Tag: Fender Guitars & Gear

Your ultimate guide to Fender guitars – from the Fender Stratocaster to the Telecaster, Jaguar, and Mustang, as well as everything else in between. Here’s all the latest Fender news, reviews, and user guides…


To say that Fender is iconic would be the understatement of the century. Fender guitars have been used by the greats for over half a century now, and the company is still going strong with huge demand for its classic models like the Fender Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazz, and Mustang.

Next to Gibson, Fender was one of the first electric guitar companies. You cannot talk about the history of the guitar without talking about Leo Fender. Similarly, some of the most iconic music ever committed to tape was recorded using Fender guitars – and that still stands today.

Which famous guitarists played Fender? Quite a few – Ritchie Blackmore, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, David Gilmore, Kurt Cobain, George Harrison, Hendrix, and Buddy Holly. In more recent years, you have players like Jim Root of Slipknot, Brant Bjork, and Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello.

And, yes, you can use Fender guitars for metal music.

Fender is so popular and has been for decades that most people cannot think about a guitar without thinking about a Fender. The Fender Stratocaster, for instance, has been one of the best-selling electric guitars since the 1960s. And in 2021, it is still flying off the shelves at music stores the globe over.

  • Is Your Fender Stratocaster Real? Here’s How To Check…

    Is Your Fender Stratocaster Real? Here’s How To Check…

    How can I tell if my Fender Stratocaster is real? Simple: follow these steps. By the end, you’ll know if your guitar is legit or a counterfeit. If you’ve recently acquired a Fender Stratocaster through non-official routes (maybe it’s second hand or maybe it fell off the back of a lorry), you might be concerned…

  • Fender Player Stratocaster Reviews: Still #1 After All These Years?

    Fender Player Stratocaster Reviews: Still #1 After All These Years?

    The Fender Player Stratocaster is where you start when you want a “real” Fender. But are they still the top choice these days? Let’s take a look at reviews from all around the web, as well as our own two cents! Fender Player Stratocaster: Still The Best Value? Over the years, the “Made In Mexico”…

  • Who Plays Fender Jazzmaster? Legends. That’s Who…

    Who Plays Fender Jazzmaster? Legends. That’s Who…

    The Fender Jazzmaster isn’t as well known as the Stat or Tele but it is still an icon used and beloved by some of the best guitarists to ever grace the stage… The Fender Jazzmaster isn’t just another guitar; it’s a full-blown legend in the music scene with a deep history that dates back to…

  • Here’s Tom DeLonge’s New Customized Fender Starcaster…

    Here’s Tom DeLonge’s New Customized Fender Starcaster…

    New Fender Starcaster Gets Tom DeLonge’s Unique Touch… Fender’s latest Starcaster guitar has been customized by musician Tom DeLonge. The guitar features a Sonic Blue color scheme with a retro plaid design. Aptly-named Fender Master Builder Brian Thrasher first unveiled the instrument on Instagram, describing it as “a winner.” DeLonge Endorses New Fender Starcaster Design…

  • Jim Root Signature Guitars: A Detailed Overview

    Jim Root Signature Guitars: A Detailed Overview

    Here’s everything you need to know about Jim Root signature guitars, what makes them so special, and why – if you got the cash – they’re a solid investment… Who is Jim Root? Jim Root is not just any guitarist; he’s a living legend in the metal music scene. He’s best known for his work with…

  • Who Plays Fender Telecaster Thinline? Legends. That’s Who…

    Who Plays Fender Telecaster Thinline? Legends. That’s Who…

    Here’s a list of just some of the guitar icons that have used Fender Telecaster Thinline guitars during the past 50 years or so… The Fender Telecaster Thinline does not get any way near the credit it deserves. For tones, there’s nothing else quite like it. You get that Tele twang with an added ocean…

  • Fender Telecaster Thinline: A Brief History & Why It Matters

    Fender Telecaster Thinline: A Brief History & Why It Matters

    The Fender Telecaster Thinline is more than just a guitar— it was a riff on the classic Tele design with a twist of something special. And during the era when it launched, this was kind of a big deal. Why? Read on and we’ll explain. But one of the biggest reasons we love this model…

  • Fender Meteora vs Fender Telecaster: Which Is Best?

    Fender Meteora vs Fender Telecaster: Which Is Best?

    The Fender Telecaster is a classic, tried and tested and beloved by all. The Fender Meteora is newer, more unique-looking and different. But who comes out on top in a straight-up comparison? Let’s find out When it comes to iconic guitar brands, Fender is a name that stands out. But with a plethora of models…

  • Telecaster vs Jazzmaster: History, Legacy & Differences Compared

    Telecaster vs Jazzmaster: History, Legacy & Differences Compared

    What’s the difference between a Stratocaster and a Jazzmaster? Let’s explore their history, legacy, tonal qualities and what type of music they’re most suited to… OK, so you’re looking at buying a guitar. You like the idea of a Telecaster but you’re also rather smitten with the Jazzmaster’s unique style. Maybe you’re a grunge-head or…

  • Mac Demarco Guitar Collection: A Complete List For 2023

    Mac Demarco Guitar Collection: A Complete List For 2023

    What guitar does Mac Demarco use to create his iconic and instantly recognisable tone? Here’s a breakdown of Mac’s current guitar collection… With a slew of incredible albums under his belt, the King of Bedroom Producers is not only an extremely accomplished guitarist but he is also known for playing extremely inexpensive guitars from brands…

  • Guitar Center Guitar-A-Thon 2023: The ABSOLUTE BEST Deals!

    Guitar Center Guitar-A-Thon 2023: The ABSOLUTE BEST Deals!

    Guitar Center’s Guitar-A-Thon is usually a great way to score some amazing deals, with some deep discounts. This year we found the best deals for guitarists! There’s some GREAT deals, so let’s check them out. Disclaimer/Editor’s Notes: 4/9/2023 Editors Note: Electrikjam got the heads-up last week about the products that would be featured during Guitar-A-Thon,…

  • What Is The Most Famous Electric Guitar? Exploring 2 Different Legends

    What Is The Most Famous Electric Guitar? Exploring 2 Different Legends

    There are so many electric guitars out there these days, but what is the most famous electric guitar? Today we dive into history and look at 2 guitars that changed the world forever. What Is The Most Famous Electric Guitar? That can be a tough question to answer, since there are so many famous electric…

  • Fender Stratocaster Price Guide: All Models & Series Compared

    Fender Stratocaster Price Guide: All Models & Series Compared

    How much is a Fender Stratocaster in 2023? Here’s everything you need to know in a single article…  Looking to buy a Fender Stratocaster but not sure which model is right for you? With a range of options available, from the affordable Player Series to the high-end Ultra Stratocaster series, it can be tough to…

  • History of the Fender Stratocaster: The Birth of An Icon [1954 to Present]

    History of the Fender Stratocaster: The Birth of An Icon [1954 to Present]

    Here’s a brief history of the Fender Stratocaster, ranging from its creation in the 1950s right up to the present day… The Fender Stratocaster is one of the most recognizable and beloved guitar models in music history. From its sleek design to its unique sound, this instrument has been an essential part of countless classic…

  • Fender Player Stratocaster Pickups: A Complete Guide…

    Fender Player Stratocaster Pickups: A Complete Guide…

    Here’s everything you need to know about the Fender Player Stratocaster pickups, including its different configurations (SSS and HSS) The Fender Player Stratocaster is one of the best selling guitars on the market right now. Picking up where Fender’s now-defunct Standard series left off, the Player series brings more features, improved playability and everything a modern…

  • Why Did Hendrix Play in E Flat Tuning? The 70 Year Old Strat Secret!

    Why Did Hendrix Play in E Flat Tuning? The 70 Year Old Strat Secret!

    So, why did Hendrix play in E Flat tuning? Why do other players use this tuning as well? Does it have something to do with Stratocasters? Today we find out! Why Did Hendrix Play In E Flat Tuning? A TON Of Reasons! Jimi Hendrix changed electric guitar forever in the late 60’s when he and…

  • What Is The Holy Grail Of Electric Guitars? The 3 Rarest Axes!

    What Is The Holy Grail Of Electric Guitars? The 3 Rarest Axes!

    So what is the Holy Grail of electric guitars? There are a few models that cost more than your house, and are very rare! Today we take a look at the greatest, and talk about why they are so coveted. What Is The Holy Grail Of Electric Guitars? There have been some very unique guitars…

  • Fender Meteora Player Plus Review: Looks Can Be Deceiving In 2022!

    Fender Meteora Player Plus Review: Looks Can Be Deceiving In 2022!

    The Fender Meteora is the newest in the Player’s Plus lineup, originally spawning from the Pawn Shop Series. Today we take a look at the strengths and weaknesses. The Fender Meteora Some people think that I hate Fender, because I often complain about them. But this is because I have always wanted to love Fender…

  • The Best Guitars We Reviewed In 2022: A Definitive List

    The Best Guitars We Reviewed In 2022: A Definitive List

    It hasn’t been the busiest year for guitar production, but we have our picks for the best guitars of 2022 that cover all kinds of budgets! So let’s take a look at the best axes for rocking, no matter how fat your wallet is! Best Guitar 2022 Choosing The Best Guitar Whether or not you…

  • Fender Player Telecaster Reviews: All Killer, No Filler?

    Fender Player Telecaster Reviews: All Killer, No Filler?

    The Fender Player Telecaster is one of the most popular and best-selling guitars on the planet right now. But is it worth buying? Let’s take a look at a selection of Fender Player Telecaster reviews to find out… Fender guitars are expensive. You’re looking at the best part of $1200-$2000 for a US-made Fender guitar.…

  • Kurt Cobain NEVER Used Stock Fender Pickups – Here’s Why…

    Kurt Cobain NEVER Used Stock Fender Pickups – Here’s Why…

    No one has ever said that Fender’s stock pickups are crap, but Kurt Cobain clearly wasn’t a fan. Here’s why Kurt ALWAYS swapped out his Fender’s pickups for something a little nastier… Kurt Cobain is well known for using Fender guitars. During his painfully short career, he used Strats, Jaguars, Mustangs, and even a self-built…

  • Why Kurt Cobain ONLY Played “Crap” Fender Guitars…

    Why Kurt Cobain ONLY Played “Crap” Fender Guitars…

    Kurt Cobain’s favorite guitar was the Fender Mustang – but not for the reasons you think… When Nevermind dropped, Kurt Cobain’s money worries were over. He was a career musician that, unlike 99.9% of his peers at the time, was able to make a handsome living writing and playing music. From his humble beginnings in Aberdeen,…

  • Fender Price Tiers Explained: All You Need To Know In 2022!

    Fender Price Tiers Explained: All You Need To Know In 2022!

    The Fender price tiers have been confusing for a lot of guitarists since the latest revamp. Today we set the record straight, and explain the different names and quality. Fender Price Tiers: It Can Get Confusing! Fender has been doing really well these days, and it is one of the few American guitar companies that…

  • Why Jimi Hendrix ONLY Played Fender Guitars

    Why Jimi Hendrix ONLY Played Fender Guitars

    Jimi Hendrix was one of the finest guitarists to ever walk the earth. We lost him early. But his legacy and influence lives on. But why did Jimi Hendrix only ever use Fender guitars? As of 2022, Fender is one of the biggest, most well-known, and, compared to Gibson, one of the most profitable and…

  • New Squier 40th Anniversary Guitars: PRO Guitars On A Budget?

    New Squier 40th Anniversary Guitars: PRO Guitars On A Budget?

    The Squier 40th Anniversary guitars celebrates four decades of affordable Fender models by releasing some very special instruments. Are these new guitars pro quality on a budget? Today we take a look at the models, and go over the new features. Squier 40th Anniversary Guitars: Has It Been That Long? We have seen Fender do…

  • 6 Epic Guitar Brands That AREN’T Gibson or Fender

    6 Epic Guitar Brands That AREN’T Gibson or Fender

    If you’ve got $600 to $1000 to drop on a guitar, and you don’t want a Gibson or Fender, here are six amazing guitar brands you need to be looking at – they’re all brilliant… When you think of a guitar, an electric one, most players imagine a Fender Strat or a Gibson Les Paul. Gibson…

  • Fender Mustang GTX 100 Review: BEST Versatile Gigging Amp Under $500!

    Fender Mustang GTX 100 Review: BEST Versatile Gigging Amp Under $500!

    The Fender Mustang GTX 100 is not a new amp by any means, but it is often overlooked in the world of modeling amps. Today we take a look at what makes this amp perfect for people that gig regularly. The Fender Mustang GTX 100: Where Have You Been? I can think of a lot…

  • Why The Beatles ONLY Ever Used Vox Amps

    Why The Beatles ONLY Ever Used Vox Amps

    Why did The Beatles only ever use Vox amps? Here’s the inside story on the real reason why The Beatles choose to use Vox amps – and it has nothing to do with guitar tone! Few other bands have as much lore as The Beatles. As one of the greatest and biggest bands to ever walk…

  • Mike Rutherford Uses A $200 Squier Strat – Here’s Why

    Mike Rutherford Uses A $200 Squier Strat – Here’s Why

    Mike Rutherford was one of the founding members of Genesis. He later played in Mike and The Mechanics. He’s worth millions. But Mike Rutherford uses a $200 Squier Strat. Here’s why… If you were in a band with Phil Collins in the 1970s and 1980s and sold gazillions of records, chances are you’d have a…

  • What Pickups Do Jazzmasters Have? A Complete Guide (All Models)

    What Pickups Do Jazzmasters Have? A Complete Guide (All Models)

    The Fender Jazzmaster is a popular choice with guitarists; it looks beautiful and plays like a dream. But what pickups do Fender Jazzmasters have? Let’s find out by looking at all the current models The Fender Jazzmaster has been around, in one form or another, since 1958. Used by everybody from The Beach Boys to…

  • Famous Guitarists & The Guitars They Use: A Big ‘Ol List…

    Famous Guitarists & The Guitars They Use: A Big ‘Ol List…

    What guitar does James Hetfield play? What about Slash? Or even Ed Sheeran, Dave Grohl, Brian May, Alex Turner, Josh Homme, and Angus Young? I was sick of Googling them, so I decided to make a MEGA TABLE… When you first get interested in guitars, you’ll start taking more and more notice of the guitars…

  • How Kurt Cobain – And Grunge – Saved The Fender Jaguar

    How Kurt Cobain – And Grunge – Saved The Fender Jaguar

    The Fender Jaguar was meant to surpass the Fender Strat and the Tele. But this didn’t happen. On launch in the 1960s, it was something of a damp squib – until grunge came along… The history of the Fender Jaguar isn’t pretty. The guitar was meant to be a successor model to the Fender Stratocaster, picking…

  • Are Squier Guitars Good? A Guide To Cheap Fender Guitars

    Are Squier Guitars Good? A Guide To Cheap Fender Guitars

    Squier guitars by Fender are extremely popular with novice and beginner players. But are they actually any good? Let’s investigate… If you want a proper Fender guitar, you’re going to have to drop some BIG BUCKS. Even an entry-level Fender will set you back the best part of $800. Want something more upmarket? The sky’s…

  • The Top 3 BEST Fender Strat Alternative In 2021: Stratocasters That ROCK!

    The Top 3 BEST Fender Strat Alternative In 2021: Stratocasters That ROCK!

    The Fender Stratocaster is an iconic guitar, and one of the fist solid body guitars that the world had ever seen. But Today, we take a look at some companies that make the best Fender Strat alternatives, and you might be surprised at how awesome they are! The Best Fender Strat Alternatives: Why Is The…

  • Fender Mustang Micro UK Release Date: When’s It Landing?

    Fender Mustang Micro UK Release Date: When’s It Landing?

    What’s the deal with the Fender Mustang Micro’s UK release date? I had a spare £90 laying around, it was my birthday, so I thought what the hell, I’m going to get myself a Fender Mustang Micro. The small, compact practice accessory which doubles as a USB audio interface features 12 amp simulations powered by…

  • Fender Mustang Micro Brings 12 Amps To Your Pocket

    Fender Mustang Micro Brings 12 Amps To Your Pocket

    The Fender Mustang Micro is a small, compact personal guitar amplifier that is designed to fit in your pocket and go anywhere you go – and it has 12 amp profiles and 13 effects options Fender has officially launched the Fender Mustang Micro amp, a small personal amplifier rig that is designed to fit inside your…

  • Can You Use Fender Mustang Micro With A Bass?

    Can You Use Fender Mustang Micro With A Bass?

    The Fender Mustang Micro is a great little tool for playing anywhere. But can the Fender Mustang Micro be used with a bass? If you caught our launch post on the Fender Mustang Micro, you’ll know we were pretty excited about this awesome little gizmo. Taking Fender’s already-awesome Mustang GTX amp profiles, the Mustang Micro…

  • The Best Fender Guitars For Metal: Our Top 3 Picks!

    The Best Fender Guitars For Metal: Our Top 3 Picks!

    It is pretty rare to mention Fender guitars for Metal music, as they are usually viewed as being a “Dad” guitar. But I assure you, they are not! Today we take a look at the models that will surprise you with their versatility! Fender is often noted as being the first company to make what…

  • The New Fender Triple Trouble: The 2020 Telecaster From Another Universe!

    The New Fender Triple Trouble: The 2020 Telecaster From Another Universe!

    Fender launched their Parallel Universe Series a few years ago, and it has been hugely popular. These models are can be anything from modern takes on classic guitars, to being a completely new guitar that no one has ever seen. The Fender Triple Trouble is the latest model to come through the portal! Fender Triple…

  • Fender Guitar Sales in 2020 are INSANE: More People Playing Guitar During Pandemic

    Fender Guitar Sales in 2020 are INSANE: More People Playing Guitar During Pandemic

    This has been a crazy year worldwide, for everyone. Numerous lockdowns, curfews, and mandates have changed the way we socialize and live on a fundamental level. But apparently, it is also a great time to learn guitar! Fender Guitar Sales In 2020: It’s Been a Challenge… Since the first lockdowns in March, until the present…

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