NAMM 2020: Fender debuts its most far-out designs yet with the Parallel Universe II collection

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NAMM 2020: If there’s one thing Fender are good at, it’s honoring the great traditions of old and celebrating their place in the great history of guitar making. But as with some models on the recently announced Custom Shop line-up, this year’s revamped Parallel Universe series proves the American manufacturers can still think ahead and move with the times.

The eight new models are aimed at players who are looking for more than just an average Strat or Tele - incorporating more customized and unusual combinations of body shapes, parts and elements. Here’s a closer look at what Fender have been up to.

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).