Fender Modern Player Starcaster - Black

6-string Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Laminate Maple Body, Alder Center Block, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Black
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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 Starcasters 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 a 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. In other words, your Starcaster can stay clean enough for jazz but you can 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 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 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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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 Black
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 0243102506

Customer Reviews

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What a find

I had no idea of this guitar's existence until my bass player mentioned it. I was immediately drawn to its amazing look. Once I played it I knew this guitar was a keeper. Great neck and super playable. I bought the GATOR case a week later; my SW rep confirmed the starcaster fit. This is my main guitar now for both my groups. Well worth the price.

Wow like it dropped out of heaven

I've been looking for a hollow body like this for years. It's playability and tone are awesome ! Plus hooked into Fender blonde reissue, wow that's where it's at for me ! Great guitar 

Great foundation. Great look

1) I am Professional musician: this IS my day job.2) I upgrade all my guitars to locking tuners and specific electronics. 3) would I recommend this guitar to someone else? In a heart beat. I look at foundational elements to every guitar I purchase due to the fact that I pretty much swap everything out anyways. With that said this review is based on if I kept everything stock. However I gave it the highest rating because the foundation blew away my expectations and I expected a lot. Pros: 1) sets up great (including intonation) (and NO dead frets)2) acoustically very woody sound but has more bite than I've experienced from other semi hollow. 3) look is amazing. (I got it in black)4) affordable5) so glad they they added the stop tail/tunomatic bridge as it destroys the old proprietary bridge system of the original. Of course that is IMOCons:1) tuners are less than to be desired for. Plus burs at the nut made tuning issues worse2) the sweep of the pots are either on or off. Range of tones were limited because of this. 3) the pups are muddy. So muddy in fact I dimed my highs and zeroed out the bass on my amp and still couldn't get any clarity out of 60's Vox circuit. 4) the screw screwing down into the pickgaurd from the top of the guitar was too long and under the pickgaurd was sunk into the finish a little bit. I put tact tap under it to prevent it for hitting the wood eventually Conclusion:Great foundation great look plays great and is affordable.Electronics and hardware upgrade is a must and you got yourself a fantastic guitar.
Music background: Musician and Luthier

Great Guitar

If you're in the market for sweet semi-hollow tonal options, this is very simply a great guitar at a great price. I kept checking it out at the local music store, trying in vain to talk myself out of it. In the end it just played and sounded much better than I would expect for this price range. I never write reviews, but after spending considerable time with this guitar I want to share the Modern Player Starcaster love. It would be 5 stars except that the first day I had it at home I managed to break the input jack,... twice. This is partly due to a vulnerable input location on a large body and partly due to the exceedingly flimsy jack plate. I would not let this deter you, but I won't gig with this one until I install a sturdier after-market jack. Regardless, I've already had hours and hours of great fun with this great guitar. Try it, you'll like it!
Music background: Semi-Pro

Great sounding guitar for short money.

Any time you can buy a guitar that sounds this good for under a grand you can't go wrong. The improvements Fender has made from the 70's version really make this guitar a sweet player and has some ear grabbing tone. I played it threw a Fender Super Sonic Twin that I also purchased from Sweetwater and was very impressed with how versatile this guitar is with this combo. Highly recommend trying this guitar. Only draw back is Fender does not make a HSC case yet to fit this guitar, but Gator does, so talk to your Sweetwater rep to hook you up. Also you will get Great!! service from Sweetwater.
Music background: Pro musician
See also: Semi Hollows, Fender, Fender Semi-hollowbody Guitars