BREAKING: Fender’s Road Worn series is back
Fender has announced the much-anticipated return of the Road Worn series to its Vintera range of instruments. First introduced all the way back in 2009, the Road Worn guitars offered Mexican-made instruments with artificially-aged nitrocellulose finishes to give players that vintage look and feel straight out of the box.
When Fender overhauled and combined its various top-end Mexico guitars into the Vintera series at Summer NAMM 2019, the Road Worn instruments were conspicuous by their absence, but now the polarising instruments have been returned to the range.
The new instruments not only take advantage of the refinements and upgrades of the standard Vintera guitars we reviewed last year, but the relicing process seems to have been given an upgrade as well, with lacquer checking and more sympathetic and vintage-correct wear present on all the new instruments.
The 2020 Vintera Road Worn electric guitars include a ‘50s Stratocaster, a ‘60s Stratocaster, a ‘50s Telecaster and a ‘70s Telecaster Deluxe. All are Available 10 September, listing for $1,099 – take a look at the available finishes below.
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The ’50s Strat in Surf Green
The ’50s Strat in Fiesta Red.
The ’50s Telecaster in Vintage Blonde.
The ’50s Telecaster in Lake Placid Blue.
The ’60s Strat in Lake Placid Blue.
The ’60s Strat in Firemist Red.
The ’70s Telecaster Deluxe in Olympic White.
The ’70s Telecaster Deluxe in Daphne Blue.
Road Worn 50s Strat
This Strat comes with an Alder body, ‘50s Hot Tele single-coil pickups and a thick “Soft V”- neck profile. 21 vintage tall frets find themselves in a 7.25”-radius maple fingerboard. Strat classics like a vintage-style tremolo and 5-way pickup switching are of course present, and we get the option of Road Worn Fiesta Red or Seafoam Green finishes both of which also sport subtle wear on the fingerboard and neck.
Road Worn 50s Tele
Also sporting an Alder Body, this old-school Tele comes with ‘50s-voiced single coils, a thick “U”-shaped neck, 21 vintage tall frets and a 7.25”- radius maple fingerboard. Notably, the bridge is a vintage-style string-through three saddle one, with brass barrel saddles. Finish options here include the classic pairing of Vintage Blonde or Lake Placid Blue.
Road Worn ‘60s Strat
As we move forward a decade we get ‘‘60s Hot Strat single-coil pickups, as well as a mid-‘60s “C”-shaped neck sporting a 7.25”- radius Pau ferro fingerboard. 21 vintage tall frets remain, as does a vintage-style six-point synchronized tremolo. Finishes here comprise either the blingy Firemist Gold or equally opulent Lake Placid Blue, both of which really show off the heavy lacquer checking.
Road Worn ‘70s Telecaster Deluxe
Here you’ll find two Fender Wide Range-style humbuckers for all your 1970s hard rock needs. These are loaded into the classic Telecaster Deluxe pickguard, which offers individual volume and tone pots for each pickup, as well as a three-way toggle switch on the top horn. The neck is a medium C-shape, and sports 21 medium-jumbo frets. It comes finished in either Olympic White or a pastel Daphne Blue.
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