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Fender Deluxe Players Strat® Review

I bought this blue Fender Stratocaster in May, 2007. It is a very pretty guitar and it seems to be popular model by Fender. Read more about the Deluxe Players Strat® on Fender's website.

I bought this blue Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster in May, 2007. It is a very pretty guitar and it seems to be a popular model by Fender. Read more details about the Deluxe Players Strat® on Fender's website.

The Deluxe Player Stratocaster used to be called the "Super Strat". The difference is this one has been upgraded with American-made Vintage Noiseless™ pickups, and it features a 12� neck radius, Medium Jumbo frets and a push-button switch that gives you seven different pickup combinations!

Features * * * * *
It comes with 21 frets, 5-way selector, two tone knobs, vintage tuners and the vintage synchronized tremolo. The body is made of ash - mine is blue it is semit-transparent so the beautiful wood underneath is visible. It is slightly heavier than the alder strats, but not by much.

The neck has a 12 inch radius, scale length is 25.5� (648mm), and the shape of the neck is C-shape. The width at the nut is 1 11/16 (43mm). It is a very nice neck and it is easy to play. There are both maple and rosewood fingerboard options, and mine has the rosewood fingerboard. I usually prefer maple, but the ones in the store had some buzzing issues with the neck. I believe this neck contributes a fair amount to the good sound of the guitar. The nut is made of bone.

It comes with a 4-ply tortoise shell pickguard, and most people have told me a white aged pickguard would look better. Maybe so, but I don't this look anyway.

The pickups are the Vintage Noiseless single coils made by Fender. The nice thing about these is that are free of that 60-cycle hum that plagues single-coil guitars. I had heard a lot of mixed comments about these pickups before I tried the guitar, but I am not disappointed at all.

The Vintage Noiseless pickups have push-button switch between the tone knobs, and this button activates the bridge pickup in position 4 and 5. This makes it possible to use all three pickups together, it allows for more options for tone.

A standard Fender gig bag is included. It came with Fender Super Bullet strings but I changed them right away since they did not sound good. Must have been very old.

The hardware is all gold. I think it looks awesome. Some people are turned off by all the gold, but I like it. Makes it look fancy-schmancy!

Sound * * * *
This Strat sounds quite good. I was very impressed trying it in the store. The pickups are really quiet, and they sound very nice! No, it doesn't sound completely like a true single coil of vintage tone - it is more clear and "clinical", I guess you could call it. However, even thogh the tone is a little different, it sounds very nice and it sounds like a single coil to me. I just love the fact I can play loud on a stage with no hum. My favourite is the neck pickup. It works awesome for blues, and here is where I find the guitar sounds closest to a vintage single-coil pickup guitar.

The sound of the guitar unplugged is also loud and clear. I think this is because there are quality parts throughout the guitar. Compared to my other cheap guitars, this one rings out loud and clear when unplugged, and plugged in, it blows away my cheap guitars in the tone department. Much more clearer sound.

It is a very good vintage bridge because it has a big steel block, not the smaller zink blocks they used some years ago. The tone from the guitar will be bigger and more clear with a bigger block like this.

Quality * * * *
It is a good Fender made in Mexico. The setup was good off the bat, but I made some of my own adjustments. The neck is top-notch. The frets are nicely polished, and there are no buzzing issues at all. For me personally, playing a 12" neck is a new thing. It takes a little more work for the left hand to reach around certain chords for me, compared to the 9.5" necks I am used to. Still, this neck is so nice to play that I don't mind the 12" radius. It is fast and comfortable. I probably get stronger fingers and tendons playing a thicker neck, and I think a bigger neck helps with improving the tone too. It's simply a joy to play this guitar.

I set up my tremolo so it is floated, meaning I can pull the tremolo bar up a little as well as push down. This makes the guitar go out of tune a little, but it is to be expected since the tremolo is of the vintage style. Use lots of graphite powder in the nut - it helps it stay in tune.

Overall Rating * * * * *
It gets a solid 5 out of 5 from me because the price point is very good. It has a good sound, nice pickups, quality hardware and the ash body both looks and sounds good. It will last a long time, and it is very reasonably priced, mostly because it is made in Mexico. The difference in price between American strats and Mexico strats is quite a bit, while the difference in quality is not always that big. I highly recommend this guitar to anyone wanting a good-looking, good-sound and affordable Fender Strat. You can't really go wrong with this one.

October 1st, 2007 - Update

I replaced the stock neck with a MIM 60th Anniversary Edition maple neck. Here's what it looks like on my blue Deluxe Players Strat:

Video

See and hear a little video clip of the Deluxe Players Strat. It sounds very good I think!

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