Fender have just released their new Player Plus series which currently includes two Stratocaster and two Telecaster models, along with Jazz and Precision Bass models. With its new look, sound, and feel the Player Plus range promises guitarists effortless playing, plus something extra.
In addition to some of Fender’s more classic looks an attention-grabbing array of fresh finishes are available to choose from such as Tequila Sunrise, Cosmic Jade and Belair Blue.
Focusing on a cleaner, more modern sound this new Fender range features Player Plus Noiseless pickups. With enhanced clarity in mind a well-balanced spectrum of tone is offered whilst staying true to Fender’s characteristic Strat and Tele sounds. Each guitar features an extra mode for expanded tonal range (as detailed below).
Not only does Fender’s new line of solidbody electric guitars feature 22-fret fingerboards with rolled edges and a modern ‘C’-profile neck for extra comfort but the Player Plus range’s medium jumbo frets and 12-inch radius fretboards also ensure super slick playability.
Player Plus Stratocaster
The Player Plus Stratocaster comes in a choice of five finishes. These include 3-Color Sunburst (pictured), Olympic Pearl, Tequila Sunrise, Aged Candy Apple Red, and Opal Spark.
Three Player Plus Noiseless pickups provide the kind of bright, detailed response you might expect from a Strat, albeit without the hum. A push-pull Tone pot provides expanded tonal options by introducing the neck pickup into the circuit with the selector switch in positions 1 and 2 (bridge and bridge/middle, respectively).
A two-point Tremolo system and locking tuners provide super-stable performance.
Player Plus Stratocaster HSS
For those seeking a fatter sound in the bridge position the Stratocaster HSS comes fitted with two Noiseless pickups in the neck and middle positions and a humbucker. Using a push-pull Tone control this bridge humbucker can be split for single coil sounds.
The Player Plus Stratocaster HSS comes in a selection of four finishes including 3-Color Sunburst, Cosmic Jade, Belair Blue and Silver Burst (pictured).
It features the same two-point Tremolo system and locking tuners as the Player Plus Stratocaster.
Player Plus Telecaster
The Player Plus Telecaster comes in a choice of four finishes which include 3-Color Sunburst, Aged Candy Apple Red, Cosmic Jade (pictured), and Silver Smoke.
The Telecaster's Player Plus Noiseless pickups provide quieter operation while producing a characteristic Tele twang. A push-pull tone pot allows both pickups to be selected in series for a more powerful output.
While this Telecaster boasts the same locking tuners as the Player Plus Stratocasters a 6-saddle Tele bridge allows for accurate intonation adjustment.
Player Plus Nashville Telecaster
Sporting three Noiseless pickups the Player Plus Nashville Telecaster is offered in a choice of four finishes, including 3-Color Sunburst, Butterscotch Blonde (pictured), Aged Candy Apple Red, and Opal Spark.
In addition to the regular Tele pickup configuration a third Stratocaster-style pickup has been added in the middle position, greatly expanding the tonal range of this classic design. Furthermore, a push-pull tone pot engages the neck pickup with the selector switch in positions 1 and 2 (bridge and bridge/middle, respectively).
The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster is fitted with the same hardware as the Player Plus Telecaster, including a 6-saddle Tele bridge and locking tuners.
Visit the Fender website for more information.
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Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.