Hot or Not: New Fenders, Back by Popular Demand!
Once or twice in a gearhead’s life, there’s a moment of discovery so thrilling and visceral that you never ever forget it. One of those moments in my life came when I saw the Fender Starcaster for the first time (shockingly it wasn’t hanging off of Johnny Greenwood). I’d gone to a local venue to see some friends’ bands play—and when my pal Tod Morrisey showed up onstage playing this mythical semi-hollow Fender from the 70s, my mind was blown. Not only had I never even heard of it, but it was gorgeous—all offset and semi hollow with that crazy, awesome headstock. I'd never seen anything like it. That night, I swore that I would own one...
...then I got home, checked the used market, looked in my empty wallet, and realized: I’ll never own one.
Thankfully, Fender didn’t want me to go my whole life without one, so they’ve BROUGHT IT BACK! And not content with just bringing me my coveted Starcaster, they’ve brought the Coronado back (not to mention they’re doing versions of both in 4-string bass configuration!) and just to go the extra mile they’ve brought 3 Silverface amps back. Fender-enabled time travel, ENGAGE.
In the spirit of enthusiastically talking shop, we ask the age old question: HOT OR NOT?!?!?!!!
The Coronado was Fender’s first foray into hollow-body electric guitars and has been a mainstay on the used market for many years. This new Modern Player version updates the Coronado with dual Fideli’Tron humbuckers and several cool finishes—in addition to the classic four-knob controls, three-way toggle switching, and bound neck with block inlays. Gone is the checkered binding, but with finishes like Black Cherry Burst and such an affordable price point, who needs it?!!!
Arguably one of the holy grails of out-of-production guitars, the Fender Starcaster returns with its classic offset aesthetics though with a few differences from the original: the Modern Player Starcaster retains a four out of five knobs (the original had a master volume knob!) and replaces the original hardtail bridge with a stoptail/tune-o-matic bridge. Fender Wide Range humbuckers and the classic, one-of-a-kind Starcaster headstock round out the instrument.
FENDER VINTAGE MODIFIED SILVERFACE SERIES: ’68 CUSTOM
In ‘68, Fender rolled the dice on a new image for its amplifier line—replacing the “black face” cosmetics of its amps with the silver and blue look that is now known as “silver face.” There are diehard devotees of each era of amp—now fans of the silverface amps can pick up new, road-ready versions of three classic Fender amps: ’68 Custom Twin Reverb, Deluxe Reverb, or Princeton Reverb complete with blue jewel lights and “drip edge” grill cloth.
The late 60s/early 70s are BACK at Fender. What’s everyone think of these hat tips to Fender’s past and who wants to fight me for the first Starcaster that we get in stock here at PGS?!!!