Fender are every bit the same boundary-pushing company as they were in the 1950s, and their FSR Series is the proof. You’ve no doubt seen Fender’s extensive standard guitar ranges, as well as all their amps and pedals — but they’re a creative bunch and like to spice up those stock designs from time to time. FSR is where they bring their coolest ideas to life!
FSR stands for ‘Fender Special Run’, and it does exactly what it says on the tin. The Fender team switch out the components of their classic instruments with fresher, unique features. Where your run-of-the-mill Player Strat consists of a “C”-shaped maple neck, alder body and stock pickups, an FSR equivalent might opt for a “U”-shaped neck, basswood body, hotter vintage pickups and a drippy new finish.
FSR instruments usually come about when retailers make special requests to Fender. Other times, it’s when Fender just fancy doing something a bit different!