Fender Noventa Telecaster and Stratocaster review

Fender has treated some of its most iconic guitar models to a new, stripped-down P-90 format that turns them into lean, mean rocking machines

Fender Noventa Series
(Image: © Future / Neil Godwin)

Guitar World Verdict

The Tele is bonkers good with a small set of pedals into a simple amp. And if you’re not a neck-pickup person, it’s all you could ever need – especially if you’re canny with the controls. But with the superb extra tones the Strat delivers, it wins the ‘head’ decision. Whether the Tele might steal your heart, of course, we’ll leave to you.


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    Tele is the simplest of guitars, but with great tones.

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    Superb playability.

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    Extremely keen price.

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    Strat's extra tones are very persuasive.


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    Tele might be too simple for some.

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    Strat arguably not as happy visually as the Tele.

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Fender continues to mine the well of potential so brilliantly presented in its most famous models. But when we saw this latest Noventa range, the sheer coolness could hardly be denied.  

These guitars are made in Fender’s Mexican plant in Ensenada, with the range’s name translating as Spanish for ‘ninety’, since the guitars come equipped with P-90-style pickups.  

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Neville Marten

In the late '70s and early '80s Neville worked for Selmer/Norlin as one of Gibson's UK guitar repairers, before joining CBS/Fender in the same role. He then moved to the fledgling Guitarist magazine as staff writer, rising to editor in 1986. He remained editor for 14 years before launching and editing Guitar Techniques magazine. Although now semi-retired he still works for both magazines. Neville has been a member of Marty Wilde's 'Wildcats' since 1983, and recorded his own album, The Blues Headlines, in 2019.