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Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar  

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The Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS—throughout its history, Fender® has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by o...Read More

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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.

Case sold separately.

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

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    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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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

    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great guitar!!

    By sessions

    from Houston, TX

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar and plays very well! Definitely recommend this guitar for anyone looking to either start learning or continue improving their skills!

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      5.0

      Great guitar!!

      By sessions

      from Houston, TX

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

        Bought for lessons in studio and very pleased with everything about this guitar! Definitely recommend!

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        5.0

        Incredible value

        By Gero

        from Chicago

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Great Overall Quality

        Cons

        • Adjustments needed

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

        This Modern Player is my FIFTH Stratocaster. I have an American Deluxe, a Mexican Standard and a couple Squiers. When I first encounters a Modern Player Strat I was unaware of what I was playing, thinking I was playing a Custom Shop model. I was dumbfounded when I saw it was a Fender "Crafted in China" model. The feel of the neck is so refined it is hard to believe that this neck is on the lowest end of the Fender line (before getting into Squiers). I was sold on the neck alone.

        The unit I got wasn't set up properly and had some fret-out when bending. I set it up and cured almost all of that. The guitar initially didn't hold tune, but I came to learn from my local service center that it wasn't the nut or the tuners, but the tremelo was tightened down too much. Once that was adjusted it held tune perfectly.

        The nut was ok but the strings were buried a bit. I was able to file off the part of the nut exposing the strings properly. I had thought that the nut was the problem with the tuning issue, but no, it was the trem.

        This guitar has a very vintage sound which I think is aided by the vintage tuners. They aren't the best tuners as they are little fussy, but more than adequate. Also, it comes with two butterfly string trees. It didn't need both and I changed the one remaining tree to a roller tree and plugged the other hole.

        Bottom line it is a very good guitar out of the box if it is set up. With a little tweaking mine is excellent and easily competes with my $1700 American Deluxe for feel, and play-ability. Some new tuners pickups will turn it into a guitar that rivals any.

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        5.0

        A steal

        By smolson

        from Champaign, IL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • 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:

          Got this guitar open box at a good discount. Best bang for the buck I could ask for. Even at the current price it's a bargain. Got the solid white model and it's flawless. Got a great classic look. Neck is beautiful as is the fret board. The frets were all perfectly seated and neck was straight. This is my first guitar with open slot tuners so that's a bit off putting but I'm sure I'll get used to them. Guitar has good tone and sustain, feels great to play. I have no complaints. I would recommend this guitar to anyone who is looking for a Fender for a good price. At the very worst you might have to spend for a basic set up or possibly upgrade the pickups and the machine heads depending on your preferences.

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          4.0

          Great guitar

          By Kcox

          from Las cruces, NM

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

            Great sound for the price. Love it!

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            5.0

            This one is worth your time and money.

            By Rick

            from Brownstown, Indiana

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • 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 guitar is solid, has an excellent playing neck, and the tone quality is superb. Silver star burst color is absolutely beautiful. No disappointments here.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Guitar

              By Godzilla

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                Great Strat. It looked as if it just came off the assembly line with some saw dust and debri included with the packaging. However, after cleaning it up an removing the plastic pick guard cover I found the HHS to be quite a gem. With a little TLC and tweaking this will be a go to guitar for just about any type of music one can pick.

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                4.0

                Great Beginner Fender !

                By Stevie40

                from Far West, TX

                About Me Novice

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                  I traded up from a similar priced Ibanes, and this guitar was way better. I have read similar reviews on fender guitars and they said that the pickups were too weak, but for me the pickups were perfect ! Tone from this guitar is clean and clear even with heavy distortion on the bridge p/u. Have not played small venues yet which I plan to do ( family and friends), but this guitar should work well ! Even the wang bar works well w/o going out of tune too fast to boot !

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Sounds like a Strat!

                  By davernoise.com

                  from Illinois

                  About Me Experienced

                  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 is the first Strat I've owned. As soon as I plugged it in, it was like magic! Wow! There's the Strat sound! No modifications needed. If you're thinking about it, just get it!

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Who would of thunk it...

                      By AlienRocker

                      from Roswell, NM.

                      About Me Professional Musician

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                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Needs Better Tuners

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording
                      • Rock Concerts

                      Comments about Fender Modern Player Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

                      So I was looking for an HSS strat with rosewood to add to my collection. Looked at the deluxe, MIA std and MIM. Then I ran across this gem. First thoughts were "MIC?? It's got to be aweful". Then started reading reviews on this guitar. Needless to say that I decided to try it out. Recieved it in about 3 days and haven't put it down since. As most all guitars it needed a little set up and I changed the strings out for a set of nickle bullet 10s. I have found that the fit, finish, action, frets, electronics and overall feel of the guitar is superb. My only ding would be the tuners, but not a deal breaker. I am shocked by the level of quality of this MIC strat as opposed to it's MIA and MIM counterparts. Definately a gig worthy machine.

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