Your ultimate guide to Fender guitars – from the Fender Stratocaster to the Telecaster, Jaguar, and Mustang, as well as everything else in between. Here’s all the latest Fender news, reviews, and user guides…
To say that Fender is iconic would be the understatement of the century. Fender guitars have been used by the greats for over half a century now, and the company is still going strong with huge demand for its classic models like the Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazz, and Mustang.
Next to Gibson, Fender was one of the first electric guitar companies. You cannot talk about the history of the guitar without talking about Leo Fender. Similarly, some of the most iconic music ever committed to tape was recorded using Fender guitars – and that still stands today.
Which famous guitarists played Fender? Quite a few – Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, David Gilmore, Kurt Cobain, George Harrison, Hendrix, and Buddy Holly. In more recent years, you have players like Jim Root of Slipknot, Brant Bjork, and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello.
And, yes, you can use Fender guitars for metal music.
Fender is so popular and has been for decades that most people cannot think about a guitar without thinking about a Fender. The Fender Stratocaster, for instance, has been one of the best-selling electric guitars since the 1960s. And in 2021, it is still flying off the shelves at music stores the globe over.
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Most Popular Fender Guitar Models
Fender makes quite a few different models of its guitars, including signature series versions like Jim Root’s signature Tele which is specifically designed for high-gain, heavy music like Slipknot. The company also makes cheaper versions of its iconic models under the Squier brand.
But when it comes to Fender guitars, there are basically several core models that people lust over and play. And they are as follows:
- Fender Stratocaster – First designed and produced in 1952, the Fender Stratocaster, or Strat, as it is also known, is the most popular Fender guitar of all. It has been in constant production since the 1950s. Used by Hendrix, Ronnie Wood, and Eric Clapton, as well as plenty of newer players, the Strat is Fender’s most iconic and best-loved guitar.
- Fender Telecaster – The Fender Telecaster, or the Tele, was actually the first commercially available electric guitar ever produced. The first model came out in 1959 and, like the Strat, it has been in production ever since. The Tele originally came with two single-coil pickups but is now available with a range of different pickup configurations. Next to the Strat, the Tele is Fender’s second-most popular guitar.
- Fender Mustang – Initially introduced in 1964, the Fender Mustang was produced until 1982 and then discontinued. However, its popularity grew massively in the 1990s, as it was a favorite of grunge players like Kurt Cobain. This renewed popularity saw the Fender Mustang reissued in 1990 and it has been in production ever since.
- Fender Jaguar – The Fender Jaguar first hit the market in the 1960s but it was not a successful release. The cheaper Tele and Strat models consistently outperformed it. Like the Mustang, the Fender Jaguar was saved by grunge and shoe-gazing music in the 1990s. And like the Mustang, it was reissued in the 1990s and has remained in production ever since.
- Fender Jazzmaster – Initially designed as a more expensive version of the Strat, the Fender Jazzmaster was targeted at jazz players and featured a new and innovative pickup design. It was meant to rival hollow body arch top guitars. But like the Mustang and the Jaguar, the Fender Jazzmaster found its footing in a completely unexpected music scene – surf rock and the instrumental music of southern California in the 1960s. The Fender Jazzmaster remain in production to this day.
Fender: Beyond Guitars – Amps, Accessories & Software
Fender doesn’t just make guitars. It is a modern company that turns over hundreds of millions of dollars every year. A lot of its revenue is generated from its guitars, of course, but like any good company, Fender has developed and created a range of different products over the years.
From amplifiers to guitar-learning software, Fender’s arsenal of products now extends far beyond guitars and acoustic guitars.
Fender makes an entire range of guitar amplifiers, from professional-grade amps for live performances and recording to smaller practice amps and pretty much everything else in between.
- Acoustic Pro
- Acoustic Series
- Artist Signature
- Hot Rod
- Super Sonic
- Vintage Modified
- Vintage Reissue
Interested in picking up a Fender amp? They have a model for all environments, from at-home practice to playing live and recording in the studio. Check out the full range here.
Fender makes a TON of quality pedals too. You have options for fuzz, delay, gain, compression, distortion, wah pedals, and reverb and tremolo effects.
And because these pedals are designed and engineered by Fender, you get access to some of the best industrial design and engineering on the market.
Fender’s guitar pedals are not cheap by anyone’s standards but they are really rather impressive. I’m a big fan of its Duel Pugilist Distortion pedal which is great for crafting huge-sounding, bone-crushing guitar tones, especially when paired with a decent amp.
The Fender Mustang Micro
One of the coolest things I’ve bought for myself recently cost less than $100 and has inspired me to play more than ever. I’m talking about the Fender Mustang Micro, of course, which is a small USB-style device that plugs into your guitar via the jack. You connect headphones and you can play, wirelessly, wherever you like.
The Fender Mustang Micro is powered by Fender’s excellent Mustang amp sim technology which gives you access to 12 amps, a raft of effects, and loads of customization options. And because the Fender Mustang Micro literally fits in your pocket, you can take it everywhere.
The tones you get from this tiny device are incredible. But it is more than just a practice accessory. You can use the Fender Mustang Micro as a USB interface for your PC, so you can run your guitar directly into your computer inside programs recording software like Garage Band, Ableton, and Pro Tools.
If you’re tight on space, or you don’t want to buy an amp, the Fender Mustang Micro is the perfect accessory for at-home playing. It takes up ZERO room, has 12 amazing amp settings, and it will double as an audio interface for your PC. And it costs less than $100. You literally couldn’t ask for more…