3 Budgets, 3 Fender Stratocasters


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 Since it's introduction in 1954, there is no question that the Fender Stratocaster is one of the most iconic and historic guitars on the planet.  From Hendrix and Clapton to John Mayer, the Stratocaster has shaped the world of the electric guitar.

It is for this reason that so many players want to have a Stratocaster in their guitar collection. Fortunately, Fender's current ranges of Stratocasters offers a great guitar for just about any budget. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned pro, one of these Stratocasters should meet your needs. So without further ado, let's take a look at 3 Stratocaster for 3 Budgets.  


Fender Player Series Stratocaster

With a street price of $699, the Player Stratocaster is a big bang for the buck.  Featuring the classic sounds you woudl expect from a Stratocaster—bell-like high end, punchy mids and robust low end, combined with crystal-clear articulation—the Player Stratocaster is packed with authentic Fender feel and style. It’s ready to serve your musical vision, it’s versatile enough to handle any style of music and it’s the perfect platform for creating your own sound.

Features include:

  • Alder body with gloss finish
  • Three Player Series single-coil Stratocaster pickups
  • “Modern C"-shaped neck profile
  • 9.5"-radius fingerboard
  • 2-point tremolo bridge with bent-steel saddles


Fender American Performer Stratocaster

Up next is the American Performer Stratocaster. At a starting price of $1150, the Performer Stratocaster is the least expensive American made Stratocaster Fender offers. But don't let the low price fool you, this guitar is perfect for stage and studio. Born in Corona, California, the American Performer Stratocaster delivers the exceptional tone and feel you expect from an authentic Fender—with new enhancements that make it even more exciting to play.

Features include:

  • Alder body
  • Three Yosemite single-coil Stratocaster pickups; RW/RP middle pickup
  • Push-pull pot activates neck pickup; Greasebucket tone circuitry
  • “Modern C”-shaped neck with 9.5”-radius fingerboard; 22 jumbo frets
  • ClassicGear™ tuning machines; silver ‘70s logo


Fender American Ultra Stratocaster

The newest of the three guitars to the Fender lineup, the American Ultra Stratocaster took the place of its predecessor the American Elite Stratocaster when it was introduced at Winter NAMM 2020. The American Ultra is Fender's most advanced series of guitars for discerning players who demand the ultimate in precision, performance, and tone. The American Ultra Stratocaster features a unique “Modern D” neck profile with Ultra rolled fingerboard edges for hours of playing comfort, and the tapered neck heel allows easy access to the highest register. A speedy 10”-14” compound-radius fingerboard with 22 medium-jumbo frets means effortless and accurate soloing, while the Ultra Noiseless™ Vintage pickups and advanced wiring options provide endless tonal possibilities – without hum. The sculpted rear body contours are as beautiful as they are functional and the S-1 switch adds the neck pickup in to any switch position. This versatile, state-of-the-art instrument will inspire you to push your playing to new heights.

Features include:

  • Alder or ash body with sculpted rear contours
  • Three Ultra Noiseless Vintage Strat single-coil pickups
  • “Modern D”-shaped neck with Ultra satin finish
  • 10”-14” compound-radius fingerboard; 22 medium-jumbo frets
  • Includes premium molded hardshell case



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