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NAMM 2020: Fender Parallel Universe II



By

Michael Carey



A little something from the world of Fender oddity, the Parallel Universe II series! Expanding on the original Parallel Universe series, Fender have introduced a host of new models to the range.

Fender Parallel Universe II Jazz Strat


Cosmically stunning in Mystic Surf Green lacquer, the limited-edition Jazz Strat® is a sublimely surreal celebration of classic Fender design, transmuting the known into something new and curiously beautiful.



Combining a sleek and comfortable contoured Stratocaster® body with the neck, vibrato and pickups of a Jazzmaster® – and capped with a custom Decoboom™ Streamline Pinstriped pickguard and aluminum radio knobs – the Jazz Strat is a potent fusion of classic Fender design and extraterrestrial intervention, creating something altogether extraordinary.

Fender Parallel Universe Volume II Uptown Strat


Dapper and bold – the Uptown Strat® commands attention when it enters a room. Static White lacquer highlights and accentuates the slab mahogany body, a bound and block inlaid rosewood fingerboard radiates class and a pair of chrome DoubleTap™ humbucking pickups draw the eye. Featuring a 24.75” mahogany neck with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a 9.5” radius, 2-point Synchronized Tremolo System, and individual volume and tone controls for each pickup, the Uptown Strat is as versatile as it is unique.



Parallel Universe Volume II Maverick Dorado


One of the most outlandish models offered by Fender® over the years, the Maverick – also known as the Custom – may just be the boldest of them all. Comprised of leftover 12-string necks, bodies and pickups transformed into a very unique 6-string. It was like nothing else on the market, with a kind of misfit glamour that made it greater than the sum of its parts. Whether you loved it or not, playing a Maverick was a statement.



Inspired by the bravado of that original model, the Maverick Dorado kicks up the swagger with a pair of Tim Shaw designed Filter’Tron™ style humbucking pickups, a Bigsby® vibrato and dark ebony fingerboard. Available in Mystic Pine Green, 3-Color Sunburst and Firemist Gold, you’re sure to cause a sensation with your Maverick Dorado.

Fender Parallel Universe Volume II Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster


Understated elegance – the elusive quality of an exquisitely crafted tool, produced of the finest components and designed to do one thing exceedingly well – the Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster® is a high-performance no-nonsense rock-n-roll machine with unlimited range.

The custom 3-piece body features a mahogany core and chambered ash wings, delivering warmth, sustain, and resonance – and is beautifully highlighted by the nitrocellulose lacquer finish in 3-color sunburst. Meanwhile, the satin lacquer maple neck with 9.5” radius, 22-fret rosewood fingerboard ensures smooth, effortless playability.



The high-performance engine at the heart of the Spark-O-Matic is a calibrated triple set of chrome-covered Seymour Duncan SM-1N and SM-3B Mini-Humbuckers. Paired with a 5-way switch, these tightly-tuned and punchy pickups are pure joy to shift through – going from smooth growl to full-throttle roar.

The American Pro Jazzmaster bridge and classic offset vibrato tailpiece is smooth and expressive, with a tasteful range of motion. ClassicGear™ tuners offer timeless good looks and a modern 18:1 gear-ratio for precise tuning accuracy and stability.

Luxurious in its appointments, elegant in its simplicity, the Spark-O-Matic Jazzmaster delivers just what you need to achieve sonic bliss.

Fender Parallel Universe Volume II Strat® Jazz Deluxe


Boutique appointments, offset elegance, and Stratocaster® versatility come together in this extraordinary instrument with looks, tones and playability that are out of this world.

Ravishing in Transparent Faded Seafoam Green, the figured flame maple top-on-bound slab Jazzmaster® body is a bold, beautiful twist on a classic design, evoking high-class jazz guitars and delivering substantial tones and resonance. Complemented by a silky-smooth one-piece rosewood neck with 9.5” radius and 22 Narrow Tall frets, it plays like a dream with looks to match.



Despite its unconventional beauty, the heart of this head-turner is pure Fender. With three Texas Special Stratocaster pickups and a 2-point American Pro Strat® bridge, the Strat Jazz Deluxe delivers proven tones and playability – versatile enough to cover almost any genre and familiar like an old friend. Includes custom COA and Surf Green Parallel Universe II Deluxe Hardshell case.

Fender Parallel Universe Volume II Troublemaker Tele Custom


It takes a big personality to show up in a white tux – and the Troublemaker Tele® has the swagger to pull it off. The bold Olympic White lacquer finish and swanky gold hardware belies this guitar’s true purpose – to cause an uproar and make a racket.

But it’s not all style-over-substance – this Tele has class. The body is a solid chunk of mahogany, known for its mid-range growl and sustain. The 12” radius neck and 22 medium-jumbo frets promise smooth action even with the most aggressive playing and its custom Double Tap™ humbucking pickups give the Troublemaker its rowdy-yet-refined voice.



It’s been said that the well-behaved rarely make history. With a martini in one hand and brass knuckles in the other, the Troublemaker Tele Custom is ready to make some beautiful noise.

Fender Parallel Universe Volume II Troublemaker Tele Custom with Bigsby


All dressed up and ready to brawl – the Troublemaker Tele® Custom Bigsby® is elegant in black. Dressed in a classic lacquer finish, a stately ebony fingerboard and elevated by pearloid block inlays and white binding throughout, this guitar presents a dashing figure, ready to do some damage.

But don’t let the debonair “tuxedo” look fool you, the Troublemaker Tele Custom is a brute looking for a good time. The 12” radius neck and 22 medium-jumbo frets promise smooth action even with the most aggressive playing. The solid mahogany body gives it a warm mid-range growl and its three custom-calibrated Double Tap™ humbucking pickups can be smooth and suave or raucous and rebellious, as the job requires.



It’s been said that the well-behaved rarely make history. With a tie around its neck and a slingshot in its pocket, the Troublemaker Tele Custom Bigsby is ready to make some beautiful noise.

Fender Parallel Universe II Tele Mágico


Pearl, nickel, and gold – the Parallel Universe Volume II Tele® Mágico isn’t afraid to show off. Designed with Fender Custom Shop Master Builder Ron Thorn, the Tele Mágico exudes cowboy class with its extravagant appointments, figured woods and custom pickups. Pearloid pervades – generously used for binding, inlays, tuning pegs, custom pickup rings and the Cabronita pickguard. The neck is flame maple and the Thinline swamp ash body is accentuated by the Trans Daphne Blue or Trans Surf Green gloss finish choices in a twist on classic Fender color conventions. Two custom-designed Fender Gold Foil pickups deliver crystalline highs, expressive mids and creamy lows. The “cut” 3-saddle Tele bridge delivers classic Tele tone and feel despite its stylishly sleek silhouette. And the comfortable custom neck profile, which transitions from a “V”- shape to a “C”-shape as you make your way up the fingerboard, is ideally suited to both rhythm and lead styles.



Old world glamour meets Custom Shop know-how – underneath the luxurious appointments this sharpshooter is exceptionally playable and supremely toneful.
Posted in News NAMM 2020 By

Michael Carey



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