Flea and Albert Hammond Jr get new Fenders

The two signature instruments accompany new finishes for the Johnny Marr artist guitar.

Fender Flea Jazz Bass Active, Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster and Johnny Marr Jaguar

From left to right: Flea Jazz Bass Active, Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster and Johnny Marr Jaguar

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Fender has announced two new signature models, for Flea and Albert Hammond Jr, alongside fresh colors for its Jimi Hendrix and Johnny Marr guitars.

Flea Jazz Bass Active

This satin-finished four-string channels the growl and snarl that the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ bassist is renowned for. It has a hot Fender humbucker at the bridge position, wired to an Aguilar OBP-1 18-volt preamp that the brand says is “perfect for pounding a stadium with the power of funk.”

The Flea Jazz Bass Active is available in two finishes: Satin Inca Silver and Satin Shell Pink. It lists for $1,699.99, and will ship in October.

Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster

Fans of The Strokes will be stoked for this one. This guitar is a reissue of a ’72 Stratocaster that bears Hammond Jr’s unique pickup wiring. The fourth position on a five-way selector switch activates the neck and bridge single-coils in tandem, while positions one and three are reversed from a regular Strat.

The pickups themselves are ceramic-based single-coils that have been voiced to complement Hammond Jr’s raunchy playing style. Besides those, this Strat has a modern “C”-shaped maple neck, large ’70s-style headstock, and a vintage 7.25-inch-radius rosewood fretboard.

The Albert Hammond Jr Stratocaster is only available in a White finish. It lists for $874.99, and will ship in October.

Johnny Marr Jaguar

Don’t panic on the streets of London—nothing’s much changed on the widely popular signature instrument of The Smiths’ guitar man. It’s now available in a fresh finish: Lake Placid Blue, which coincides with the release of Marr’s new album, Call the Comet.

Elsewhere on the Jag, you’ll find a pair of Bare Knuckle Johnny Marr single-coils, a vintage 7.25-inch radius, and the tweaked Jaguar circuitry of the original model.

The Johnny Marr Jaguar lists for $1,799.99, and will ship in the summer.

For more info, check out fender.com.


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