Fender has started selling roasted maple Strat and Tele necks

Fender roasted maple necks
(Image credit: Fender)

Roasted maple is rapidly becoming the neck wood du jour for hip boutique electric guitar builders, and now Fender has got in on the act by offering official roasted maple Stratocaster and Telecaster necks for sale from its online store.

The made-in-Mexico offerings come in maple and pau ferro fingerboard variants, with a choice of a 22-fret, 12”-radius flat oval shape or 21-fret, 9.5”-radius C shape. There’s also a maple-fingerboarded Jazz Bass offering.

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Michael Astley-Brown
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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 from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.