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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.