If you demand the iconic tones of a Stratocaster but love the straightforward design of a Telecaster, the Fender Limited Edition Parallel Universe Strat-Tele Hybrid is for you. Based on the familiar lines of an ash-bodied Tele, Fender then outfitted it with a Strat's Custom Shop '69 aged pickups and electronics and body contours to deliver the best of both worlds. You'll also be taking full advantage of the guitar's modern-feeling maple neck that lets you get up and down the fingerboard with ease.
Like many classic Teles, the Fender Limited Edition Parallel Universe Strat-Tele Hybrid's body is crafted from beautiful ash. Known for its big lows and chiming highs, ash injects this guitar with plenty of twang. And like the Stratocaster, the Parallel Universe Strat-Tele Hybrid features expertly executed contours on the top and back. Once you strap this guitar on for the gig, Music Experience knows you'll appreciate the way these contours make the guitar meld seamlessly with your body.
The guitar's performance-driven features extend to the neck in a big way. Its all-maple construction and classic-looking Fender logo are perfectly standard. Yet unlike vintage Fenders, run up the fingerboard and you'll immediately appreciate its more modern 9.5" fingerboard radius.The back of the neck sports a modern Deep C profile that ensures you have plenty to get your hands on, while never interfering with your playing.
Even with the customizations to the Fender Limited Edition Parallel Universe Strat-Tele Hybrid's neck and body, it's the guitar's unique combination of Tele design with a Strat's pickup layout that will strike you first. By loading the guitar's pickguard with Custom Shop '69 Aged Strat single-coil pickups, Fender was able to keep the twang and bell-like character its guitars are legendary for, while giving this Tele body those in-between sounds we all love.
The Strat-Tele hybrid is the ideal instrument for throwing down hot licks in any setting. We dressed up the traditional Tele® body with professional touches like three Custom Shop ’69 Aged Strat® pickups, a Strat synchronized tremolo bridge and elegant silver “spaghetti” Fender logo. It’s business in the front and party in the back with this versatile, intriguing limited-edition guitar.
This Telecaster body is crafted from strong, dense ash—a longtime Fender classic. Notably resonant and sweet-sounding, it features an attractive grain.
The nitrocellulose lacquer finish lets the body breathe with its true tonal character and also ages and wears in a distinctively personal way.
Combining a modern 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with narrow-tall frets enhances the playing feel while making it easier to bend notes without fretting out.
These Custom Shop ’69 Aged Strat pickups give you authentic Fender tone—crystalline, bell-like and highly articulate.
This bridge features bent steel saddles for bright, clear tone with plenty of sustain. The pop-in arm stays in place and the tension can be adjusted to match your preferences.
The Strat-Tele sports classic Stratocaster controls, including a single volume and two tone controls, along with a 5-way switch to get the most out of its Custom Shop pickups.
If you had a clean sheet of paper and the ability to create a hybrid guitar splicing together the DNA of two of Fender's most iconic models, a Stratocaster and Telecaster mashup would be a good place to start. That's exactly what the minds behind Fender product development did with the new Strat-Tele Hybrid, the first offering in the limited-edition Parallel Universe Collection. Boasting the unmistakable body of a Telecaster and timeless Stratocaster accoutrements, this guitar truly melds two time-tested instruments.
"It's everything you'd want in a Strat tone," said guitarist Todd Wisenbaker, who plays with Ryan Adams, after he got to put the Strat-Tele Hybrid through the paces. "It was obviously, when I plugged it in, a Strat pickup, the best tone there is. "It's kind of wrong, but it's right. It's cool!"
The "wrong-but-right" ethos runs through the entire Parallel Universe Collection, which will see a new guitar and bass model released each month throughout the rest of 2018. "We wanted to do something fresh and different, something exciting and interesting to consumers that wasn't just a typical Strat or Tele," Fender Senior Product Development Manager of Electric Guitars and Basses Allen Abbassi said. "We've mixed and matched different models in the past, and this is still very much in Fender's wheelhouse."
The Parallel Universe Strat-Tele Hybrid was initially inspired by a limited run of similar models produced by Fender Senior Master Builder and Custom Shop Director Chris Fleming in 2006. Fender has also placed three pickups in a Telecaster in the past, like the Nashville Tele. This version features professional touches like three Custom Shop '69 Aged Strat pickups, Stratocaster controls (single volume, two tone controls and a five-way switch), a Strat synchronized tremolo bridge, a lacquer finish and comfortable contours.
"These use the best of the best parts we have," said Fender Vice President of Fender Electric Guitars and Basses Product Development Joey Brasler. "Whatever premium specs we had at our disposal, we used. We spared nothing." With the Strat-Tele Hybrid combining the beloved specs of two of Fender's legendary guitars into one, don't be surprised if more Telecaster players come over to the Stratocaster side of the road soon. "There are Strat people and Tele people, and we wanted to give a Tele guy a Strat," Brasler said with a laugh. "Some people just aren't comfortable on a Stratocaster, so this is an opportunity to expand their palette."
|Body Shape||Strat-Tele Hybrid|
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Finish||Gloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Neck Shape||Modern Deep "C"|
|Fingerboard Inlay||Black Dots|
|Number of Frets||22, Narrow Tall|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||2-point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles, Pop-in Tremolo Arm|
|Tuners||Deluxe Cast/Sealed Staggered|
|Neck Pickup||Custom Shop '69 Strat Single-coil|
|Middle Pickup||Custom Shop '69 Strat Single-coil|
|Bridge Pickup||Custom Shop '69 Strat Single-coil|
|Controls||1 x volume, 2 x tone (neck, bridge/middle), 5-way blade pickup switch|
|Strings||Fender USA, NPS, .009-.042|
|Case Included||Elite Molded Hardshell Case|
|Manufacturer Part Number||0176032703|