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An elegant-looking Strat with noiseless pickups, advanced electronics and gold hardware.

Pro features at an incredible price.The Fender Deluxe Player's Stratocaster guitar offers classic Strat performance in a truly gorgeous package. Loaded with American-made Vintage Noiseless pickups, medium-jumbo frets, and a 12" neck radius for smooth playing and sparkling Strat tones. Also features an innovative push-button pickup switch (in addition to the usual toggle) for 7 pickup combinations, and striking gold-plated hardware. Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

FEATURES
  • Classic Strat style with body in a choice of great finishes
  • Comfortable modern C-shaped maple neck with 12" radius and 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 3 Vintage Noiseless single-coil pickups with advanced wiring for 7 pickup configurations
  • Traditional Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Includes a gig bag

Grab a really versatile and great-looking Strat at a very affordable price. Order today.

SPECIFICATIONS
  • 4-ply brown shell pickguard
  • 12" neck radius
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • 3 Vintage Noiseless single-coil pickups
  • Push-button switch activates bridge pickup in positions 4 and 5 of blade switch for 7 pickup configurations
  • Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Vintage-style tuners
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FenderDeluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 241 reviews)

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    (209)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (25)
  • Good tone (25)
  • Fun to play (24)
  • Good pick up (20)
  • Solid electronics (20)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (25)
  • Practicing (25)
  • Recording (16)
  • Small venues (16)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (12), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Blues Guitar For Me

If you want a guitar that has heavy distortion then this is not the guitar you want. It is perfect for my use as a Blues guitar. I play mine througgh a VOX AD100VT...Read complete review

If you want a guitar that has heavy distortion then this is not the guitar you want. It is perfect for my use as a Blues guitar. I play mine througgh a VOX AD100VT on the UK Gain amp selection with power output and gain to max. It absolutely Rocks my house making the bodies of the acoustic guitars resonate and strings to chime from the harmonic perfection of this guitar. Put power output and gain to 50% and play any pickup position and get crisp and clean tones. This guitar is not for everyone and especially if you want heavy distortion. I have +30 other guitars for that. The only other guitar I would want is a American Deluxe, but with a 12" radius neck, not a compound neck and a leftie strung right-handed. The 12" radius is best suited, for me, ergonomically. I got mine on Muscian's Friend as a closeout. Someone probably bought under the wrong assumption possibly thinking it would be good for Heavy Metal and expecting heavy distortion from some of the reviews I have read. How it looks, mine is a blonde, and the gold plating wearing off, who cares. For a under $1000 guitar I feel comfortable playing it at Jams and Gigs. I get the tone I want from it and have guitars with humbuckers to get all the other tones. For high gain and definition this is the best I have played. I have a American Special with the 22 jumbo frets and hot Texas pickups, but the neck feel and tone is unique only to this guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

amendment to my previous review

I reviewed this guitar earlier and was kind of brutal on it. I would like to amend my review by saying that the guitar has some wonderful features. The one I got must...Read complete review

I reviewed this guitar earlier and was kind of brutal on it. I would like to amend my review by saying that the guitar has some wonderful features. The one I got must have been made on Friday and they were in a hurry to hit the cantina, or, they were still hungover from the weekend on Monday. What ever, the deficiencies that I discovered really saddened me and as a result I did ask to return the guitar. I ask for an exchange as hopefully I will get a great guitar. I am willing to give Fender the benefit of the doubt and give it another shot. I will review again only after a rigorous inspection of the neck and set up. This guitar should be worth the $650 we have to pay for it. Mine was not, but Musician's Friend does their utmost to ensure their customers are satisfied. I have no reservations about buying guitars from them as long as they keep up their great customer service.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar

By Andrew Nicoll

from Billings, Montana

Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Ok, so I had been looking at this guitar for nearly a year before I bought it. I compared it to countless other guitars in this price range and none can compare. Sure, it's made in Mexico which can sometimes be a big red flag for Fender buyers. HOWEVER, all the parts on this guitar are American (all the electrical stuff anyways). The pick-ups are wonderful. Vintage noiseless that literally noiseless when put on ten. I own a Fender Frontman 212 and with that thing turned up all the way there is still no hum until it feedsback. I also play with a Boss BD-2 Blues Driver and STILL no hum. Beautiful. I can take my hands off and everything and there's nothing, but as soon as you start playing they sure scream. A lot of reviews before me have complained about weak pups but I have to disagree. They do seem tinny at first but once you get used to them they grow on you. All it takes is a good player to get literally any sound you want out of this guitar. If you know how to set your tone on both your guitar and amp, you are golden. Another "issue" that people seem to have with this guitar: it is VERY light. Which some say affects the tone negatively in the same way as the pickups, making it too bright. Again, any good player can solve this problem with some handy tone work. Out of the box it played fine, but you should always set your guitar up. I definitely did have to with m intonation and action but other then that this thing plays like a dream, so smooth (I got the maple neck). And, for icing on the cake this thing looks beautiful. Throw in the extra pup selection and you're ready to rock.

(13 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender Deluxe Player's Strat - A mixed bag

By MoltenSynapse

from New York

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar with very high expectations, and after getting it into my hands and working with it, I have mixed opinions about it. First, the pluses.
The guitar is very nicely finished. No flaws in the paint work, hardware is installed tight, and importantly, the frets are dressed very well. No sharp edges. Feels like a US strat except for the weight. This is a very light guitar. The trem was floated slightly, out of the box, giving the guitar a fairly high action. The neck was the masterpiece of this guitar and the main reason I bought it. The 12" radius makes the fretboard almost flat by comparison with my other strats, and is very easy to play. The neck was straight and well adjusted.The noiseless pickups are virtually noiseless and the push button gives two very usable sounds, specially in the 1st and third selector positions. Tremolo action is what you would expect. Limited travel and pitch shift is heavy on the bass side.
Now the downside.
I have two main gripes with this guitar. First, and most significant, the output of the Fender Noiseless pickups installed on this strat is much less than the EMG's and Duncans I have installed on my other two strats. I suspect that the output will be much less than the stock strat pickups that will come standard with other models. I would say that the volume of this strat is only half that of my other two at the same amp settings. While not a problem in itself, it presents a major issue if you are using more than one guitar with the same rig.
Secondly, the tuners on this guitar do not have the little hole in the peg head to stabilize the string while tuning. Consequently, there is much slippage and changing strings is a chore. I don't understand the choice of this tuner. What is the advantage of a tuning key that cannot hold the string in place while you tighten? I would recommend changing these out for locking machines as soon as possible.
Thirdly, the tremolo comes with 3 springs attached to the block and no additional springs if you want to increase the tension. The tremolo claw is set far out from the body and I had to give it 3-4 clockwise turns with a screwdriver to get the stiffer action I wanted.
Be warned that even the simple task of taking out the 6 screws that hold in the tremolo plate makes gold dust come off the screws. All the metal appears to be very thinly plated and likely to lose its luster very quickly with use.
Intonation was off and saddle height had to be adjusted before the guitar played nicely, and I replaced the strings with the same .09 gauge that came with the guitar.

Overall, I loved the neck and the playability but was disappointed with the volume output of the pickups. The tuners need to be swapped if you want to avoid endless headaches when changing strings. If I keep this guitar, I will install Schaller locking machines and change out the pickups for maybe SCN's or EMG's. The bottom line is, if you like the neck, (and this is subjective), you will buy this guitar and do what's necessary to bring it up to pro spec. If you dont like the neck or don't care, better to skip this one.
3-tone sunburst with Fender Noiseless pickups and push button for extra switching options. 12" radius neck. (I got the rosewood fretboard). Gold hardware. Sybchronized standard tremolo.
Good finish, but hardwarer appears thinly plated.
The neck adds value to this instrument.

(12 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

amendment to my previous review

By Denny Harvey

from Louisville KY

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Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I reviewed this guitar earlier and was kind of brutal on it. I would like to amend my review by saying that the guitar has some wonderful features. The one I got must have been made on Friday and they were in a hurry to hit the cantina, or, they were still hungover from the weekend on Monday. What ever, the deficiencies that I discovered really saddened me and as a result I did ask to return the guitar. I ask for an exchange as hopefully I will get a great guitar. I am willing to give Fender the benefit of the doubt and give it another shot. I will review again only after a rigorous inspection of the neck and set up. This guitar should be worth the $650 we have to pay for it. Mine was not, but Musician's Friend does their utmost to ensure their customers are satisfied. I have no reservations about buying guitars from them as long as they keep up their great customer service.

(11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Blues Guitar For Me

By ToneMaster

from Texas

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Tone Definition

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Blues
  • Jamming
  • Johnny Cash

Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

If you want a guitar that has heavy distortion then this is not the guitar you want. It is perfect for my use as a Blues guitar. I play mine througgh a VOX AD100VT on the UK Gain amp selection with power output and gain to max. It absolutely Rocks my house making the bodies of the acoustic guitars resonate and strings to chime from the harmonic perfection of this guitar. Put power output and gain to 50% and play any pickup position and get crisp and clean tones. This guitar is not for everyone and especially if you want heavy distortion. I have +30 other guitars for that. The only other guitar I would want is a American Deluxe, but with a 12" radius neck, not a compound neck and a leftie strung right-handed. The 12" radius is best suited, for me, ergonomically. I got mine on Muscian's Friend as a closeout. Someone probably bought under the wrong assumption possibly thinking it would be good for Heavy Metal and expecting heavy distortion from some of the reviews I have read. How it looks, mine is a blonde, and the gold plating wearing off, who cares. For a under $1000 guitar I feel comfortable playing it at Jams and Gigs. I get the tone I want from it and have guitars with humbuckers to get all the other tones. For high gain and definition this is the best I have played. I have a American Special with the 22 jumbo frets and hot Texas pickups, but the neck feel and tone is unique only to this guitar.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A GREAT guitar

By MrMajstyk

from North Hollywood, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I bought this one used (BARELY used at that!) from a store after trying different strats (American, Mexican, whatever). I was going for overall tone and feel.
    Now, maybe the fact that it was used, and someone took the time to set it up properly, had something to do with the feel and tone (and maybe the others I tried were new and NOT "broken-in" yet), but this guitar immediately became the standard by which all of the other strats were compared.
    A couple of others were nice, but this one did all that I wanted it to, AND at FAR less money! I bought it and have been using it professionally for almost a year.
    True, the gold hardware is wearing thin at the bridge where I palm-mute, and a little wear on the vibrato arm, but the rest looks great. BUT, I should point out that it wears very evenly and subtly, so it's more of a patina-smooth look than just the "gold coming off" look. It's actually kinda cool.
    I play a very clean sound with deep reverb and a bit of delay...sort of a Jimmy Wilsey sound, if you will. I play through the clean side of an American-made Hot Rod Deluxe thru an Earthquaker Ghost Echo, a Boss DM-2 and a hint of amp reverb...and I play pretty loud. This guitar just SINGS!!! Lots of tonal variations and QUIET! I love the vintage noiseless pups)! The only thing I did was change strings to 10's and intonate it, and adjust the string height just a bit.
    So, especially for CLEAN playing, this guitar is a TEN...no, make that an ELEVEN!!

    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great Guitar

    By TEXIZZ

    from Georgetown, Texas

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    Pros

    • Beautiful instrument
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Self Entertainment
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I have been a Strat man for quite some time. I originally owned an SRV Strat but did not care for the location of the Tremolo Bar. This Deluxe Player's Strat is perfect for my needs. I am very happy with it! Who wouldn't be, it's a Fender!

    (9 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Spends its life in the case

    By Bassman-B_sy2

    from Beaumont, TX

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    Pros

    • Color
    • Look

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Too Heavy
    • Uncomfortable Neck

    Best Uses

    • Door stop

    Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Got this guitar 4 years ago, and it's still in the case. The body looks great, and the gold vintage hardware is good. But that's about where it ends. It weighs as much as a boat anchor, and I hate c shaped necks. Quality not up to the fit/finish of the American or Japanese made Strats I've owned.

    Once the pickups are switched with a set of custom shop 69s, and a new maple v shape neck (finished in vintage tint nitro) the after all these years I may be able to take it out and play.

    Even the Squire VM series blow this thing away, and sound a lot better.

    (9 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Great Maple Neck , Pickups but the Hardware needs to be changed out

    By Nofearrockstar

    from Boston

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    Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I sent this one back and traded up for a level 1 Fender Classic Players 50 in 2 Tone sunburst with a Maple Neck. Perhaps Less is More and I hope this one will be a keeper when it arrives.
    Outstanding Maple Neck with Noiseless Pickup System and 7 Way Selector Options. Comes with quality padded Gig Bag. Body weight heavier than usual. American electronics but Made in Mexico however you don't get that usual MIM Standard Vibe. Better than the low end standard you can buy for less than $$$.
    Others have noted the thin gold plating to hardware but I didn't own it long enough to notice. I returned the guitar after 30 days because I couldn't get past the ugly Honey Blond finish which really looked like spoiled Dijon Mustard. I really wanted to like this guitar because it was a great player with big frets and quality Noiseless Pickups. Hated the vintage tuners but the guitar was always in tune when I picked it up to play. The frets were well finished and the guitar arrived set up nicely with 09's decently intonated. Didn't want to mess with anything until I decided if this was a keeper. I bought through Musicians Friend with a great price on level 1 but really felt new when I opened the box.
    If you can find one used through Musicians Friend and not pay more than $$$ with the color and maple neck combo you like then go for it. Not worth paying retail or on sale. Some have wanted to replace the vintage with locking tuners but I've tired of going through strat projects by putting more money into the guitar. I wanted to just buy a factory Fender Strat and live with it, be happy. Didn't happen here.

    (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Deluxe Player's Stratocaster Crimson Red Transparent Rosewood

    By William Menzer

    from Undisclosed

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    Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I love this guitar. It sounds amazing through my Mustang II, and everything just feels like a much more expensive guitar. I would sincerely recommend this
    Noiseless Pickup System and 7 Way Selector Options is grate Comes with quality padded Gig Bag
    Good finish, but hardware appears thinly plated
    The neck adds value to this instrument

    (8 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Not Quite what I'd thought It would be

    By Denny Harvey

    from Louisville KY

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    Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    This guitar lacks the quality value of some of Fender's better models. Although they have incorporated an ash body, noiseless pickups, vintage tuners and tremolo, the guitar just doesn't live up to it's hype. small defects such as poorly set tremolo screws, and a bowed neck are defects that should have definitely been caught by quality control. body and fretboard are nice and smooth, painting of the body was exceptionally good, the actual scheme of paint and the tortoise shell pick guiard makes this guitar look classic, however, the defects make it fall short.
    Overall, I bought this guitar because of it's looks and based on fender's reputation for quality instruments, however, I should have probably saved my money and bought an american standard strat. I have an American standard telecaster and It was awesome right out of the box. still playing it with no additional setup needed. Fender needs to review it's mexico plant and get it's quality control up to speed if it's going to charge this kind of money for it's products.
    I would try this guitar out, if you can find one in a store, before buying as it may be as good as advertised. Mine wasn't, but I can make it better, someone with less skills, may not be able to. I'll make this into a great guitar, however, I wish Fender would do it first.
    I knocked off points for features as the so called "noiseless" pickups still emit a slight buzz. It's not too bad until you begin stomping pedals and adding gain, Then it gets a little annoying. I will have to isolate the cavities and pick guard with copper foil and re ground the system. but that should have been taken care of at the factory. Also, the extra switch does little to enhance the sound when engaged. It is barely noticeable. I bought this thinking this would be useful however, I don't think I'll be using it.
    Although the guitar finish itself is beautiful ( 3 tone sunburst) there were some quality control issues with this guitar. first of all, I notice the screws hold the vintage tremolo were halfway out of the wood allowing the tremolo to float extremely high. the neck has a slight forward bow to it. I am going to have to take this to a luthier to get a professional setup done to get this totally playable. Also, I'm not too crazy about the 12" radius fret board. they should have used the 9.5" radius fret board, but, that's a personal preference.
    I rated this low because of the quality control issues. the pickups do not sound as good as what I saw on the youtube videos which is why I bought the guitar. I may have gotten the lemon out of the batch, however, I am keeping it and getting the work mentioned above done to it because of the extremely good "bones" of the guitar, an ash body, rose wood neck (I can get used to it) noiseless pickups( when isolated) and getting the tremolo set up right. I would like to see a little better quality control from the plant if they're going to produce guitars of this price range. I think they are basically good guitars but need a little more "TLC" before leaving the plant for the warehouse and eventually the stores.

    (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Exceptional

    By DGoff

    from Pennsville,NJ

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Exceptional quality and finish. Nice set up from the factory. Plays like a dream. Instantly makes you a little beter.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My First Review...Not My First Strat

      By Stephen Crowl

      from Erie, PA

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      You can't go wrong with this guitar! Noiseless vintage pickups, gold hardware, great feel and an even greater deal!
      On recieving this guitar, my ritual is to replace the strings, check the neck and action. It did need some adjustment, which I don't mind doing, I love that part of the guitar almost as much as I love playing it!
      I have many strats, anywhere's from 1957 to new. My favorite would be my 1993 deluxe plus and as you can imagine this MIM deluxe player is no match, but it's not to be over looked! Four days after I received it I was out giging with it. It plays extremely nice and sounds good for the money!
      I rate it 10, because it really is an amazing product! I bought it as used, but it came with everything a new Fender would come with. I had to take the protective shield off of the pickguard and back plate. It must have been a restock, because this guitar id brand new. I have a knack for going over a guitar well and finding flaws. the only thing I could find was one screw hole under the back plate was over sized and they put a piece of dalrod in so that the screw would hold. This guitar was listed used and in mint condition...And It Is!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing deal

      By Luke Rossetti

      from New York

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      Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I love this guitar. It sounds amazing through my Marshall DSL, and everything just feels like a much more expensive guitar. I would sincerely recommend this over standard strats, everything about it is a better guitar.
      I was starting to feel the need for a strat, and I didn't really want just a standard mexican made strat (again). This deluxe strat caught my eye for a few reasons - for one, it looks amazing (honey blonde, rosewood fretboard, gold hardware), and it comes with american made vintage noiseless pickups. At first I wasn't sure if it was worth it, but these pickups are miles ahead of a the standard mexican strat pickups; much warmer and smoother. Another notable feature is the button that activates extra pickups in the 4th and 5th position - not a huge deal, but a nice bonus.
      Out of the box, this guitar only needed a few minor set up details. Everything on this guitar screams good quality. You would never really know it was mexican made, it's so much better than a standard strat (and for only a little more? who wouldn't take that deal). My only gripe is that it's a little light, even for a strat.
      Like I said, at only a little more than a standard strat, you get a half american made guitar. To throw vintage noiseless pickups in a standard strat would end up running you more money than just buying this one.

      (5 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Fender, shame on you.

      By Carlossupernatural.

      from Oregon

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Arrived Briken E String
      • Arrived Broken E String
      • Arrived With A Broken E S
      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This is an excellent guitar in so many ways except for the crucial variable that I find is essential to keeping a guitar. The finish was excellent. The pickups are comparable to my Am Strat and in some ways superior. On the down side the tuners would not hold even after stretching the strings. Upgrade needed there. But here's my beef with Fender and not just this one. They are making necks on this and the Am strat I have that will not allow a set up for close fingering and ease of play. And that is on the 91/2 and 12 inch radius necks. I have owned 9 Fenders Strats and only one allowed a set up with low fingering. Sold it to the keyboard player after his many pleas. So if you don't mind higher set strings, a little buzzing and effort to fret, no worries. I'm Still looking for that Fender that has ease of play. My thanks to MF for their return policy allowing me to continue the search.

      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Classic Strat Sound

      By John Sherwood

      from Jackson Wyoming

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Quality Control

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      First Off I had to re-set the tremolo Bridge about a millimeter.. definitely a quality check that was missed... The top was just barely on the frets. There have been some comments about the pickups being weak... that's how I remember my first Strat and other than the hum on the older pickups being gone with the noiseless on the newer Strats they sound classic. I play mostly Blues and Jazz and thus this was the sound I was looking for. I use the button with switch in number 2 if I use rock/metal distortion. I mostly use the neck pick up for what I play. I also use a Fender Twin for an amp. I also have a Marshall that does not compliment the Fender at all... Go for a Strat with the Texas Specials if you want great distortion... All in all I love the guitar and besides the bridge setup It was great out of the box. I use heavy strings (11 ga) so those using the 8 ga or so might think the pick ups were weaker than I. No tuning issues and I use the heck out of the tremolo.. I was actually surprised because the older Strats always had that problem... not this one.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Better frets

      By kennym 9898

      from springfield, nj

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      Pros

      • Looks good
      • Neck Feel

      Cons

      • Grooved Finger Board
      • Grooved Frets
      • Poor Pick Up
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
      • Weak Trem Springs

      Best Uses

      • Beginner
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      It's a nice looking guitar and the neck is comfortable. I'm disappointed with the pickups, I've played strats with noiseless pickups before and these sound very weak. The frets have vertical grooves the length of the fret as did the finger board. I maybe be able to smooth them with a fret eraser if not I'll file them. Frets were very good when I checked them with a fret rocker.

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      6 months later, I'm more astonished than ever!

      By Stratergery

      from Kansas City, KS

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      Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This guitar jumped out at me, on the floor of the guitar store.. I thought the SRV Strat had been left out of the glass vault. I picked it up and immediately noticed it wasn't overly weighty like many Strats. It is an Ash body and IMHO, Ash is more suited to the fantatic Vintage Noiseless Pickups!They are perfectly noiseless and I think alder would be a not so hot match. Aesthetically, most of the finishes are striking. Mine is a brown cherry sunburst, w/ Rosewood. The thing was setup perfectly for me. Low,low action but no fret outs and no buzz.9-42 bullets(strings) and the neck, meant i knew this was mine b4 ever plugging up.I owned a Japanese burst strat 10 years ago that I loved in 4th and 5th position, but the hum, the maple fretboard and it couldn't stay in tune, meant i sold it. The versatility of this guitar(largely due to the body wood and the p/ups) mean it going nowhere. It stays in tune quite well, but try to realize it was made to be strung up w/ light strings. The more you stray from that , the more problems you will have. I hate classic Fender bridges because one little turn of a screw can throw another string off, so you open the back up, tighten the block;big mess. I have to adjust the bridge twice a week to keep it how i like it. If you get one of these, learn how the bridge works and be willing to put the time in to deal with that.Steer clear of the maple. It looks a bit cheap w/ the finish options and I've played several of these that are lemons-all were maple necks.The magic button offers a fablous thick clean tone between the mid and neck. I use that, the bass position w/out button and position two for distorted stuff. Ig yo go easy on the tone you can dodge the 'too bright' Fender stigma. I even play a Fender amp! Tweed 90's Usa Bassman '59 Re-issue. Unreal! I have a tone, w/ a s.D. Tweak fuzz that could easily be mistaken for an SG!

      (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great for the Price

      By Whatzittoyaa

      from North west Arkansas

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Great for the Price
      • Hold A Tune Great

      Cons

      • A Bit Quiet

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Simply put, it's a great guitar for the price. Everything about it from the play-ability to how well it holds a tune is just great. The only thing I have an issue with is I can only play on 1 or 2 setting with my amp or on the guitar due to it being relatively quiet. My amp is a bit older (10ish years)but some newer ones may not have an issue. But all together its a great strat for the price.

      (4 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Buy American

      By RJS

      from Westchester County, NY

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Flat Sound
      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I'm not sure what I was thinking, it must have been GAS- I should have bought an American. PUPs are too quiet and it just doesn't distort well. I should have changed the PUPs, it would give me a reason to get that less than complimentary pickguard off the guitar. Like others, It has issues keeping tuned-especially if you use the tremolo bar. Add up the price of the guitar, new PUPs, different pickguard, locking tuners, swap out the gold parts for chrome, and improve the tremolo you are spending the same money as a Standard American Strat. If you like to mod, have fun.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      never been happier

      By nessguitar

      from hampton, va

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Pickup Configuration
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Higher Output On Bridge
      • Onoff Button Placement
      • Tremolo Arm

      Best Uses

      • Blues
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Surf Rock

      Comments about Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      probably one of the most satisfying guitars i have ever owned. i got a sick deal on it, bought it used and it looks and feels absolutely brand new. im a luthier and i didnt really have to do any tweaking to it out of the box, intonation and truss rod were spot on. i had to adjust the pickup height a bit to get a little more output but other than that it was perfect right out of the box. it sounds great, every pickup position is unique. i love the airy and crisp tones that i can get out of it. it truly has a classic fender tone out of it. i initially got the guitar with the intent of winding my own pickups for it but now im heavily considering leaving it alone, haha. i might have to buy another one for my pickups.
      i have really enjoyed playing it clean through my 57 deluxe replica, it has such a good natural tone you dont even need overdrive. i love the 12" radius as well because i am so used to playing that type of fretboard so it feels like exactly what im used to. i love the bridge on/off button that is something i think every strat needs. i have only put about 2-3 hours of play time and i can find a single thing im really dissatisfied with. even the tuners are great. i like the classic vintage style because of the way the wind up the end of the string. i did notice that the white trem arm handle pulled off very easily, i dont know if it is suppose to be screwed on or something but im sure a little loctite will fix that, i dont plan on jerking on that too much anyway. if you want a cheap strat that wont play, feel or sound like one get this, its name is as it suggests, a true player.

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