Played by more artists on more stages than any other series - the Fender flagship American Professional Series has been reinvented.
On October 13th, Fender announced the American Professional II series and we were there, hand-picking a lineup of these incredible guitars for Macron Music.
What is the American Professional Series?
Back in 2016, Fender introduced the American Professional series, combining a longstanding history of quality with handmade craftsmanship to provide the world’s most relevant artists with a better tool that transcends more genres than any other series before it. Since its debut, American Professional has become the most widely adopted series of instruments by players and working guitarists in the world, with over 60% of Fender artists across all genres. It’s continued to play an integral role in the diverse and expansive nature of how guitar is used across genres by thousands of artists including Michael Kiwanuka, Courtney Barnett, Noel Gallagher, Jon Pardi, Blink 182, Haim, Daniel Caesar, Deftones, and Clairo to name a few. Trusted and played by guitarists and bassists on more stages and in more studios than any other, the American Professional series has appeared in inspiring performances all over the world. From the Grammy Awards®, to Saturday Night Live™, BBC One™, the CMA Awards™, Fuji Rock Festival, Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival™, Splendour in the Grass, Glastonbury Festival and more – the American Professional series has inspired music and culture worldwide.
What's different about American Professional II?
Now the American Professional II series has evolved into an even better tool, with adjustments inspired by feedback from the biggest names across all genres. Whether a live concert or virtual format, the American Professional II series is a vital tool that continues to meet the needs of today’s artists and remains the top choice to deliver an unforgettable performance on a stage at drive in concerts, in the studio or streaming a live session at home. As the platform of live music continues to evolve – from live streams to drive in concerts – artists are also changing how they create music and are seeking inspirational, versatile tools like the American Professional II series to support them night after night and in any format.
After four years of listening, watching, and collaborating with countless professional musicians, Fender evolved this series with key new features to make its sound, feel and style better than ever. Made by hand in Corona, the American Professional II series is a stage-ready lineup of electric guitars and basses that embodies the best of what artists want and need. These models feature a Deep “C” neck profile; rolled fingerboards for comfort; as well as a sculpted neck heel that offers more accessibility to the guitar’s upper register and an ergonomic playing experience. The models also feature push-push switching, new V-Mod II pickups and voicings that are sonically pleasing across all music genres, staggered tuners and polyurethane finishes. Select models are also available in new color ways including Miami Blue (Stratocaster®), Dark Knight (Telecaster®), 3-Color Burst (Jazzmaster®), Mercury (Precision Bass®) and Mystic Surf Green (Jazz Bass®).
“The American Professional II plays beautifully,” said Orville Peck. “Everything you’d expect out of a classic Telecaster with a couple changes that make it super comfortable to play. I love the feel of the neck and the twang of the new pickups”
Despite the obvious challenges facing artists and the music industry in 2020, the creativity and output has not stopped. The world needs music now more than ever and that's evident from the record-breaking popularity of guitar this year. Guitar is a cultural phenomenon and inspirational tool that touches diverse groups of people across backgrounds, gender, genre or creed through a shared human experience. In the face of a global pandemic, hundreds of thousands of people have turned to the guitar as a quarantine companion, as well as their favorite artists and albums to connect and push forward during a difficult time.
The One. For All.
To celebrate this spirit of never settling for the status quo, “The One. For All.” campaign amplifies new artists who are breaking conventional rules about the path to success —changing what it means to be a musician right now, and in the future. Through a hero spot narrated by Oscar® Award-winning actor and musician Billy Bob Thornton, the breadth and reach of Fender is shown through the eyes of the iconic models of the American Professional II series. Each guitar model is paired with artists whose voices showcase how inherently versatile Fender instruments are, a signature part of the strength and enduring popularity of the brand. The new artists showcased within the film include – Steve Lacy (Stratocaster), Lindsay Ell (Stratocaster), Dominic Fike (Stratocaster), Orville Peck (Telecaster), Ashley McBryde (Jazzmaster), Este Haim (Precision Bass), MonoNeon (Jazz Bass) and more. The series continues Fender’s legacy to drive guitar, music and culture forward by connecting today’s artists, players and fans everywhere through that shared loved of music.
The American Professional II series electric guitars and basses feature 10 new models and at Macron Music, we're making them available to you as soon as they arrive on our shores. If you're a serious player or you want to up your game, get your hands one of these incredible instruments as soon as you can.
They won't last long.