The Fender Stratocaster is considered by many guitarists, including many of us at Music Experience, to be the classic solidbody electric guitar. Introduced in 1954, the Strat has flaunted its svelte body curves, tonal dexterity, and expressive vibrato in the capable hands of guitarists cross-genre. At once a working musician's axe and cultural icon, the Fender Player Series Stratocaster HSS Plus Top takes the grand tradition into the future with a figured maple top, a fast-action 22-fret maple neck, and a versatile trio of humbucker and single-coil alnico pickups to cover wide swaths of contemporary and classic music.
For their new Player Series guitars, Fender went back to the drawing board with updated radii for more historically accurate body shapes, new vintage-inspired finishes, and a classic logo that harkens back to the Fenders of yesteryear. But these smooth-playing instruments also look to the future with modern enhancements that include 22 fret necks, upgraded bridges for better sustain, and new Alnico 5 pickups that crank out legendary Fender tone by the boatload.
Though the original Stratocaster was first introduced more than 60 years ago, it's unquestionably more popular now than ever. The Player Series Stratocaster HSS Plus Top combines the guitar's sleek, elegant lines with the perfect blend of vintage and modern features. You start with the classic comfort-contoured alder body — maple capped, polyester finished, and crowned with a 3-ply parchment pickguard — and add to it a trio of Player Series alnico pickups and a fast, satin-backed, modern-playing maple neck.
The Player Series Strat HSS Plus Top is equipped for a wide range of musical styles, from modern high gain to classic surf and country. Neck and middle Alnico V single-coils deliver all the quack, spank, and sparkle you expect from a Strat. Behind them, a moderate-gain Alnico II humbucker adds chunk to rhythms and heat to leads.
In keeping with contemporary player preferences, the Player Series Stratocaster HSS Plus Top sports a comfortable modern C-shaped maple neck and a 9.5"-radius fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets. The neck is finished with a smooth satin polyurethane for a sleek, fast feel. With its sleek body contours and highly playable neck, it's no wonder that the Fender Stratocaster has remained one of the most popular guitars on the planet for decades.
The inspiring sound of a Stratocaster is one of the foundations of Fender. Featuring this classic sound—bell-like high end, punchy mids and robust low end, combined with crystal-clear articulation—the stunning Player Stratocaster HSS Plus Top is packed with authentic Fender feel and style. It’s ready to serve your musical vision, it’s versatile enough to handle any style of music and it’s the perfect platform for creating your own sound.
Designed for authentic Fender tone—with a bit of an edge—our Player Series pickups are crisp and articulate, a modern tweak of our classic sound.
This Stratocaster features a two-point tremolo bridge for smooth, superior tremolo action.
Breaking with tradition, we added a dedicated tone control for the bridge pickup, giving you more control over your sound in pickup positions one and two.
Adding another fret extends the range, while the “Modern C”-shaped neck profile is comfortable for almost any playing style.
The Player Stratocaster model’s sleek curves are hand-shaped to original specifications.
Each Player Stratocaster includes an “F”-stamped neck plate, leaving no doubt as to the instrument’s pedigree.
|Number of Strings||6|
|Top Material||Flame Maple|
|Body Finish||Gloss Polyurethane|
|Neck Shape||Modern C|
|Number of Frets||22, Medium Jumbo|
|Nut Material||Synthetic Bone|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||2-point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles|
|Tuners||Fender Standard Cast/Sealed|
|Neck Pickup||Player Series Alnico V Strat Single-coil|
|Middle Pickup||Player Series Alnico V Strat Single-coil|
|Bridge Pickup||Player Series Alnico II Humbucker|
|Controls||1 x master volume, 2 x tone (neck/middle, bridge), 5-way blade pickup switch|
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