Fender

Description

Fender has refined their popular Player Series with some stunning new additions. The Fender Player Plus Stratocaster HSS takes the popular Player Series Strat to an entirely new level. Borrowing high-end features from some of Fender's prestigious American-made Strats, like rolled fingerboard edges, the latest generation noiseless pickups and a coil-splittable bridge humbucker, these exciting Ensenada-built guitars offer extraordinary value for professionals and enthusiasts alike.

Fender Player Plus Stratocaster HSS Main Features

Resonant, gloss-finished alder body with classic Strat comfort body cuts and spectacular finishes
22 medium-jumbo fret, Modern C profile neck with rounded-edge 12"-radius pau ferro fingerboard
1.685" nut width to enhance ease of bending and fretting, providing comfort of long playing sessions
4th-generation noiseless neck and middle pickups and coil-splitting bridge humbucker enhance tonal versatility while removing noise
2-point fulcrum vibrato with high-mass steel-block saddles and locking tuners for smooth action, stability and more sustain

Comfort and Style Built In

The Fender Player Plus Stratocaster HSS leverages the classic, comfort-contoured Strat body in resonant alder, widely held to be one of the most comfortable body designs in electric guitar history. As a nod to Fender's past, they've also taken an inspiration for the popular "Stratoburst" finish from their early '80s Elite series and updated it, adding a spectacularly eye-catching linear burst finish to the classic Fender finishes already available.

A Neck for the Modern Player

The biggest update for the Player Plus Strat is in the neck—the heart of any electric guitar. Starting with the popular Modern C neck profile, Fender has flattened the neck radius to a bend-friendly 12" radius, lightly softened the fingerboard edges and slightly widened the nut to 1.685" for increased ease of play for intricate picking. They've also added medium-jumbo frets to aid lightning-quick runs. 

New Noiseless Pickups

Another big change from Player to Player plus is the addition of Fender's latest generation Noiseless N4 pickups in the neck and middle positions. These high-output Alnico V pickups can seriously push the front end of your amp, but, just roll back the volume knob a little, and get all the vintage-approved Strat tone you need. Don't worry about losing high end, as the smooth treble bleed circuit keeps all the clarity you have when the knob is wide open. For the bridge, Fender adds a powerful, but smooth Player Series humbucker to deliver the scream and wail you want. With a coil split for true single-coil sounds on a push/pull tone pot, you can also easily scale back to classic Strat tonality.

A Whammy Bridge That Delivers

Any Strat needs a great vibrato and the Player Plus Strat HSS has Fender's revered 2-point tremolo bridge with high-mass steel block saddles for added sustain. The 2-point fulcrum bridge is known both for precision and for thick, sustaining tone. It's great for everything from a slight shimmer to full-blown dive bombs. For the Player Plus, that stability is solidified by Fender's locking tuners and a self-lubricating synthetic bone nut.

Tricked Out From Head to Toe

From headstock to strap button, the Fender Player Plus Stratocaster HSS delivers a high-performance instrument for modern players, while still being all Strat. It's a great choice for players aspiring to step up to professional features or pros looking for a great-playing, incredible-sounding guitar that's ready to take to the road or the studio.
Features
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck with Modern C-shape, pau ferro fretboard 
  • Noiseless single coils (neck, middle), noiseless humbucker (bridge), 5-way switch, push/pull coil splitting
  • 2-point tremolo bridge, locking tuners
Specifications
Body
  • Body Type: Double Cutaway Solid Body
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss
Neck
  • Neck shape: Wide thin
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Neck finish: Satin
Fingerboard
  • Material: Pau Ferro
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium-jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width/material: 1.68"/Synthetic Bone
Electronics
  • Configuration: HSS
  • Neck: Proprietary Single Coil
  • Middle: Proprietary Single Coil
  • Bridge: Proprietary Humbucker
  • Control layout: Master volume, Individual tone, Individual tone
  • Pickup switch: 5-Way
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: 2-point Fulcrum tremolo
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: Sealed Locking
  • Color: Hybrid
Other
  • Number of strings: 6 String
  • Case: Gig Bag
  • Orientation: Right-Handed
  • Country of Origin: Mexico

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