Fender Player Stra­to­caster

The orig­i­nal. Still the best?

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Nice look­ing gui­tar. Shame I pre­fer a slicker, satin-fin­ish neck...

If that’s your pref­er­ence, then you’re well in here. While the Player’s head­stock face and fin­ger­board are coated in a gloss ure­thane, the rest of the C-pro­file neck has a satin ure­thane feel. It’s your clas­sic ‘best of both worlds’ sce­nario. The neck has vin­tage spec good looks but your hand won’t get stuck when your palm gets clammy...

Are these clas­sic-sound­ing Fender sin­gle coils?

They are slightly higher gain than say 50s and 60s Strat pups but, yeah, those iconic ‘glassy’ clean tones, and Jimi Hen­drix Lit­tle wing in-be­tween sounds, are all present and cor­rect with the Player. Fender has also tweaked this model to of­fer a ded­i­cated bridge tone con­trol.

What’s the deal with the vi­brato?

Un­like vin­tage six-screw Stra­to­caster mod­els, the Player’s vi­brato has two pivot points, Floyd Rose style. Used on its Us-made gui­tars for years, this ar­range­ment gives the vi­brato an ul­tra-smooth feel. While you don’t get lock­ing bits and bobs here, the Player’s tun­ing sta­bil­ity is ex­cel­lent.

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