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Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar   

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The return of a fabled and seldom-heard Fender name from the 1960s.

The Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS—throughout its history, Fender® has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic™, Mustang® and Musicmaster® models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on our most revered instruments-all with outstandingly attainable value.

The Modern Player Stratocaster® HSS offers the tonal versatility of two Modern Player single-coil pickups and a full-throated Modern Player humbucking pickup at the bridge, with the addition of the second tone knob serving as a push-pull coil-split switch for the bridge pickup. Other features include an alder body, C-shaped maple neck, rosewood fretboard with 9.5” radius and 22 jumbo frets, five-way pickup switching, three-ply pickguard, vintage-style synchronized tremolo bridge, vintage-style tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.

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FEATURES
  • Body Material: Alder
  • Body Shape: Stratocaster®
Neck
  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Jumbo
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Nut Width: 1.650” (42 mm)
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Electronics
  • Pickup Configuration: H/S/S
  • Bridge Pickup: Modern Player Strat® Pickup (Bridge)
  • Middle Pickup: Modern Player Strat® Pickup (Middle)
  • Neck Pickup: Modern Player Strat® Pickup (Neck)
  • Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1.(Neck/Middle Pickups), Tone 2.(Bridge Pickup)
Hardware
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Bridge: Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Auxiliary Switching: Push/Pull Rear Coil Selector Switch on Tone Control 2
  • Case sold separately

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FenderModern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 30 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (24)
  • Good feel (24)
  • Good tone (23)
  • Good pick up (16)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (24)
  • Jamming (23)
  • Recording (17)
  • Rock concerts (11)
  • Small venues (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Modern Player Strat Review

Buy this guitar if:your are looking to upgrade a well constructed guitar made from good quality woods..want a good quality guitar to play in the basement with your buddies.Don't buy this guitar...Read complete review

Buy this guitar if:your are looking to upgrade a well constructed guitar made from good quality woods..want a good quality guitar to play in the basement with your buddies.Don't buy this guitar if:you play metal and need to gig before swapping Pups, pots...
I like the push/pull split-coil. feature and HSS configuration. Also, 22 frets on a non-USA strat is a plus. The latter is one reason I stayed away from the MIM Strats. Vintage style tuners, vintage style tremolo, Alder body, Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard, nut is synthetic bone. 9.5" fingerboard radius.
I bought this guitar with the understanding that the electronics and hardware might be sub-par. My intent was to upgrade the humbucker with a Pearly Gates and swap out the single coils, as well as the caps/pots. While I think they sound pretty good, especially the single coils I am going through with the upgrade. The humbucker has pretty good definition but lacks the punch I like in a 'bucker. The split coil is a tad thin but it is certainly functional enough. Nice glassy strat tones from the single coils. The pickguard was the most disappointing thing about the guitar. Very cheap and has the feel of soft rubber. I compared it to my Epi LesPaul Custom ( yes, it is a Silverburst, too) and Fender obviously cut a corner here. The Vintage Tuners did their job and the Rosewood finger board is fast and smooth as butter. Frets are smooth and seated properly. The body is Alder not that softwood junk (Agathis) you find on Squires. The Maple neck was smooth and straight. Exceptional fit and finish. I got exactly what I hoped for...an inexpensive but well-made guitar that can be something special after a few upgrades. Vintage style tremolo seems like the one you might find in a MIM. I actually might keep it. Don't let the "Made in China" throw you. My MIC Epi Les Paul compares well to my Gibson Black Beauty in build quality. Besides, where do you think your iPhone was made? MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE THE STRINGS BEFORE PLAYING. I put 009 Boomers and it made a HUGE improvement over the Fender strings.
Even with the stock electronics you cannot beat this guitar for the money. Built at least as well, if not better than the MIM, although I think the MIM has superior electronics and pickguard. I have 4 kids and can't just drop 1000-2000 bucks on a new guitar anymore, so I like to find inexpensive but well made ones to upgrade over time. That is what this guitar is. Word of the wise to you single guys. Get your expensive gear before your married and have kids

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I wanted to fall in love ....But.

Packaged very well.Paint job was flawless.Got the white one.Weight was excellent.Vintage tuning gears nice.Tremelo was good aswell.Now for the bad.Input jack nut had to be tightened,no big deal.Setup was needed,once again not a...Read complete review

Packaged very well.Paint job was flawless.Got the white one.Weight was excellent.Vintage tuning gears nice.Tremelo was good aswell.Now for the bad.Input jack nut had to be tightened,no big deal.Setup was needed,once again not a big deal.Major problem was the fret job.Over rounded edges,too flat.Couldn't feel them.Not alot of sustain.I wanted to keep this guitar.So try one out thouroughly for yourself before you buy,like you should with any instrument.I'll send this one back and look again in future.For the price you should take a look.The exchange policy was EASY.So don'y be afraid to try it out.Nice guitar.Mine just wasn't.

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(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Modern Player Strat Review

By Richard Fondo Jr

from Orlando

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Buy this guitar if:your are looking to upgrade a well constructed guitar made from good quality woods..want a good quality guitar to play in the basement with your buddies.Don't buy this guitar if:you play metal and need to gig before swapping Pups, pots...
I like the push/pull split-coil. feature and HSS configuration. Also, 22 frets on a non-USA strat is a plus. The latter is one reason I stayed away from the MIM Strats. Vintage style tuners, vintage style tremolo, Alder body, Maple neck, Rosewood fretboard, nut is synthetic bone. 9.5" fingerboard radius.
I bought this guitar with the understanding that the electronics and hardware might be sub-par. My intent was to upgrade the humbucker with a Pearly Gates and swap out the single coils, as well as the caps/pots. While I think they sound pretty good, especially the single coils I am going through with the upgrade. The humbucker has pretty good definition but lacks the punch I like in a 'bucker. The split coil is a tad thin but it is certainly functional enough. Nice glassy strat tones from the single coils. The pickguard was the most disappointing thing about the guitar. Very cheap and has the feel of soft rubber. I compared it to my Epi LesPaul Custom ( yes, it is a Silverburst, too) and Fender obviously cut a corner here. The Vintage Tuners did their job and the Rosewood finger board is fast and smooth as butter. Frets are smooth and seated properly. The body is Alder not that softwood junk (Agathis) you find on Squires. The Maple neck was smooth and straight. Exceptional fit and finish. I got exactly what I hoped for...an inexpensive but well-made guitar that can be something special after a few upgrades. Vintage style tremolo seems like the one you might find in a MIM. I actually might keep it. Don't let the "Made in China" throw you. My MIC Epi Les Paul compares well to my Gibson Black Beauty in build quality. Besides, where do you think your iPhone was made? MAKE SURE YOU CHANGE THE STRINGS BEFORE PLAYING. I put 009 Boomers and it made a HUGE improvement over the Fender strings.
Even with the stock electronics you cannot beat this guitar for the money. Built at least as well, if not better than the MIM, although I think the MIM has superior electronics and pickguard. I have 4 kids and can't just drop 1000-2000 bucks on a new guitar anymore, so I like to find inexpensive but well made ones to upgrade over time. That is what this guitar is. Word of the wise to you single guys. Get your expensive gear before your married and have kids

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

K Bailey

By Geezerdrummer

from Hammond Indiana

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

A great guitar. You"ll be surprized of the Quality for the cost. I can't say anything bad about it, besides the cost of haveing it set up. Who knows I might have 1 out of a 1,000 that has to get set up.
First off, to the gentleman that believed the pick-gaurd was made of rubber. Just peel off the plastic off and you'll find out that the pick guard is plastic. I love the the color, the black and grey. I up graded the tuners to Schaller locking tuners. But if you get this guitar It has to be setup. The action is fair when I got it. The screws that hold the neck on were lose. So plan on getting this guitar set up to make the guitar right.
After I got the guitar back from being setup I did'nt believe it was the same guitar. The action was 100% better. the whole guitar plays differant. It plays and looks like a guitar that cost several $'s more. This guitar is a keeper.
Even if You buy this guitar and have to have it set up It's worth stIll worth buying one. I would recomend buying this guitar to any of my musician friends. It's a great guitar and plan on keeping it forever. I've played alot of high end guitars in my 56yrs.I would rate this guitar as a high end guitar without the high end price.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Review of Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar Silver Burst

By tdiers

from Okinawa, Japan

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Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Overall an awesome axe! I am greatly surprised and amazed at quality of this guitar.
Standard controls and pickup configuration but with the addition of the bridge humbucker and the push pull coil tap on the rear tone control. The trem and tuners are fantastic. Smooth frets, great action, beautiful finish.

It came out of the box in perfect condition. Smooth fret, great action, beautiful finish. The silver burst is unique. It looks all black when viewed from an angle and only shows bright silver when viewed straight on. A Very well made guitar! Fender logo!

You can't get better than this for this price! It beats any higher priced Squier model. Made in the same factory in China. But, IMO a top quality guitar.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

MODERN PLAYERS STRATOCASTER

By ME-pSqt.

from St.Louis

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

    This is better than any Strat I've ever owned, and I've had vintage Americans, tons of Mexicans. The neck, action, and frets are the best I've ever played. The finish is flawless. I can't say enough good things about this guitar..the Chinese have guitar building down to a science.I'm going to buy another one before somebody wises up and raises the price another 300 bucks.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great value!!

    By TrueReviewMan

    from Los Angeles

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    Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

    I've been playing guitar for over 25 years. I'm always looking for a great value. Well, this is it. Fender has made a great strat, for an entry level price. I would get one (or two), before they raise the price. Good job Fender!
    Pretty standard features for a Strat. The single coil / humbucker is great, as well as the split coil feature. The only feature I would mark down are the tuners. That's the only reason I marked the "features" category to an 8. Stock "ping" tuners do not hold real well. I have already put Grovers on and bingo, the guitar stays in tune like a dream. All in all though, the overall features are just fine.
    This is where I was pleasantly surprised. For a "Made in China" strat, the quality is well above any other similar priced guitar out there!! The finish, playability, and overall feel of the guitar was really great. I was surprised that it was relatively playable right out of the box. Fenders are notorious for horrible factory set-ups. Not this one. Only a few tweaks to fit my preferences, and it was ready to go. Feels real solid in my hands. I would put it up against any MIM strat....The only thing I might change (besides the tuners), are the pickups. However, that's simply due to my taste, not because the pick-ups are poor quality. They sound pretty decent!! (However, just because it has a humbucker, understand this guitar is NOT made for metal).
    Fantastic value. 10 all the way. For a genuine Fender strat, the value is unmatched. Don't get the Squier (although, they have some really nice Classic Vibes out there), get the Modern Player. You won't find a better value for the price. Sure, it's not an American Strat or a PRS, but it's WELL worth the small price tag.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    I wanted to fall in love ....But.

    By Huha14

    from Queensbury,New York

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good price
    • Good Tone
    • Quality Finish

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

    Packaged very well.Paint job was flawless.Got the white one.Weight was excellent.Vintage tuning gears nice.Tremelo was good aswell.Now for the bad.Input jack nut had to be tightened,no big deal.Setup was needed,once again not a big deal.Major problem was the fret job.Over rounded edges,too flat.Couldn't feel them.Not alot of sustain.I wanted to keep this guitar.So try one out thouroughly for yourself before you buy,like you should with any instrument.I'll send this one back and look again in future.For the price you should take a look.The exchange policy was EASY.So don'y be afraid to try it out.Nice guitar.Mine just wasn't.

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Follow Up Review

    By Richard Fondo Jr

    from Orlando

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      I have owned this guitar for 10 months now and couldn't be happier. The only issue I have is the input jack periodically needs tightening. Wide range of tones with these pickups. The humbucker initially sounded weak but after being broken in, it really growls. Thrash is about the only genre this guitar can't do. The single coils give you the quack and spank and great Mark Knopfler, SRV tones. Excellent build quality. I really don't see any difference between this guitar and my old American Standard. The Silverburst finish is beautiful. I am so impressed that I intend on buying the MP Thinline Tele and Marauder. Get this guitar!

      (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good deal

      By the duke

      from soulville

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      Good deal for the price. Shipping was fast

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      this guitar is great

      By fenderfreak37

      from idaho

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is a great deal for the green mine has a smooth neck and good pickups the only con is it has cheap baby Potentiometers

          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great value

          By Yesterday's Wine

          from Southeastern KY

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          Pros

          • Excellent Paint Job
          • Feels very solid
          • Frets And Fretboard Nice
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

          • Pick Ups A Little Weak

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

          I love being able to have the humbucker with the coil tap. It feels solid. I might replace the pickups later, but so far I do like what I am getting from it. Good tone. It is a beautiful guitar. An actual strat for under $400 is a steal.

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