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Fender unveils hardtail Strat bridges, black painted headstocks and Inca Silver finish options for Mod Shop guitars and basses

Fender Mod Shop
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If you’ve ever fancied spec’ing your own custom Fender, the announcement of several enticing new additions to the company’s Mod Shop electric guitar and bass generator might just tip you over the edge.

First up is the option of hardtail bridges for custom Stratocaster builds. Previously only available on Robert Cray and Billy Corgan signature models, this mod is ideal for players who don’t need a trem.

You can now also opt for Inca Silver finishes across alder-bodied instruments, as well as gorgeous black-painted headstocks (the latter option adds $50 to your final build total).

The new finishes and headstocks are available across Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass body shapes.

Finally, fans of versatile bass guitar configurations will be suitably jazzed to hear that you can equip P-Bass builds with V-Mod PJ Bass pickups for an additional $150.

These new additions to the Mod Shop follow Fender’s previous periodic updates to the system, including all-rosewood necks and Silverburst finishes.

To spec your own custom Fender, head over to the Mod Shop (opens in new tab). Prices start at $1,699.

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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, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar (opens in new tab), Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as the best part of 20 years performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe (opens in new tab).