Fender Modern Player Starcaster - Aged Cherry Sunburst

6-string Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Laminate Maple Body, Alder Center Block, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Aged Cherry Sunburst
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A Forgotten Fender with Semi-hollow Mojo!

A blast from the past, Fender's Modern Player Starcaster semi-hollowbody guitar revives one of Fender's more obscure (yet very cool) designs of the past. Back in the mid '70s, Fender introduced a guitar with a laminated maple body, a solid alder center block, and a pair of humbucking pickups. Although many discarded the Starcaster as too un-Fender-like, a few up-and-coming guitarists saw it as the extremely dynamic and expressive instrument that it is. Pick up a Fender Modern Player Starcaster from Sweetwater, and you'll know why.

Fender Modern Player Starcaster Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Hollowbody resonance and vibe meets solidbody power and sustain
  • Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups deliver sweet full-voiced tone
  • An obscure semi-hollowbody with a stellar cast of star endorsements
Hollowbody resonance and vibe meets solidbody power and sustain

Like the original mid-to-late-'70s models, this Fender Starcaster gets its extra mojo by combining the best of hollowbody style with solidbody punch and stability. Firmly rooted in a solid alder center block, the Adjusto-Matic bridge and anchored tailpiece provide sustain unavailable to hollowbody guitars. The laminated maple body, on the other hand, gives your Starcaster the depth of tone you'd only expect from a hollowbody. Together, these characteristics provide you with an incredibly wide range of tone we're sure you'll enjoy playing with.

Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups deliver sweet full-voiced tone

With such open and complex harmonics generated by its semi-hollowbody construction, Fender decided to outfit their Starcaster with a pair of their Wide Range humbuckers. By nature, these humbuckers have a gentle, wide-open sound that responds well to brighter overtones. They also break up into a satisfying growl when pushed hard. Is other words, your Starcaster can stay clean enough for jazz, but you can also pull enough texture out of it for rock or blues any day.

An obscure semi-hollowbody with a stellar cast of star endorsements

To call the original Fender Starcaster an obscure instrument is something of an understatement. Lets put it this way, the original model is so rare that artists such Dave Keuning of The Killers, Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog, and Jamie Cook of Arctic Monkeys all scored some cool-guy points by playing them. Heck, it's a tradition dating back to Trey Anastasio of Phish and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead. Of course, these are all highly talented musicians who could have chosen to play any number of other guitars. From its comfortable offset-waist design to its classy bound F-holes, this Fender Modern Player Starcaster will show you exactly what's to love about this amazing instrument.

Fender Modern Player Starcaster Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Fender's original semi-hollowbody electric guitar reborn for a new generation of guitarists
  • Laminated maple body with solid alder center block blends hollowbody resonance with solidbody sustain
  • A pair of Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups deliver massive dynamic range and a wide-open sound
  • Independent tone and volume controls for each pickup provides you with a full spectrum of sound
  • Bound F-holes and amp-style control knobs add a touch of vintage class
The Modern Player Starcaster delivers jazz box charm with Fender style!

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Additional Media

Electric Guitar Buying Guide
Fender Modern Player Starcaster Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Demo

Tech Specs

Body Type Semi-hollowbody
Body Shape Starcaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Laminated Maple with Alder Center Block
Top Material Laminated Maple
Body Finish Polyurethane
Color Aged Cherry Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape C
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Adjusto-Matic with Anchored Tailpiece
Tuners Cast
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Wide Range Humbucker
Bridge Pickup Wide Range Humbucker
Controls 2 x volume, 2 x tone, 3-way pickup toggle
Strings Fender USA (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0243102531

Customer Reviews

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Fender modern player Starcaster

I wanted one of these when they were out in 1976, but couldn't afford one.When I saw they brought it back, I jumped. Everything about this guitar is AWESOME. I've never been a fan of humbuckers, but I find that Fender knows something about them that no one else knows.
Music background: 50's rock and my passion--Country

Starcaster Review

I like the look of this guitar; for playing this guitar no one will mistake me, to be the next Hendrix or the next Clapton -- I can be alone to be myself... Still I'm not sure this is the exact guitar for me, but it seems to fit my songs; still to many unknowns....The weight is good; it plays and feel good; and with the two volume and two tone balancing the pickups give a more complete sound; although mastering the balancing of all four knobs along with amp settings is a continuous process more than a one-an-done....It makes me smile just to see it....


When I first saw this guitar with it's odd shape, I thought, "man what an ugly guitar." But when I played it I loved the sound and the shape kept it balanced on my leg unlike the bottom heavy Coronado. Also I've come to like the shape which makes the guitar more distinctive and favors the Fender Jaguar shape. I would have given it a 5 rating except it has a little more sustain than I'm looking for. I'm experimenting with different strings and amp settings to see if I can get the sustain more to my liking. I looked at semi-hollow body guitars for 2 years before I choose this one. And I would definitely buy it again.
Music background: I've been playing guitar for 52 years and I worked as a night club musician when I was younger.

sweet guitar at a great sweetwater price

hard time getting over made in china but i'm glad I did.guitar plays and sounds great,action was perfect for me ,I don't like super low action.intonation was perfect,.fit and finish was great, couldn't find any thing on guitar to complain about..i do think fender could give a descent gig bag for it.
Music background: local muscian playes in bands

A very nice gitar indeed

I have been desirous of this guitar since I saw it for the first time back in the seventies. I think Fender did the right thing by adding the center block and a stop tail piece. The originals are rumored to have tuning issues. I don't know if that is a fact or not, but the new construction will go a long way in preventing those rumored problems. I think it looks better too!It played great right out of the box. Good setup and intonation. (Thanks to the 55 point inspection that Sweetwater does).The fit and finish is excellent. I am on the fence about the headstock design although I am leaning more towards liking it because it is true to the original design. The tone is an excellent departure from the standard Strat tone. The pickups are clear and crisp and they work well when overdriving my amp. The pickup selector moves in a horizontal plane which to me, is not a natural way of moving your pick hand when changing pickups. That is my only gripe. Fortunately, I own the correct tool for tightening these types of nuts so I rotated mine to a more suitable angle for me. You may like it the way it is, so take this complaint with a grain of salt. If I could specify my preferences, I would ask for a rosewood finger board as I have never been comfortable with maple fingerboards.That being said, all in all it is a home run.
Music background: Jack of all trades, master of none.
See also: Semi Hollows, Fender, Fender Semi-hollowbody Guitars