The Fender Stratocaster is the most popular and recognised
guitar ever made! In production for over 60 years, the Strat has
remained largely unchanged both aesthetically and feature-wise.
However, small refinements have been made over the years to improve
the instrument in terms of its tones, quality, and
The Fender Player Stratocaster encompasses all of Fender's
guitar-building experience, available at a price that is more
accessible to a wider audience. Made in Mexico, this affordable
instrument boasts a number of updates to give players a guitar with
more versatility and elegance than ever before.
Fender has long-established its preferred tonewoods, and the
Player Series Stratocaster retains their iconic Alder and Maple
combination. The Alder body emits a balanced sound with a tight
low-end, plenty of mid-range punch and crisp highs - serving as a
great foundation for the trio of single-coil pickups.
Paired with a bolt-on Maple neck, a true Fender staple; this
wood is what gives Fender instruments their signature snap. With a
bright top-end, this material allows notes and chords to
effortlessly cut through in a mix, ensuring that your playing is
heard amongst a full band. Adorned with a Maple fingerboard too,
the tonal clarity of this guitar is practically unmatched.
Featuring a "Modern C" neck shape, this profile provides both
traditionalists and contemporary players with a comfortable feel.
Thin enough for aspiring shredders, this neck shape is still solid
and substantial, offering great support for your thumb. With a
satin finish, a noteworthy Player Series update, the neck has a
super-smooth feel that allows you to easily glide up and down -
without getting sticky at sweaty gigs!
Apart from its cosy neck contours and practical finish, the
Players Series Stratocaster also sports medium jumbo frets that
provide great control and intonation across the fretboard. Meeting
the growing demands of fans, Fender has also added a 22nd fret to
its Player Series Strats, expanding the range of the instrument for
further musical expression.
Electronics & Hardware
The Fender Stratocaster is famous for its three pickups, and
the Player Series features a revised set of Alnico 5 single-coils.
Projecting that legendary, vibrant Fender tone; these particular
pickups emit a more modern voice, with a bolder mid-range that can
handle overdrive far better than its predecessors. Keep your amp
settings clean, and you'll still be able to attain those classic
chimey Strat tones, especially with the 5-way blade pickup switch
in positions 2 and 4.
Dedicated tone controls for the neck/middle and bridge pickups
let you tame any aggressive highs, particularly if plugged into a
bright-sounding amplifier. Nearest the bridge pickup you have an
ergonomically-placed master volume knob, which can be used to roll
off gain for a milder, "cleaned-up" sound, or for achieving
dramatic volume swells.
A huge improvement that Fender has implemented across the
Player Series Strat range is the 2-point tremolo. A bridge that has
been seen on their more expensive US-made counterparts, this
tremolo provides a smoother action for more expressive vibrato, and
also ensures better tuning stability with its low friction
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
Neck: Maple, Modern “C”
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back, Gloss Urethane
Finish on Front
Fingerboard: Maple, 9.5” Radius (241 mm)
Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Black Dots
Nut (Material/Width): Synthetic Bone, 1.650” (42 mm)
Tuning Machines: Standard Cast/Sealed
Scale Length: 25.5” (648 mm)
Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Pickups: Player Series Alnico 5 Strat Single-Coil
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup,
Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup,
Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone
2. (Bridge Pickup)
Control Knobs: Parchment Plastic