All FSR guitars are limited edition, which means they don’t stick around on the shelves for very long. They’re made in very small quantities and are sometimes highly sought-after. You’d better act quick to get your hands on one – there’s a good chance Fender won’t make the same model twice.
What Changes do Fender make with FSR?
Sometimes FSR boils down to a simple yet unique paint job. Other times, Fender take an iconic template you know and love and give it the full Pimp My Ride treatment. That means adding fancy extras you wouldn’t usually come across like Bigsby tremolos equipped on Teles, using uncommon pickups or carving out exotic woods and figured maple tops. If you want something out of the ordinary, you’re in the right place.
You’ll also be pleased to know that FSR isn’t restricted to Strats or Teles – or even Fender for that matter. Offshoot entry level brand Squier have their own line of FSR. Fender make FSR Precision and Jazz basses, Jazzmasters, acoustics and even ukuleles. FSR amps are also a popular choice, especially considering the sheer amount of legendary combos Fender have released over the years. They often give the likes of the Princeton, Bassbreaker, Blues Jr and Hotrod makeovers with specific year specs and various tolex and grilles. After all, anything can be modified.
What’s The Difference Between FSR and MiJ?
MiJ stands for Made in Japan. That’s right, Fender aren’t just based in the USA and Mexico but in the Eastern hemisphere too. Retailers outside Asia regularly buy up any unsold MiJ models – and that’s why you might find them half way across the world. They’re usually priced in between Fender’s Mexican-made offerings and the American Professional range.
It’s important to note that MiJ instruments are not FSR and do not have one-off features like their FSR counterparts. They adhere to the standardised specs in Japan. MiJ might be a bit different to what we get in Europe and America, but they’re not technically limited run.
What makes Fender MiJ instruments special are the Asian market-preferred specs. These include the likes of U-shaped neck and exclusive colours. The types of woods used are dependent on the species farmed in the region and often times look different to those from Europe and America.
Notable FSR Instruments
Andertons are lucky enough to take on a number of luxurious FSR guitars. We get to choose from a spectacular array of instruments – some with minor tweaks and others that genuinely blow us away with new features. Here are some of our favourites.
Cabronita Teles have returned in a number of forms over the years. But the one feature that doesn’t change are the TV Jones pickups. Imagine we lived in an alternate universe where Les Pauls had single coils and Teles got humbuckers. This would be the outcome. They still sound as vintage as ever, but with a fat, rounded response. The simple finish is also killer.
Daybreak and Midnight Guitars
Daybreak and Midnight Strats and Teles are the Ying and Yang of Fender. There’s not much to separate them from each other in terms of specs or construction, but the incredible light and dark finishes make them pop alongside their American Performer counterparts.
Raw Ash Guitars
The Raw Ash run is based on Fender’s Performer series – their most accessible USA-made guitars. Made of a solid swamp ash in a completely natural finish, Raw Ash guitars are stunningly refreshing in style and contain the excellent Yosemite pickups and Greasebucket circuitry.
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