NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop

23rd Jan 2013 | 11:29

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Upmarket acoustics to be build in Connecticut

NAMM 2013: Fender has launched a new Connecticut-based Acoustic Custom Shop with new new rangers, the Pro Custom Series and the Collector Custom Series.

The new models include the distinctive Pro Custom Kingman "C" Antigua Burst and the Pro Custom Classic Koa Auditorium Cutaway, as well as a welcome return for the Pro Custom Newporter.

Read on for full specs on all the new models, and visit the official Fender website for more information.

Fender press release

At the new Fender Acoustic Custom Shop in Connecticut, Fender's finest luthiers have dedicated themselves to creating acoustic guitars that blend the best of modern Fender design with outstanding instrumental artistry generations in the making. Built with the best materials, techniques and traditions, Fender Acoustic Custom Shop instruments ring true with discerning players everywhere as U.S.-made instruments of tonal excellence, striking design, superb playability and loads of distinctive Fender personality.

Fender introduced a welcome shot of youthful West Coast energy and innovation to the acoustic guitar world more than half a century ago. Today, the Fender Acoustic Custom Shop stakes an exciting new high-end claim amid the establishment, with a well-crafted collection offering both bold and traditional instruments. Combining exceptional features and workmanship with Fender style and innovation, each Fender Acoustic Custom Shop guitar is a pleasure to play and an instrument to prize.

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Kingman "C" Antigua Burst
The Kingman featyres a Fishman Matrix pickup system and has an SRP of $2890 (£1820 approx)

Fender press release

The stunning new limited edition Kingman C USA Antigua Burst cutaway dreadnought model resurrects Fender's classic and highly distinctive Antigua finish of the mid-1960s. Built in the United States by the skilled craftsmen of Fender's state-of-the-art workshop in New Hartford, Conn., it also boasts a solid Engelmann spruce top with forward-shifted scalloped X bracing and elegant checkerboard rosette, solid mahogany back and sides, and aged white neck and body binding.

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Kingman "C" Antigua Burst
The distinctive Antigua finish is sure to turn a few heads

Fender press release (cont.)

This special model presents the original Antigua finish, which was a "burst"-type finish that graduated from brown to off-white.

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Kingman "C" Antigua Burst
The Kingman sports a Strat-style headstock

Fender press release (cont.)

Other premium features include a one-piece maple neck with a vintage-style "C"-shaped profile and Stratocaster® headstock, 20-fret rosewood fingerboard with 9" radius and comfortably rolled edges, rosewood bridge with bone saddle and black-dot bone pins, Fishman® Matrix™ Infinity pickup/preamp system with volume and tone controls, and lacquer finish. Special limited edition run of 75 instruments.

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Kingman "C" Antigua Burst specs
You better be quick if you want one of these bad boys - only 75 are being built initially

Fender Pro Custom Kingman "C" Antigua Burst specs

Body Shape: Dreadnought

Body Back: Solid Mahogany

Body Sides: Solid Mahogany

Body Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce

Bracing: Forward Shifted Scalloped X

Rosette: Checkerboard

Body Binding: Ivoroid

Neck Shape: Vintage "C"

Number of Frets: 20

Position Inlays: Block

Fingerboard Radius: 9" (22.9 cm)

Fingerboard: Rosewood

Neck Material:
1-Piece Maple

Nut Width: 1.7" (43.2 mm)

Scale Length: 25.625" (65.09 cm)

Headstock: Stratocaster® Headstock

Neck Binding: Aged White

Truss Rods: Dual-Action

Special Electronics: Fishman® Matrix™ Infinity Pickup System

Controls: Volume, Tone

Hardware Finish: Nickel

Bridge: Rosewood

String Nut: Bone

Tuning Machines: Vintage Fender® Style, Nickel

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Classic Koa Auditorium Cutaway
The Custom Classic Koa will put you back a whopping $3899.99 (£2456 approx)

Fender press release

Fender is proud to introduce the new limited-edition U.S.A. Select Classic Koa Auditorium Cutaway - a U.S.-made, finely crafted auditorium-style acoustic with a tropical touch that produces the tonal characteristics of a dreadnought in a model with a smaller cutaway body.

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Classic Koa Auditorium Cutaway
The top-notch materials used on the Classic Koa are incredibly easy on the eye

Fender press release cont.

Ideal for flatpickers, the guitar’s top, back and sides are beautifully fashioned from solid “AA”-grade Hawaiian koa with a gloss lacquer finish for bright, responsive and dynamic tone.

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Classic Koa Auditorium Cutaway
This one's limited to a run of 150

Fender press release (cont.)

Other features include scalloped X bracing, aged Ivoroid neck and body binding, abalone rosette, mahogany neck with soft "V" shape and dual-action truss rod, 20-fret ebony fingerboard with bone nut and block inlays, ebony bridge with bone saddle, bone bridge pins with abalone dots, gold hardware and tuners, and Fishman® Matrix™ Infinity pickup and electronics. Limited-edition series of 150 instruments.

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Classic Koa Auditorium Cutaway specs
No doubt about it, this is a Hawaiian beaut

Fender Pro Custom Classic Koa Auditorium Cutaway Specs

Body Shape: Auditorium

Body Back: Solid "AA" Hawaiian Koa

Body Sides: Solid "AA" Hawaiian Koa

Body Top: Solid "AA" Hawaiian Koa

Bracing: Scalloped X

Rosette: Abalone

Body Binding: Ivoroid

Neck Shape: Soft "V"

Number of Frets: 20

Position Inlays: Block

Fingerboard Radius: 12" (305 mm)

Fingerboard: Ebony

Neck Material: Mahogany

Nut Width: 1.7" (43.2 mm)

Scale Length: 25.625" (65.09 cm)

Neck Binding: Ivoroid

Truss Rods: Dual-Action

Special Electronics: Fishman® Matrix™ Infinity Pickup System

Controls: Volume, Tone

Hardware Finish: Gold

Bridge: Ebony

String Nut: Bone

Tuning Machines: Die-Cast Gold

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Kingman C
This Fiesta Red finish looks warm to the touch

Fender press release

With a nod to the Fender Custom Shop in California, the new limited edition U.S.A. Select Kingman C dreadnought is a wonder to behold - let alone play - with beautifully resonant tone and beautifully elegant design distinguished by a Fiesta Red gloss finish, aged white body and neck binding, and vintage-style appointments.

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Kingman C
The Custom Kingman C has an SRP of $2660 (£1675)

Fender press release cont.

Premium features include a solid Engelmann spruce top with forward-shifting scalloped X bracing and solid mahogany back and sides for unbelievably rich tone; vintage C-shaped maple neck with rolled edges, dual-action truss rod and Stratocaster® headstock shape; 9”-radius rosewood fingerboard with bone nut and 20 frets, stylish checkerboard rosette and three-ply pickguard (white-black-white); rosewood bridge with black-dot bone pins and bone saddle; vintage-style nickel tuners and hardware; and Fishman® Matrix™ Infinity electronics for crystal-clear amplified sound. Accessories include shaped deluxe hardshell Tolex case, deluxe leather strap and certificate of authenticity. Limited to 150 instruments.

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Kingman C specs
Embrace the firey redness - you know you want to

Fender Pro Custom Kingman C Specs

Body Shape: Dreadnought
Body Back: Solid Mahogany
Body Sides: Solid Mahogany
Body Top: Solid Engelmann Spruce
Bracing: Forward Shifted Scalloped X
Rosette: Checkerboard
Body Binding: Aged White
Neck Shape: Vintage "C"
Number of Frets: 20
Position Inlays: Dot
Fingerboard Radius: 9" (22.9 cm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Maple
Nut Width: 1.7" (43.2 mm)
Scale Length: 25.625" (65.09 cm)
Headstock: Stratocaster® Headstock
Neck Binding: Aged White
Truss Rods: Dual-Action
Special Electronics: Fishman® Matrix™ Infinity Pickup System
Controls: Volume, Tone
Hardware Finish:Nickel
Bridge: Rosewood
String Nut: Bone
Tuning Machines: Vintage Fender® Style, Nickel

NAMM 2103: Fender launches Acoustic Custom Shop
Pro Custom Newporter
Pretend you're Ray Davies every day with this stunner

Fender press release

The Newporter is back! Limited Edition to 150 pieces worldwide, the Newporter is an all solid mahogany orhestra shape body tone machine that will have you reminsicing about the fun and sun '60's fender acoustics but built in our New Hartford workshop with stunning detail and craftsmanship. Other features include, gold pickguard, "viking" style bridge, lacquer finish, Fishman pickup system, and maple neck with Stratocaster® headstock.

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