Five new electric guitars: May 2019

Our favourite new guitar announcements, releases and rumours of the past month.

best guitars may 2019

Every month, we compile a few lists of guitars fresh out of the oven. Here’s one dedicated to the latest electric and acoustic guitars.

1Fender Custom Shop House Stark Telecaster

Unless you’ve been under a rock the past month or so, you know that the final season of Game of Thrones is well underway. To celebrate the premiere of the hit show, Fender Custom shop produced three limited-edition axes: House Lannister Jaguar, House Targaryen Stratocaster and House Stark Telecaster (pictured above). The Tele, which is the most modestly priced of the three, will set you back a mere $25,000.

2Framus D-Series Idolmaker

Framus D-Series Idolmaker

The Idolmaker has been one of Framus’ more popular guitars, previously only offered in high-end variations. After feedback from its fans, the brand has decided to produce an entry level version, dubbed the D-Series Idolmaker. The new guitar does feature some enviable specs for its price tag, though: AAAA flamed maple top, mahogany neck with Tigerstripe ebony fretboard and Seymour Duncan pups.

3Fender Rarities Flame Maple Top Stratocaster

Fender flame maple top stratocaster

Kicking off Fender’s premium collection for the year is the Flame Maple Top Stratocaster. The highlights of this build have to be its choice tonewoods and custom pickups. In terms of woods, the guitar features a two-piece alder body, solid rosewood neck and flame maple fingerboard and top.

Tone is provided by a DoubleTap humbucker in the bridge and a pair of Pure Vintage ’65 single-coils at the neck and middle positions. The humbucker is worth mentioning because it features an S-1 switch for some coil-splitting action.

4Fender Sixty-Six

Fender Sixty Six

Fender has obviously been busy this month. This new axe joins the Powercaster in the brand’s Alternate Reality series. Most noticeably, it features a shrunken Jazz Bass body with a large Strat-style head. In terms of pups, it has Player Series pickups arranged in a HSS configuration to cater to a wide playing style. Other Strat-style appointments on this axe include master volume and tone knobs, a five-way selector and vintage tremolo bridge.

5Ernie Ball St. Vincent HHH

Ernie Ball Music Man Family Reserve April St Vincent HHH

A new entrant to the Ball Family Reserve, this guitar mainly features some aesthetic upgrades to the production line model. These include a custom Turquoise Crush sparkle finish, pearl block inlays and white pearl Schaller tuners. Otherwise it stays true to the regular signature model: African mahogany body, rosewood fretboard, triple DiMarzio Mini humbuckers and Music Man’s modern tremolo.