Fender has released the latest addition to its Parallel Universe line: the Meteora. It’s a Jazzmaster-Telecaster hybrid, announced at Winter NAMM 2018, whose retro aesthetics and biting tone fit right into Fender’s new weird world.
The new axe sports an offset ash body coated in a classic nitrocellulose lacquer and a Butterscotch Blonde finish. It boasts a vintage ’60s “C” maple neck and a 9.5-inch-radius maple fingerboard adorned with black block inlays.
Two Custom Shop pickups power the Meteora’s sparkling tone. There’s a vintage-style Tele single-coil in the bridge position and a Twisted Tele single-coil at the neck; both are wound for hotter outputs. Controls are identical to a regular Tele: a master volume and master tone knob, coupled with a three-way pickup selector.
Where hardware is concerned, the axe sports an American Professional Tele bridge with compensated brass saddles, a limited-edition micro-tilt neck plate, and chrome dome knobs.
To promote the strange new model, Fender held another blindfold challenge. This time, Jim Root of Slipknot and Stone Sour, who loves his signature Teles, took the hot seat. Check it out here:
Retails at $1,999.99. More information at fender.com.