Hot news for Fender fans! Fender is planning new Player Plus models with some cool specs and eye-catching finishes. The leaked models appeared on online shops in Europe – before being hastily removed. Made in Mexico, the new models include both guitars and basses, and are priced attractively. Let’s dive in!
Leak: Fender Player Plus Series
The new Fender Player Plus Series comprises the usual suspects. The range includes Nashville Telecaster, Stratocaster (one with an HSS configuration), Telecaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass models, and they all come in at around €990/GBP 899/US 911 each, or thereabouts.
All models feature Player Plus Noiseless pickups (with active electronics for the bass models), locking short post tuners on the guitars, and either maple or Pau Ferro fingerboards across the range. You can also expect alder bodies and smooth satin finish maple necks with a 12″ radius.
New range, new colours
My favourite part of the series are the new colour options. The new range will come in Tequila Sunrise, Cosmic Jade, Silver Smoke, Aged Candy Apple Red, Olympic Pearl, Opal Spark, 3-Color Sunburst and Butterscotch finishes.
The HSS Player Plus Series Cosmic Jade Stratocaster reminds me a lot of the Eric Clapton 7-Up model from a few years ago, due to its similar shade of green. Also, it’s nice to see those Nashville Telecaster models there, as the extra pickup is fun. There are some nice colour choices here as well, including an Aged Candy Apple Red finish.
Jazz Bass and Precision Bass
The basses in the series include the classics, a Player Plus Jazz Bass and Player Plus Precision Bass. Both models have Fender’s HiMass bridge, noiseless pickups and comprehensive active electronics with Volume, Pan, Treble Boost/Cut, Midrange Boost/Cut, and Bass Boost/Cut controls.
I spotted these new models on some official European Fender dealer sites, and also on Reverb.com being listed by UK dealers. If you are quick, you may spot them on Google yourself. However, I also reckon it’s only a matter of time before Fender will try and get the listings pulled down!
There are no details as yet on the main Fender website, so we might have to wait a while before these models are officially announced.