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From a Parallel Universe to an Alternate Reality!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From a Parallel Universe to an Alternate Reality!

In 2018, Fender launched the Parallel Universe series. This was a range of guitars (and one bass) that re-imagined some classic Fender designs. They were limited edition, Made in the USA and made only in 2018. At time of writing, only the Parallel Universe Strat-Tele Hybrid is left in stock. It's a real beauty that has a Strat neck and headstock, a Telecaster body and Strat pickup configuration, vibrato and layout.

Another of the Parallel Universe guitars was a Fender Meteora. It was the debut of a new retro-futuristic body shape that recalled a jazzmaster crossed with some of the more wacky shaped guitars of the 50s and 60s.

Although we quickly sold our allocation of it, It divided opinion a little, and some people didn't like the Telecaster pickups and 70s Jazz Bass-style block inlays. Other people didn't like the USA-made price tag.

Well, it seems Fender were listening, because for 2019, they've introduced a 2019-only series called Alternate Reality.

This range comprises the Powercaster, the Sixty-Six and a new version of the Meteora.

All 3 models are Made in Mexico (MIM) making them much more affordable, but still excellent quality.

The Powercaster is a totally brand new shape - a kind of offset, with P90 in the neck pickups position and a humbucker in the bridge position.


Fender Powercaster
features Include:

  •     Alder body; 24.75” scale length
  •     One Atomic humbucking pickup (bridge); one soapbar single-coil pickup (neck)
  •     Roasted maple neck with "Modern C” profile
  •     Adjusto-matic™ bridge with stop tailpiece
  •     Includes deluxe gig bag
     


 

The Sixty-Six features a Jazz Bass-shaped body but down-sized, with 2 Telecaster pickups and one humbucker, plus a vibrato.

 

Fender Sixty-Six features include:

  •     Down-sized Ash Jazz Bass body
  •     One Player Series humbucking pickup (bridge); two Player Series single-coil Tele pickups (middle & neck)
  •     “Modern C”-shaped neck profile; 9.5”-radius fingerboard
  •     Vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge
  •     Includes deluxe gig bag
     

 

And lastly, the new version of the Meteora. This version has 2 humbucker pickups with the option of switching them to single coil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fender Meteora features inlcude:

  •     Alder body
  •     “Modern C”-shaped neck profile; 9.5”-radius fingerboard
  •     Two Player Series chrome-covered humbucking pickups
  •     Adjusto-matic® bridge with string-through-body holes
  •     Includes deluxe gig bag



Once these are gone, that's it! These are great guitars that look and sound amazing and they're great to play.

They're also great collector's pieces - the first ever Sixty-Six and Powercaster guitars ever made! And the first Meteora's with humbuckers.

Why not come and try them out for yourself?