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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.