The Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS—throughout its history, Fender® has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style... Read More
The Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS—throughout its history, Fender® has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic™, Mustang® and Musicmaster® models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on our most revered instruments-all with outstandingly attainable value.
The Modern Player Stratocaster® HSS offers the tonal versatility of two Modern Player single-coil pickups and a full-throated Modern Player humbucking pickup at the bridge, with the addition of the second tone knob serving as a push-pull coil-split switch for the bridge pickup. Other features include an alder body, C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fretboard with 9.5” radius and 22 jumbo frets, five-way pickup switching, three-ply pickguard, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.
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I didn't give this guitar the best review and wanted to add to my previous thoughts. Yes the bridge was cheap and Sharp. Yes the pickups are not great, but I would like to say that after spending a bit more time playing this guitar..... it kinda grows on you. I did replace the saddles and ordered New pickups but I think I'm liking the way it plays more and more. I had to adjust the truss rod to straighten the neck and put a set of 10s on it and it's much better. If anyone replaces the bridge pickup, Make sure its a F spaced pickup. The strings won't line up on a regular humbucker. For the money I have to say it's not a bad deal. It's defiantly not a USA Stratocaster, but it's better then most of the cheap foreign strats I've played.
This is hands down the best deal in the Stratocaster line! I wanted a humbucker equipped guitar with a whammy to finish out my collection (will not tell my wife I'm "done" though). Just didn't want to deal with a Floyd anymore...wanted something simple. So, this is the best deal around...for $100 LESS, you get more options than a regular MIM Strat. Everyone wants different options in a guitar. This gave me everything I wanted. 22 frets? Check! Splittable humbucker? Check! Vintage split post tuners? Check! Tinted neck? Check! I have 2 MIMs and the MIC quality is totally on par. No issues at all. And here's where I insert the standard line in the review about playing along time and having a houseful of nice guitars; I've been playing a long time and have a houseful of nice guitars. This even holds up to my Clapton Strat. Way to go Fender!
I?ve only had this guitar for about a day now, so I won?t address any long-term reliability or anything like that. That said, my first impression is that this is solid and well-built so I?m not anticipating any on-going issues. I did a decent amount of research on these MIC strats, so I know what others have said. Most reviews out there have been pretty positive, with a couple of common complaints, which I?ll get to in a bit. But I will say that I haven?t noticed anything out of the ordinary so far, so there won?t be any big revelations here. Ordered this online, which I was a bit apprehensive to do at first (I?m generally not one for buying things like this sight-unseen), but I figured if there were any problems, at least I could go to my local GC. They didn?t have any in stock, so I really didn?t have any other choice than to order it. Delivery was extremely fast (about 3 days), and it arrived very well packed. Right out of the box, fit and finish were pretty much flawless! Perfect finish (I got the silverburst), and the neck, fingerboard, frets, inlays? all perfect. Very slight tweak to get the intonation dialed in, but all in all the setup, action, etc. were excellent. Strat pups in the neck and mid sound awesome! I?ve played some high-end American?s, and I would say the tone on these pups is as true a strat tone as you?re going to find anywhere. Bridge humbucker definitely has some power. They don?t appeal to everyone, but if you like that classic Fat Strat sound, this model definitely has it! Now for the two common complaints, which I will agree with, but neither of them are really that big of a deal to me. You?ll just have to decide how big of an issue they are for you. I love the fact that you can split the humbucker into single coil, but as others have pointed out, there is definitely a noticeable loss of volume when you split it. When you?re switching from one of the forward singles to the split bridge, I don?t think it?s that noticeable (especially with some gain). But you can definitely hear the level drop when you split it (humbucker compared to the split single coil). Not a big deal for me because I probably wouldn?t want to go from hum to split bridge in the middle of a song. But if you anticipate wanting to do that, it?s something to consider. I?ll also point out that while the neck and mid pups definitely give you a true strat tone, I wouldn?t say the bridge is quite as authentic sounding. It just not as bright as the neck and mid pups. Then again, it?s not a strat single coil, so I wouldn?t really expect it to sound like one. It still sounds decent tho, so I?m not really complaining about it. And the really nice thing with the coil split is that it gives you tone control on the bridge for both the humbucker and the split single? something most other strats don?t offer. The other common complaint is that it has the vintage style tuning heads. They can be a bit of a pain when it comes time to re-string, but then again, you?re only paying $400? they?ve gotta cut some corners to bring the price down. So, they give you cheaper tuning heads and the old style bridge, but those can easily be modified and you?re still going to come out ahead. Overall, if you want an affordable Fender-branded Strat, I think this is one of the best deals going right now. Yes, it?s MIC. Yes, there are some who just can?t look past that. But if you can, this is a great instrument for the price. Highly recommended.
First of all it came a day early, so that was great. Maybe because it is mine, but this is the sweetest gig I have ever seen. I'm serious, the rosewood fretboard is beautiful and I finish wood for a loving. It came out of the box melodic and just smooth and this is just thru some headphones.
I had wondered for a while whether or not I'd want this to be my next guitar, after going back and forth I decided for it, and boy, was I not disappointed in the least! By far my favorite guitar, I love how easily it plays and how well it sounds. If you're seriously looking at it, don't hesitate.
I have owned this guitar for less than a month but I feel compelled to offer my opinion as it helps me when others do so. When I stumbled on this guitar and saw it had a 22 Fret RW neck (at this price) I felt it was worth a shot but really expected some quality issues. I can honestly say it plays as well as my American Standard and Hwy.1 strats and the body, fretwork, and set-up were spot on. I put on 10s and lowered the bridge to the body and have yet to make any other changes. I had planned to throw in a JB HB and Texas Special pickups but after a side to side comparison I'm not sure its even needed. They aren't hot pickups but they exhibit that classis Strat sound. The neck has a very nice feel/finish and the tuners are the vintage smallish type but do the job. They included the push/pull pot to split the humbucker which is a nice feature at this price range. Overall, this guitar (made in China) is a step up from the MIM strats I've played. It is getting to a point where fret/neck replacements are so expensive that you would be better off buying one of these for the neck alone. I comtemplated this but the guitar is just too nice to piece out for parts. Highly recommended.
I have owned this guitar for 3 months now. I can't say enough about how amazing this guitar is. Let me start off by saying, I am a semi-professional musician who gigs on a regular basis. This guitar has met all my needs and then some. The versatility of this guitar is amazing. I love having the roaring humbucker in the bridge, but I also love being able to go to that incredible twang normal Strat bridge pickups are known for. The pups themselves are vintage voiced, however they can get really dirty when I need them to. The neck is a dream to play, with incredible action right out of the box. The fit and finish is superb. I bought the silverburst one and it really shines in the light. The quality is incredible. I have had absolutely no problems with this guitar. Plus I got this thing with the 4th of July sale and the Fender rebate. This thing is easily better than the Mexican and even some American guitars. I can't stress enough how much I love this thing. I don't know what I would do without it.
I've had this guitar for three days now and have played in for several hours each day. If this is the level of quality that I can expect from a MIC Fender at this price point, I am buying the whole Modern Player line. The more I play this guitar the happierI am with my purchase. I have owned an American Standard Strat and Gibson Les Paul Black Beauty and this guitar holds it's own. The humbucker actually sounds better to me now than at first. I have a Gibson Dirty Fingers in my Epi LP Silverburst and it isn't all that but it certainly does have more punch than in my initial review. Partially because the PUP was a little too far from the strings. A little adjustment provided a noticable improvement. Still going to install a Pearly Gates, though. This guitar is stunning to the eye. Aside from the subpar pickguard, the fit and finish is FLAWLESS. Thanks Fender
First off, people always say to play a guitar before you buy it. I don't think this is necessary as long as you have a 30 day return policy. In fact, I suggest you take it home an change the usually sub par stock strings THEN try it out over a couple of days. After playing for a couple of days, you will be able to make a better decision concerning your purchase. MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE THE STRINGS BEFORE PLAYING. I put 009 Boomers and it made a HUGE improvement over the Fender strings. I bought this guitar at GC yesterday and I am finding that the more I play this guitar, the more I love it. Now, for my review... I like the push/pull split-coil. feature and HSS configuration. Also, 22 frets on a non-USA strat is a plus. The latter is one reason I stayed away from the MIM Strats. Vintage style tuners, vintage style tremolo, Alder body, Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard, nut is synthetic bone. 9.5" fingerboard radius. The Silverburst finish is gorgeous and slightly darker than the Silverburst on my Les Paul I bought this guitar with the understanding that the electronics and hardware might be sub-par. My intent was to upgrade the humbucker with a Pearly Gates and swap out the single coils, as well as the caps/pots. While I think they sound pretty good, especially the single coils I am going through with the upgrade. The humbucker has pretty good definition but lacks the punch I like in a 'bucker. The split coil is a tad thin but it is certainly functional enough. Nice glassy strat tones from the single coils. I really like the tones you can get with these PUPS.The pickguard was the most disappointing thing about the guitar. Very cheap and has the feel of soft rubber. I compared it to my Epi LesPaul Custom ( yes, it is a Silverburst, too) and Fender obviously cut a corner here. The Vintage Tuners did their job and the Rosewood finger board is fast and smooth as butter. Frets are smooth and seated properly. The body is Alder not that softwood junk (Agathis) you find on Squires. The Maple neck was smooth and straight. Exceptional fit and finish. I got exactly what I hoped for...an inexpensive but well-made guitar that can be something special after a few upgrades. Vintage style tremolo seems like the one you might find in a MIM. I actually might keep it. Don't let the "Made in China" throw you. My MIC Epi Les Paul compares well to my Gibson Black Beauty in build quality. Besides, where do you think your iPhone was made?
I was worried about purchasing a Modern Strat. I know most of these models are made in China and while they are Fender parts, we all know that some Chinese factories don't always do such a good job on manufacturing quality products. I was amazed at how well the guitar sounded. I've played both Mexi and American Strats. I have to say that while you cannot beat a Fender crafted in America, this guitar sounds and plays like a dream. I would highly recommend this model to any beginner or hobbyist in leiu of squier models any day. It will go nicely with my collection.
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