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Consolidating upgraded Classic Series and Classic Player models under one banner might not sound like the most headline-grabbing launch in Fender’s recent history. But you can be sure that the vintage-inspired, real-world instruments in the Vintera Series will sell by the truckload to players looking for their first serious electric guitar or bass. Time to take a trip through three decades of tone in a custom-colour candy store…

The last few years have seen Fender work its way through its extensive catalogue, reorganising and revamping at key price points. With the American Performer, Professional, Original and Elite lines now bang up to date, the company’s big launch for Summer 2019 is Vintera – 21 vintage-inspired electric guitars and basses made in the coastal Mexican city of Ensenada, available in a rainbow of vintage hues and priced between £689-999.

If some of the Vintera Series instruments (vintage… era… geddit?) look especially familiar, it’s because Vintera is essentially an amalgam of the old Classic Series and Classic Player Series. Popular models such as the Baja Telecaster and Classic Player Jazzmaster survive here, albeit in updated and rebadged form. In this first look at the 2019 range, we’ve got our hands on the ’50s Telecaster, ’60s Jazzmaster Modified and ’70s Stratocaster.

The Vintera Series can be split broadly into two, based on whether a model has ‘Modified’ in its name. Like their Classic Series forebears, the 15 models that aren’t ‘Modified’ cherry-pick features from a particular decade, rather than zeroing in on a specific model year. As you might expect, at this end of the catalogue we’re not talking about forensic vintage recreations and a certain degree of pragmatism has been applied to the specifications on offer.

On our ’50s Telecaster, for example, you’ll find a 7.25-inch fingerboard radius and a fat U-shaped neck with a revamped carve, but the alder body and maple neck are finished in gloss polyester and urethane respectively and the wiring is sensibly the ‘modern’ circuit that has been standard on Telecasters since late 1967.

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