Earlier in the month we mentioned that to celebrate the 60th Birthday of the Stratocaster Fender Guitars were going to be launching 6 limited edition guitars. Celebrating the past present and future all six guitars have been designed to capture the essence of the Stratocaster. There is a Vintage 1954 American Stratocaster to celebrate the past. A Classic Vibe 1950s Stratocaster is one of three guitars celebrating the present. However, it is the Fender Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster HSS, representing the future of the Stratocaster, that we think looks rather tasty.
Unfortunately these are newly launched guitars and the Fender Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster is not due for release until March 2014. Therefore we have not had the chance to try it out and have only seen the spec of the Fender Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster HSS. But from first views this promises to be a great looking and playing Fender Stratocaster.
So what will the Fender Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster HSS offer the guitarist?
As you can imagine this will be a great looking Fender Stratocaster. The body is made from Alder with a quilted maple top and is everything that you would expect from a Fender. The bolt on maple neck has 22 frets and has been designed with the classic modern C profile so should have a familiar feel in the hands of fans of the Stratocaster.
The designers at Fender have decided to really hot-rod the Fender Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster. In the neck and middle position you have two Vintage Noiseless single coil pick-ups and there is a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Humbucking pick-up in the bridge position. This combination should prove to be a potent tonal combination giving the Fender Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster great versatility. Combined with a vintage style synchronised tremolo this guitar is starting to show wide appeal.
However, it is the Fishman TriplePlay which will propel the Fender Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster HSS into the future of guitars. When you engage the Fishman TriplePlay system the built in MIDI wirelessly transmits data to your computer allowing you to create and record virtually unlimited sounds. The Fishman hex pickup, TriplePlay D-pad controller and MIDI volume control are all built into the front of the guitar, with the TriplePlay wireless controller built into the back. The wireless controller transmits the signal from the Hex Pick-up direct to a USB transceiver that plugs into your computer. Once at your computer all the software you need to record, edit and play back your sounds comes in an included USB flash drive that contains Fishman TriplePlay, IK Multimedia SampleTank 2.5 and AmpliTube Custom Shop, and Native Instruments Komplete Elements. Further free software can be downloaded once you have registered your guitar. To see the potential check out the short video below.
We have to say we are pretty excited by the prospects of the Fender Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster HSS. Not only does it have some great “traditional” guitar fittings but the addition of the Hex pick-up, built in MIDI and wireless transmitter opens the potential of this guitar up. If you are looking for a guitar where you can truly experiment with your sound, as well as compose and record the Fender Fishman TriplePlay Stratocaster is the guitar for you. We would like to think that it will certainly keep the Fender Stratocaster at the forefront for at least the next 60 years.
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