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Old 01-04-2016, 03:28 PM   #1
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Pre-orders for 2016 Fender Edge Stratocaster

DolphinMusicUk is taking orders for the 2016 Fender The Edge Stratocaster.

Enthralling millions worldwide with his acclaimed textural guitar work—as well as his knack for writing catchy riffs and hooks—U2 guitarist, The Edge, relies on his trusty Strat® guitar to sculpt his unique sound. This is The Edge's first ever signature guitar, and it's ace!

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It's finally here - the guitar many U2 fans have been hoping for years! The Fender 2016 The Edge Stratocaster features a maple neck and will please not just U2 fans, but anyone looking for a unique Strat with great specs.
Designed in close collaboration with Fender®, The Edge Strat is his new constant companion, replacing his favored vintage Fender instruments onstage in arenas around the world. An innovatively supercharged instrument, the Edge Strat is engineered for top-notch performance with versatile tone and effortless playing feel.
A pair of special Custom Shop Fat 50s single-coil pickups with flat-staggered polepieces for personalized string response sits in the neck and middle position, cranking out versatile tone with enhanced bass response. A powerful DiMarzio® FS-1™ pickup inhabits the bridge position for added tonal balance, smoothing out the guitar’s response and boosting the output for arena-sized sound with clear articulation.
The strong, stable quartersawn maple neck generates a slightly brighter tone while the sleek contoured neck heel and comfortable 9.5” fingerboard are ideal for most playing styles, supporting low end chords and riffing along with chiming upper-register chords and leads with ease.
Enjoy increased sustain from the modern two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with pop-in arm and fully adjustable block saddles for pinpoint intonation accuracy. An elegant guitar for a refined player, this guitar combines the classic curves, appointments and effortless playability of classic Strat guitars with modern enhancements and materials to create a player’s dream instrument—a flexible music machine with timeless Fender style and authentic sound. Don’t delay, add The Edge Strat to your sonic toolbox. Includes a special black and gray tweed hardshell case.

Features:

Series: Artist
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Gloss Polyurethane
Neck: 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple, Modern “C”
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane finish on back, Gloss Urethane on Front
Fingerboard: 1-Piece Quartersawn Maple, 9.5” (241 mm) Radius
Frets: 21, Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Nut (Material/Width): Synthetic Bone, 1.685” (42.8 mm)
Tuning Machines: Deluxe Cast/Sealed Locking (all short posts)
Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
Bridge: 2-Point Deluxe Synchronized Tremolo with Pop-In Arm
Pickguard: 3-Ply Mint Green
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and
Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and
Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)
Control Knobs: Aged White Plastic
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
Case/Gig Bag: Deluxe Black Tweed Hardshell

Fender 2016 The Edge Stratocaster, Maple Fingerboard, Black



Are the specs 100% correct? Time will tell for certain. NAMM is soon enough and we'll have more certainty then.

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Old 01-04-2016, 06:57 PM   #2
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I am sorta surprised that Edge is using Dimarzio pups instead of any Fender-made pickups on the bridge. I hope it comes with different color because that color scheme is just overdone imo
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Not sure what to make of this. Very standard strat (21 frets?) w/ Edge's signature and double the price of what you'd get it w/out one.

Let's wait for the official announcement.
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used on I&E Tour 'Still havnt found' 'bullet' 'Streets'


info on dimarzio FS-1

Specs

Wiring: 2 Conductor
Magnet: Alnico 5
Output mV: 160
DC Resistance: 14.23 Kohm
Year of Introduction: 1974
Patent: n/a

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All positions, or bridge position with standard single-coils in neck and middle.

Tech Talk
We didn't design the FS-1™ with a vintage sound in mind, but if you're trying to get a blues sound from the bridge position of a maple-neck Strat®,
you'll be very happy with the extra mids and bass, and the sound still cleans up when the volume is rolled down.


Sum info from the internet says he had the FS-1 in his black strat during the War/Under A Blood Red Sky' period
sumone also mentions this->The story repeated by Edge in several guitar magazines is that the black Stratocaster already had the DiMarzios fitted when he bought it. This makes sense in several respects. Edge's other main guitar at the time was a mid-Seventies Gibson Explorer.The hot DiMarzio single coils would
have produced similar levels of drive and output to the regular humbuckers in the Gibson. Hence, little or no need for amplifier Gain setting adjustments on stage
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Well I was kinda surprised by the fact that, from the spec shown, the sig strat weren't all that 70s-esque
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So....., DiMarzio FS-1 for the bridge, Hot 50's for the middle and neck. Now I know what to get for a future guitar build.

I do like the 2 point tremelo. I like those a lot, I've used them in my own guitar builds.
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well if they said this guitar is used in BTBS and Still Haven't, then can assumed that his new strat with black body, black pickguard and rosewood fretboard had this spec? why not offer that color?
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Maybe they will over time? It's not like other artists' signature models only offer a single color.

It could also be that Edge considers this configuration his trade mark guitar. We may think of the all Black Strat as his definitive Strat, but from the Joshua Tree onwards a black Strat with white pickguard has been used the most by him on songs that call for a Strat. So maybe he considers this as the Strat that defines him.
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Do you guys think Edge Strat will be the permanent addition to Fender catalog (like Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Eric Johnson strats) or it will be more of a limited edition thing that only lasts for 1-2 years (like Thurston Moore/Lee Ranaldo Jazzmaster)?
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So....., DiMarzio FS-1 for the bridge, Hot 50's for the middle and neck. Now I know what to get for a future guitar build.

I do like the 2 point tremelo. I like those a lot, I've used them in my own guitar builds.
simple question: are those bridges (2-pt bridges) floating trem or do we need further mods to make it floating (like Jeff Beck does, by balancing the tension of springs, strings and cautious setups and all that)?
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"don't delay" made me chuckle at least
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"don't delay" made me chuckle at least
Yes.

Wish it was a Black on Black, but then again I already have one so that'd be a bit redundant! Will keep an eye out for reviews/impressions but it's going to be hard for me to NOT pick this up at some point in the future.
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Do you guys think Edge Strat will be the permanent addition to Fender catalog (like Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Eric Johnson strats) or it will be more of a limited edition thing that only lasts for 1-2 years (like Thurston Moore/Lee Ranaldo Jazzmaster)?
Methinks that depends on price, how popular those artists are, how useful those guitars are and maybe how different those guitars from regular Fender models.

I suspect it will be a lot longer lived thing then the guitars of those Sonic Youth guys as U2 and the Edge are in the stratosphere popularity wise compared to them. I'll make the caveat though that while the Edge is probably in the popularity Stratosphere even compared to the likes of Clapton, Beck, Eric Johnson, Buddy Guy and Yngwie Malmsteen, what separates most of their fans from Edge's fans is that they do have a lot of older guitar playing fans with lots of disposable income. Often nicknamed as blues lawyers. I'm not sure Edge has the same kinds of high income fans. Not to mention that to many guitar players Edge is considered a kind of a joke. Can't play worth a shit/hides behinds effects is what's most often said.

So I think the chances of it being a permanent addition are a lot better then those of the Sonic Youth guys, the customer base will not be quite the same as in the case of those for the permanent signature models.

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simple question: are those bridges (2-pt bridges) floating trem or do we need further mods to make it floating (like Jeff Beck does, by balancing the tension of springs, strings and cautious setups and all that)?
The one in my 90's Strat was fully floating, just like in a regular 6 point trem. The ones in my builds aren't, as I prefer to use a tremblocker, so divebombs only. I like the ability to do some quick retuning to drop D and stability in case of string breakage a lot more then the occasional pulling up. But the setup process is the same for a 2 point as it is for a 6 point. The only differences are that when you remove the strings and springs you can take the trem out, whereas with the 6 point you still have to remove the 6 strings that hold it in place. So when you do remove all the strings in one go, don't hold the guitar upside down as you run the risk that the trem will fall out.

The other thing is that the heights of the 2 studs can and should be adjusted. Which means that with a 6 point floating trem the base plate should ideally be at a slight angle with the body, as it literally pivots up and down at its connection on the wood. Whereas with a 2 point floating trem the 2 studs should be raised a little so the base plat is evenly spaced from the body, just like with a Floyd Rose trem. There should be no pivoting on the wood. I hope this makes any sense.

Whether this one will be floating will probably depend on whether or not Edge prefers his trems to float or not. Which seems to be the usual case with signature guitars, they also get set up the way the artists likes them. I know the trems on Clapton Strats were set up fully locked in place, as that was what Clapton wanted. You had to do some work to get them floating again, including removing a block of wood that locked them in place.
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thanx, Muad'zin, I just wondered about floating rem as I am kinda feeling disappointed by my cheap trem with very tight springs and non-floating system. There are some floating system (like Wilkinson trem?) but i don't hear too many good things about them from people who care about tuning or intonation.
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wait if he went for fatter single coils, can i put rail pickups from Lindy Fralin or any Lace Sensor pups to emulate his sound? oh lord i may finally make decision about my pickup mod for my guitar.
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