Throughout their history, Fender has occasionally had fun mixing and matching different components to create "parts-casters" that never were, but should have been: this is the Alternate Reality Series' raison d'être. The specimen under examination here is the Alternate Reality Powercaster. The Powercaster was designed from the ground up for high-octane musical hijinks and immense tonal dexterity. Mixing the massive sound of an Atomic humbucker with the girthy articulation of a single-coil MP-90 soapbar pickup, this instrument’s tone has a bit of an edge to it — ideal for slashing your way to the front of a packed mix. A roasted maple neck and swoopy pickguard add stability and visual flair to this unique axe. Music Experience's take: Combining vintage-inspired appointments with modern, player-centric features, the Powercaster delivers an arsenal of unique tones you'll find useful for any music genre.
The Alternate Reality Powercaster’s secret sauce is its pickup configuration. Unusual for a Fender, the Powercaster combines the fat, snarling tone of a humbucking bridge pickup with the punchy bite of a single-coil MP-90 neck pup. The Modern C profile neck is crafted from roasted maple, which makes it resonant and warp-resistant, as well as giving it fetching visuals. The 9.5"-radius Pau Ferro fingerboard and 22 medium-jumbo frets offer a fast, familiar playing feel while extending the instrument’s range. The 24.75" scale length gives the Powercaster a unique feel and voice for a Fender, and the strings are easier to bend, courtesy of the shorter scale's reduced string tension. An Adjusto-matic bridge and sealed tuning machines provide rock-solid tuning stability.
The freshly-designed Powercaster was built from the ground up for high-octane musical fun and the ultimate in tonal versatility. Mixing the giant sound of an Atomic™ humbucking pickup with the articulate voice of a single-coil soapbar pickup, this guitar’s tone has a bit of an edge to it—perfect for slashing through a dense mix. A roasted maple neck and sweeping pickguard adds some visual flair to this unique instrument.
A classic Fender body wood, alder has warm tones with well-defined highs and a punchy attack.
For sonic versatility and unique tone, this guitar sports an Atomic humbucking pickup matched to a soapbar single-coil pickup.
The Adjusto-matic bridge offers stable tuning and accurate intonation.
The 3-way pickup toggle switch makes it easy to switch between neck, bridge or both pickups.
Adding another fret extends the range, while the “Modern C”-shaped neck profile and 9.5”-radius fingerboard are comfortable for any playing style.
With its 24.75” scale length, the Powercaster has a warmer sound and the reduced string tension makes bending strings easier.
|Body Shape||Alternate Reality Powercaster|
|Number of Strings||6|
|Body Finish||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Material||Roasted Maple|
|Neck Shape||Modern C|
|Fingerboard Material||Pau Ferro|
|Fingerboard Inlay||White Dots|
|Number of Frets||22, Medium Jumbo|
|Nut Material||Synthetic Bone|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||Vintage-style Adjusto-Matic with Anchored Tailpiece|
|Tuners||Standard Cast, Sealed|
|Neck Pickup||MP-90 Single-coil|
|Bridge Pickup||Atomic Humbucker|
|Controls||1 x master volume, 1 x master tone, 3-way toggle pickup switch|
|Strings||Fender USA 250L, .009-.042"|
|Case Included||Gig Bag|
|Manufacturer Part Number||0143523357|