The inspiring sound of a Stratocaster is one of the foundations of Fender. Featuring this classic sound—bell-like high end, punchy mids and robust low end, combined with crystal-clear articulation—the Player Stratocaster is packed with authentic Fender feel and style. It’s ready to serve your musical vision, it’s versatile enough to handle any style of music and it’s the perfect platform for creating your own sound.
Fender has long-established its preferred tonewoods, and the Player Series Stratocaster retains their iconic Alder and Maple combination. The Alder body emits a balanced sound with a tight low-end, plenty of mid-range punch and a crisp presence, serving as a great foundation for the trio of single-coil pickups.
Paired with a bolt-on Maple neck, a true Fender staple, this wood is what gives Fender instruments their signature snap. With a bright top-end, this material allows notes and chords to effortlessly cut through in a mix, ensuring that your playing is heard amongst a full band. Adorned with a Maple fretboard too, the tonal clarity of this guitar is practically unmatched.
Featuring a "Modern C" neck shape, this profile provides both traditionalists and contemporary players with a comfortable feel. Thin enough for aspiring shredders, this neck shape is still solid and substantial, offering great support for your thumb. With a satin finish, a noteworthy Player Series update, the neck has a super-smooth feel that allows you to easily glide up and down, without getting sticky at sweaty gigs!
Apart from its cosy neck contours and practical finish, the Players Series Stratocaster also sports medium jumbo frets, giving players great control and intonation across the fretboard. Meeting the growing demands of fans, Fender has also added a 22nd fret to its Player Series Strats, expanding the range of the instrument for further musical expression.
Electronics & Hardware
The Fender Stratocaster is famous for its three pickups, and the Player Series features a revised set of Alnico 5 single-coils. Projecting that legendary, vibrant Fender tone, these particular pickups emit a more modern voice, with a bolder mid-range that can handle overdrive far better than its predecessors. Keep your amp settings clean, and you'll still be able to attain those classic chimey Strat tones, especially with the 5-way blade pickup switch in positions 2 and 4.
Dedicated tone controls for the neck/middle and bridge pickups let you tame any aggressive highs, particularly if plugged into a bright-sounding amplifier. Nearest the bridge pickup you have an ergonomically-placed master volume knob, which can be used to roll off gain for a milder, "cleaned-up" sound, or for achieving dramatic volume swells.
A huge improvement that Fender has implemented across the Player Series Strat range is the 2-point tremolo. A bridge that has been seen on their more expensive US-made counterparts, this tremolo provides a smoother action for more expressive vibrato, and also ensures better tuning stability with its low friction design.
Model Name Player Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Tidepool
Country Of Origin MX
Body Finish Gloss Polyester
Body Shape Stratocaster®
Neck Material Maple
Neck Finish Satin Urethane Finish on Back, Gloss Urethane Finish on Front
Neck Shape Modern "C"
Scale Length 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard Radius 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets 22
Frets Size Medium Jumbo
String Nut Synthetic Bone
Nut Width 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays Black Dot
Truss Rods Standard
Truss Rod Wrench 3/16" Hex (Allen)
Bridge Pickup Player Series Alnico 5 Strat® Single-Coil
Middle Pickup Player Series Alnico 5 Strat Single-Coil
Neck Pickup Player Series Alnico 5 Strat Single-Coil
Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration SSS
Bridge 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles
Hardware Finish Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines Standard Cast/Sealed
Pickguard 3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs Parchment Plastic
Strings Fender® USA 250L Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges)
Included Accessories None
Dimensions 4.50x15.00x41.75 IN
Weight 14.50 LB