Fender launches new Aerodyne Special range of guitars and basses

The lineup reinterprets four classic Fender shapes.

Fender has launched a new made-in-Japan range of guitars and basses, the Aerodyne Special range. The new guitars are refreshed takes on Strat, Telecaster, P-bass and J-bass designs.

The most noticeable twist Fender’s taken with the new range is the removal of the pickguard, meaning the instruments for the most part have direct-mount pickups and rear control cavities. Unifying features across the range also include basswood bodies, Babicz bridges, modern C-shaped necks topped with 12-inch radius fretboards (maple or rosewood depending on finish), painted headstocks and binding on the front of the bodies.

Aerodyne Special Stratocaster

Aerodyne Special Stratocaster

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This take on the standard strat features a two-point vibrato, as well as a trio of newly created Aerodyne Special single-coil pickups. Controls are standard Stratocaster fare, with a five-way blade switch, two tone controls and a master volume.

Lists for $1299.99 / £1,299 / €1,499

Aerodyne Special Stratocaster HSS

Aerodyne Special Stratocaster HSS

This guitar is the same as above bar the different finish options and the Aerodyne special humbucker in the bridge position.

Lists for $1329.99 / £1,349 / €1,549

Aerodyne Special Telecaster

Aerodyne Special Telecaster

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This guitar features a standard Telecaster control layout, but without the classic metal control plate. The The pickups are a pair of Aerodyne Special Telecaster single-coils.

Lists for $1299.99 / £1,299 / €1,499

Aerodyne Special Precision Bass

Aerodyne Special P Bass

This minimalist instrument is loaded with a single Aerodyne Special Precision Bass split-coil pickup in the middle position, and has a single volume and single tone control.

Lists for $1349.99 / £1,349 / €1,549

Aerodyne Special Jazz Bass

Aerodyne Special Jazz Bass

This bass has a standard Jazz Bass featureset, but again without the classic control plate or pickguard. The pickups are a pair of Aerodyne Special Jazz Bass single-coils in the bridge and middle positions, controlled by their own volumes and a master tone.

Lists for $1349.99 / £1,299 / €1,499

Head over to fender.com to find out more about the new range of guitars.

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