar (opens in new tab)-style control plate.
A Jazzmaster Bridge with Mustang saddles and a Bigsby-licensed B50 Vibrato further enhance the guitar’s unique look, sound and feel.
Fender Gold Foil Telecaster (opens in new tab)
Like the Gold Foil Jazzmaster, the Gold Foil Telecaster features a mahogany body and ebony fingerboard.
It too comes in a Candy Apple Burst (opens in new tab)finish, though a White Blonde (opens in new tab) option is available for a more traditional Tele look. Both versions have a matching headstock.
Coupled with dual Gold Foil Mini-Humbuckers, this guitar’s mahogany/ebony construction is bound to yield some interesting tones.
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