june 2019

The little brother in the Fender solidbody line impresses with chiming tones and silky smooth playability.

 
 

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Pros:
Zingy, even, and articulate pickups. Slinky playability. Vibrato is relatively tuning-stable.

Cons:
Pickups may sound comparatively flat for fans of vintage Fender voices. Three-way switch positioned inconveniently for aggressive strumming.

Street:
$1,099

Fender American Performer Mustang
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Sam Fender shares a moment with his saxophonist and childhood friend, Johnny "Blue Hat" Davis, at London's O2 Brixton Academy in September 2021.

Photo by Linda Brindley

The British songwriter traversed the bleak thoroughfares of his past while writing his autobiographical sophomore album, Seventeen Going Under—a tale of growing up down-and-out, set to an epic chorus of Jazzmasters and soaring sax.

British songwriter Sam Fender hails from North Shields, England, an industrial coastal port town near the North Sea, about eight miles northeast of Newcastle upon Tyne. Fender grew up in this small village, which he calls "a drinking town with a fishing problem." He lived there with his mother on a council estate, a type of British public housing. This is the mise-en-scène for Sam Fender's coming-of-age autobiographical new album, Seventeen Going Under. On the album's cover, a photograph shows Sam sitting on a brick stoop.

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