Guitarist

What You Need To Know

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1 Not another refresh and price increase from Fender?

No, the Player Plus models – four guitars and three basses – upgrade the big-selling Fender Player series models. They’re an extension of that range, not a replacemen­t. More expensive? Yes. But higher spec’d, too.

2 Upgrades? For example?

Well, hum-cancelling Noiseless pickups for one, with expanded control circuits. Then we have upgraded bridges with block saddles, not to mention rear-locking tuners. They’re the most modernstyl­e Mexican-made Fenders with a 305mm (12-inch) fingerboar­d radius, too. Think American Ultra… for considerab­ly less money.

3 Is Fender still using pau ferro for its ‘rosewood’ fingerboar­d option?

Yes, after the recent (albeit now relaxed) export restrictio­ns on certain rosewoods, pau ferro was chosen as a replacemen­t on the more cost-effective Mexican-made models. Fender says it has no plans to reverse that in the near future.

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