Fender’s Parallel Universe Farewells 2018 with the ’51 Telecaster PJ Bass

By December 11, 2018Guitars, News

Fender has made quite the splash this year with their Parallel Universe line of guitars and basses. The series is signing off for the year with ’51 Telecaster PJ bass – an instrument that takes on a vintage look, combining it with the tone of Precision and Jazz bass pickups.

Fender’s Parallel Universe has been dishing up a wide range of guitar mash ups throughout 2018. They’ve ended the year on a low, with the ’51 Telecaster PJ bass.

The bass features a ’51 Precision bass body, with a Telecaster bass neck with a ’63 P bass profile. Pickups are provided Jazz bass single coil and a P bass split-coil.

As mentioned earlier, Fender have been busy this year creating hybrid beasts out of their classic designs, so here’s a quick round up:


This cross-breed features American Vintage ’65 Jazzmaster single coil pickups, and the Jazzmaster’s (and Jaguar’s) floating vibrato – in our opinion the best wiggle-stick ever made. The look and specifically the body shape of the guitar, however, display its Telecaster tendencies.”

Jaguar Strat

“The guitar’s 22-fret neck has a length of 25.5 inches, which is more than a standard Jag’s usual 24 inches, closer to a standard Strat. The three pickups are Fender’s ‘Pure Vintage’ ’65 Single-Coil Jaguar pickups, with switching geared similar to a standard Jag, as is the classic bridge with floating tremolo.”


The guitar is a strange mix of old and new, with an old-school single coil pickup setup, set into a futuristic body that Hurst says is an “evolution of the Fender shape.”  The Meteora’s offset body is built from ash, with a lacquered finish, while the maple neck comes from an American Professional Jazzmaster, featuring 22 narrow-tall frets and a 9.5 inch radius fretboard.

Whiteguard Strat

“It sports a modern 9.5″ radius maple fingerboard, with narrow, tall frets, a bone nut – an authentic original-era Fender design element and an American Professional Tele bridge, ensuring reliably accurate intonation.”

Tele Thinline Super Deluxe

“This new axe features semi-hollow alder Thinline body, with double white binding, lacquer finish and silver sparkle pickguard. The retro look is topped off with the rosewood fingerboard – complete with block inlays –  sitting atop a “Deep C” shaped neck.”

Troublemaker Tele

“The silhouette of this new electric combines a Telecaster body with a Stratocaster headstock – nothing to controversial there. It’s only once you take a closer look that you realise why it’s earned the Troublemaker moniker.”

As always, visit Fender for more details.

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