Fender Steve Lacy People Pleaser Stratocaster review

Debuting a new Chaos Burst finish and an onboard fuzz circuit, this really is a people-pleasing Strat...

Steve Lacy holds his new signature Fender "People Pleaser" Stratocaster
(Image: © Fender)

Guitar World Verdict

The Fender Steve Lacy People Pleaser Stratocaster lives up to its name by combining the classic vibe, playability and tones of a vintage Strat with upgrades like noiseless pickups and a cool built-in fuzz circuit.


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    Classic Strat tones, none of the noise.

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    Built-in fuzz.

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    Refreshing new take on the 3-Color Sunburst.

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    Sensible price.


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    Got to remove vibrato cover to change battery.

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    Would have been cooler to have the fuzz’s “tone” pot control the effect’s gain.

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With the exception of an occasional funky rhythm track, the electric guitar isn’t heard very much on songs topping the pop and R&B charts these days. Steve Lacy is trying to change that, both through his own work and as a collaborator with artists like Fousheé. 

As a result of Lacy’s growing following and influence, Fender joined forces with Lacy to develop his first signature guitar, the Fender Steve Lacy People Pleaser Stratocaster.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.