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Fender Introduces The Buddy Miller Signature Acoustic [ Winter Namm 2007 ]

United States
25 January 2007 — Fender’s Nashville staff worked with Grammy®-nominated guitarist Buddy Miller for over a year to create an instrument where every single one is as fine as the one Buddy plays. Part of the Ensenada/Artist Design series, the new Fender Buddy Miller Signature Acoustic has many unique features. Designed to Buddy’s needs, the instrument has a dreadnought slope-shoulder design, a thin, Fender electric guitar neck feel, checkerboard binding and rosette, Fishman® Ellipse Aura® system, nitrocellulose lacquer finish. This guitar is about serious tone, serious playability, serious electronics, and serious credibility. A pro-level instrument in every way, made with great pride in Ensenada, Mexico.

Why is fender building them?

We were lucky enough to have an opportunity to work with Buddy on an acoustic project, and we were on the same page right from the start. When we first talked to Buddy about this project, he had several requests: slope shoulder, easy playability, Fender neck and headstock, checkerboard binding, all solid, lacquer finish … in short, he really wanted this to be an unbelievable acoustic guitar, and wanted it to be immediately recognizable as a Fender. We’ve been almost two years developing the instrument; along the way it has just become better and better, and we believe that we’ve met our final goal—every instrument we deliver with Buddy’s signature on it should be an instrument that he can walk into a store anywhere in the country and pick up, and have it be every bit as good as the one we built just for him.

Fishman® Electronics:

The Ellipse Aura™ system is designed to emulate the natural sound of the instrument, close-mic-ed with the artist’s favorite microphones. In combination with the under-the-saddle pickup, the Aura gives all the benefits of using a microphone, but without the feedback problems usually associated with mic-ing an instrument. Features 4 mic choices to blend in with the under-saddle PU.

Fender Designed Features:

The Original Fender acoustic instrument bridge design, updated for modern players. Symmetrical “Viking ship” rosewood bridge fits the player’s hand perfectly!

Authentic Fender electric guitar neck, modified to fit an acoustic guitar but retaining an electric guitar feel—comfortable for electric and acoustic players, with fast, even action.

Designed every step of the way with the artist, and “made in Ensenada” means the highest quality possible from our talented staff of luthiers.

All-solid construction of real hardwoods—spruce, mahogany and rosewood (fingerboard and bridge).

Fender® Buddy Miller Signature Acoustic Specifications:

MODEL NUMBER 096-9700-332
SERIES Ensenada Series/Artist Design Series
BODY STYLE Fender Slope-Shoulder Dreadnought
COLORS (321) Natural
FINISH Gloss Lacquer
TOP Solid Sitka Spruce
BACK AND SIDES Solid Mahogany
NECK Mahogany
BRIDGE Rosewood
ELECTRONICSFishman® Ellipse Aura™ System
CONTROLS Volume, Phase, Blend, Anti-Feedback Control, Sound Image selector (4 images)
MACHINE HEADS Vintage Fender style, six on a side
BODY DEPTH 4 _” (lower bout)/3 _” (upper bout)
WIDTH AT NUT 1 11/16”
UNIQUE FEATURESModified “60s Strat® neck profile, Fender-designed body shape, bridge; Fender Stratocaster headstock, checkerboard rosette
STRINGS D’Addario® Bluegrass Set Coated
UPC CODEBuddy Miller Natural 717669583446

Miller with Grammy® Award-winning artist Solomon Burke during the recording of Burke’s new CD Nashville, produced by and featuring Miller.
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