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Fender Custom Shop Unveils 2021 Prestige Series Basses

The Fender Custom Shop has unveiled their 2021 Masterbuilt Prestige Collection, featuring one-of-a-kind instruments crafted by their roster of master builders. This year the series includes two basses.


New Book Documents Fender’s Diamond Anniversary

Fender is celebrating their 75th anniversary with a few limited edition basses, but the iconic brand’s three-quarters of a century will also be documented in a new book, “Fender 75 Years”, written by Dave Hunter.


Fender Celebrates 75 Years with Anniversary Basses

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Fender, and the company is celebrating with a special series of instruments to commemorate the occasion. The lineup includes Jazz Bass and Precision Bass models.


Fender Unveils Limited Edition Boxer Series Precision Bass

Fender wrapped up 2020 with the introduction of the limited edition Boxer Series. Made in Japan, the lineup includes a Precision Bass model that comes in Sherwood Green Metallic or Torino Red.


Fender Announces American Professional II Series Basses

After replacing the American Standard Series with the American Professional Series in 2016, Fender has unveiled its next generation of instruments. The American Professional II Series builds upon the range through several years of player input.

Pedals & Effects

Fender Announces the Trapper Bass Distortion Pedal

Last year marked the first-ever bass-specific pedal from Fender, and now they’ve revealed another for later this year. The Trapper Bass Distortion is a modified version of their Trapper that features two distortion circuits.

Accessories & Strings

Fender Announces Roasted Maple Vintera ’50s Precision Bass Neck

Fender introduced the vintage-styled Vintera series last year to pay homage to the instruments from their first three decades as a company. Now they’re offering roasted necks from the series as a separate component.


Fender Unveils 60th Anniversary Jazz Bass

It’s been six decades since Fender first introduced the Jazz Bass, and now they’re celebrating with a special 60th Anniversary Jazz Bass model. The limited-edition bass replicates the original design of the Jazz.


Fender Introduces the Player Series Mustang Bass PJ

Fender has expanded their Player Series of instruments with a handful of guitars and one new bass: the Player Mustang Bass PJ. The short-scale bass fits a new pickup set into the vintage body style.


Fender to Discontinue Ash Bodies In Production Models

Fender will be phasing out ash bodies in their production models due to environmental concerns. Ash trees have been declining at an alarming rate due to an insect called the Emerald Ash Borer, which destroys the trees, as well as flooding due to climate change.


Fender Japan Launches Heritage Series Basses

Fender Japan has unveiled a new line of instruments called the Heritage Series that recreates features from the company’s past. The series was developed with Mark Kendrick, an original founding master builder of the Fender Custom Shop.


Fender Announces New Ownership

Fender Musical Instruments Corporation will be getting a new change in ownership. A press release from Fender announced that longtime investor Servco Pacific, Inc. will be securing a majority stake in a purchase agreement with TPG Growth.