Fender debut the Parallel Universe Uptown Strat

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Fender debut the Parallel Universe Uptown Strat

Words by Will Brewster

A wild fusion of Fender aesthetics and Gibson specs.

Ever wanted the sound of a Les Paul, but not yet willing to give up your adoration for Stratocasters? Fender’s Parallel Universe Uptown Strat might just be the guitar for you.

Following in the footsteps of other oddities released this year such as the Maverick Dorado and Jazz Strat, the Uptown Strat seeks to envision an alternate era for Fender’s manufacturing, thinking outside the box to create a wholly unique model unlike anything else on the market.

Featuring a chunky Fijian mahogany slab body and bound neck with a rosewood fretboard and block inlays, the Uptown Strat certainly looks like quite a unique entry into the Parallel Universe range. With its 24.75″ mahogany neck, 22 medium jumbo frets and a 9.5″ fretboard radius, it’s easily the most Gibson guitar that’s ever been envisioned by the Big F – fingers crossed those lawyers don’t come knocking.

The Uptown Strat is also fitted with a pair of chrome DoubleTap humbuckers, letting you achieve some absolutely roaring high-gain tones and hyper-compressed cleans alike. There’s also two volume and control knobs for each pickup and a three-way toggle to blend tones, while a two-point synchronised tremolo allows for classic Fender-style whammy action.

The Parallel Universe Uptown Strat is available now from select Australian dealers, and comes in a Static White finish with a deluxe hard-case. Hear how it sounds in action below.


Head to Fender’s Australian website for further details today.