Fender launches five new Player Series models

The Mustang and Duo sonics first unveiled at NAMM are here.

Fender’s Player series saw some reinvigorating over last Winter NAMM, with the reintroduction of the Player Lead II and Player Lead III – but alongside these, five other models were announced for the range – two Mustangs, two Duo Sonics and a Mustang bass.

The Fender Player Duo Sonic
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Firstly, the Player Duo Sonic. This comes in both a dual-single coil configuration, and in a humbucker/single coil version. Both feature a C-shaped maple neck completing a relatively short 24-inch scale-length, with a 22-fret, 9.5-inch radius maple or pau ferro fretboard, depeding on finish choice. Both also sport a Six-saddle string-through hardtail Strat bridge, a master volume control, a master tone control and a three-way pickup switch. The humbucker model has a coil-split option too, meaning you still get that bridge-single-coil twang.

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The single coil version comes in Seafoam Green (with a pau ferro fretboard), Tidepool or Desert Sand (both with a maple fretboard). The HS version comes in Iced Blue Metallic (with a pau ferro fretboard), Crimson Red Transparent or Sienna Sunburst (both with a maple fretboard). Both list for £549 / $599.99.

The Fender Player Mustang
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Next, the Player Mustang. This iteration on a Fender classic comes with either two regular single coils or two P90s. Like the Duo Sonic models, it has a short 24-inch scale-length along with a C-shaped maple neck, and a choice of maple or Pau Ferro fretboard depending on the colour choice. In any case, it keeps its 22 frets and 9.5-inch radius. Hardware also sticks to the formula set out by the Duo Sonic, with a six-saddle string-through bridge, a master volume control, a master tone control and a three-way switch. Unlike the Duo Sonic, however, there is a metal control plate.

The single coil version comes in Sonic Blue, Sienna Sunburst or Firemist Gold (with a pau ferro fretboard), while the P90 version comes in Aged Natural, Burgundy Mist Metallic (both with a pau ferro fretboard) or Seafoam Green (with a maple fretboard). Both list for £549 / $599.99.

The Fender Player Mustang Bass
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And last but not least, there’s the Player Mustang Bass. Keeping with the theme of the six-string Mustangs, there’s a shorter scale-length on display here, measuring in at 30 inches. The C-shaped maple neck sports 19 frets and a 9.5-inch radius. In terms of electronics, there’s a P Bass-style split single coil in the middle position, and a J Bass-style single coil in the bridge position. These are governed by a master volume, a master tone and a 3-way switch.

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The Mustang bass comes in Firemist Gold, Ahed Natura (both with pau ferro fretboard), Sienna Sunburst ( with a maple fretboard), and lists for £599 / $649.99.

Find out more at Fender.com. For more gear news, click here.

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