The Fender Player Stratocaster is one of the most popular electric guitars on the market – and with prices starting at $594, this is the cheapest it’s ever been

Fender Player Stratocaster
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The Fender Stratocaster is an icon of guitar design, and nearly 70 years since it was launched, it remains one of the most sought-after electric guitars among beginners and pros alike – and it’s never been cheaper than it is right now, in this year’s Black Friday sales.

Fender’s most affordable Strat is part of the Player Series, the company’s most popular line. Given the demand, I keep a close eye on the best Player Strat deals each year – and for 2023, we’re seeing the perennial electric guitar favorite go for the lowest prices ever.

Fender Player Stratocaster, Ltd Ed Black: $799 $599

Fender Player Stratocaster, Ltd Ed Black: $799 $599
This Strat will appeal to fans of David Gilmour. There aren't too many Stratocaster spec combos more iconic than a black body and pickguard with a maple fingerboard, and thanks to this tasty Guitar Center deal you can harness that classic Gilmour black Strat vibe and those sought-after Strat sounds for $200 cheaper than usual.

Fender Player Strat in Surf Pearl: $799, now $599

Fender Player Strat in Surf Pearl: $799, now $599
Faded green Strats are among the coolest Fender colors (fact), so this Limited Edition Fender Player Stratocaster in Surf Green really caught our collective eyes. Even more so when it’s down from $799 to just $599 at Guitar Center.

Fender Player Strat in Shell Pink: $824, now $649

Fender Player Strat in Shell Pink: $824, now $649
This might be the best-looking Stratocaster on sale this Black Friday: this Limited Edition Fender Player Stratocaster not only boasts a stunning Shell Pink finish, but it's topped off with a tortoiseshell scratchplate. And with $175 off the list price at Guitar Center, it’s a steal to boot.

Fender Player Strat HSS Plus Top: $859, now $649

Fender Player Strat HSS Plus Top: $859, now $649
If you like your Stratocasters with a side of flame maple top, this classy number is bound to float your boat. Available in a Blue Burst finish with maple fingerboard, the Fender Player Stratocaster HSS Plus Top also boasts a bridge humbucker for extra rock oomph, not to mention an alluring white-on-black knob/pickguard arrangement. This Strat’s extra timber would normally set you back $859, but you can save $210 on this prize looker over at Guitar Center right this very second.

Fender Player Strat HSS, Candy Red Burst: $829 $649

Fender Player Strat HSS, Candy Red Burst: $829 $649
There are no more festive Strats than this Candy Red Burst-finished Player stunner, which also features a pau ferro fingerboard, not to mention a bridge humbucker, so you can get those higher-output tones from the classic Strat outline. You can get a $180 saving over at Guitar Center.

Fender Ltd Ed Player Tex-Mex Stratocaster: $849 $699

Fender Ltd Ed Player Tex-Mex Stratocaster: $849 $699
This upgraded take on Fender's popular Player format is equipped with a set of the company's Tex-Mex pickups for a fatter single-coil sound that's perfect for Texas blues. It's one of this year's best lookers, too, with a Sonic Blue finish, complemented by a mint green-hued pickguard. Guitar Center has shaved $150 off its $849 asking price, bringing the final figure down to $699.

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Michael Astley-Brown
Editor-in-Chief, GuitarWorld.com

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.