“A solid and luxurious look”: Fender Japan’s new Sandblast range is the firm’s tamest release in ages – but, thanks to a quirky finishing technique, also one of its most desirable

Fender Japan Sandblast
(Image credit: Fender Japan)

Fender Japan electric guitars are largely known for their wild designs, over-the-top artwork, futuristic setups and, perhaps above all else, their penchant for show-stopping visuals.

That much can be deduced from the brand’s past releases – the Wasted Youth Telecaster, perhaps, or maybe the Art Canvas Esquires.

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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.