New to me Player Series Strat

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  1. Ringo

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    I picked this up recently, a nearly mint Player Series Strat, nice weight, nice woodgrain, the neck is comfortable.
    And of course being the incorrigible tinkerer that I am, I changed the pickguard to black, and I swapped the stock bridge for a Professional Strat bridge (which has a steel trem block and pop in arm and better saddles) it was an easy swap.
    I'm still getting the playing action dialed in, but overall it feels great and sounds great.

    I'm sure most know this but the Player Series replaces the MIM Standard Strat.
    I like the changes that Fender did, it has alnico pickups, same style bridge as the American 2 point tremolo albeit with a full size zinc block, the logo even looks better.
    Next string change I'll probably install a set of Hipshot staggered locking tuners that I have.



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    I like it!
     
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    That is a beauty !!

    Did you remove the back plate, or did it arrive like that ??

    I'm curious...
     
  4. Ringo

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    It had a white back tremolo cover plate, I'll probably pick up a black one.
    It's interesting that the trem spring and bridge routes are unfinished, the pickup / control routes have black grounding paint. I may wipe on some clear finish at some future point to seal it.
     
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    Very nice. Classic sunburst Strat - I love it.
     
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    Yesterday, I was playing one my two strats (see avatar photo) and seemed able to rip on it at will. It was one of those moments when everything was easy and sounded perfect. My thumb didn't hurt and everything was flowing cleanly. And for a moment, I thought, "Man, why don't you just sell everything and keep this? This is all you need." Of course, the moment passed.
     
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    Looks awesome! My Son has a MIM Standard P-bass and a Player Series P-Bass. The Player definitely seems a step up. They are great guitars at a great price. I love the two point trem - I have that one on two of my strats. Congrats and enjoy!
     
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    Looks great, congrats!

    Btw, is the neck rolled at all?

    You should give Highwood bridge saddles a look...

    Cheers, Buzzgrowl
     
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    Nice! Congratulations.
     
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    I've been looking at one. How's the neck?
     
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    Nice!
     
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    Looks brand new! Beautiful guitar, congrats.
     
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    I enjoy my player strat. Very nice guitars and the necks are very good. I put some 57/62's in mine.
     
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    I have a set of Highwood saddles, I may install them at some point but going to try the stock saddles first, the stamped Fender American Strat saddles are a lot better than the ones they use on the MIM Strats.
     
  16. Ringo

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    The neck feels good to me it's what I'd call a medium C shape, no sharp fret edges, I've had a lot of Fender necks where you could feel the skunk stripe on the back, even USA made necks, this one is finished well.
    The shape / radius etc.. is a very personal thing so you may want to try one out at a store if you can.
     
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    Thanks. I like a bigger neck but I'm sure it's a one size fits most. Beautiful guitar and happy NGD!
     
  18. Leon Grizzard

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    When you say easy swap, how easy? Drill holes? I'm new to Strats; I just got a Player.
     
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    I wouldn't say it's a big neck, feels pretty similar to the American Special and American Standard necks to me.
     
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    The Player Series has the same style bridge as the American Strats with the 2 point bridges, American Standard, American Professional, Ultra, Deluxe would all interchange.

    I found a deal on an American Professional tremolo bridge which has a steel block pop in tremolo arm and better saddles than the Player series, so rather than upgrade the parts on the Player I just swapped bridges and am selling my Player tremolo bridge.

    No drilling, it was a real easy swap, as the bridge just rests against the 2 studs, you just pull the springs out of the block and the bridge comes right out. You may want to loosen the screws on tremolo spring claw first , that makes it easier to take out the springs and to reinstall them.
     
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