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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / New Fender guitar Meteora

Laker

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May 30th, 2019 10:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

I hope this is the right place as I don’t see an area for uncommon Fender guitars.

Tonight at our weekly jam session, a friend who shares his guitar collection with us (currently 100 guitars), brought in a Fender Alternate Reality Meteora guitar. It’s kind of an odd shaped guitar with a pair of humbucker pickups. I believe there is a button on the pick guard that you can swap the function of the knobs. It was a nice sounding axe but there had been no real setup performed on it so it could be even better.

Anyone else experience one of these?

DrKev

Paris, France

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
May 31st, 2019 03:24 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm generally someone who thinks there is too much separation anxiety with the 50s and 60s in the guitar world. And then I see the Meteora and my thought was "WTAH are Fender actually thinking here?" Turn out the new ones are a twin humbucker tunamatic version of the tele-inspired previous model that I totally missed and never even heard of until this week.

Many old guys like us will probably hate them with a nuclear intensity but hip up-and-coming younger musicians may just love them. I hope it becomes a huge hit.




Fender's New Meteora Guitar

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St Peters, MO USA

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May 31st, 2019 06:10 AM   Edit   Profile  

I generally prefer traditional guitar designs. There are occasional exceptions, like my friend’s Roswell, which is cool because it's so weird; but most, if not all, of the basic designs I like and have owned existed in the 50s and 60s. The original Meteora with Tele pickups did nothing for me, but the HH version, which reminds me of the old Guild Thunderbirds, is more interesting.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 31st, 2019 06:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

I saw a few of these in a shop several months ago. They're really nothing more than an electric guitar with a different shape.

If you're a traditionalist, you'll run screaming to the hills because it's not shaped like a Strat, Tele, or Jazzmaster. If this appeals to you, fantastic. I tend to like these kinds of departures because they can breathe life into a player that does not identify with players of typical guitars.

If a famous player straps one of these on during a concert tour or TV thing, perhaps they'll take off.

PRS tried something similar with the Vela model.

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May 31st, 2019 06:57 AM   Edit   Profile  

I prefer Reverend for the alt-designs.

reverendrob
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May 31st, 2019 08:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I see that and think "Boat anchor."

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May 31st, 2019 09:13 AM   Edit   Profile  

There is just too much body not doing anything on that guitar. I don't know, I prefer mine a bit more balanced than that.

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May 31st, 2019 09:20 AM   Edit   Profile  

For a guy who's not well versed on the offsets, it looks like just another offset to me.

Laker

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May 31st, 2019 09:46 AM   Edit   Profile  

“There is just too much body not doing anything on that guitar. I don't know, I prefer mine a bit more balanced than that.”

I thought it was a nice sounding guitar, just don’t look at it for its aesthetics.

reverendrob
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May 31st, 2019 10:38 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yea, the offsets all weigh a ton (except the Mustang) because of the shapes.

This is ...a dual bucker fixed bridge thing with a ton of weight.

Laker

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May 31st, 2019 03:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’ve gotta tell ya that the guitar isn’t all that heavy, and all who played it last night really seemed to enjoy what it could do and it had (to me) a kind of clear/defined sound.

DrKev

Paris, France

It's just a guitar, not rocket science.
Jun 1st, 2019 09:43 AM   Edit   Profile  

I think it's a thinner body to offset the weight.

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Planet Peegoo

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Jun 1st, 2019 11:39 AM   Edit   Profile  

Is that why it's called an "offset?"

haha

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Jun 2nd, 2019 02:47 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think it's a great looking and sounding guitar and I really like the concepts behind Fender's Alternate Reality and Parallel Universe guitars.

Fender still makes their wonderful classic/legendary electric guitars in a variety of options and price points, so this simply adds some terrific additional choices. What can be better than that ?

Mike

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Jun 2nd, 2019 04:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

A Reverend.

😋

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Jun 3rd, 2019 05:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I don't like it.
I like my Reverend.

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Jun 4th, 2019 01:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

I recently bought a Fender Parallel Universe Thinline Deluxe Tele. It's very cool, sort of like a Gretsch Tele or something.

Orange Thinline with TV Jones Pups.

(This message was last edited by 5Strats at 03:43 PM, Jun 4th, 2019)

Te 52

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Jun 4th, 2019 03:01 PM   Edit   Profile  

I like the Meteora, but I wouldn't want to own one, he said, oxymoronically.

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