Square Enix has partnered with guitar maker Fender to create the official limited edition FINAL FANTASY XIV Stratocaster.
Created as a homage to MMORPGs, Fender states that the guitar is designed to capture “game originality, style and excitement” through several visual design features.
There are several translucent blue and purple body segments with an all-black finish aimed at summoning the crystals of light and darkness in FINAL FANTASY 14. You can also change the tone by placing the bridge and middle pickup in series using the tone pot switch, which Fender calls “limit break” as one of the fighting abilities of FF14.
Meanwhile, the neck has a meteorite-shaped inlay on another nod of the series, and the back neck plate is engraved with the FF14 logo. It also bundles an exclusive set of “shard” plectrums, a certificate that guarantees its authenticity, and an art card.
However, FINAL FANTASY 14 Fender Stratocaster costs a lot.Originally you have to pay $ 3,499 / £ 3,199 / AU $ 6,499 for the instrument Revealed in May Last year, it was finally released.
This guitar isn’t half as bad as the limited edition video game tools go. Smooth and minimalist, even the wacky parts of the design, such as the body edges of the weird crystal effect, aren’t too flashy.
As a Strat companion, I would love to try it. The C-shaped neck is perfect for me. Who is a single coil guitarist who likes maple necks but doesn’t want the option to add a thick humbucker tone when pressing a switch (or pulling a pot)?
But that price hasn’t benefited from it at all. The original American Fender Stratocaster will return $ 2,099.99 / £ 1,849 / approx. AU $ 2,946. In short, FINAL FANTASY branding costs almost twice as much.Some of the internal electronics are different and would definitely be better if they fit your sound palette, but I think it’s better for you to spend the same money Fender Custom Shop To get a completely bespoke instrument.
I stick to my Mexican strat for now. Maybe I’ll get some FINAL FANTASY stickers to fill that body. I think it’s really cool.