“A series that is worthy of being called a ‘hybrid’”: Fender Japan’s latest Hybrid II models bring modernistic quilted tops and never-before-seen finishes to the Strat, Tele, Jazzmaster and Jazz Bass

Fender Japan 2024 Hybrid II series
(Image credit: Fender Japan)

Over 40 years, Fender Japan has built a cult following that goes well beyond its home country and has become renowned for its forward-thinking takes on the Big F’s classic builds. The popular Hybrid II series is the line that has come to best represent that ethos in recent years.

Now the firm has announced its 2024 additions, with six new models that feature a generous application of quilted maple, Orange Drop capacitors and different pickup configurations.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.