Fender expands Rarities collection with Quilt Maple Top Stratocaster

Limited-edition piece features 60s C-shaped neck.

Fender has unveiled the Quilt Maple Top Stratocaster, its latest addition to the high-end Rarities collection. Like its contemporaries, this guitar boasts exotic tonewoods, vintage-style features as well as choice pickups.

For tonewoods, Fender has matched a two-piece roasted alder body to a striking quilted maple top. These are complemented by a 9.5-inch-radius rosewood fretboard and a 60s C-shaped solid rosewood neck. The former combines with narrow-tall frets to provide modern playability, while the latter’s shape should give you a vintage-like feel.

Fender Rarities Quilt Maple Top Strat landscape


The guitar is stocked with a trio of Pure Vintage ’65 Gray-Bottom single-coils, which are touted to produce a “sweet and articulate tone”, according to Fender. The pups can be further sculpted via a standard three-knob layout and five-way pickup switch. Fender has also decorated the pickups with a single-ply gold anodised aluminium pickguard, which complements the quilt maple top’s cream aesthetic.

Rounding out this Rarities’ features are Pure Vintage hardware, including a six-saddle synchronised tremolo bridge along with Single Line ‘Fender Deluxe’ tuners.

Retails at $2,499.99. More info at fender.com.