How to Choose a Fender Guitar

So, you're in the market for a new Fender guitar! Congrats! Stratocaster? Telecaster? Jazzmaster?

I've played Fender guitars since the 80s and currently own a beautiful Eric Johnson signature Strat. Lovely guitar, to say the least.

But which one is right for you?

Step One: buy the Fender T-shirt that looks the best to you.

Step Two: buy a Suhr guitar that looks the best to you and enjoy playing it while wearing that Fender T-shirt!

Seriously, if you're looking for a guitar that costs over $1K and you want something Fenderish then forget Fender, and buy a Suhr. Buying used can save you a lot of money and get you within striking distance of a new American-made Fender guitar but the Surh, whether it is a Tele or Strat style, will just kill it in every category: fit and finish, playability, sound, etc.

After I bought a Suhr my Fender Strat pretty much just gathers dust.