Have you had that feeling of deja vu when news of the latest gear comes across your feed? You think, “Hold on a minute, haven’t I already heard of this?” Well, you’re not alone. Every now and then even the biggest names recycle, reuse, or repurpose a model name. Fender’s guitar and gear lineup has more than its fair share of names doing double duty.
Here’s a top three set of unlikely, even forgotten, Fender products that couldn’t be more different yet share the same name.
The Fender Acoustasonic, For Three
You’re probably familiar with the brilliantly designed Acoustasonic guitar released in early 2019. This Tele-type guitar promises to do it all. Twangy electric sounds, warm single coils, and even a surprising array of acoustic tones. Did you know, however, this isn’t the first Fender guitar to bear this name?
That’s right, back in the early 2000s Fender released a solid body electric guitar that, like this later iteration, aimed at emulating a diversity of acoustic and electric sounds. Though less successful than the recent retake, it turns out the Acoustasonic was a long time in the making
But we’re not done yet.
It seems that Fender wanted to maximize the mileage with this trademark. There is, in fact, a third Fender item that goes by this moniker. This time, it’s a series of amplifiers geared towards acoustic guitar players.
The Fender Super Sonic, Part Deux
If you Google “Fender Super Sonic” you’ll probably find yourself wading through a few pages of amplifiers before you come across the lesser known of this namesake.
The Fender Super Sonic amps came in both head and combo formats as well as in at least two tolex styles. The classic blonde and cream knobs is remarkable, but, for my money, the black and pepper combo 112 is just about the coolest design I’ve ever seen.
Dig a bit further, though, and you’ll encounter a blue sparkled, upside down looking offset guitar from the mid-1990s. As part of the Vista Series, the Squier Super Sonic is an arresting dual humbucker guitar with an oversize reverse headstock and what can only be described as a flipped Jazzmaster body. With the resurgence of interest in offsets, a few years back Fender resurrected the model and gave it the true Fender treatment by re-releasing it as part of the Fender Pawn Shop Series.
This final duo of Fender gear in some ways couldn’t be more different. Yet, with their shared DNA aiming at intro level players, there’s perhaps something of a continuity between the mustang offerings of Fender that aim at students.
In 1964, Fender released what would become a flagship student model guitar, the Mustang. With a shorter scale and body size, the guitar offered all the appointments and edge of a grown-up Fender but on a budget and for smaller players. Mustangs have come and gone in both Fender and Squier’s catalogues yet occupy a core place in their offset history.
Chances are, however, that the term “Fender Mustang” also conjures up more recent memories of their pint-sized yet powerful digital amplifiers. Now in their second iteration, the Mustang lineup of amps are incredible tools for amplifier emulation and effects for first-time to novice players alike.
Like any family history, there are names that are passed down through the generations that become part of who you are. Apparently, for these models, Fender couldn’t resist reusing some names that were both classic and captivating.