Fender Busts Out New Neon Genesis Evangelion-Themed Telecaster Guitar

The hype train for the upcoming Neon Genesis Evangelion 3.0 + 1.0 movie is still very much at full speed ahead, even with the film’s delay. More merchandise has been announced and released in the lead-up to the highly-anticipated conclusive story to the saga, including Uniqlo T-shirts, Tamagotchi capsules, and even Zoom backgrounds.

This time, things get a little more sonically-charged, as the Evangelion folks have teamed up with Fender Japan to produce the limited-edition 2020 Evangelion Asuka Telecaster, a guitar bearing a red/orange/black colourway inspired by the outfit worn by the series’ iconic red-haired pilot, Asuka Shikinami Langley, and her Eva Unit-02 mech itself.

The Telecaster’s body features a red-and-orange gradient with black stripes on its back, as well as a neon green pickguard. It seems to house a HS pickup setup, with a humbucker at the bridge and a single-coil pickup for the neck. The rosewood fretboard features the Eva Unit-02’s logo, and the NERV logo alongside a production number is situated on a metal plaque behind.

Interestingly, this wasn’t the first Evangelion-themed guitar Fender has done, having done a Stratocaster and Telecaster modeled after Rei Ayanami back in 2009.

The Fender 2020 Evangelion Asuka Telecaster will release sometime in mid July 2020, though pre-orders are available now on the Fender Japan website. It will retail for ¥250,000 (US$2,333).