New for 2022, Fender releases the Prestige series made by Master Builders, plus a series of limited-edition guitars showcasing the latest in guitar innovation.
Greg Fessler: Prestige Ghost Town Tele, Relic, Artwork by Dave Newman
Greg Fessler found inspiration in Fellow Master Builder Dale Wilson, who travels the Southwest, including many Ghost Towns. Artist Dave Newman, who Fessler has worked with for years, is a Southwest native. Dave's work is stimulated by what he sees around the Southwest, creating an organic segway to the partnership. Innovative specs include Josefina Campos Hand-Wound pickups along with Merle Haggard electronics. Beneath Newman’s artwork lies pre-distressed ash, lending the guitar an authentic finish. This model is ideal for guitar enthusiasts or collectors with respect and affinity for Southwestern art. $17,500.00 USD.
CS 2022Showcase Fender CUSTOM GHOST TOWN TELE® R112802 9216095039
Dennis Galuszka: Prestige Moto Jazzmaster, Bronze Sunburst
Motivated by all things pearloid and with an eagerness to work with founding Fender Custom Shop Master Builder, Fred Stuart, the duo created the Prestige Moto Jazzmaster, Bronze Sunburst. Highlights include a 2-piece select ash body with Moto covering by Fred Stuart and a roasted quartersawn maple neck with '62 style Jazzmaster back-shape. Finish includes Jay Nelson paintwork. $15,000.00 USD.
CS 2022Showcase Fender CUSTOM MOTO JAZZMASTER® CZ556872 9216095043
Todd Krause: Prestige Jazzmaster, Olympic White
Influenced by a modern version of this classic model, Todd Krause’s Prestige Jazzmaster includes simple rear routed electronics and small pickguard and roasted neck - the most notable features giving the Prestige Jazzmaster a very unique appearance. Suitable for a collector or enthusiast craving an instrument that defies tradition and steps outside of predictable boundaries, this is a must-have guitar. $11,250.00 USD.
CS 2022Showcase Fender CUSTOM JAZZMASTER® CZ556894 9216095021
Kyle McMillin: Prestige Thinline Telecaster, Tobacco Sunburst
This Telecaster is inspired by a gorgeous abalone shell pickguard that Kyle McMillin has cherished for years. A deeper review of the shell presented McMillin the perfect combination of specs this guitar needed: a custom abalone veneered pickguard, complemented with abalone side dots and abalone Fender logo in the headstock, a satin tobacco burst finish and Tasmanian blackwood Thinline body with black top binding. The Prestige Thinline Telecaster is equipped with Josefina Campos Hand-Wound original blackguard (bridge) and twisted Tele (neck) pickups, possessing a traditional Fender sound with a unique and elegant look. $11,000.00 USD.
CS 2022Showcase Fender CUSTOM THINLINE TELECASTER® KM1054 9216095035
Yuriy Shishkov: Prestige Quilted '60s Stratocaster
Inspired by an exquisite deep purple finish, Yuriy Shishkov sought to create a High Garde Quilt Maple top for his prestige collection. The Prestige Quilted ‘60s Stratocaster includes: NOS urethane finish with gold hardware, select roasted ash body with 4A quilted maple top and Josefina Campos Hand-Wound '60s Strat pickups. The Prestige Quilted '60s Stratocaster is an ideal guitar for enthusiasts and collectors craving a one-of-a-kind Custom Shop creation. $9,500.00 USD.
CS 2022Showcase Fender CUSTOM QUILTED '60s STRATOCASTER® YS2948 9216095041
Jason Smith: Prestige Electric Sea Gems Esquire
Jason Smith, frontman for band Echovox, commissioned Minnesota based artist Laura Bennett to create his band’s album cover art, and from there the inspiration for the Electric Sea Gems was born. The Prestige Electric Sea Gems Esquire features include: a 2-piece select alder body, quartersawn maple neck with '60 style oval "C" back shape, and a flat-lam rosewood fingerboard with white pearloid block inlay. This single pickup Esquire includes heavily rolled edges on the neck, giving the guitar a comfortable, vintage feel. The Electric Sea Gems Esquire captivates art collectors and guitar enthusiasts alike. $13,000.00 USD.
CS 2022Showcase Fender CUSTOM ELECTRIC SEA GEMS ESQUIRE® JS0605 9216090056
Ron Thorn: Prestige Hawaiian Dream Resonator, Natural
Koa, a wood revered for its beauty, tone and symbolism is only grown in one place on earth: Hawaii. Ron Thorn built this Koa resonator in celebration of Hawaii’s “rich musical heritage and love of slide and steel guitars.” The extra thick Koa hollow body allows for additional volume and projection from the hand-spun resonator cone. The Koa set-neck’s fretboard is adorned with various Hawaiian flower position marker inlays in a selection of pearl, abalone and semi-precious stone materials. Thornhand-engraved the bronze-plated brass top in a floral motif with bird of paradise sound holes, which are also found on the body’s curly Koa back. An active preamp allows blending of the neck pickup and the piezo biscuit bridge for endless electric/acoustic resonator tones when plugged in. $36,500.00 USD.
CS 2022Showcase Fender CUSTOM HAWAIIAN DREAM RESONATOR Hawaiian Dream 9216095042
Vincent Van Trigt Peacock Precision Bass
After creating the Flamingo Telecaster last year with Ian Ward, a prolific parrot breeder and aviary enthusiast, Vincent Van Trigt sought out the opportunity to work with Ward again, inspired by his illustrations of birds. Vincent Van Trigt notes, “historically peacocks are a symbol of transformation, restoration and rejuvenation, which is what music is. It’s transformative, it takes people on a journey and rejuvenates their souls.” The 1952 Peacock Precision Bass is adorned with Ward's artwork and inlays that match beautifully as well as Josefina Campos Hand-Wound special design pickups with custom mounting rings. The pickup ring with 2 ‘51 pickups is wired in series while the reversed headstock is a nod to Dusty Hill. The 1952 Peacock Precision Bass is perfect for a bass player looking for a classic Fender instrument with some modern twists and gorgeous artwork. $22,500.00 USD.
CS 2022Showcase Fender CUSTOM '52 PEACOCK PRECISION BASS® XN3467 9216095311
Paul Waller: Prestige Saint John's Skeleton Telecaster, Black Over Graffiti Yellow With Artwork By David Kassan
Paul Waller partnered with artist David Kassan, an oil/canvas painter, to create hand-painted art inspired by a skeleton of the Saint John the Divine Cathedral in New York City. The Prestige Saint John’s Skeleton Telecaster is painted on top of a relic finish with black over graffiti yellow, a different finish than Fender’s typical gloss finish on art guitars. While the artwork appears to be a picture at first glance, it becomes individual brushstrokes of oil colors. David Hassan notes of this artwork, “this has the profound potential to wake us up and breathe more life into our lives. A painting surface holds all of the thoughts of the artist that paints on it. In this case, the Telecaster is the ossuary for all of my decisions to create this work. It embodies/absorbed all of my success as well as my failures in painting it. $21,500.00 USD.
CS 2022Showcase Fender CUSTOM SAINT JOHN'S SKELETON TELECASTER® PW486 9216095036
Limited Edition Dual P90 Telecaster Relic
Available finishes include Pink Paisley, Black Paisley and Blue Floral. $5,450.00 USD.
Limited Edition Roasted '61 Strat Super Heavy Relic
Available finishes include Aged 3-color sunburst, Aged Natural, Aged Sherwood Green Over 3-Color Sunburst and Aged Black Over 3-Color Sunburst. $5,600.00 USD.
Limited Edition Fat '50s Strat Relic
Available finishes include India Ivory, Wide-Fade Chocolate 2-Color Sunburst and Super Faded Aged Seafoam Green. $4,750.00 USD.
Limited Edition '50s Twisted Tele Custom Journeyman Relic
Available finishes include Chocolate 3-Color Sunburst, Aged Ocean Turquoise, and Aged Tahitian Coral. $4,800.00 USD.
Limited Edition Custom Jazz Bass Heavy Relic
Available finishes include Aged Natural, Aged Black and Faded Aged 3-Color Sunburst. $5,450.00 USD.
Limited Edition Cunife Tele Custom Journeyman Relic
Available finishes include Chocolate 3-Color Sunburst, Aged Ocean Turquoise and Aged Tahitian Coral. $4,800.00 USD.
Limited Edition '55 Bone Tone Strat Relic
Available finishes include Aged Honey Blonde, Aged Hle Gold, Wide Fade 2-Color Sunburst. $5,300.00 USD.
Limited Edition Caballo Tono Ligero Relic
Available finishes include Aged Black, Aged Gold Sparkle and Aged Magenta Sparkle. $5,400.00 - $5,900.00 USD.
Limited Edition Red Hot Strat Super Heavy Relic
Available finishes include Faded Aged Chocolate 3-Color Sunburst, Aged Dirty White Blonde and Super Faded Aged Lake Placid Blue. $5,950.00 USD.
Limited Edition HS Telecaster Custom Relic
Available finishes include Aged Charcoal Frost Metallic and 3-Color Sunburst. $5,950.00 USD.
Limited Edition P Bass Special Journeyman Relic
Available finishes include 3-Color Sunburst, Aged Dakota Red and Aged Sherwood Green Metallic. $5,250.00 USD.
Limited Edition Tomatillo Tele Journeyman Relic
Available finishes include Natural Blonde, Tomatillo Green and Super Faded Aged Tahitian Coral. $4,650.00 USD.
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Created in collaboration with legendary guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, the Mr.Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage and an onboard Deep control, which together are designed to enable an amp to have increased sustain while still retaining note definition and dynamics.
LegendaryTones, LLC today announced production availability of its new Mr. Scary Mod, a 100% pure tube module designed to instantly and easily expand the capabilities of many classic amplifiers with additional gain and tone shaping. Created in collaboration with legendary guitarist George Lynch of Dokken and Lynch Mob fame, the Mr.Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage and an onboard Deep control, which together are designed to enable an amp to have increased sustain while still retaining note definition and dynamics.
Originally released as the Lynch Mod in February 2021, the updated Mr. Scary Mod features the same core circuit as the Lynch Mod but is now equipped with a revised tube mix combo per George’s preference as well as a facelift in a newly redesigned electro-galvanized steel enclosure. As with the Lynch Mod, each run will be limited and the first run in Pumpkin Orange with Black hardware is limited to just 150 pieces worldwide.
The Mr. Scary Mod adds an adjustable tube gain stage on top of the cathode follower position, keeping note definition and articulation while further increasing sustain. Each Mr. Scary mod is meticulously built by hand in the USA, one at a time, and tuned using high-grade components. Equipped with a single ECC81 (12AT7) in the first position and ECC83 (12AX7) in the second, the Mr. Scary Mod can clean up beautifully when rolling down your guitar’s volume, and still adds scorching gain when you roll it back up. This is a gain stage that’s been tuned and approved by the ears of the maestro George Lynch himself.
“The Mr. Scary Mod excels with dynamics and is incredibly touch-responsive, allowing me to shift from playing clear, lightly compressed cleans to full-out aggressive sustain and distortion –and control it all simply by varying my guitar’s volume control and picking,” said GeorgeLynch. “In many ways, it’s an old-school approach, but it’s also so much more natural and expressive in addition to being musically fulfilling when you can play both the guitar and amp dynamically together this way.”
The Mr. Scary Mod installs in minutes, is safe and effective to use, and requires no special tools or re-biasing of the amplifier. Simply insert the module into the cathode follower preamp position of compatible amplifiers (includes Marshall 2203/2204/1959/1987 circuits) and
immediately get the benefit of enjoying a hot-rodded amp that delivers all the pure harmonic character that comes with an added pure tube gain stage. The handmade in the USA Mr. Scary Mod is now available to order for $319.
For more information, please visit legendarytones.com.
October Audio has miniaturized their NVMBR Gain pedal to create two mini versions of this beautifully organic-sounding circuit – including an always-on gain device.
The NVMBR Gain is a nonlinear amp that transitions gracefully from clean boost to overdriven tones. Volume increases from just over unity to about 10db before soft-clipping drive appears for another 5db of boost. Its extraordinary ease of use is matched by outstanding versatility: you can use it as a clean boost, push a stubborn amp into overdrive or create a just-breaking-up sound at any amp volume.
October Audio’s new family of mini NVMBR Gain pedals includes a switchable version that allows you to bypass the effect: one option features brand logo pedal graphics, while the other sports a fun “Witch Finger” graphic with a Davies knob as the“fingernail”.
The second version in the new lineup is an always-on device featuring the Witch Finger graphic and Davies knob, with the same NVMBR Gain circuit that lies at the core of the switchable version.
- Knob controls gain and clipping simultaneously
- Stunning silver hammertone finish
- Switchable versions are true-bypass, available with classic or witch finger graphics
- Authentic Davies knobs, including the “fingernail”
- 9V center negative power supply required
- Dimensions: 3.63 x 1.50 x 1.88 in
Witch Finger (always on NVMBR Gain) demo
All October Audio pedals are assembled in Richmond, VA, and available for purchase directly through the online shop. Street price is $109 for NVMBR Gain footswitch versions and $89 for the always-on device.
For more information, please visit octoberaudio.com.