“Two stone-cold classics that provide effortless playability and iconic guitar tones at a pretty reasonable price”: Fender Player II Stratocaster & Telecaster review

Fender's best-selling Player Series guitars receive a much-awaited update, but is it revolutionary or evolutionary?

A Fender Player II Stratocaster & Telecaster leaning against a white brick wall
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Guitar World Verdict

Delivering all the classic sounds the Strat and Tele are renowned for, the Player II Series is the perfect way to get those golden-age guitar tones for less. With some deft modern touches, Player II nicely straddles the line between classic design and forward-thinking playability.


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    Pickups deliver classic Strat and Tele tones

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    Welcome return for Rosewood fretboards

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    Modern ‘C’ neck gives effortless playability

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    Some interesting new finishes


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    Small QC issue with the nut on the Strat

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    No gig bag included

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Originally coming out in 2018, the Fender Player Series rapidly became some of the big F’s best-selling electric guitars. The ability to have the proper Fender logo emblazoned upon your headstock was a huge selling point, giving a younger generation of guitar players the chance to finally emulate their own guitar heroes at a much more reasonable price point.

We got a sort of Player 1.5 update in the Player Plus Series that was released in 2021, which featured bold new colorways and more modern features like push-pull knobs, locking tuners, and rolled fretboard edges. For players who preferred their guitars of the more classic styling, they may have felt a little left out by this release. Now, we finally get our hands on the full-blown sequel in the Fender Player Series II Stratocaster & Telecaster

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Matt McCracken
Junior Deals Writer

Matt is a Junior Deals Writer here at Guitar World. He regularly tests and reviews music gear with a focus on guitars, amps, pedals, modelers, and pretty much anything else guitar-related. Matt worked in music retail for 5 years at Dawsons Music and Northwest Guitars and has written for various music sites including MusicRadar, Guitar Player, Guitar.com, Ultimate Guitar, and Thomann’s t.blog. A regularly gigging guitarist with over 20 years of experience playing live and writing and recording in bands, he's performed everything from jazz to djent, gigging all over the country in more dingy venues than you can shake a drop-tuned guitar at.