Oh Fender, you saucy temptress. Just when you thought Fender couldn’t make you drool anymore than you already do over their top of the line Select Series they go and add a couple of new models that had me reaching for a thesaurus so that I could substitute the word delicious for something sound less camp, but what the hell I’ll say something metal next time and totally redeem myself.

The new Fender Select Stratocaster HSS Exotic Maple Flame combines a highly figured top with a nitro finish in Bing Cherry Burst to really accentuate the grain. The thing that I love about this guitar and I’m sure a lot of you will hate is that it has a Rosewood neck with a “channel bound” birdseye Maple fretboard. The channel bound fretboard is a Fender invention where I assume CNC machines are used to precisely cut out a rout for the Maple slab to drop into.

Fender Select Stratocaster HSS Exotic Maple Flame

And if you like the look of that, here is a close up of the fretboard set into that lovely piece of Rosewood:

Fender Select Stratocaster HSS Exotic Maple Flame

Not only is this guitar exotic so is the url: http://www.fender.com/en-AU/series/fender-select/fender-select-stratocaster-hss-exotic-maple-flame-channel-bound-maple-fingerboard-bing-cherry-burst/

The exact opposite of this guitar is also available with a Rosewood fretboard set into a birdseye Maple neck except it has an SSS configuration and is simply called the Fender Select Stratocaster Exotic Maple Flame (minus the HSS). This guitar is finished in Iced Tea Burst which is my preference of the two as it reminds me of the old Jimmy Page Les Paul’s.

Fender Select Stratocaster SSS Exotic Maple Flame

Other premium features include a comfortably contoured neck heel on the alder body, birds-eye maple neck with “modern C” profile, 21 medium jumbo frets and “vintage ivory” dot position inlays, three single-coil Fender Select Stratocaster guitar pickups with five-way switching, the HSS has a Twin-Head Vintage humbucking bridge pickup, three-ply parchment pickguard and aged white control knobs, Bi-Flex™ truss rod system, two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with bent steel saddles, deluxe staggered tuners, Micro-Tilt™ neck adjustment and Fender Select headstock medallion. Includes Fender Select tweed case, guitar strap, cable and polishing cloth.