Fender Player Stratocaster review

Fender raises the bar for its entry-level Stratocaster, with (unsurprisingly) strong results

(Image: © Fender)

Guitar World Verdict

This is a great place to start for those who want an authentic, yet upgraded Stratocaster.


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    Upgraded pickups compared to the Standard

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    One-size-fits-all neck shape

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    Great colour range


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For decades now, the entry point to the Fender brand was the Standard line made in Mexico. These have been very reliable instruments that give you the essence of the Fender experience.

But Fender has decided that it’s time to change the way it does things at the entry point to the brand: the Standard is no more, simultaneously upgraded to and replaced by the new Player Series, which addresses some of the things that the Standard Series did in a certain way that gave Fender room to upgrade you later on to a higher series. 

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Peter Hodgson is a journalist, an award-winning shredder, an instructional columnist, a guitar teacher, a guitar repair guy, a dad and an extremely amateur barista. He runs a blog, I Heart Guitar, which allows him to publicly geek out over his obsessions. Peter is from Melbourne, Australia, where he writes for various magazines, including Guitar World.