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The Fender Deluxe Player's Stratocaster Electric Guitar gives you classic Strat sound and feel in a beautiful package. This luxurious model is upgraded with American-made Vintage Noiseless pickups, medium-jumbo frets, and a 12" neck radius. As a result, it sounds fantastic and plays easy. It also is equipped with a push-button pickup switch (in addition to the usual toggle) that gives you 7 pickup combinations. Other deluxe features include a vintage-style synchronized tremolo, vintage-style tuners and gold-plated hardware throughout.

Includes a gig bag.

Features
  • Classic Strat style with body in a choice of great finishes
  • Comfortable modern C-shaped maple neck with 12" radius and 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 3 Vintage Noiseless single-coil pickups with advanced wiring for 7 pickup configurations
  • Traditional Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Includes a gig bag
Specifications
  • 4-ply brown shell pickguard
  • 12" neck radius
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • 3 Vintage Noiseless single-coil pickups
  • Push-button switch activates bridge pickup in positions 4 and 5 of blade switch for 7 pickup configurations
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Vintage-style tuners
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4.8

(based on 73 reviews)

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Perfect Guitar

Let me start off by praising this guitar's versatility. I can play absolutely any style on this guitar and it sounds amazing. The vintage noiseless pickups have the best clean sound I have ever...Read complete review

Let me start off by praising this guitar's versatility. I can play absolutely any style on this guitar and it sounds amazing. The vintage noiseless pickups have the best clean sound I have ever heard, and can handle a warm fuzz to blazing distortion. This guitar has a nice easy neck and with a little adjustment to the action i could shred without even thinking. Even though this guitar is probably the most beautiful thing I have ever seen; it's what's inside that matters. This guitar is better made than most Americans and I haven't needed to do any work other than a little tightening of the input jack(a common problem). Another fine feature is the tremolo system. Even though it isn't a floyd rose, it stays in tune perfectly. You can't pull crazy dive bombs with it, but small little trills and such work beautifully. Overall, this guitar is flawless and I will never need another.

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Great Player - Bad Quality Control

Okay, so I've had my eye on this Strat for about a year and decided to pick it up with my new GC Preferred Player Card. They had none in the store so I...Read complete review

Okay, so I've had my eye on this Strat for about a year and decided to pick it up with my new GC Preferred Player Card. They had none in the store so I ordered one online. I ordered the Sapphire Blue/Rosewood model. Let me start by saying that this guitar sounds amazing. Don't be fooled by the reviews claiming that the Vintage Noiseless Pickups are weak; the are VERY responsive as quality pups should be with almost non-existent hum. In fact, they are more quiet than the humbuckers on ALL of my Gibsons, including my Les Paul Traditional. You can get traditional Strat sounds as well as Tele sounds out of these things. The additional push-button pickup selector gives you even more tonal range. The color and finish are beautiful. I mean, it looks better in person than in the pictures. I am not a fan of gold hardware at all, but it really looks quite striking on this particular guitar. I don't know if it's the color combination of the finish and the tortoise shell pickguard or what, but the gold hardware just fits this guitar. The action and intonation were also great right out of the box. Now to the bad. The bridge was floating WAY too high off the body (about 1/2") and the 6 screws that hold the bridge on were all loose. I had to take off the back plate and adjust the spring claw and got the bridge between 1/4-1/8" off the body. I was then able to screw down the bridge mounting screws without affecting the action or intonation. Three screw holes around the pickguard are also stripped along with part of the pickguard being "waffled" about 1/4" off the body of the guitar. Also, while playing the guitar, an intonation screw spring fell out from the body cavity where the bridge springs and claw is located. Not sure how that got in there or why it was there. I would return this guitar for a new one if I didn't like the sound and playability so much. It really is that nice.

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5.0

What a Pleasant Surprise

By Jay Gould

from Hidden Valley Lake, CA

This guitar is my entry into electric guitars having played only acoustics for 40 years. I was totally blown away by the ease of play not to mention its stunning looks. Since this is new and I have only played it for a week, I cannot add anything to what the other reviews say other than they were spot on. But I must add, that if you are contemplating adding an electric guitar or thinking of picking one up for the first time, this guitar is a gem!

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5.0

A tonal and playing bargain!

By B C

from Oklahoma City

I bought this guitar to replace my Telecaster. Me and Telecaster's don't get along no matter what version I have owned, American, Mexican, Deluxe, it makes no difference. I get tremendous static off of the pickguard of any Tele because of the way I play. However, I love the Tele sound. I own an American Deluxe Strat and love the sound of it with Noiseless Pickups. I thought I would try this guitar because of the great price and the switch that will turn on the Neck and Bridge pickups like on a Telecaster. Let me tell you, the sound on this guitar with the Neck and Bridge pickup is better than any Tele I have ever owned and with a Strat, I get no static off the pickguard. It mystifies me why Fender cannot build a Tele after 60 years that does not create Static sound off of the Pickguard but have no problem building the cheapest Strats with no pickguard static, unbelievable. Anyway as far as the playability and tone off of this Deluxe Players strat, every pickup position is great. The setup on the guitar except the Pickup height (easy adjustment)was perfect. I am going to sell my American Deluxe Strat and get me another one of these Strats with a little different Color and Neck configuration and go on a wild party with the $500 difference from the sale! One happy picker here for sure. PS: The only complaint I have is why they didn't match the back plate for the Springs to match the pickguard. Instead, it is white. Well anyway that is an easy fix with a cheap order on Amazon.

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5.0

A Pleasure to Play

By JOHN

from New York, NY

The Fender Deluxe Player's strat plays with ease and sounds fantastic. The gold hardware is a nice touch, as is the push-button that adds an additional two pickup combos. The noiseless pickups live up to all the hype and the guitar readily responds to a wide range of distortion. Based on some of the other comments here and elsewhere, I thought it would look nicer with a white pickguard, and it does. It really pops with the sunburst body. The challenge is that a pickguard with an additional hole for the push-button does not appear to be commercially available, but don't let that stop you. If you have a drill, a glue gun, and a pen knife you can modify a regular 11-hole pickguard into what you need. This approach worked for me: Remove the original pickguard. Unscrew the push button assembly from the plastic sleeve on the back of the pickguard. Carefully use a pen knife to remove the sleeve. Applying a little heat to the glue to loosen it is a good idea. Use the drill to make the hole in your new pickguard, using the original pickguard as a guide. Once you?ve seen the back of the original pickguard, you?ll notice that a small patch of shielding was removed from around the back of the push-button hole, and the plastic was scored with multiple diagonal lines to give the glue something extra to grip onto. Use a pen knife to do the same things to your new pickguard. Then use your glue gun to glue the plastic sleeve onto the back of the new pickguard, taking care to line it up perfectly. Once the glue dries, trim away any excess glue that may have found its way inside of the sleeve so your button doesn't get "gummed up." Now your new pickguard is Deluxe Player's strat ready. I've only had the guitar for a few weeks, but keep coming back to it night after night to improve my playing ability because it is a pleasure to play.

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5.0

Wonderful Guitar, Extremely Sastified

By Phillip Carter

from Tallassee, Al.

Bought this Guitar first week in March looked at it online Man was I shocked when I saw it, then when I got it home and plugged it up This Strat is a Gem. I got the 3 Color Sunburst with the Maple Neck, Simply Beautiful I've never got a Instrument with the action & intonation this great In My oppinion First class Guitar. I would Highly suggest if You are looking to Buy a guitar give a try.

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5.0

Really great guitar for the money

By Chris Akroyd

from Indianapolis

I own two Epiphones, an SG and Les Paul standard, so wanted a mid priced single coil Strat to give me that raw, clean sound. Fender was the obvious choice. I was prepared to spend the money and purchase an American, special or standard and could have been persuaded to part with the cash for a Deluxe at a push. Having check all the specs, the Deluxe player looked to tick all the boxes and some. Noiseless pick ups, additional switching, it looked too good to be true. I even liked the colors and the gold hardware. Having never owned a Fender, I wanted convincing that the low price and the "MIM" was not going to be a problem. The guys at GC Indy were great, we talked it through and they assured me it would be a great quality guitar, despite not being MIA. Duly ordered it arrived into the shop in 4 days. I must admit I loved it the moment it came out of the box. Sapphire blue with a Maple neck. WOW! The gold hardware also looks great and isn't as harsh as it appears in the pictures. The blue looks a different shade in different lights, and the fact it is translucent really shows off the grain in the ash body. Far nicer than plain flat blue. I don't own an American Fender, so can't comment on it being better or worse quality, but it is certainly a fantastic piece of kit. I can't see any flaws on mine. Switches and pots all work well and are positive, as is the jack. The finish on both the neck and the body are beautiful as is the gold plate. The matt neck has a quality feel to it The pick ups sound good too, although I am strictly a home player, so I have no idea what they sound like in a large venue. It even came with a very nice well padded gig bag to keep it safe! All in all you can't go wrong at this price, $1,600 dollars for an American Deluxe might buy you more tone a better finish and a bit better sound, but then it's a lot more money, so it should do. This has to be the best bargain in the Fender range.

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4.0

Awesome Guitar With Some QC Issues

By michael brozovic

from San Diego, CA via Detroit, MI

I love this guitar. My local Guitar Center did not have one in their store for me to play so I had them order me one. When I got it I went over it with a fine toothed comb. It sounded and played like most American Made Strats I've played over the past 28 years. The finish is outstanding. I got the Transparent Sapphire Blue w/ Rosewood fretboard. I'm not a fan of gold hardware AT ALL. But it looks absolutely amazing on this particular guitar. But, there were a couple of quality control issues. The first issue I noticed was that the screw holes for the pickguard were stripped. The second thing I noticed was that the pickguard itself was waffled in a few different spots. It was also in dire need of a set-up. The bridge was floating a 1/2" or more from the body. I had to open the back and tighten the tension springs to get it down to 1/8" (Fender specs). If this thing didn't sound and play so well, I would have returned it for another. Now I know almost all new guitars need a set-up. Even my Les Paul Traditional Plus needed a set-up. I was stoked to find out that they are also a certified Fender Warranty Service Center as well as a certified Fender Custom shop. Fender picked up the tab for all of the repairs. After having everything fixed and a proper set-up, my guitar plays and sounds even better. It is seriously as good as any American made Strat. I noticed that with the stock .09 strings that the Vintage Noiseless pups sounded a bit weak. That was fixed by adjusting the pups and putting .10's on it, which is what I put on all of my guitars. This guitar gets all the classic Strat tones as well as some cool Tele tones with the help of the push/push pickup button. In my opinion, this is one of the finest Strats Fender has ever made.

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3.0

Great Player - Bad Quality Control

By michael brozovic

from San Diego, CA via Detroit

Okay, so I've had my eye on this Strat for about a year and decided to pick it up with my new GC Preferred Player Card. They had none in the store so I ordered one online. I ordered the Sapphire Blue/Rosewood model. Let me start by saying that this guitar sounds amazing. Don't be fooled by the reviews claiming that the Vintage Noiseless Pickups are weak; the are VERY responsive as quality pups should be with almost non-existent hum. In fact, they are more quiet than the humbuckers on ALL of my Gibsons, including my Les Paul Traditional. You can get traditional Strat sounds as well as Tele sounds out of these things. The additional push-button pickup selector gives you even more tonal range. The color and finish are beautiful. I mean, it looks better in person than in the pictures. I am not a fan of gold hardware at all, but it really looks quite striking on this particular guitar. I don't know if it's the color combination of the finish and the tortoise shell pickguard or what, but the gold hardware just fits this guitar. The action and intonation were also great right out of the box. Now to the bad. The bridge was floating WAY too high off the body (about 1/2") and the 6 screws that hold the bridge on were all loose. I had to take off the back plate and adjust the spring claw and got the bridge between 1/4-1/8" off the body. I was then able to screw down the bridge mounting screws without affecting the action or intonation. Three screw holes around the pickguard are also stripped along with part of the pickguard being "waffled" about 1/4" off the body of the guitar. Also, while playing the guitar, an intonation screw spring fell out from the body cavity where the bridge springs and claw is located. Not sure how that got in there or why it was there. I would return this guitar for a new one if I didn't like the sound and playability so much. It really is that nice.

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3.0

Nice MIM

By JAMES FORNEY

from San Marcos, CA

I rate this only three stars because I have had this guitar for about 5 months. I bought it used at GC. When I got it home I noticed it did not stay in tune very well I had a set up done at GC and the issue got worse you could hear the sound just go flat while playing it. Long story short the Vintage Tuners it came with are not very good in my opinion. I had a set of Sperzel inline locking tuners put on it and yowsa what a difference. I love the flexibility and the tone options with the push button switch combined with the blade switch. If you have any hesitance in considering a MIM Strat you can set them aside as this is a really nice guitar for the price. I am still a bit on the fence with the Vintage Noiseless PUP's but I am going to leave things as is for a while and see what conclusion I come to.

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4.0

Great guitar for the money

By Eric Oulashin

from Beaverton, OR

I've been playing guitar for about 19 years and have owned a few different models of Stratocasters and decided to buy one of these Deluxe Player's Stratocasters a week ago. This is the first time I've felt excited about a new guitar in a while - I think the combination of color choices and features make this guitar a great value for the money. What I think sets this model apart from other Stratocasters the most is the button that enables the bridge pickup to be used together with the neck pickup or all 3 at the same time. This enables a couple more variations of sound than you can normally get out of other Stratocasters. Also, the unique color options that Fender offers for this guitar (particularly the transparent blue and transparent red) really look great with the gold hardware. I particularly like the transparent blue and decided to go with the transparent blue with rosewood fretboard (although I think the maple fredboard also looks great with the transparent blue). It's also nice that this guitar features an ash body and the gold hardware. Fender's Vintage Noiseless pickups, which come standard on this guitar, also have a fairly good sound - and I particularly like that they don't generate hum when used by themselves. However, I think Fender's Noiselss pickups are a bit low-output and lack some of the high ("glassy" or "chime") sound that you'd expect from single-coil pickups though, and I opted to swap out the pickups for a set of Kinman's Traditional Mk-III pickups. To each their own though; Fender's Noiseless pickups are certainly decent. My video review was done with the original Fender Noiseless pickups before I replaced them. There were a couple things I noticed that I'm concerned about though: - The button that toggles the bridge pickup sometimes sticks when pushed down. I'm hoping that this will go away after I've used the guitar for a while. - The cable input jack seems a bit loose. A couple times so far, the cable has been pulled out of the guitar while I've been playing it. I've considered replacing the jack due to this reason. Overall, I think this guitar is great for the money - It looks great and sounds great, and the pickup toggle button sets it apart from other Stratocasters.

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5.0

One of the most amazing instruments out there!

By Eli Bill

from Pittsburgh, PA

Completely overlooking past the obviously amazing value of this guitar at the price, this Strat plays like an American Standard! The C-Shape profile on the neck is so comfortable to play in any situation, whether jamming on chords, or shredding a solo, you will not find a bad spot on the neck. The noiseless pickups do not make a sound even in the highest gain situations, it's incredible. This guitar is also beyond versitile. You can literally play anything on it. Of course, versatility is to be expected of a strat, but this one really emphasises that quality. I can go from James Taylor to Iron Maiden in the flick of a switch, and it sounds incredible no matter what. This gitar is WELL worth the money you spend, which just happens to be not that much at all for this quality of an instrument, DO BUY!

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