Fender gives Guitar Center a piece of the ‘80s hair metal action with exclusive Ferrari Red and Neon Green Player Stratocasters

Fender Player Stratocaster
(Image credit: Fender)

Fender has partnered with Guitar Center to release two exclusive, limited-edition Fender Player Stratocasters, which arrive in the eye-popping Ferrari Red and Neon Green colorways.

A third Player Stratocaster, a HSS-configured Ferrari Yellow model, is also available at the US retail giant, after an identical six-string was released by UK retailer Andertons last month.

Together, the trio combine to create one particularly attention-grabbing range of electric guitars, one that subtly nods to the vibrant aesthetics of ‘80s hair metal six-string stalwarts, which were defined by big tones and bold looks.

The Ferrari Red and Neon Green models, unlike the already unveiled Ferrari Yellow version, each come equipped with a trio of single-coils, and ditch the bridge humbucker for a more orthodox Strat setup.

Specifically, the pickups in question are the usual Player Series appointments – Alnico 5 single-coils – and they’re dictated by a familiar control circuit comprising a five-way selector switch, a master volume knob and two tone parameters.

Adding to the ‘80s-inspired vibe are the pickups’ and speed knobs’ black covers, which are complemented by a black blade switch tip, black whammy bar end and black pickguard.

Aside from the out-there looks, the rest of the spec sheet almost faithfully follows the Player Series blueprint. That means there’s an alder body, a modern C bolt-on maple neck and a 25.5” scale length.

There’s been an upgrade in the fretboard department, though: the usual pau ferro has been swapped out for a 9.5”-radius ebony alternative, which is topped with 22 Medium Jumbo frets and white dot inlays.

Hardware-wise, the Strats sport a two-point synchronized tremolo system with bent steel saddles, sealed tuning machines and a synthetic bone nut.

The Ferrari Red and Neon Green models are joined by the Ferrari Yellow, HSS-configured counterpart, which sports an almost-identical spec sheet save the presence of an Alnico 5 humbucker in the bridge position.

It seems to be a spiritual sibling to Fender's iconic HM Strat, which first arrived in 1988 before receiving a unexpected revival in early 2020.

The Ferrari Red and Neon Green Player Strats are available now for $899, while the Ferrari Yellow version carries a price tag of $929.

To find out more, visit Guitar Center.

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Matt Owen

Matt is a Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.