Fender Road Worn Electric Guitars and Basses Debut at Musician's Friend

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Fender's newest guitar and bass series appeals to musicians drawn to the comfortable vibe of a well-loved instrument.

Musician's Friend announces the launch of Fender's Road Worn series in advance of its debut at Winter NAMM 2009--the January 15-18 2009 music trade show. Beginning today, Musician's Friend is accepting preorders and will soon begin shipping these highly anticipated guitars that mimic the look of instruments that have been played and loved for years.

Based on classic Fender guitars and basses of the 1950s and 1960s, Road Worn instruments are skillfully aged, incorporating processes invented in the Fender Custom Shop. "Distressed" models emulating the worn look of instruments that have been played hard have been available from the Fender Custom Shop for years. But unlike those handcrafted instruments that carry a hefty price tag, the new Fender Road Series instruments are offered at prices easily accessible to working musicians.

The much-anticipated Fender Road Worn series appeals to guitarists and bassists drawn to the comfortable, broken-in vibe of a well-loved instrument. Incorporating vintage specs, each Road Worn electric guitar and bass is shipped in perfect playing condition though it wears the scars of life on the road. As with the battle-scarred favorite guitars of artists like Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Bruce Springsteen, Keith Richards, and Mike McCready, the distressed finishes and parts used in Road Worn instruments suggest countless gigs and years spent under hot stage lights. Fender steeps each of their five Road Worn models--that include two Stratocaster® models, a Telecaster®, a Precision Bass®, and Jazz Bass®--with this soulful vibe.

Fender Road Worn Electric Guitars
Fender Road Worn guitars are not entirely original--they sport modern updates including higher-quality pickups and taller frets for easier string-bending. The original pickups on the two Stratocasters and the Telecaster been replaced with Tex-Mex single-coils that deliver more output and a warmer tone than vintage-style single-coils. The Fender Road Worn 1950s Telecaster has the rounded U-shaped neck first introduced by Leo Fender in 1950 while the while the Fender Road Worn 1950s Stratocaster has a slender mid-'50s V neck. Its younger sibling, the Fender Road Worn 1960s Stratocaster has a C-shaped neck that resides between the other two in size and feel. Each guitar as well as Road Worn basses offer their own vintage-style touches including nitrocellulose lacquer finishes.

Fender Road Worn Electric Basses
As with the Fender Road Worn guitars, the basses pair vintage looks with modern functionality. The Fender Road Worn 1950s Precision Bass has a one-piece maple neck, an alder body with a comfortable contour, and traditional split single-coil pickup. The classic, wide P-Bass neck plays host to 20 vintage-style frets and delivers big trademark tone known for its ability to cut through guitar stacks. Bassists will find ergonomic features that include closer string spacing on the Fender Road Worn 1960s Jazz Bass that creates a tapered feel. The J-Bass rosewood neck is narrower and thinner than the Precision Bass, producing an overall crisper tone through two standard vintage alnico magnet Jazz Bass single-coil pickups. More information on each of the Fender Road Worn basses and guitars is available at Musician's Friend.

About Musician's Friend:
Musician's Friend, Inc. is the world's largest direct marketer of musical instruments. With more than 58,000 unique products for sale, the company covers a wide range of musical needs, including guitars, basses, amplifiers, keyboards, live sound, recording equipment, drums, percussion, woodwind, brasswind and orchestral stringed instruments as well as related accessories which are marketed through its print catalogs and websites, including musiciansfriend.com.

The Musician's Friend website also offers informative musician's resources including in-depth buying guides, tech tips, hands-on gear reviews, articles from highly respected music industry professionals, interviews with well-known artists and over 250,000 product reviews and ratings.

The company is headquartered in Medford, Oregon with warehousing in Kansas City, Missouri, and a call center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Musician's Friend can be contacted at 1-800-776-5173, or by visiting Musician's Friend.

Musician's Friend is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guitar Center, the world's leading retailer of musical equipment.

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