Fender is About to Start Making Some Nice Cuts

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  1. feraledge

    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    After years of owning Jackson and Charvel, looks like Fender is finally ready to piss of some purists and add some modern amenities. Heel carves. I'm all in. Charvels answer most of these questions already, but I'm for it.

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    mastapimp SS.org Regular

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    I'm also in favor of this, but I wonder if they'd ever ditch the back plate. My Charvel Guthrie Govan guitar has a perfectly sculpted heel with no plate and it's very comfortable to play up high. Same with my EQ FT7. I guess this cut + plate is a compromise to keep some of the original aesthetics.
     
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    Surveyor 777 I measure things

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    OK - I'm interested.
     
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    When I'll get old(er) and my nephews (if any) will ask me "when did rock start being meh" , I'll reply "when traditional bolt on heels, 22 frets and only 6 strings became a problem".

    Maybe I'm old already tho.
     
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  6. Kaura

    Kaura biding his time

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    Looks really promising. Hell, as long as they have matching headstocks I'm gonna snatch one no matter what the specs are or what they cost. The one in the last shot even seemed to have a finish similar to the Squier in my avatar which I love. :D
     
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    gunshow86de Beef Jerky Time

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    I'm digging that metallic blue in the video.
     
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    I love that Fender often leaves headstocks plain on strats. But if I can buy a “real” fender strat with 21-22 frets a good bridge and a heel carve then guess whose going to dress up as Yngwie? This guy.
     
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    Good. If it's not some vintage repro nonsense, none of their guitars should have anything but contoured heels.
     
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    technomancer Gearus Pimptasticus Super Moderator

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    Give me a strat with a reversed headstock and floyd in that blue and I'm in :lol:
     
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    As far as the FMIC portfolio goes, I always figured Fender was for the largely traditional stuff, Charvel for the 80’s metal (but vintage at this point) stuff, and Jackson for the modern stuff.

    That being said I do like strats with some modern appointments now and then. Squier has been doing it for ages with their ‘contemporary’ models, I’d love to see more Fenders that edge into that Charvel kind of territory.
     
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    A good idea, but one that looks to be very poorly executed if the image is anything to go by given the very angular join under the top horn. As mastapimp said, they already have what are surely better neck joints on some guitars under their other name brands so these seem like a bit of a mistake to me. Not a ‘Gibson social media” size mistake, but a mistake nonetheless.
     
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    Isn't the market for these all buying Charvels or Jacksons anyway?
     
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    You're literally on seven string dot org ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
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    jephjacques BUTTS LOL

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    Neat! The American Elite line has contoured heels, nice to see them taking it a step further.
     
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    KnightBrolaire bring out your dead

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    they're like 40 yrs too late. Washburn, kramer, ibanez, all the shredder brands were doing this shit ages ago
     
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    feraledge Heard the Good News about Maple Fretboards?

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    I'm glad Angel proved this could look so good, but I still think the strat head might be the one time I'm a proponent of regular original headstock orientation.

    I like the idea of Fender being like, "goddamnit, KRAMER beat us to it!!" No matter how many San Dimas Charvel and Jackson might sell, Fender will blow them out of the water and any allegiance to one brand over another is decades too late. I welcome it.
     
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    Fender evolves over the next hundred years.. becomes a 1980's Ibanez Jem.
     
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    They finally tired of literally every other boutique "modern fender" makers eating their lunch?
     
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