After the overwhelming reception of American Professional II by players around the globe, Fender released an all-new video with Grammy Award winning musician, songwriter and go-to collaborator/producer for some of the biggest names in R&B -- Raphael Saadiq. In the third episode of TRACKS, Raphael Saadiq breaks down the bassline for “Something Keeps Calling” on the American Professional II Jazz Bass, talks finding inspiration in the beats from neighborhood rides and riffs on the epic guitar solo that brings the song home. Learn more about the American Professional II Series here.
About American Professional II Series:
- Made by hand in Corona, CA, the American Professional II Series is a stage-ready lineup of 10 new electric guitars and basses that embodies the best of what artists want and need.
- Feature a deep “C” neck profile and rolled fingerboards for comfort
- A sculpted neck heel offers more accessibility to the guitar’s upper register and an ergonomic playing experience.
- Feature push-pull switching, new V-Mod II pickups and voicings that are sonically pleasing across all music genres, staggered tuners and polyurethane finishes.
- New hero colors include Miami Blue (Stratocaster®), Dark Knight (Telecaster®), 3-Color Burst (Jazzmaster®), Mercury (Precision Bass®) and Mystic Surf Green (Jazz Bass®).
About Raphael Saadiq:
Raphael Saadiq came up in the 80s and 90s with the multi-platinum R&B group Tony! Toni! Toné! before embarking on a critically acclaimed solo career. He also has been active as a producer, co-writing career-defining hits for D’Angelo (“Untitled (How Does It Feel)”) and Solange (“Cranes in the Sky”) and working with artists like Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Lady Gaga and Stevie Wonder. Saadiq has been named to Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list and in 2018, he received an Academy Award nomination in the category of Best Original Song for “Mighty River” from the film Mudbound, which he co-wrote with Mary J. Blige (he also served as musical director for the 2018 Oscars telecast). Saadiq is the composer in residence for Issa Rae’s hit HBO show Insecure.
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