2019 Fender Player Stratocaster MIM Appreciation

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by medownsouth, Mar 14, 2020.

  1. medownsouth

    medownsouth Tele-Meister

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    I recently posted another thread about paring way down on gear. I kept 2 guitars. One for standard tuning (my custom built tele) one for half step down (my 2019 player series strat).

    In terms of spec strat is pretty much by bucket list guitar, maple board, 9.5" radius modern C profile, 2 point trem w/ solid block, alnico pups, etc.

    I cannot recommend this make/model highly enough to other players. This is the first, truly first, guitar that I've owned that needed no modification from the factory notwithstanding a setup, and pickup adjustments to preference. The more I play it, the more I like it. Plays great, sounds great, and the price was right.

    If you're in the market for a strat, I don't see how you can do better @ this price point.

    Here's the full spec list (from my purchase).

    • Neck Material: Maple
    • Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back
    • Neck Shape: Modern "C"
    • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
    • Fingerboard Material: Maple
    • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
    • Number of Frets: 22
    • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    • Nut Material : Synthetic Bone
    • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
    • Position Inlays: Black Dot
    • Truss Rod: Standard
    • Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
    • Players Series Single Coil Pickups
    • 5-way Selector Switch
    • 3-Ply Tortoise Pickguard
    • Vol/Tone/Tone Controls
    • White Pickup Covers and Plastic Parts
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    Sweet guitar, love that color!
     
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    i thoroughly agree! I just got one a month ago and I love it. and I don't even hate the two bolt bridge! mine also needed nothing, it just needed to be spanked hard, like all Stratocasters.

    I don't know if mine was made in '19 or '20 and I don't care. a great guitar.
     
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    Just about to buy a sub-£900.00 Strat. The Players are the first of the entry-level Fenders that makes me think I don't need to step up in price to a 50s/60s Modified for a vintagey vibe with 9.5" fingerboard. Buy one of these and swap to vintage tuners... job done. So, buttercream or sunburst? Hmmmmm.
     
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    yes, vintage tuners would be a step up, but the ones on it work fine.

    mine is the butter cream. I like the color because I used to have a photo of Robin Trower playing a strat that looked a lot like this.
     
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  6. medownsouth

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    Have had zero issues with these, working great so far.
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    ^^^ Don't get me wrong, it's not that I think the vintage tuners are a step up from the ones on the Player - I just prefer vintage tuners, both for looks and when re-stringing.

    Anyway, I'm 99% committed to a new Classic 60s, sunburst... not many of them around now, although the Vintera 60s is practically identical.
     
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    I’ve heard this over the years from people, not liking the two point trem. Can anyone tell me why? As far as I can tell it’s a superior design to the old one.

    jh
     
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    kookaburra Tele-Afflicted

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    I tried one at a local shop. I liked it enough to consider a purchase, but I needed another guitar like a hole in the head! Still...
     
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    The only mod I had to do was put a spacer beneath the string tree. I cant put this guitar down! SSSSS2.jpg

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    tery Doctor of Teleocity

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    I like that Strat a lot :cool:
     
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    Same, added a small spacer. it’s getting a lot of playtime
     
  13. thunderbyrd

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    come on Bud, you know you gotta… see my sig. you want to be a great guitar player, don't you?

    I saw one on reverb for less than $600.
     
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    Love mine!

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  15. medownsouth

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    Lol. More better faster

    I’ve seen 2 sell on Reverb in the last day for less than 400. Got to be quick on that trigger finger
     
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    BTW - is yours coral pink or shell pink?
     
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    I bought my first strat last year as well. Ended up spending more the the Deluxe model with an ash body. It was spurred by the noisy AC hum in my shop where I play the most. Ultimately, I didn't bond with the vintage noiseless PUs and they got swapped out for Bootstrap classic 54s. Everything else was worth the upcharge tho: locking tuners, S1 switch (or whatever they call it), vintage fret gauge, lightweight ash body, even the sculpted heel. The PF fretboard has aged nicely since this pic, I've also "blacked" the knobs and PU covers
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    Yeah Ryan is doing some amazing work; every time I’ve ever need to replace that’s my go to
     
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    Shell pink
     
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