Fender's Alternate Reality range aims to offer something a little different, as the name suggests. Warped reflections of the classics, mind-bending hybrids and plenty of outside-the-box ideas. The Fender PowerCaster is a new design, with a unique humbucker/P90 pickup configuration, short scale length, and sleek offset looks. This is the Fender model you never knew you needed!
The humbucker/P90 pickup combination is rarely seen, if ever, on a Fender electric. The humbucker is in the bridge position, perfect for mix-slicing riiffs and screaming leads. The P90 in the neck strikes the perfect balance between single-coil Fender twang and broad warmth. Between the two of them, you've got an incredible palette to play with. The PowerCaster would be right at home in every style, from hardcore to indie-pop.
With a new shape somewhere between a Mustang and Jaguar, the PowerCaster is eye-catching from the offset (excuse the pun). A new pickguard design follows the flow of the retro curves, and with three finishes to choose from, you're bound to find something that suits your vibe.
Finally, a luxurious Roasted Maple and Pau Ferro combo makes up the neck and fretboard respectively. This not only adds a contrasting organic look to the model, but it provides a bit of extra twang to contrast the balanced Alder body and fat pickup sounds. Rockin'.
- Alder body; 24.75” scale length
- One Atomic humbucking pickup (bridge); one soapbar single-coil pickup (neck)
- Roasted maple neck with ""Modern C” profile
- Adjusto-matic™ bridge with stop tailpiece
- Includes deluxe gig bag
Here's what Fender say:
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.
The secret to this guitar’s slashing tone is the pickup configuration. Unusual for a Fender guitar, we combined the girth of a humbucking bridge pickup with the edgy punch of a single-coil soapbar neck pickup. The “Modern C”-shaped neck is crafted from roasted maple, which makes it strong and resonant, as well as giving it an alluring look. The 9.5”-radius fingerboard is fast-playing and 22 medium-jumbo frets offer a familiar playing feel while extending the guitar’s range. The 24.75” scale length gives the Powercaster a unique feel and voice, and the strings are easier to bend thanks to the reduced tension of the shorter scale. For rock-solid tuning stability we added an Adjusto-matic bridge and sealed tuning machines.
With its offset body, unique pickup configuration and roasted maple neck, the Powercaster is just the thing to add some muscle to your music. Includes deluxe gig bag.
- Body shape: Powercaster
- Body material: Alder
- Body finish: Gloss Polyester
- Neck material: Roasted Maple
- Neck shape: Modern C
- Fretboard material: Pau Ferro
- Fretboard radius: 9.5"
- Fret size: medium jumbo
- Number of frets: 21
- Scale length: 24.75”
- Pickup configuration: H/S
- Bridge pickup: Atomic humbucker
- Neck pickup: MP-90 Soapbar
- Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Adjusto-Matic with Anchored-Tailpiece
- Controls: master volume, master tone
- Control knobs: Vintage Style Black Plastic Jazz Bass
- Hardware: Nickel/Chrome
- Tuners: Standard Cast/Sealed
- Case: Deluxe Gig Bag