This Fender Amp Lunchbox Will Have Your Kid Rocking Out At The Cafeteria

Maybe we’ll never be as cool as Hobie from Across The Spider-Verse, but a Fender amp-shaped lunchbox definitely helps!

Featuring a design based on the legendary Fender ’65 Deluxe Reverb amplifier, this officially-licensed lunchbox really knows how to make your meals as tasty as a face-melting guitar solo. Whether you’re a musician, music enthusiast, or if your kid’s a budding rock-head, the Fender Amp Lunchbox is undeniably the coolest way to rock your PBJs!

Designer: Aquarius

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The 1965 Fender Deluxe Reverb amp was easily one of the most used amps in the history of amplified music, seeing hundreds of legendary artists using the amplifier for blues and rock and roll music. The Deluxe Reverb was introduced in 1964 and became an industry standard for electric guitar tones, even being used by The Beatles. It had a moderate power of 22 watts and a 12-inch Jensen speaker, which produced a full, snappy, and crystalline sound that was revered in studios and stages worldwide2. The amp had two channels (normal and vibrato) and four inputs (two normal and two vibrato), as well as tube-driven Fender reverb and tremolo2. The amp was discontinued in 1982, but it remains a classic even today, and perhaps one of the most popular amplifiers ever made! The amp’s lasting legacy made it a perfect choice for the folks at Aquarius, for their music-inclined lunchbox series.

The beauty of the Fender amp lunchbox is that it’s quite literally timeless. You could be in your forties, and this lunchbox would still be the talk of the cafeteria. The tin box features embossed dials on the front along with immaculate detailing of the Fender relief logo, the grill, and even the screws holding the front frame to the cabinet. The back, on the other hand, features a graphic of a 1/4″ jack and the Fender label… and that handle almost exactly copies the one seen on top of Fender’s amps!

In a way, this unique crossover seems just ideal, given that the amp’s naturally boxy shape lends itself perfectly to the lunchbox’s design too. The lunchbox measures 8.5 inches wide, 6 inches tall, and 4.5 inches deep (21.6 cm x 15.2 cm x 11.5 cm) when kept face-up. That’s perfect for a well-balanced meal, complementing the amp’s well-balanced sound rather well!

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Fender Unveils A Hybrid Bluetooth Speaker + Portable Amp That Lets You Jam To Your Favorite Tunes

Why just listen to music when you can do much more? The Fender RIFF looks like your average Bluetooth speaker, letting you play your favorite tunes wirelessly… but flip it around and plug your electric guitar in, and the RIFF lets you quite literally riff on your favorite songs, playing supplemental chords, adding your own bassline, or improvising a killer lead. The speaker has a 60W output that packs an absolute punch, and a whopping 30 hours of battery power, letting you jam all night till the sun rises.

Designer: Ponti Design Studio for Fender

The Fender RIFF has all the hallmarks of a great Bluetooth speaker, but given its parent brand, it also packs an absolute bunch of features for guitarists and musicians. Stylistically, it deviates from the classic guitar amp aesthetic and opts for something a little more subtly contemporary, but the all-black squarish design with the Fender logo front and center still feels reminiscent of a guitar amp. On top, however, instead of those famed metal-tipped knobs, lies a ridged touch-sensitive wooden panel. With three grooves to slide your finger in, the touch panel lets you increase or decrease the RIFF’s volume, as well as play around with its treble and bass levels.

While the RIFF is, at its core, a Bluetooth speaker, it also supports guitar amplification, allowing you to hook your electric guitar to it for a quick jam session. You can either play solo or alongside music playing wirelessly through your phone for a much more interesting jamming experience. Touch-sensitive controls on the front of the wood panel let you do basic things like play/pause music, connect/disconnect Bluetooth devices, while the wooden panel gives you broad EQ settings, letting you fine-tune the bass and treble for just the right sound you need. Moreover, Fender also offers an Auto-EQ Room Tuning feature via the free downloadable Fender® RIFF app.

A built-in fabric handle lets you carry your RIFF around with you wherever you go.

As far as output goes, the RIFF doesn’t pull its punches. The $469.99 speaker packs a whopping 60 watts of sonic bliss, with 6 custom-tuned audio drivers, including 2 woofers, 2 bass radiators, and 2 tweeters to cover the full spectrum range. You’ve got Bluetooth 5.2 built-in for a reliable connection, and a battery that lasts a whopping 30 hours before it needs charging via the USB-C port at the back. Finally, the RIFF is also built for the outdoors, with an IP54 dust and splash-proof rating, and if you REALLY want to rock it up, the RIFF’s Party Mode lets you connect as many as 100 RIFF speakers together wirelessly… because if you aren’t bothering your neighbors, are you really a rock lover?!

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You’ve heard of Modular Synthesizers, but wait till you check out this Modular Electric Guitar…

Guitars are like pizzas. They come in different shapes and styles, and you’re never satisfied with just one. Just within the domain of electric guitars, you’ve got the Stratocaster, the Telecaster, the Les Paul, the Jazzmaster, and a hundred others, designed and crafted with a specific persona – defined by their body design and their sound. The tragedy of electric guitars has always been that you need to buy different guitars for those different sounds… although the folks at Reddick Guitars may have a solution – Modularity.

A lot of times the word Modular gets used as a catchword or a gimmick (most notably in Architecture and Tech), but what the Reddick Voyager does is low-key genius. Electric guitars work when the vibrating metal strings create fluctuations in the magnetic fields of the pickups on the guitars. Different electric guitars come with different pickups placed at various different locations to create their signature sound (a Stratocaster uses 3 single-coil pickups while the Les Paul uses 2 humbucker pickups)… so Reddick decided to just create a guitar with modular pickup blocks that you could swap in or swap out. The video above showcases the Reddick Voyager in action, as the demonstrater hot-swaps modules in the middle of playing to show you how different they sound.

Swapping the pickup modules is just about as easy as swapping cassettes in a cassette player (if you’re old enough to remember those), making it convenient to switch modules mid-concert. The Voyager comes with 6 interchangeable modules, modeling the Telecaster, the Les Paul, the SSS Stratocaster, among other popular layouts. The modules clip right into the central cavity in the Voyager, and can be removed by gripping them using the hole at the back. The base of the guitar features a detachable module too, with interchangeable controls that allow you to get the best of your jamming experience. Sadly though, while you can swap out modules on the Voyager to dramatically change its sound, you can’t do much to alter its body. The Voyager’s design models itself on the Fender Stratocaster (the most popular electric guitar model out there and a hot favorite of Hendrix) and comes with a wooden finish, allowing it to look drastically different from the enamel-coated colorful electric guitars you usually see – a design move which makes sense, given that the Voyager is so unique in its function.

What’s so ground-breaking about the Voyager is its ability to physically be able to model different guitars, without you needing to actually own different guitars. This versatility, aside from having an economical benefit (given that electric guitars can cost anywhere between $300 and $1500), is incredibly convenient for musicians too, allowing them to experiment with new sounds on the fly, or potentially even easily swap out modules mid-concert without worrying about running backstage to get a new guitar (or worse, going through tuning or sound-check all over again!)

The Voyager Modular Electric Guitar comes handmade in either walnut, ash, or cherry wood. The guitar is available as a bundle, including two pickup modules of your choice, and one standard control module, for $1,499… which makes sense considering you’re getting multiple guitars for the price of one. You can buy additional pickup modules for $199 each, allowing you to expand your sound library to include different guitar styles and sounds, without having to empty your wallet.

Designer: Reddick Guitars

Fender Final Fantasy XIV Stratocaster Electric Guitar: Axe of the Rock Emperor

The trailer for Final Fantasy XIV’s upcoming expansion Endwalker has a refreshing rock soundtrack. It turns out the theme doesn’t end there. Square Enix teamed up with guitar experts Fender to create limited-edition Stratocasters with visual touches inspired by the hit MMORPG. It will also come with a hard case that has the game’s logo. The guitar will be available in Japan this October, and in Europe and North America in early 2022. The catch? You’ll have to have one heck of a real-life job to afford it.

This or a 3080? Fortunately for Eorza’s virtual citizens, a digital version of the guitar will also be added to the game in a couple of ways. Patch 5.55 will add the axe to the Bard’s Performance mode arsenal, as well as a wall-mounted furnishing for homes. The patch should be up by 5/25/21.

[via Siliconera]

Fender Songs is an interactive chord book that syncs with Apple Music

Don't believe the hype: The guitar isn't dying. But the industry that surrounds the instrument is definitely in a transitional period, to put it politely. Fender has weathered a lot of the storm by focusing one thing: getting more people to play guit...

Fender Guitar Amp Coffee Mug Cranks Your Caffeine Buzz to 11

You know what I love? Cool coffee mugs. You know what I hate? Cool coffee mugs that are ruined only by a square-shaped lip or other weird shape so that your drink all lands on your chest instead of in your mouth. That’s what we have here it seems.

On one hand, this officially-licensed Fender coffee mug from Paladone was designed to look like a classic Fender Twin Reverb guitar amp. That’s pretty damn cool. That weirdly shaped lip, not so much, thanks to the flat face of the mug. They call it “oversized”, but it doesn’t look that huge. I just can’t drink out of these weirdly shaped mugs, so this one will be for guests, so I can watch them wet themselves with their drinks.

But it does look awesome. We need to up the technology in our mugs. This one would be even better if it played some music when it got hot. I’d like to be able to adjust the volume too. Is that too much to ask? Meanwhile, scientists are building killer robots that do backflips and stuff. You guys have your priorities all wrong. Do robots later, and get to work on mugs that can play music.

[via The Awesomer via Geekologie]

Fender’s acoustic-electric hybrid is a technological wonder

I'll admit that when I opened the guitar case of the Acoustasonic Telecaster I immediately thought of the toy guitar my parents gave me when I was four years old. With a small hole in the center of the body, it looks unlike anything out there. Well,...

Honey, Fender shrunk the Amplifier!

Fender, arguably the world’s most famous guitar and amplifier manufacturing brand, whose guitars have been the preferred weapons of choice for legends like Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Mark Knopfler, and Nile Rodgers, decided to venture into a new market with their series of Bluetooth Speakers (a first for the brand). Just like Marshall decided to foray into the speaker and headphone market, Fender decided to bring their decades of expertise in speaker and amplifier-making to the portable audio world.

I’ve been a long standing admirer of Fender’s guitars, and the prospect of owning a bluetooth speaker by them absolutely excites me! The Fender Newport, classic and chic, comes with a triple driver system comprising two woofers and one tweeter, and a 3.5mm input at the back. The speaker is styled as an amplifier too, with a metal grill on the front and knobs/controls (for controlling the volume, bass, and treble) on the top with the classic analog style toggle switch (for on/off) found on most amplifiers and guitars even today. A must have for any true-blue music fanatic!

Designer: Fender