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Fender player series

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Gregorski, Jun 18, 2018.

  1. SAguitar

    SAguitar Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    There's this group of people that work in the marketing department, and for better or worse, they have to keep changing things to justify their jobs, or just to do something.
     
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    Silverstrat69 Strat-Talker

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    I noticed that too. Either the guy was full of it, or someone from Fender contacted him with an offer he couldn't refuse ;)
     
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    rocknrollrich Senior Stratmaster

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    They look pretty much like an American standard (or series, whatever).

    2 point trem
    22 frets
    Spaghetti logo
    "Better" pickups.

    The only thing that looks different is the truss plug is still black plastic.

    Im confused as to why fender would do that.
    Why would someone pay double for their American version of the same guitar?
    Unless the quality is so disparate between the two.
    Ive yet to see a player series in person, so I have no idea, but how different could the quality be?
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    That's the very question I first asked in the late 70s when I first held a Tokai... :p
     
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    RL21980 Strat-O-Master

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    Buttercream maple makes me hungry. Just sayin'.
     
  6. Yogi

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    They probably figured that the person that would buy one isn't going to buy the other no matter what. If they didn't offer this model, I doubt the person that would buy this would be buying a new MIA model . Buying a used MIA with the same features doesn't help Fender. At least this way they might capture a few of those people. If they don't change the MIM standard, why buy a new one of those either when there are thousands out there for cheaper with the same specs? The mim standard hasn't had a major change 2006 and a minor one in 2008. thats over a decade worth of used models you are competing with. They had to do something.
     
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    PF Twanger Strat-Talk Member

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    Yogi, you are well named. That's the most astute assessment I've seen yet. Don't forget to add that a new model means a new review in all the magazines and new web videos as well!
     
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    BuddyHollywood Strat-Talker

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    I think Fender is thinking global and are positioning the Player series to replace the previous American Standards in the minds of the new generation. This is the new meat and potatoes line with the American Professional series being the more elite line right under the Custom Shop.
     
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    Good reviews keep coming
     
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    that is what i've been thinknig to. they need to keep players hooked so they offer the Squiers cheap and get you playing a Fender then you mve onto the MIM line and they hope you continue on to a US model. of course they make money every step of the way and i'd guess that the MIM guitars sell way better than the US ones at this point. they want to make money so they are improving the line that makes them the most money.
     
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    Folk_Hogan Senior Stratmaster

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    Am I the only one that hates these tuners and thinks that Fender should only use the classic vintage style?
     
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    Figured you've maybe had your fingers on it in some way or another. :)
     
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    jstallings Strat-Talk Member

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    That looks pretty killer! Nice job. I like the stripeys around the pickguard and the “Strat” logo
     
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    Bluestrat83 Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    This is other review comparing the new player to the standard... it looks that fender didn’t cheap out on anything, they are even using American blocks (or something similar). Serious value
     
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    I went to my local Sam Ash last night and tried out 5 different Player Stratocasters. They're excellent guitars for sure...however, after trying them out, my desire to buy one has waned. The necks on all I tried were identical and, when compared side by side with several new Standard Stratocasters, it was evident that the Players were a touch thinner in depth than the Standards. The American Professionals in the store had much thicker necks. So, in the end, the Player Stratocaster is not for me.
     
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    enchantpth44 Strat-Talker

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    People buy new because they want a new instrument not a used one :)
     
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    Stratty Senior Stratmaster

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    I think these new player models look pretty cool. A nice middle ground between the now discontinued standards. The Players Jaguar looks really cool as well.
     
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