Fender debuts head-turning Sandblasted Strat and Tele

Fender Sandblasted Strat and Tele
(Image credit: Sweetwater)

We’ve seen sandblasted finishes from the likes of Jackson, ESP and PRS, and now Fender has got in on the act with the launch of limited-edition American Performer Strat and Tele electric guitars.

Both models feature transparent-finished ash bodies, which are then sandblasted to texture the surface grain.

Fender Sandblasted Strat and Tele

(Image credit: Sweetwater)

The Strat is only available in a Natural finish, but the Tele comes in a choice of Natural, Daphne Blue and Surf Green.

Otherwise, they’re spec’d as per Fender’s regular American Performer guitars, with Yosemite pickups, Greasebucket tone controls, fast-playing C-shaped maple necks and rosewood fingerboards.

Fender Sandblasted Strat and Tele

(Image credit: Sweetwater)

The Strat also offers the ability to add the neck pickup to any position by pulling on the push/pull neck/middle tone knob.

Both models are available exclusively at Sweetwater (opens in new tab), starting at $1,149. And given these guitars feature ash bodies - a tonewood Fender intends to phase out over the coming months - they aren’t likely to hang around for long.

Fender Sandblasted Strat & Tele: from $1,149 at Sweetwater (opens in new tab)

Fender Sandblasted Strat & Tele: from $1,149 at Sweetwater
These special-run American Performer models boast distinct, individual finishes and ash bodies, and are available for a limited time only at Sweetwater.

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Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).