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Fender Unveils New Lightweight Ash American Professional Stratocaster, Telecaster

(Image credit: Fender)

Fender has unveiled new, lightweight-ash-bodied versions of its American Professional Stratocaster and Telecaster guitars. 

Obviously, (though, curiously, Fender hasn't listed the actual weight of the models on its website) the new, limited-edition models are lighter than their counterparts in the American Professional series, while the Telecaster also features a “Modern C-to-D” neck profile—as opposed to the original's "deep C" neck profile.

Aside from that, the specs are mostly the same as a stock American Professional model, with V-Mod pickups, treble-bleed circuits and narrow-tall frets all coming standard. 

Fender American Professional Lightweight Ash Telecaster

Fender American Professional Lightweight Ash Telecaster (Image credit: Fender)

Aesthetics-wise, the guitars don't disappoint, with an Antique Natural finish with a tortoiseshell pickguard for the Strat, and Honey Blonde finish and parchment pickguard for the Tele.

The Fender Limited Edition Lightweight Ash American Professional Telecaster and Stratocaster are available now for $1,749.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at 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. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. 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.