Fender F-Series Acoustic Guitars
Fender brings back the F-Series with an all-new line up of '70s era styled acoustic guitars.
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The 2014 F-Series starts out with six new models that cover entry-level to mid-level specs, with each one carrying relatively affordable price tags.
The original "F" series was introduced in 1972, it featured traditional headstock shapes instead of the Strat-shaped ones used on other Fender acoustic models. The new F-Series carries the same traditional look, featuring a dreadnought body with a large '70s style headstock and "Viking" style rosewood bridge.
Other common features found on each of the new models include maple logo inlay on the headstock, maple and rosewood rosette, maple 'F' logo on the 12th fret and maple body bindings on the mid and top tier models. The six models are divided into regular acoustics and acoustic-electrics with cutaway.
Fender Acoustics product manager Jim Bryant said, "We wanted to introduce a line of guitars that had a really natural and sweet look and sound, while retaining some of that fun Fender vibe. The old F-series from the 70’s was a good place to start, and we really reworked these new guitars starting from there. The oversized headstocks, Viking bridge, wooden inlays and vintage tuners give the guitars a really cool look."
The most affordable of the group is the F-1000 Dreadnought. It comes with a gloss natural finish and follows the typical spruce top and mahogany back and sides combination. Other features include quartersawn scalloped “X” bracing, mahogany “C” shaped neck, black neck and body binding, and aged chrome hardware. The acoustic electric version is called F-1000CE Dreadnought Cutaway, it comes equipped with the Fishman Isys III pickup/preamp system with onboard active preamp, and built-in chromatic tuner.
The new F-1020S Dreadnought sits in the mid-tier of this series, it comes with a gloss finish in either Natural or Black. The hardware is black on the black models, and aged chrome on the natural. The cool thing about this guitar is the use of solid cedar for the top, paired with mahogany back and sides - giving this guitar a warmer flavor compared to the common spruce top variety. Other features include mahogany “C” shaped neck and maple body and neck binding. F-1020SCE Dreadnought Cutaway is the acoustic-electric version that comes with the same Fishman Isys III pickup/preamp system for plugged in performance.
The current flagship model of the Fender F-Series is the satin natural finished F-1030 Dreadnought. It features also features a solid cedar top, but backs it up with rosewood back and sides instead of mahogany. Other features of the guitar include "C"-shape mahogany neck, maple body and neck binding, and aged chrome hardware. If you're planning to plug this guitar in, then you can go for the F-1030SCE Dreadnought Cutaway model, which comes equipped with Fishman Presys pickup/preamp system.
The new Fender F-Series guitars are expected to hit the stores throughout Europe at the end of March 2014. The current pre-order price for the guitars range from £145 to £336 depending on the model.
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