We’ve all heard the tone of the typical acoustic/electric hybrid guitar. They work great in some instances, especially during open mics or small acoustic performance settings. Sometimes, however, the clash of acoustics & electronic components can stand in the way of a truly rich tone from either. This year, just a few days ahead of NAMM 2019, Fender dropped one of its first big releases that challenges that whole standard, by introducing the new Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster. This was unveiled as a first-of-its-kind hybrid acoustic/electric that goes far beyond typical expectations.
The Fender Acoustasonic Telecaster contains a hollow body that comes in 5 different color finishes. The body contains a patent-pending “Stringed Instrument Resonant System (SIRS)” within the resonant hole, to emphasize the resonance and overall acoustic projection. This system appears to give the resonator a curvature shape which, according to Fender, also give the guitar a natural loudness.
This new guitar has a classic Telecaster neck made of mahogany, and an ebony fretboard to allow for fast maneuvering and playability. This feature also adds an overall warmth to the tone. The acoustic engine inside is designed by both Fender and Fishman, and includes a ‘mod’ knob which allows you to to blend several different combinations of both acoustic and electric driven tones. Finally, the brand new Fender Acoustasonic model includes three pickup systems: The Fishman Under-Saddle Transducer, Fishman Acoustasonic Enhancer, and the Fender Acoustasonic Noiseless magnetic pickup.
Price & Availability
The Fender American Acoustasonic Telecaster could be a great guitar for anyone who has the need to switch from acoustic to electric with ease, while still maintaining a great tone between the two. This is a brand new release for NAMM 2019, and is not yet available online or inside of Fender dealers’ stores. However, when it does become immediately available, you can expect to shell out $1,999 for this model, which is definitely pricey for your typical acoustic/electric — but we get the feeling that this will far surpass your expectations.