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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, 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

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.

Michael Astley-Brown

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, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half 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.