Everything you need to know about the new Fender Player series

Everything you need to know about the new Fender Player series

Fender is entering a new era. The company has announced the new Fender Player series — aimed at replacing the standard series of Mexican-made guitars. It’s not just a name change either — there are 21 models of guitar in the new lineup, and new features include Alnico pickups, satin-finished maple necks, new bridges, new finishes, and a redesigned logo.

The news makes sense. For starters, the name “Standard series” is a bit lame, and it makes sense to roll all the new features into a newly-named lineup. As mentioned, there are a number of new finishes available, including Sage Green, Polar White, Tidepool, Buttercream, and Sonic Red. Thankfully, they’ll come at a similar price to the Standard series too, starting at around $650.

Here’s a rundown of the new guitars and what features you can expect from them. For more information, you can also head to the Fender website.

Fender Player Stratocaster

Fender Player Stratocaster

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Three Player Series single-coil Stratocaster pickups
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 2-point tremolo bridge with bent-steel saddles
  • Both maple fingerboard and pau ferro fingerboard available

Finish options:

The Player Stratocaster with a maple fingerboard is offered in: Polar White, 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Tidepool and Buttercream. The Player Stratocaster with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: Polar White 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Sage Green Metallic and Sonic Red. The Player Stratocaster Left-Hand with a maple fingerboard is offered in: Polar White, 3-Color Sunburst and Tidepool. The Player Stratocaster Left-Hand with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: Black and Sonic Red.

Price: $649.99 (maple fingerboard)–$674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Stratocaster HSS / HSH

Fender Player Stratocaster HSH

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 2-point tremolo bridge with bent-steel saddles
  • Both maple fingerboard and pau ferro fingerboard available
  • Player Stratocaster HSS has one Player Series humbucking bridge pickup and two Player Series single-coil Stratocaster middle and neck pickups
  • Player Stratocaster HSH has two Player Series humbucking neck and bridge pickups and one Player Series single-coil Stratocaster middle pickup

Finish options:

The Player Stratocaster HSS with a maple fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Tidepool and Buttercream. The Player Stratocaster HSS with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Sage Green Metallic and Sonic Red. The Player Stratocaster HSH with a maple fingerboard is offered in Sage Green. The Player Stratocaster HSH with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: Buttercream and Tobacco Sunburst.

Price: $649.99 (maple fingerboard)–$674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Stratocaster Plus Top / HSS Plus Top

Fender Player Stratocaster Plus Top

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish; flame maple top
  • Three Player Series single-coil Stratocaster pickups
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • 2-point tremolo bridge with bent-steel saddles
  • Player Stratocaster HSS Plus Top has one Player Series humbucking bridge pickup and two Player Series single-coil Stratocaster middle and neck pickups

Finish options:

The Player Stratocaster Plus Top and HSS Plus Top with a maple fingerboard is offered inAged Cherry Burst. The Player Stratocaster Plus Top and HSS Plus Ttop with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in Tobacco Sunburst.

Price: $649.99 (maple fingerboard)–$674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Stratocaster with Floyd Rose HSS

Fender Player Stratocaster with Floyd Rose

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish; flame maple top
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard;  medium-jumbo frets
  • 2-point tremolo bridge with bent-steel saddles
  • Features one Player Series humbucking bridge pickup and two Player Series single-coil Stratocaster middle and neck pickups
  • Floyd Rose double-locking tremolo system

Finish options:

The Player Stratocaster Floyd HSS with a maple fingerboard is offered in: Polar White and Tidepool.The Player Stratocaster Floyd Rose HSS with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst and Sonic Red.

Price: $749.99 (maple fingerboard)–$774.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Telecaster

Fender Player Telecaster

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Two Player Series single-coil Telecaster pickups
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • String-through-body bridge with bent-steel saddles

Finish options:

The Player Telecaster with a maple fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Tidepool, Polar White and Butterscotch Blonde. The Player Telecaster with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst, Polar White and Sonic Red. The Player Telecaster Left-Hand with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Polar White and Butterscotch Blonde.

Price: $649.99 (maple fingerboard)–$674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Telecaster HH

Fender Player Telecaster HH

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • String-through-body bridge with bent-steel saddles
  • Two Player Series humbucking pickups

Finish options:

The Player Telecaster HH with a maple fingerboard is offered in Tidepool. The Player Telecaster HH with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst and Sonic Red.

Price: $649.99 (maple fingerboard)–$674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Jazzmaster

Fender Player Jazzmaster

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Two Player Series humbucking pickups
  • Push/pull pot to coil-split humbucking bridge pickups
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 22 medium-jumbo frets

Finish options:

The Player Jazzmaster with pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: Polar White, 3-Color Sunburst, Sage Green Metallic and Buttercream.

Price: $674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Jaguar

Fender Player Jaguar

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Player Series humbucking bridge pickup and one single-coil Jaguar neck pickup
  • Push/pull pot to coil-split humbucking bridge pickup
  • Slide switch to coil-split humbucking bridge pickup
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 22 medium-jumbo frets

Finish options:

The Player Jaguar with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Tidepool and Sonic Red.

Price: $674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Jaguar Bass

Fender Player Jaguar Bass

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • One Player Series single-coil J Bass® bridge pickup; one Player Series split-coil P Bass® middle pickup
  • Two volume controls; master tone control
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 20 medium-jumbo frets

Finish options:

The Player Jaguar Bass with a maple fingerboard is offered in Tidepool. The Player Jaguar Bass with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in Sage Green and Sonic Red.

Price: $649.99 (maple fingerboard)–$674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Precision Bass

Fender Player Precision Bass

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • One Player Series split-coil Precision Bass middle pickup
  • Master volume and tone controls
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 20 medium-jumbo frets

Finish options:

The Player Precision Bass with a maple fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Tidepool, Polar White and Buttercream. The Player Precision Bass with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Polar White, Sage Green and Sonic Red. The Player Precision Bass Left-Hand with a maple fingerboard is offered in: Tidepool and Black. The Player Precision Bass Left-Hand with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in 3-Color Sunburst and Polar White.

Price: $649.99 (maple fingerboard)–$674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Jazz Bass

Fender Player Jazz Bass

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Two Player Series single-coil Jazz Bass pickups
  • Two volume controls; master tone control
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 20 medium-jumbo frets

Finish options:

The Player Jazz Bass with a maple fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Tidepool, Polar White and Buttercream. The Player Jazz Bass with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst, Black, Polar White, Sage Green and Sonic Red. The Player Jazz Bass Left-Hand with a maple fingerboard is offered in: Polar White and Black.The Player Jazz Bass Left-Hand with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in 3-Color Sunburst and Sonic Red.

Price: $649.99 (maple fingerboard)–$674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Jazz Fretless

Fender Player Jazz Bass

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Two Player Series single-coil Jazz Bass pickups
  • Two volume controls; master tone control
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard

Finish options:

The Player Jazz Bass Fretless with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst and Polar White.

Price: $674.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Fender Player Jazz Bass V

Fender Player Jazz Bass V

Specs:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Two Player Series single-coil Jazz Bass pickups
  • Two volume controls; master tone control
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 20 medium-jumbo frets

Finish options:

The Player Jazz Bass V with a pau ferro fingerboard is offered in: 3-Color Sunburst and Polar White.

Price: $774.99 (pau ferro fingerboard)

Christian de Looper was born in Canberra Australia, and since then has lived in Europe and now lives in sunny California. When he's not tinkering with the latest music gear, Christian is devouring news on new consumer technology.