Fender Road Worn Series Guitars and Basses
March 1, 2014 by Charlie
Fender first revealed the Road Worn Series guitars and basses at the Winter NAMM 2009 show four years ago, and seemed to have been a hit. These axes are for players who desire that banged up, beaten, used and abused vintage relic’d appearance but don’t have the spare $2,000 – $3,000 for a Fender Custom Shop Time Machine relic, let alone the cash to purchase an authentic vintage Fender.
Fender’s Road Worn Series guitars include a variety of different beaten axes and basses, such as Fender’s ’50s and ’60s Strats, ’50s Tele, and a ’50s Precision and ’60s Jazz bass. While I’m not a fan of factory made relic guitars, these instruments are Made in Mexico (MIM) which I personally do like. All the Road Worn Series feature distressed nitrocellulose-finished bodies and worn necks. Combined with the aforementioned Road Worn features, these instruments also incorporate a number of sensible modern upgrades which I can appreciate.
The main picture (above) illustrates the ’60s Stratocaster in Olympic white. Also available is three-color sunburst. Although there’s a two-color sunburst option. Below is the ’50s Strat in two-color sunburst, also available is a prominent Clapton-esque black finish:
Here’s the ’50s Tele in blonde:
Here’s the stunningly attractive fiesta red ’50s Precision bass with a gold anodized aluminum scratch plate–also available in two-color sunburst:
Last but not least, here’s the ’60s Jazz bass in three-color sunburst, also available in fiesta red:
Many people have reservation about buying a beat up axe which came new from the factory that way, and really, I don’t blame them. Natural relic guitars have soul and personality… they tell a story, while these git-stringers are sanded and filed down with stuff you can find in your basic workshop. I’m sure it takes some skill to ‘properly’ relic a guitar, but it’s just not the same. If you are really into relic guitars, what can be fun is buying a cheap Squire to practice doing some relic work on, that’s about all their really good for anyhow, right? =-)
For around $900 these are good looking Git-fiddles, and (if set up correctly) can give you a nice smooth playing experience. The hardware is good enough to get the job done and would be a great looking stage guitar. The question is, when your fans approach you after the show for autographs, and ask you how your axe got so beat up, what are you going to say? Are you going to make up crazy stories? If your honest, it will certainly take the cool factor away!
See The Fender Road Worn Guitars in Action
Performed by Rob Chapman at Andertons Music