Fender Deluxe Player's Strat (3-Color Sunburst)Item ID: StratDPM3SB
Solidbody Electric Guitar with Ash Body, Maple Neck and Fingerboard, and Three Vintage Noiseless Single-coil Pickups - 3-Color Sunburst
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The Rebirth of Fender's Original "Super Strat"!A few years back, FENDER® released a surprisingly upscale Strat® with a more surprisingly low price tag. Now, by popular demand, the company has released the Deluxe Player's Stratocaster®, an updated version of the former Super Strat®. Upgraded with American-made Vintage Noiseless™ pickups, this guitar not only sounds great ,but with a 12-inch neck radius and medium jumbo frets, it's a real workhorse of a guitar. And, don't forget about the push button switch that gives the player seven different pickup combinations!
Fender Deluxe Player's Strat at a Glance:
Superbly playable and supremely affordable
There's not another Strat in the entire Fender line that offers up so much "bang for the buck!" You start with that classic custom contoured Strat body with all its sleek lines. The solid ash body sports the popular three-color sunburst under a smooth polyester finish which contrasts nicely with the four-ply brown tortoiseshell pickguard and the gold plated hardware. You can bend notes or entire chords up or down with the vintage style synchronized tremolo unit, but you'll always stay in tune thanks to the ageless Leo Fender design. And consider this: There's no other Strat at this price point that gives you access to so many pickup voicings - seven in all! Best of all, this wonderfully playable guitar comes with a surprisingly affordable price tag.
The Trademark Strat Sound - Plus!
The original Strat had three single coil pickups, so it was able to produce sounds that no other guitar could deliver, particularly once Player's discovered they could lodge the three-position blade switch in those "in-between" positions to access neck / middle and bridge / middle pickup combinations. These were often erroneously referred to as the "out-of-phase" settings. The Deluxe Player's Strat ships with premium Vintage Noiseless Strat pickups and a five-way blade switch, so you can easily access the extra pickup voicings. But that's not all! Like the original Super Strat®, it adds a special push button that activates the bridge pickup in positions 4 and 5, giving the Deluxe Player's Strat seven possible pickup combinations for extraordinary tonal possibilities.
Fast Playing Maple Neck
Leo Fender wasn't afraid to "think outside the box" when it came to guitar designs - after all, he was an engineer, not a guitar player. In the 1950s and well into the 1970s, the blond natural maple neck became almost synonymous with Fender guitars. The Deluxe Player's Strat comes with a one-piece maple neck and fingerboard, but with a modern "C" shape and a slightly wider 12-inch radius for super smooth licks, runs and arpeggios. In keeping with contemporary player preferences, the fast playing neck is finished in a silky-smooth satin polyurethane.
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Marcy, Saint Louis, MO
Reviewsbased on 3 reviews
Superb twang with low noise
by Vito from CaliforniaI love this guitar, but I should mention that I'm not using it with the standard neck. I added a custom Warmoth baritone Strat neck (a perfect fit) because Fender doesn't make a baritone Strat (grrrrr... read more [+]...), but that's the only difference. Otherwise the guitar is a standard, stock Deluxe Player's Strat.
February 17, 2012
Music Background: Musician, Composer, Producer, Studio Owner
I specifically chose the Deluxe Player's body because it has the push-button switch that gives the two pickup combinations that are missing with the standard 5-way Strat switch â€” namely, all three pickups, and the bridge and neck pickups...which happen to be two of the coolest sounds on the guitar. All three pickups is a great sound for rhythm or accompaniment guitar, and the bridge+neck combination is just fabulous for twang leads with lots of chime (especially on a baritone).
I also chose this guitar because of the Vintage Noislessâ„˘ pickups. They're not completely noiseless, but then no pickup is. Even a humbucker will pick up electromagnetic fields that are strong enough or close enough. But I have to say that these noiseless pickups are a huge improvement over standard single coil pickups, noise-wise.
The big surprise for me was the sound of the middle pickup. On my '63 "L" Strat, it's the single-pickup sound I use the least. On the Deluxe Player's Strat, it's the one I use the most. In fact, it's the best single-pickup sound I've ever heard on any Strat I've ever played.
Oh...and for those who care, the bridge is American-made, as are the pickups. The volume and tone control set-up is standard Strat configuration, and the pots all have a nice, smooth, even taper. I wanted this guitar specifically because I needed absolutely clean twang, and it delivers that, big-time.
The finish on the body is perfect, and the drilling and fit are good on the pickguard and rear vibrato bridge spring cover (...er, you do know it's NOT a "tremolo" bridge...right?). I have to use all 5 springs and adjust them for greater tension for the heavier baritone strings, but the guitar easily accommodates that set-up. There are no intonation problems, either. Hitting the whammy bar doesn't knock the guitar out of tune.
The Deluxe Player's Strat is an impressive guitar -- well-made, superb twang, and great sound at a great price. In fact, I'm thinking about getting a second one and just leaving it set up for standard tuning. close [-]
by weeksie from ME, USAgreat guitar, sounds like a single coil but without the hum also, it has a great neck feel. 600 bucks for a $2000 guitar
February 2, 2008
Music Background: hobbyist-student
by MrMajstyk from North Hollywood, CAI 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.
October 8, 2012
Music Background: Pro Musician 30+ years
Now, maybe the fact that it was use... read more [+]d, 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.
(3 color Sunburst with rosewood fingerboard)
So, especially for CLEAN playing, this guitar is a TEN...no, make that an ELEVEN!! close [-]
Fender Deluxe Player's Strat (3-Color Sunburst)
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