What were they thinking??!?

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  1. hwy1strat

    hwy1strat Strat-O-Master

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    Granted…..it was a great idea to put Noiseless pickups in the latest series of Player Strats.
    But this Humbucker in the HSS Player Strat is butt fugly!!
    I, personally, have never liked the Wide Range Humbuckers……IMHO….Fender just can’t do humbuckers!
    They’d be better off putting an exposed bobbin humbucker in there!
    The offset pickup cover screws are just off putting and upsetting to me!

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  2. StratMike10

    StratMike10 Dr. Stratster Gold Supporting Member

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    The only offputting things on that strat are the heinous ice pop color and the sad pale fb.
     
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    Slacker G Strat-O-Master

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    I do not like pickup covers on humbuckers
     
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    guitarface Most Honored Senior Member

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    Looks fine to me.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    I would like it better with a darker FB but I like the paint job. Then Again, I painted this a couple years ago.
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    Polarbear Don Poleone

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    I like the middle colour of the gradient. That’s it.
     
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    Cerb Anti conformist reformist

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    It's the modern version of a wide range humbucker.

    I've had that pickup in a Tele and it sounds absolutely amazing.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fender_Wide_Range
     
  8. hrstrat57

    hrstrat57 Strat-Talk Member

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    Pretty ugly Strat

    But if it plays and sounds good I could rock it. I’d probably have to darken that yukki fretboard tho
     
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    Baelzebub Dr. Stratster

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    Verklempt?

    First world problem.
     
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    CalicoSkies Most Honored Senior Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I actually like how it looks (and the guitar overall), though it's not my favorite color. The Player Plus series seems to be what has replaced the MIM Deluxe (and the older Deluxe Player's Strat), but I'm a bit disappointed they got rid of some of the older colors (such as the transparent sapphire blue and the transparent red on the ash body).
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    I agree. It doesn't look right.

    Although, from personal experience with a Tele Deluxe '72 Reissue, if I was going to have a wrhb, it would have to be at the bridge, as they are uninspiringly muddy at the neck. Maybe putting the wrhb in the bridge will boost the market for second pickguard and/or the vintage spec's cunife wrhbs?

    This all makes me wanna check out the other color options. The op's "Easter edition" doesn't suit me, but sometimes an different color manages to tie it all together.

    Kudos to Fender for keeping us on our toes. Gives us a new wave of things to rave/complain about every few years.

    Edit: the new color options are interesting. But what I don't understand is why consumers can't choose which neck goes with which body. These are simple bolt-on necks, after all. The new Tequila Sunrise color would look really cool with a dark fretboard, but with maple I don't want it.
     
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    cranky Senior Stratmaster

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    I'm colorblind, but still to me yours looks totally different than the pastel Easter-looking Fender in the op. It also has consistently dark hardware, rather than the white/white/chrome.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    That HB is the V Mod II double tap if I am not mistaken. It's not a new WR at all if it is. @Lonn had a tele with two of them in it not too long ago.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunnyman Frankenstein Silver Member

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    True true. Plus mine had balls!:D:p:eek:
     
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    PonyB Strat-O-Master

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    Looks like a fun guitar to me.
     
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    GhostJam47 Strat-Talker

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    Humbuckers never look great on strats, but i do prefer the uncovered look to this
     
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    Wrighty Most Honored Senior Member

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    I agree, in fact, I don’t like the look of covered humbuckers on any guitar, show us yer bobbins!
     
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    hwy1strat Strat-O-Master

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    I totally disagree.
    Humbuckers look great on Strats!
    I honestly prefer HSS to SSS….so much more versatility!

    This is sexy as all hell!
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  19. Malurkey

    Malurkey Senior Stratmaster

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    I like it! :thumb:
     
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    John C Most Honored Senior Member Silver Member

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    Yep; it's not a Wide Range, it is a normal humbucker dressed up to look like a Wide Range. I don't think it is the V Mod II Double Tap but it is likely an MIM pickup that is very similar to the USA V Mod II version.
     
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