Gear Review: Fender Newporter Pro Custom Bolt-On

Here, Paul Riario demonstrates the new Newporter Pro Custom Bolt-On acoustic guitar from Fender.

Reminiscent of Fender’s original ’60s Newporter acoustic, this modernized version has a specially designed bolt-on neck system with a ’68 Stratocaster headstock.

The Newporter’s neck has the smooth, fast feel of an electric, with easy access to the upper reaches of the 20-fret rosewood fingerboard.

With a triple O-style body, the guitar’s solid Mahogany spruce top has red spruce forward-shifted scalloped X bracing, along with solid mahogany back and sides, a nice-looking checkerboard rosette and aged white binding.

Other features include a bone nut and aged white neck binding, three-ply gold pickguard, Fender “Viking”-style rosewood bridge with bone bridge pins and saddle, and vintage-style tuners.

The guitar includes Fishman’s Matrix Infinity pickup system for clear amplified performance.

Take a listen to the guitar below and let us know your thoughts!

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Acoustic Nation

Acoustic Nation is written by Laura B. Whitmore, a music industry marketing veteran, music journalist and editor, who has contributed to, Guitar World, and others. She has interviewed hundreds of musicians and hosts the She Rocks Podcast. As the founder of the Women’s International Music Network, she advocates for women in the music industry and produces the annual She Rocks Awards. She is the Senior Vice President of Marketing for Positive Grid, making the world safe for guitar exploration everywhere! A guitarist and singer/songwriter, Laura is currently co-writing an album of pop songs that empower and energize girls.