Fender brings the heat with its new Rarities Flame Koa Top Stratocaster

(Image credit: Fender)

Fender is back at it again with its latest Rarities series electric guitar, the Flame Koa Top Stratocaster.

Packing a two-piece ash body with - unsurprisingly - a flame koa top and a one-piece, quartersawn European maple neck, this thing looks absolutely stunning. 

Notably, the guitar's pickups come courtesy of Fender's designated pickup guru, Tim Shaw, with custom Shaw overwound 59 gold-foil single-coil middle and neck pickups, plus a Shaw custom Filter ’Tron-style humbucking bridge pickup. 

In the controls department, the guitar comes fitted with a five-way blade selector switch, master volume and two tone knobs - one for the neck pickup and the other for the bridge and middle pickups. 

The new axe follows its Rarities series predecessors, the Quilt Maple Top Stratocaster, Quilt Maple Top TelecasterFlame Ash Top StratocasterFlame Maple Top Stratocaster and the Flame Maple Top Chambered Telecaster

The Flame Koa Top Stratocaster comes with a deluxe hardshell case, and is available now for $2,499.99.

Head on over to Fender for more info.

(Image credit: Fender)

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. 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.