Fender Japan revives and revamps the bonkers Stratocaster-Telecaster hybrid model, the Fender ‘51

Fender Japan Fender '51
(Image credit: Fender Japan)

It’s one of the toughest choices Fender fans will probably ever face: Stratocaster or Telecaster? Well, if you rewind to the early noughties, there was a brief window of time wherein you didn’t have to choose – you could, in fact, get the best of both models in one guitar, thanks to the hallowed Squier ‘51.

Well, after almost two decades, Fender Japan has – once again – leafed through the history books for yet another throwback electric guitar, this time reviving and revamping the Strat/Tele hybrid in the form of the Fender ‘51.

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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.