I was walking past the Fender section the other day, when I spied this lovely little thing: the Fender Deluxe Player’s Stratocaster. In a beautiful transparent blue finish with the grain of the ash body showing through, it certainly makes you want to pick it up, and the whole package comes together cosmetically with the brown shell pickguard and the gold hardware.
What made it all the better, is that this is a pre-loved guitar, that we’ve taken in part exchange, making it tantalizingly wallet tempting. But how does it play and sound…? It’s clearly been well looked after, with just the one small ding in the lacquer a few mm across that I could find.
Time to get it plugged in, but first, a quick unplugged play. It feels, really rather nice in the hands. Comfortable. No jaggedy fret ends. The fingerboard feels nice and tight: no ‘sticking’ of strings bending. The neck is nicely finished too, and feels easy to move around from top to bottom and back again.
The Fender Deluxe Player’s Stratocaster does have a couple of nice features though, for which you need to be plugged in. The first is the use of the vintage noiseless pickups.
If you’re a long-time Strat player, you may already have experienced the problems of interference in pickup positions 1,3 and 5. Thanks to those single coil pickups, there is always that risk of hum. With the noiseless pickups, that’s not really a problem anymore. You might find a situation where you can coax some buzz from them, but, even under all our fluorescent lights, the performance was quite impressive.
The second feature of interest is that little button you can see between the tone controls. Switching this in gives adds in the bridge pickup when the pickup selector is is position 4 and 5. That means you can have all three pickups on together, or the neck and bridge together, without the middle. This significantly adds to the tonal variety of this instrument.
All in all then, this is a guitar that is well worth popping in to audition if you happen to be in Edinburgh. If you aren’t, then you can always get in touch if you want more information on this instrument.
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