While this isn’t breaking news to some, as it was first pointed out around NAMM, Fender seems to be cooking up some interesting Squier models. Dubbed the Squier Paranormal series after a Guitar Center leak, it seems some of Fender’s Alternate Reality/Parallel Universe guitar madness will come down to a more affordable price point.
First off, as a broke guitar player this is incredibly exciting. Even if the pickups or set up are no good, these are going to be crazy partscaster bases. And if they do come out great, like the Starcaster did, then we all get access to electric’s that were out of our price range. Let’s dig into a few of my favorites highlighted below as we await Fender’s announcement about these whack jobs.
Yeah, how can you not like that? Telecaster fans rejoice as it looks like Fender’s coming out with a thinline Cabronita with Jazzmaster pickups and a baritone Cabronita with P90s. They’re both just so weird, it’s like Fender just started picking features out of a hat and mixing them onto a Tele body. I’m here for it, especially that thinline (@ Fender).
WOAH. I have wanted a Meteora since they came out but couldn’t drop $1000 on one (or convince Fender to send me one). Listed on Guitar Center as an Offset Tele, this is basically a rounder, less offset Meteora, but it still has that crazy vibe that really catches my eyes. Classic Tele wiring and tones should make this familiar, versatile, and inspiring electric.
Another new addition, this one is a re-release of a classic forgotten Fender model. The new Squier Cyclone takes a thicker Mustang-style body and adorns it with 3 Strat-style pickups. Originally, these 1997 made electrics had Jaguar pickups, so some historical buffs may want to swap these out for aftermarket Fender models. Still, it seems to have retained some of that Mustang switching capacity.
Hopefully the wait isn’t much longer until these hit the shelves, they’ve certainly got my attention. Plus, with Epiphone’s new re-launch, the competition on the affordable guitar market will be stiff in 2020.