NAMM 2019: Fender shows new hybrid Acoustasonic
Fender has unveiled the first in its new generation of American-made acoustic guitars, the American Acoustasonic Series Telecaster. The company says its curious looking hybrid: ‘…is acoustic, electric and everything in between – unlocking diverse sonic expression from the studio to the stage. Handcrafted in Corona, California, at the same factory where Fender’s iconic electric instruments are made, the Acoustasonic Telecaster represents the next era in Fender craftsmanship and innovation – designed for fearless artists who want an inspiring instrument with a diverse set of sounds and Fender’s signature feel’.
The body features an integrated forearm contour and Fender’s Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS), which it claims delivers: ‘a naturally loud voice with lively harmonics. A smooth-playing mahogany neck and open-pore satin finish make this cutting-edge guitar comfortable and easy to play’.
‘Our objective was to develop an acoustic guitar for contemporary artists,’ says Andy Mooney, Fender’s CEO. ‘The end result of our three-year R&D exploration met all these criteria and exceeded our most optimistic expectations with the launch of the American Acoustasonic Series.
‘If the American Acoustasonic were a car, it would be a high-performance SUV. It is not just a state-of-the-art acoustic guitar that sounds great on stage – it’s a state-of-the-art electric guitar that sounds great on stage. That’s a challenge Fender was proud to take on.’
The £1,649.00 Acoustasonic Telecaster uses a Fender and Fishman-designed ‘Acoustic Engine’ which the manufacturer describes as: ‘a proprietary blend of classic analog and future technologies that optimizes the guitar’s natural sound, and then modifies the resonance to deliver a curated collection of voices. These acoustic and electric voices can be played solo or blended via the Mod Knob to create new sounds. They can also be used simultaneously, courtesy of the Fender Acoustasonic Noiseless magnetic pickup’.
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