Fender Modern Player Starcaster - Natural

6-string Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Laminate Maple Body, Alder Center Block, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - Natural
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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, 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. Is 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 Natural
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 1.65"
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 Nickel-plated Steel (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0243102521

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stunning beauty and sound

a re-introduction of a model from the 70's that warranted resurrection.I never had the opportunity to play one of those original starcasters but if they were as easy to play, and sound as good these I can't conceive why they were ever discontinued. It is versatile in how many genres it can accommodate,and is a dream to play.I read that the only con for those original starcasters was they didn't look like the other fenders.If that is true then it's time to put that puppy to rest,cause in a sea of guitars that all look the same, except for introducing new colors,it's refreshing to have a new look from the same makers that we have all come to trust and love.Just a note to all you guitar stores...in stead of having a hundred strats and telee's,why not take one down and put a starcaster up for customers to see and sample.I'd be willing to bet you won't be able to keep them in the store for very long.OHHH!!! and the price!!! No one will believe the low price making it obtainable for all !! Comes in three colors,all 3 finishes are stunning.Whether you're a collector or just looking for a guitar that will inspire you to play, you will not be disappointed.
Music background: originally trained in classical violin at 7 yrs old to 15 then the guitar bug bit and have been infected for the last 50 yrsguitar for the


I lucked out on this deal. The Starcaster showed up completely perfect. I'm guessing Sweetwater actually does the 50 point inspection on the guitars before they ship out. Also good communication from Sweetwater the whole way through. The Starcaster really blows me away. I absolutely love the look, feel, and design. I was not expecting it to be so nice at such a low price point. I got the guitar to take with me out on the road while I'm at work, but it's so nice and I have really taken to it, so I will leave it at home and take my old acoustic with. Something about this guitar just fits perfect for me. It's so much fun to play. I love the pick-ups and sounds that I get out of this Starcaster. It's doing a great job staying in tune also. I got lucky on this deal, I'm pretty picky about getting guitars and this one is perfect.

A must have for every guitarist

I remember when I held this guitar in my hand for the first time and it felt unbelievably comfy. There's nothing I can say that this guitar doesn't have. It looks stunning, feels super comfortable, you can play anything from smooth jazz to black metal with it and most importantly, you shouldn't sell your house to buy it! And it's just so unique in some ways. Maple fingerboard, set waist (which makes it feel super comfy on your lap), fender wide range z type humbuckers, where else can you find all these? I was going to buy a casino but I was really to lucky to accidentally find this in some guitar shop and yeah well after 5 minutes of playing I realized I'd pay for 5 casinos to get my hands on one of these , though I didn't have to. The headstock also looks super cool. Definitely check this baby out. It would've been better if there was some specific guitar case designed only for this due to its unique shape

Awesome guitar

This guitar is awesome and I was blown away by the quality. It is a lot nicer in person the pictures don't do this beauty justice. It plays nice and the neck feels great with the nice c shape. The pickups are awesome and all and all this is a great guitar for the money.

What a value. What a guitar.

When I saw this funky guitar I knew it was for me. I have owned a couple 335's but could never bond with the neck. The Starcaster is a semi with a a nice modern C shape neck that fits perfectly in my hand. In fact I haven't picked up an another guitar from my collection since it arrived last month. Not even for an overdub because this beast, and it is a beast is a tone master, a bit of a Swiss Army Knife. Fit n' Finish great. I would give it a perfect 5 stars but one of the volume pots is sticky. But I'm planning on replacing the pots and pups and getting it closer to its 70's glory. Stock from the factory it's still just an amazing guitar. I can't believe how affordable the Starcaster is. Get one while they last
See also: Semi Hollows, Fender, Fender Semi-hollowbody Guitars