Fender Announces New Player Series to Replace MIM Standards

Fender made news in the guitar and gear world today with the announcement that its Mexican Standard Series will be discontinued in favor of a brand-new, entry-level successor line called the Fender Player Series.

Like the MIM series it's replacing, the Player Series features all of the classic Fender guitar and bass models—Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster, and Jaguar guitars, as well as Precision, Jazz, and Jaguar basses—at more affordable price points than their American-made alternatives.

While the company adheres to its instruments' well-known body shapes, some of the guitars come equipped with non-standard appointments. The Jaguar features a humbucking pickup in the bridge position, while maintaining the single-coil at the neck, and the Jazzmaster features dual humbuckers instead of soapbar pickups.

About the new line, Fender said, “As with American Professional and Elite, Fender Player Series takes what was great about the Mexican Standard Series and builds upon it, evolving the instruments to set the bar higher than ever before.” Each model features new Alnico pickups, updated body radii, upgraded bridges, 22-fret necks, and new finishes paired with Fender’s classic logo.

The new Fender Player Series is available from licensed dealers today, so click below to shop for your own right here on Reverb.

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