Fender Player Plus Meteora HH review

First seen in 2018, the Meteora isn’t just a re-run or mash-up of past Fender designs. It’s a radical new ‘shape’ with maximum offset style. Would you rock one?

Fender Player Plus Meteora HH review
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

A slightly beefier but far-from-hot Fender that’s very pedalboard-friendly indeed. Perhaps not one for the blues jammers, but, then again, why not?


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    Surprisingly comfortable shape.

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    Neck, ’board and fretwork.

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    Vibrato setup.

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    Excellent low-output humbucking sounds.


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    A divisive shape – you’d need a special stand, too. Coil‑splits are on the thin side.

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Originally conceived by Fender designer Josh Hurst, the Meteora model first appeared in the initial Parallel Universe range and was released late in 2018. 

That release featured the body we see here but with more Tele-style pickups and appointments. According to Fender, Josh “wanted to make something that was revolutionary while also recalling Fender’s rich history”. 

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.