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…
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-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.
Like the Gold Foil Jazzmaster, the Gold Foil Telecaster features a mahogany body and ebony fingerboard.
Coupled with dual Gold Foil Mini-Humbuckers, this guitar’s mahogany/ebony construction is bound to yield some interesting tones.
Visit Fender for more information.
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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