Fender Player Plus Telecaster and Stratocaster review

Fender’s Mexican-made Standards became the Player Series in 2018. Now, we have a four-guitar extension of that huge-selling series: the Player Plus. What’s the deal?

Fender Player Plus Telecaster and Stratocaster
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

Not for vintage cork-sniffers, but these guitars have mass appeal and we predict they’ll sell in container-loads: thought-through upgrades and worthy additions to an already huge-selling, improved platform.


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    Smart build.

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    Numerous improvements over the standard Player series...

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    Not least the hum-cancelling pickups.


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    The Strat's pau ferro fingerboard will look ‘wrong’ to some.

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If you keep up with your Fender electric guitars then in recent years you’ll have become well accustomed to the seemingly quite short – typically four-year – life cycle before a series is refreshed and rejigged. It’s all a part of modern manufacturing. 

And while some more cynical musos among us might see it as an excuse to raise prices, these new Player Plus models don’t lack in terms of new features. They are additions, not replacements, and they’re really quite modern in style, too: if you want a vintage-style Fender (perhaps to upgrade, as many of us do) then these might not be your fit. 

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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.