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Fender ventures into far-out realms with the Parallel Universe Jazz Strat

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We offered a peek at Fender’s Parallel Universe II collection back in January, and now the company has officially released the first of the eight models in the new electric guitar range, the Jazz Strat. 

The new model “reimagines” the Strat with the neck, vibrato and pickups of a Jazzmaster, and adds on a custom Decoboom Streamline ivory pickguard with green flake pinstripes and aluminum radio knobs.

Features include an alder body, one-piece maple neck and 22-fret rosewood fingerboard. There’s also a pair of period-correct Pure Vintage ’65 single-coil pickups, as well as Fender ClassicGear tuners and an American Professional Jazzmaster bridge.

The Jazz Strat is available in Mystic Surf Green, with a matching Surf Green Parallel Universe hardshell case, for $1,999.99.

For more information, head to Fender (opens in new tab)

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Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.