Meet the Parallel Universe, Fender's New Strat-Tele Hybrid

No, you don't need to get your eyes checked. The guitar you're looking at, Fender's new Parallel Universe guitar, is a Strat-Tele hybrid. Fender took a traditional Tele body and gave it three Custom Shop ’69 Aged Strat pickups, a Strat synchronized tremolo bridge and Strat controls—including a single volume and two tone controls, plus a five-way switch.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.