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The Winter NAMM Show will be done and dusted by the time you read this, but if you’ve missed any coverage from the biggest event in the musicalinstrument industry calendar, is the place to go. Next issue, we’ll have even more from the Anaheim event but irst, here are some of the best new products to get excited about in 2019…



With its American Performer series released last year, Fender’s irst big launch of 2019 shocked everyone by being, of all things, an American-made acoustic guitar. However, the reality is not quite so simple, and a lot more interesting. The fruits of three years of R&D, the American Acoustasonic Telecaster is designed to offer performing artists high-quality acoustic and electric tones thanks to the bespoke Fishman/Fender Acoustic Engine. With the ability to blend the two to taste, the Acoustasonic Telecaster’s small body minimises the risk of onstage feedback, while Fender’s new Stringed Instrument Resonance System (SIRS) ensures that the guitar still delivers the resonance and lively harmonics you’d want from a good acoustic. And with a mahogany Telecaster neck, it feels familiar, too. The Acoustasonic Telecaster might not be the irst high-end electric/ acoustic hybrid, but it’s a bold change of pace for the world’s biggest guitar company, and a fascinating musical tool.



It’s not all about high-end acoustic guitars in 2019, as South Korean mega-brand Cort has revealed the MR720F, an affordable instrument notable primarily because of the sustainable materials used. The top is Sitka spruce, while the neck is sustainable mahogany. There’s also an ovangkol bridge and fretboard. The back and sides, however, are made from a material called EvoRose – a composite developed by Cort that is claimed to maintain the visual and sonic characteristics of wood.

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