After offering a glimpse at the new models back at NAMM in January, Fender have officially launched their latest run of Offset models to join the Player Series, available in stores around Australia from today.
The Player Series now features reimagined Mustang, Duo-Sonic, Duo-Sonic HS, Mustang 90 and Mustang PJ Bass models in ten unique colours to the Player Series, including tantalising options such as Desert Sand, Aged Natural, Firemist Gold and Burgundy Mist Metallic.
As you might remember from our review back in March, the new Duo-Sonic offsets feature an enhanced 24" scale, making them a little more versatile than the 22.5" Duo-Sonics of yore. They feature slick C-shaped maple necks with a 9.5" radius and 22 frets, as well as the nifty new addition of a string-thru hardtail Stratocaster bridge for ultimate tuning stability.
The Duo-Sonic models are loaded with Fender Player Series pickups, with the humbucker-loaded variants featuring a coil-split to make it as sonically versatile as possible. The Duo-Sonic HS models are available in Crimson Red Transparent and Sienna Sunburst finishes (with maple fretboards), while an Iced Blue Metallic option is available with a pau ferro fretboard. Similarly, the regular Duo-Sonic models are available in Seafoam Green (with pau ferro fretboard) and Tidepool and Desert Sand finishes, both with maple fretboards.
If Mustangs are more up your alley, Fender's got a few treats in store for you. The new Player Series Mustangs share similar specs to their Duo-Sonic compatriots, with a 22.5" scale C-shaped maple neck, 9.5" fretboard radius, 22 frets, a hardtail bridge, three-way toggle selector and two pickups.
The regular Mustang variants feature two singlecoil pickups, and are available in Sonic Blue, Sienna Sunburst and Firemist Gold finishes, with the former two being complemented with maple fretboards and the Firemist Gold model sporting a pau ferro fretboard.
For those looking for a grittier tone, the Mustang 90 is also available, swapping out the regular singlecoils in favour of two hot-rodded P90 pickups that Fender call MP90s. These models can be purchased in the awesome Burgundy Mist Metallic and Aged Natural finishes with pau ferro fretboards, while maple fretboard fans will have to find solace in Seafoam Green - not that that's a bad thing, of course.
Finally: the mighty Mustang PJ Bass is back in business. As per our March review, these short-scale basses feature a 30" scale with 19 medium jumbo frets upon a C-shaped maple neck, with a master volume, tone control and three-way toggle letting you shape your tone. There's also the excellent combination of a P Bass split-coil middle pickup and a J Bass pickup doing the heavy lifting in the bridge, making for a dynamic duo you won't ever get enough of.
The new Mustang PJ Basses are available in Firemist Gold and Aged Natural with pau ferro fretboards, with the Sienna Sunburst models being paired with a maple fretboard for a classic combination. We're expecting to get our hands on a few more of these models for review, so keep your eyes and ears peeled for more news soon!
Head to Fender's Australian website to check out the new models in greater detail today.