“A versatile, state-of-the-art instrument designed to push your playing to new heights”: Fender’s 70th Anniversary Ultra Strat HSS offers us a glimpse at the future of the world’s most popular electric guitar

Fender 70th Anniversary Stratocasters
(Image credit: Fender)

Fender has rolled out three new additions to its limited edition 70th Anniversary Stratocaster series, including the futuristic color-changing Ultra Strat HSS, a reissue of its original 1954 build and a new take on one of the most maligned looks in its history – the Antigua finish.

So where to start? Well, for our money, the headline is the 70th Anniversary Ultra Stratocaster HSS. The model slots into the firm’s state-of-the-art Ultra spec series and sees Fender highlighting the Strat’s continued relevance as a tool for modern guitarists.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.