Music123 Unveils Fender Road Worn™ Guitars and Basses

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The newest electric guitar and bass series from Fender® mimics the look of instruments that have been played and loved for years

Fender Road Worn '50s Stratocaster Electric Guitar

Music gear retailer, Music123 announces the complete line of Fender Road Worn™ Electric Guitars and Basses, a line of instruments that have the look of well-traveled vintage veterans of the road, are in stock and ready to ship today.

Evoking classic Fender electric guitars and basses of the 1950s and 1960s, the long-awaited Road Worn instruments are skillfully aged using techniques developed by the Fender Custom Shop. They are "distressed" similar to Fender Custom Shop Relic models, but unlike those handcrafted instruments that carry a hefty price tag, the new Fender Road Worn Series instruments are offered at prices affordable to working musicians.

The much-anticipated Fender Road Worn Series appeals to guitarists and bassists who appreciate the look and feel of a vintage instrument that has seen lots of duty. Incorporating vintage specs, each Road Worn electric guitar and bass is shipped in perfect playing condition while 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--which include two Stratocaster® models, a Telecaster®, a Precision Bass®, and Jazz Bass®--with this road-warrior vibe.

Fender Road Worn Electric Guitars
Fender Road Worn guitars are not exact replications of the models on which they are based--they sport modern updates including higher-quality pickups and taller frets for easier string bending. The original pickups on the Telecaster and two Stratocaster guitars have been updated with Tex-Mex single-coils that deliver more output and a warmer tone than the original single-coils. The Fender Road Worn 1950s Telecaster has the rounded U-shaped neck first introduced by Leo Fender in 1950 while the Fender Road Worn 1950s Stratocaster has a slender mid-'50s V-neck. Its younger brother, the Fender Road Worn 1960s Stratocaster has a C-shaped neck that falls between the other two in size and feel. Each guitar, as well as Road Worn basses, sport authentic nitrocellulose lacquer finishes.

Fender Road Worn Electric Basses
Like the Fender Road Worn guitars, the basses combine 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 a traditional split single-coil pickup. The classic, wide P-Bass® neck has 20 vintage-style frets and delivers big sound that can underpin the loudest 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 that of the Precision Bass, producing a more crisp overall 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 Music123.

Fender Road Worn guitars and basses are priced from $949.99. View a Fender Road Worn video to see these instruments in action.

About Music123

Founded in 1928, Music123 is celebrating 80 years of business in 2008. Music123 sells a wide range of music gear products such as guitars, bass guitars, pro audio, keyboards, live sound and recording equipment, and drums and percussion that are marketed through its print catalogs and website. Music123 can be contacted at 1-888-566-6123, or by visiting Music123.


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