Fender's Uptown Strat gives the Stratocaster a Les Paul-inspired makeover

Fender Parallel Universe II Uptown Strat
(Image credit: Fender)

Back in 2018, Fender released the aptly named Troublemaker Tele, which injected elements of Gibson’s Les Paul DNA into the Telecaster outline – and now the company has done the same thing with the Stratocaster, as it introduces the Uptown Strat.

The latest model to be released from the Parallel Universe II series, the Uptown Strat channels the LP with a one-piece mahogany body, finished in Static White nitrocellulose lacquer, and topped off by a four-ply tortoiseshell pickguard.

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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 from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.