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Fender Announces New Rarities Flame Maple Top Stratocaster

Fender has introduced the new Rarities Flame Maple Top Stratocaster, part of the company’s Rarities Collection, which combines exotic tonewoods with premium pickups and appointments.

The new model boasts a two-piece alder body with a flame maple Golden Brown top, and a solid rosewood neck capped with a flame maple fingerboard.

There’s also a pair of Pure Vintage ‘65 Strat single coils and a custom DoubleTap bridge pickup that offers both a humbucking voice and—via an S-1 switch—a dynamic single-coil sound.

Other features include a two-point synchronized tremolo, a 4-ply brown shell pickguard, narrow tall frets and a polyurethane finish. The guitar also comes in a vintage-style hardshell case.

The new Rarities guitar follows the announcement of Fender’s Sixty-Six model, part of its Alternate Reality Series, a limited-edition run of models where "multiple Fender design clues are mixed and matched within a single instrument." 

The limited-edition Rarities Flame Maple Top Stratocaster is available now for $2,499.99. 

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.