Fender resurfaces one of its most outlandish guitar designs ever - meet the Maverick Dorado

Fender has officially launched the Maverick Dorado, one of the most radical electric guitar designs in its history and now part of the Parallel Universe Volume II Series.

The Maverick – sometimes known as the Custom – was first released by Fender in 1969, during the CBS era. It was put together using leftover Electric XII 12-string parts, essentially making it a six-string version of that cult classic.

For this 2020 reincarnation, the Maverick has retained the XII’s huge hockey-stick headstock, ’60s C-shaped neck and 24.75” scale length, but makes a number of tweaks.

The Maverick Dorado, as it’s now known, boasts a pair of Tim Shaw-designed Filter’Tron-style humbuckers, a Bigsby B50 vibrato (with Adjusto-Matic bridge) and a 9.5”-radius dark ebony fretboard.

It’s available in a trio of nitrocellulose finishes - Firemist Gold, Ultraburst and Mystic Pine Green - for $2,499.

For more info, head over to Fender.

The Maverick Dorado follows the Stratocaster-meets-Jazzmaster Jazz Strat, which was the most recent Parallel Universe II model to see an official release.

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Michael Astley-Brown

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.