Music China 2018: Fender, Washburn and Walrus Audio (Day 3 Recap)

There’s no slowing down after Day 1 and Day 2 of Music China 2018. Here’s what we spotted – plenty of Fenders ahead.

Music China Fender Custom Shop
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Handsome guitars gleaming in glass cases greet us in the exhibition hall. Behind them, the sign “Fender Custom Shop”. We spend more time than needed at the booth, before reluctantly slipping out to drop by the other US brands represented at Music China and catch a few fingerstyle performances…

Passers-by can’t help but stare at these lovely Fender Custom Shop models…

Music China Fender Custom Shop

…like this heavy relic Telecaster.

Fender Troublemaker Telecaster

We meet the Parallel Universe Troublemaker Telecaster again.

Fender Strat-Tele Hybrid

Likewise with the Strat-Tele Hybrid.

Fender American Original '60s Stratocaster

Here’s a ’60s Stratocaster from Fender’s 2018 American Original series. We reviewed its younger sibling, the ’50s Strat, in our March issue.

Music China Walrus Audio

Dragging ourselves out of the Fender zone, we see a Hong Kong retailer, FICCY International, spread out a herd of Walrus Audio pedals. (Find out why we gave the Emissary Boost a 9/10 score in our review.)

Walrus Audio Janus

The artwork on the Janus tremolo – which takes its name from the Roman god of duality – is something else.

Music China Washburn

Washburn is another big US brand proudly on display at Music China.

Washburn N2-Nuno Bettencourt

A close-up of Nuno Bettencourt’s Washburn signature, the N2-NUNO, and its Bill Lawrence L-500 bridge humbucker.

Music China Nazzareno Zacconi

After all that gear-spotting, some live music is in order. Here’s Italian fingerstyle guitarist Nazzareno Zacconi to close out the day.

And that’s it for our Music China excursion – next up, NAMM!


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