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Fender’s new Rarities Quilt Maple Top Stratocaster is an exotic tonewood beauty

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Fender has announced the latest electric guitar in its Rarities Collection, and it’s a beauty – the Quilt Maple Top Stratocaster.

The new model boasts a two-piece roasted alder body with a quilt maple top, accented by a one-ply gold anodized aluminum pickguard.

Similar to yesterday's announcement of Fender's all-rosewood Jazzmasters, the new Rarities model also features a solid rosewood neck.

Other features include a trio of Pure Vintage ‘65 single-coils, vintage-style hardware and a six-point synchronized tremolo.

The new guitar follows the release of the Rarities Flame Maple Top Stratocaster in April, the Red Mahogany Top Telecaster in May and the Flame Ash Top Stratocaster in June. 

The Rarities Quilt Maple Top Stratocaster is available now for $2,499.99

For more information or to purchase, 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.