“A unique look and function”: Fender Japan has revived the cult classic Cyclone – and it might be the most desirable Fender offset of the year

Fender Japan Cyclone
(Image credit: Fender Japan)

Fender Japan has a track record of guitar press-stopping releases, but its latest – a revival of the cult classic Cyclone offset from the late ‘90s – is going to be extremely hard to top.

Not quite a Mustang, not quite a Duo-Sonic, the Cyclone first arrived in 1997, and was in production up until around 2006. Originally made in Mexico before a short US run, it had a poplar, rather than basswood, body, which weighed in slightly thicker than usual Mustang proportions.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.