Fender has announced the expansion of its Player series of electric guitars and bass guitars, with the goal of meeting the needs and nurturing the next generation of gamers – the Player Plus series.
Arriving in the form of SSS and HSS configured Stratocasters, two individual Telecasters, an Active Precision Pass, and two Active Jazz Bass models, Fender’s new offerings take inspiration from the brand’s iconic body shapes, while aiming for to provide improved playability and comfort.
Designed with the aim of providing a “next level playing experience” for seasoned players and budding guitarists, each model features 12 “radius keys with rolled edges, lockable tuners and new noiseless pickups.
They also aim to exploit sonic avenues rarely seen on Fender models, with a range of push-pull pots and toggle switches serving a host of intriguing mic combos.
But perhaps the most notable addition is the range’s eye-catching color scheme, which features striking new and reworked finishes such as Tequila Sunrise, Opal Spark, Cosmic Jade, Silverburst, Belair Blue, Olympic Pearl and Silver Smoke, to name just a few.
Commenting on the latest made in Mexico range, Fender Products EVP Justin Norvell commented, “We designed the Player Plus series to match the unique characteristics of today’s gamers and creators. When we first launched the Player Series in 2018, we set a new standard for what an entry-level Fender could be.
“We have delivered a range of visually striking performance instruments that exemplify Fender’s philosophy: honoring our past while looking to the future.
In addition to strengthening the Player line, the Player Plus line appears to replace Fender’s Deluxe line, which also featured a Nashville Telecaster and Stratocaster configured in HSS, with Noiseless pickups.
Read on for all the info on Fender’s latest user-friendly guitars.
Fender Player Plus Stratocaster and Player Plus Stratocaster HSS
First, the SSS and HSS configured Strats, which aside from the modified pickup pairing arrive with identical specs with a 12-inch fingerboard radius and a C-shaped maple neck with bezels. rolled.
These comfort-oriented specifications are joined by 22 medium jumbo frets, a choice of maple or rosewood fingerboards, a two-point tremolo bridge system, and locking tuners.
In the pickup department, the Strats sport newly designed Player Plus Noiseless single coils, and both feature push-pull tone pots. While the control triggers a coil split in HSS’s additional Player Plus humbucker, the pot conversely adds the loaded single-coil Strat neck pickup at positions one and two.
The control circuit is completed with a five-position selector, a secondary tone control and a master volume knob.
The regular and HSS-equipped Player Plus Stratocasters are now available in a range of finishes – including Cosmic Jade, Silverburst, Olympic Pearl, and Tequila Sunrise – for $ 999 and $ 1,029, respectively.
Fender Player Plus Telecaster and Player Plus Nashville Telecaster
Next up is the Player Plus Telecaster and the Player Plus Nashville Telecaster. While the former is a modern take on the conventional Tele model, the latter equips Fender’s famous single-cut with an additional Strat-style center single coil for additional tonal options.
Again, the guitars come equipped with Fender Player Plus Noiseless pickups, which are at the mercy of push-pull tone switches. The regular Tele’s switch engages the two pickups in series for increased power and body, while the Nashville Tele again engages the neck pickup in switch positions one and two.
Build-wise, the standard 12-inch radius fingerboard with rolled edges, a modern C Player Plus profile neck, and 22 medium jumbo frets make the cut, with a modern six-saddle Tele bridge with steel saddles. block steel as well.
A range of colors is offered, with highlights such as Opal Spark, Aged Candy Apple Red and Silver Smoke.
The Player Plus Telecaster and the Player Plus Nashville Telecaster are now available for $ 999 and $ 1,029, respectively.
Fender Player Plus Active Precision Bass
Moving on to the bass department, we have a freshly designed Precision Bass, which aims to deliver the “punch and growl” that defines Fender’s four-string sounds.
A three-band active EQ features switchable active / passive operation for increased tone sculpting flexibility, and works with the all new Player Plus Noiseless Precision and Jazz Bass pickups.
Other features include a HiMass four-saddle bridge, a 12-inch radius fingerboard with rolled edges, and – again – a modern C-neck profile, included for a silky smooth ride on the fingerboard.
The Fender Player Plus Precision Bass comes in Silver Smoke, Cosmic Jade, Three-Color Sunburst, and Olympic Pearl, and is available for $ 1,049.
Fender Player Plus Jazz Bass and Player Plus Jazz Bass V
Last but not the least, the Player Plus Jazz Bass and Player Plus Jazz Bass V models. As the names suggest, the only thing that separates the two is an extra bass string, meaning they both come equipped with a multitude of identical specifications.
As such, both feature a 12-inch radius fingerboard, modern C-shaped neck, HiMass bridge, and Player Plus Noiseless Jazz Bass pickups.
Again, Jazz Bass pickups are at the mercy of a nifty switch that aims to extract as much tone from the circuit as possible, with an active / passive toggle switch paired with an active three-band EQ for the hands. on the tweaking experience.
Three-Tone Sunburst, Cosmic Jade, Opal Spark, Belair Blue and Olympic Pearl are just a few of the colorways offered for the Player Plus Jazz Bass and Jazz Bass V, both available for $ 1,099 and $ 1,149, respectively.
To learn more, visit Fender.