Fender Player Stratocaster
The original. Still the best?
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.