Noteworthy Guitars Series
This is the first in a series of blog posts highlighting some really cool guitars and gear I’ve come across.
Fender Limited Edition Meteora Electric Guitar
Fender has been getting pretty interesting lately. Always known for their quality, they’re stepping into the unknown a bit and pushing their previously solidified boundaries (I’ll have more to talk about in that regard in just a few weeks, but I can’t divulge anything yet). They’ve recently come out with the aptly named Parallel Universe Series of guitars. These guitars look like they might already exist in a slightly bizarre version of our own world. Fender is basically combining features from their most famous guitar designs to make some hybrids that give you an oddly familiar feeling—like when you face swap with your best friend on Snapchat.
The Meteora may be the coolest design in the series. This guitar looks like a Telecaster that got stretched out when Chewy made the jump to light speed. It’s kind of a Jazzmaster body/neck, but the features are clearly Tele. Designer Josh Hurst stated that this guitar evolved from a Jazzmaster neck (Mid ’60s “C” shape – 9.5 inch radius), so some of the specs are similar to that model. But it’s got Tele single-coils and an American Professional Tele Bridge with three compensated Brass saddles, not to mention a Tele pickup selector and volume/tone knobs.
Like many Fenders, the Meteora’s body is cut from ash and sports a maple neck and fretboard. The finish is a cool Butterscotch gloss nitrocellulose lacquer that allows you to see down to the wood grains if you squint hard enough. The black pickguard is pretty wild, stretching in a seemingly wavy motion from the upper bout top corner to the lower bout bottom corner. Being a Limited Edition, it doesn’t seem there’s other finishes or the option for a Rosewood fretboard. That’s okay with me – I personally prefer the look and feel of maple, and I’m really digging the way the Black Block Inlays stand out with the lighter wood.
I really liked the aesthetic of this guitar, but haven’t yet had a chance to play it. However, the only thing that could rival the satisfaction of getting to play it myself is watching Jim Root from Slipknot try and figure out what it is after Fender blindfolded him and dropped it in his hands. Behold:
As a Fender lover, it’s hard for me to not be enamored with stuff like this. I trust their quality, so when I see innovation, I doubt it’s a gimmick. But regardless of how well it plays or how cool it is, it may not be around for long. We’ll have to see whether it stays in our world or returns to the parallel universe it came from.