If you've ever run across a Fender Lead at a swap meet or vintage guitar store, it's doubtless left an impression. These slimmed-down Strat alternatives from the late '70s and early '80s are still sought out today thanks to their hot-rodded tones, distinct visuals, and slinky playability — not to mention some high-profile users including post-rock royalty Roger Miller in his Mission of Burma days. The Player Series proudly reintroduces the Lead III back into the Fender fray with vintage-correct electronics and performance player upgrades (Modern "C" neck profile, 9.5" fingerboard radius) where it counts. The Lead III's more memorable features include a hardtail 6-saddle bridge, favored by rockers who prioritize tuning stability over arm vibrato, and the formidable dual-pickup electronics package. The Lead III's overwound alnico humbuckers are tailor-made for gain. Driven hard into your favorite tube amp, the Lead III gives you dynamite crunch and sustain. Engaging the coil-split toggle unearths classic single-coil Fender tones in positions 1 and 3, making the Lead III a real multitasker for stage and studio work.
The Player Series Lead III is a prime example of what Fender does best. From its hardware and finishes to its pots and pickups, the Lead III is a stunning reproduction of everything that made the original so collectible. Updates include a contoured Modern "C" maple neck with 22 medium-jumbo frets and a modern 9.5" fingerboard radius. This means greater playability for all sorts of playing styles, leads to chords. The Lead III's classic Fender finish options (Olympic White, Sienna Sunburst) are flawless and period correct. And we feel the Metallic Purple option is a proper spiritual successor to this much-ado'd classic lineup.
Like the original, the Player Series Lead III nets you two high-output humbuckers to spice up your licks with classic American heat and flavor. These are built with alnico elements to unearth a chunky, scooped, and modern response. A simple 3-way toggle and speedy master volume/tone knobs supply fast access to your favorite sounds.
A guitar like this covers a lot of ground onstage and in the studio. Flip the coil-split toggle, and you get Strat-like single-coil sound in positions 1 and 3. So whether you're searching for a quacky country lead or a smooth funk scratch, you'll find these and more in the Fender Player Series Lead III from Music Experience.
In response to high-quality, low-priced import guitars, Fender created the Lead Series in 1979, featuring a new solid-body design, hard-tail bridges and cool new wiring options. Appealing to a wide variety of players, the sleek new Lead models kicked off a fresh creative era in Fender’s history. The Player Lead III, a tribute to the original 1982-only model, features a set of hot alnico Player humbucking pickups, dual-toggle switches for pickup selection and coil-splits, and a modern "C" neck shape with medium jumbo frets. Available in Purple Metallic, as well as classic Olympic white and Sienna Sunburst versions. The Player Lead Series offers style, power and versatility in a comfortable, easy-to-play package.
Designed for authentic Fender tone—with a bit of an edge—our Player Series pickups keep a foot in the past while looking to the future.
Our Modern “C” neck is comfortable and slim for fast action and effortless bending.
Dual toggle switches offers tonal variety – the top provides pickup selection and the bottom splits the neck or the bridge pickup.
A hardtail bridge enhances vibration transfer resulting in increased sustain while the six individual saddles can be adjusted for precise intonation along each string.
|Player Lead III
|Number of Strings
|Number of Frets
|22, Medium Jumbo
6-Saddle String-through Body Hardtail with Block Saddles
|Player Series Alnico 2 Humbucker
Player Series Alnico 2 Humbucker
|1 x master volume, 1 x master tone, 2-way toggle phase switch, 3-way toggle pickup switch
|Fender USA, .010-.046
|Manufacturer Part Number