Fender aims to evoke Madchester's glory days with new 30th Anniversary Screamadelica Stratocaster

Fender's new Screamadelica 30th Anniversary Stratocaster
(Image credit: Fender)

Fender's summer announcement of a number of new signature guitars was headlined by some big-name models – a Kurt Cobain signature Jag-Stang and Cory Wong Stratocaster among them.

Perhaps the most visually enticing of the bunch though, was the 30th Anniversary Screamadelica Stratocaster, which now has been released.

A commemoration of the 30th anniversary of Primal Scream's Madchester/dance/psychedelic rock epic, Screamadelica, the guitar has a finish boasting the album's head-turning artwork, with a matching pickguard, pickup covers and knobs to boot. 

The one-of-a-kind Strat is built with an alder body, and maple, modern C-shaped neck boasting a 9.5” radius pau ferro fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets. 

Things are also fairly standard in the electronics department, with a trio of Vintage-Style '60s Single-Coil Strat pickups controlled by a master volume and pair of master tone knobs, and a five-position blade switch.

Elsewhere, there's a two-point synchronized tremolo, vintage-style tuners and, in a nice touch, a custom Screamadelica neck plate.

Fender's new Screamadelica 30th Anniversary Stratocaster

(Image credit: Fender)

Screamadelica is part of the fabric of modern rock," said Fender's Executive Vice President of Products, Justin Norvell, in a press release. "It is an honor to create this limited run of commemorative guitars which play just as impressive as they look. 

"This model is packed full of great features – including Alnico V pickups for those crystal clear highs and warm lows – and I can’t wait to see what players around the world create with this guitar.”

The Fender Screamadelica 30th Anniversary Stratocaster comes with a deluxe gig bag included, and is available now – "in highly limited quantities," according to Fender – for $1,049.

For more info on the guitar, stop by Fender (opens in new tab).

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Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player (opens in new tab). Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder (opens in new tab) and Unrecorded (opens in new tab). Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.