Fender Player Series Strat MN BK

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Electric Guitar

  • Body: Alder
  • Maple neck
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Matte neck finish
  • 22 Frets
  • Scale: 648 mm
  • Nut width: 42 mm
  • Pickups: 3 New Player AlNiCo V single coils
  • Controls: Volume, tone (neck & middle) and tone (bridge)
  • 5-Way toggle switch
  • 2-Point tremolo
  • Standard sealed machine heads
  • Ex-factory stringing: Fender .009 - .042 (article nr 133191)
  • Colour: Black
Available since June 2018
Item number 439053
Sales Unit 1 piece(s)
Colour Black
Body Alder
Top None
Neck Maple
Fretboard Maple
Frets 22
Scale 648 mm
Pickups SSS
Tremolo Standard
incl. Bag No
incl. Case No
£649
All prices incl. VAT
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A classic that won't break the bank

If guitarists were forced to choose one guitar to play for the rest of their lives, surely it would have to be this one: The Fender Stratocaster, a true classic and the most popular electric guitar of all time. The Player Series Stratocaster shown here is made in Mexico and gives players the most affordable way to get their hands on a Strat with the Fender logo on the headstock. The guitar's features are anything but budget-level, of course, and it combines high-quality woods and hardware with updated tone circuits and a fresh and appealing look that includes a one-piece maple neck with a matt finish on the back and an alder body, shown here in a glossy black finish reminiscent of Eric Clapton's legendary "Blackie" Strat.

Judiciously modernised

The Fender Player Series Stratocaster is the same in many ways as the original design that Leo Fender came up with in the early 1950s. The neck and fingerboard are made from a single piece of maple, and the neck features a modern "C" profile. The fingerboard adds an extra fret to the original model's 21, thus providing even more freedom for lead playing. As mentioned before, the body is made from alder and comes in a high-gloss black finish. The classic Stratocaster pickup combination of three single coils is also present here, but these feature AlNiCo-5 magnets for a more modern twist on the bright, dynamic sound for which Stratocasters are known. Fender has modified the electronics compared to the original Stratocaster design by giving the bridge pickup its own tone control, while the second tone control is shared by the middle and neck pickups. This model also features a two-point tremolo system, which dramatically reduces friction and enhances tuning stability.

An all-rounder AND a specialist

The Fender Player Series Strat MN BK is an extremely flexible guitar, but its pickup configuration of course means that it specialises in some areas more than others. Specifically, this guitar is most suited to clean sounds and moderate levels of distortion - this is where the pickups really come into their own with a punchy, open sound that retains plenty of character and fullness within the recommended gain limits. Players of Country, Western, Blues, and Classic Rock music can thus be sure of a great sound on stage and in the rehearsal room. The Fender Player Series of course also includes Strats with pickup combinations more suited to heavier musical styles.

About Fender

Fender is without doubt one of the most legendary guitar and amplifier manufacturers of all time. The company was founded in 1946 by its namesake Leo Fender († 1991), whose innovative ideas brought a breath of fresh air into the musical world. His Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass, and Jazz Bass are not only classics – they also continue to shape the styles of musicians in countless genres to this day. Timeless Fender amplifier models such as the Bassman, Twin, Deluxe, and Princeton also enjoy a stellar reputation. Besides maintaining its classic product portfolio, however, the company is also constantly developing new products that make Fender a driving force in today’s music industry.

Just try to put it down again...

Since it was launched by Fender in 1954, the Stratocaster has established itself as the ultimate electric guitar and can thus be found in virtually every style of music. The Fender Player Series is aimed at the mid-price market segment, and the Mexican-made guitars combine quality that will satisfy demanding players with an affordable price that makes them interesting for beginners as well. And even at this price point, they proudly bear the "proper" Fender logo. These guitars also offer high resale values, perfect for players who want to upgrade or who perhaps decide that the guitar isn't the instrument for them after all (in which case their Fender definitely won't be to blame!).

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Lars.Olsen 26.02.2023
I always wanted a strat after playing Gibsons for a long time. This guitar did not disappoint me!

There are some minor improvements that the factory can make.

On my guitar, the fretboard was sprayed with lacquer while there is still a dust or whatever it is - now it's stuck probably forever on the fretboard. It's very small, but once you notice it, you're aware of it presence forever.

The edge on the pickguard still has some scraping/cutting marks, it could've been sanded off at the factory, but only noticeable if you really look for it.

The setup was way off. Worst part was, the radius at the bridge didn't follow the fretboard radius. And the string action was set way too low. It probably was buzzing on open strings, since there was more relief than you need on the neck. The angle on the bridge was also set way too forward for my taste, but you can easily tighten the springs on the back. Once gone through a proper setup, the guitar played beautifully and the neck is very smooth.

The pickups sounds wonderful. Not too powerful on the output, and not too harsh on the high end, like they used to be on older generations of budget strats. Great blend between vintage sound with more modern output (7.1k to 8.3k resistance), very useful for many genres.

Overall fantastic guitar for the price. I'd love to recommend it to anyone who wants a new strat!
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Fantastic strat
Dub77 06.03.2022
I fancied a new strat but didn’t want to spend too much for a fender usa.
I settled on this player series, made in mexico. This is my second mex as i also have a tele.
This player series is stunning at the price point. This is a seriously great strat.
The neck is satin finish which is very comfortable. The strat played lovely straight out of the box, but, like all guitars needed a minor set up.
I love this guitar and highly recommend it.

Pros.. a beautiful strat at a reasonable price.
Cons.. the saddle grub screws are a bit sharp on the hand, so i will probably change out the saddles. Personal choice.
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Fender Player Series
Frankli 21.07.2018
You are looking for the same quality as an american guitar, without hard case!
This particular series is amazing. Great Fender tone, American hardware and electronic. For me, plug and play. No mods or upgrades needed here. Perfect guitar, perfect price!
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It is an American in Mexico
i.trn 20.05.2020
I think this guitar should be preferred over second-hand American Fenders. I am very pleased that the quality. It is quite different from the old standard series. 22 frets, 2-Point tremolo and bridge pick-ups tone are the biggest differences.
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