From the Team / 8 December 2020

Fender’s Lineup Compared and Explained

Fender’s lineup compared and explained

Fender has been on a tear over the past few years. Rather than resting on their laurels, they have continued to revamp their guitars for the modern era while staying true to the roots of their illustrious history.

Fresh on the walls of Swee Lee is the latest incarnation of Fender’s guitar building vision – the American Professional II series, replacing its predecessor, the American Professional. With series coming and going in Fender’s already impression selection of instruments, we are truly spoiled for choice.

But just how are they different? Do they justify their different price tags?

We compare all of Fender’s current lineup of instruments to to give you an idea of which guitar suits your playing needs best.

Fender Player Series

Fender Player Duo-Sonic in Desert Sand

Introduced back in 2018, the Fender Player Series are created to be the next generation of budget-friendly instruments with the timeless quality of the Fender brand. Made in the Enseda facility in Mexico, these instruments are the starting point for someone wanting a bonafide Fender decal on their guitar. Encapsulating the same timeless designs and iconic sounds of Fender’s legendary instruments, the Fender Player Series goes beyond the call of duty by offering a whopping 21 different models that will suit almost any music style you’ll want to get into.

You’ll be able to pick from HSS, HSH, SSS, and Floyd Rose Stratocasters, HH and SS Telecaster, a Jaguar, Jazzmaster, Jaguar Bass and fretless and five-string Jazz Basses. Whether you’re looking to upgrade your first guitar or find a road worthy gigging instrument, you’ll definitely want to consider the Fender Player Series guitars & basses.

*H: Humbucker
*S: Single-coil

Fender Vintera Series

Fender Vintera 60s Jazz Bass in Firemist Gold

What’s the best way to get a the vibes of a vintage Fender without splashing out a huge amount of dough? The Fender Vintera Series of course!

The replacement for Fender’s Classic Player range, Fender’s Vintera Series combines highly sought-after features of Pre-CBS instruments at accessible prices. Featuring 17 instruments, the Vintera series encompasses Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar, Mustang and Jazzmaster models within its extensive catalog.

Expect specs and features like period-correct neck shapes, new pickups with decade-specific tones, and vintage correct colours for the vintage aficionados out there. In addition, for almost every decade-correct model, there’s also a counterpart “modded” version that offers modern tweaks that are sure to appease contemporary players.

Made in America

Fender’s lineup compared

Built in Fender’s Corona, California factory, Fender’s USA models are the gold standard for quality, tone and playability. Made with premium tonewoods, high-end hardware, and elite craftsmanship, Fender’s American guitars are sure to please even the most discerning players.

Fender American Performer Series

Fender American Performer Mustang Bass in Satin Seafoam Green

As the entry point to Fender’s upper echelon, the Fender American Performer Series puts USA-made Fender quality in the hands of working musicians.

Built upon the foundations of its predecessor – the American Special –  the Fender American Performer Series refines their models with some noteworthy upgrades that strike the perfect balance in between traditional design and modern practicality.

Featuring the all-new Yosemite pickups, Fender’s acclaimed Greasebucket tone circuit, some seriously potent hardware upgrades, and some eye-catching colours, these guitars and basses play extremely well and dare we say – give higher-end instruments a serious run for their money.

Fender American Professional II Series

Fender American Professional II Telecaster in Black

Designed for musicians seeking exceptional playability, versatility and performance, the Fender American Professional II are solid workhorses for hobbyists and touring pros alike.

Built upon the foundations of its first iteration, Fender utilised player feedback and collaborated with various artists in order to improve its guitars for an encore performance that strikes the perfect balance between traditional design and modern practicality.

Maintaining much that made the original American Professional lineup so popular, the American Professional II range sees upgrades in neck carves (Deep “C” with rolled fingerboard edges), materials (Roasted Pine is now an option for bodies), pickups (V-Mod II pickups), and so many other aspects – making it some of the best guitars we’ve seen in this price point.

Fender American Original Series

Fender American Original 60s Jaguar in Seafoam Green

The American Original Series captures that vintage mojo by constructing guitars and basses in the same manner that those fabled instruments were made in three very disparate eras: the fifties, the sixties and the seventies. Utilising the same materials, construction methods and quirks from each decade, the American Original instruments only differ in two aspects: a flatter 9.5 inch fretboard radius for better playability and changes in pickup switching for more tonal variations.

If you come from the school of guitarists believing that the first iterations of the electric guitars made in the golden age are the end all be all, then we have a feeling that you’d get along swimmingly with these instruments.

Fender American Ultra Series

Fender American Ultra Jazzmaster in Mocha Burst

The highest specced models from Fender’s production line, the Fender American Ultra is Fender’s most advanced series of electric guitars and basses. These instruments are heavily-engineered guitars that cover lots of sonic territory and while providing unmatched performance. 

Sporting forward-thinking electronics and hardware appointments like the Ultra Noiseless Pickups, S-1 Switching and Deluxe Locking Tuners on their guitars and Active/Passive Electronics, a 3-Band EQ and HiMass Bridges their basses – these instruments represent the ultimate Fender instrument in terms of versatility and playability

In addition to ergonomic construction tweaks and welcome playability modifications, the Fender American Ultra Series is undoubtedly the one for you if you demand ultimate precision and uncompromising tone from your instruments.

What if I want even more?

This is where the Fender Custom Shop comes in. The crème de la crème of the Fender-verse, the Fender Custom Shop is where you should be if you plan to get a truly special instrument.

Here is where you’ll find eye-watering, one-of-a-kind instruments crafted by Fender’s prestigious Master Builders, to the exquisite team built recreations of sought after models from the early 60s. Fender Custom Shop instruments can be found off the walls of Swee Lee, and can also be fitted out in your dream specifications the way you’d commission a bespoke suit.

If you are looking for a special instrument from the Fender Custom Shop, you can set up an appointment at B.A.O Boutique today by contacting us at byappointmentonly@sweelee.com.sg.

Fender Custom Shop Ltd Ed Dennis Galuszka Masterbuilt Andy Summers Monochrome Stratocaster Guitar
Series Guitar OptionsBass OptionsPrice Notables Features
Player SeriesDuo Sonic,
Lead, Stratocaster, Telecaster,
Jaguar,
Jazzmaster, and
Mustang
Jazz, Precision, Jaguar, and MustangFrom S$879 to S$1,159Satin finished necks,
revamped & improved pickups,
new finishes,
two-point tremolos (Stratocasters) and
22-Frets (Guitars)
VinteraStratocaster, Telecaster,
Jaguar,
Jazzmaster, and
Mustang
Jazz, Precision, and MustangFrom S$1,299 to S$1,679Recreated vintage pickups sets, period-correct neck profiles, vintage colours, and modern electronics or modifications (Modified Versions)
American PerformerStratocaster, Telecaster,
Jazzmaster, and
Mustang
Jazz, Precision, and MustangFrom S$1,649 to S$1,799Most affordable American-made Fenders, new Yosemite single-coil pickups, enhanced electronics, and vintage-style hardware
American Professional IIStratocaster, Telecaster,
and
Jazzmaster
Jazz and PrecisionFrom S$2,179 to S$2,459All-new V-Mod II pickups, treble-bleed circuit, rolled fingerboard edges, and a new sculpted heel
American UltraStratocaster, Telecaster,
and
Jazzmaster
Jazz and PrecisionFrom S$2,749 to S$3,199Super-sculpted neck heel, Ultra-Noiseless pickups, treble-bleed circuit, redesigned preamp with active/passive switching (bass), and HiMass bridge (bass)
American OriginalStratocaster, Telecaster, Jaguar,
and
Jazzmaster
Jazz and PrecisionFrom S$2,599 to S$2,999Historic neck profiles, vintage tall frets with modern radiuses, period-correct pickups and hardware, and gorgeous lacquer finishes

If you’d like to take your time and browse through our catalog of Fender instruments, you can do so at our website here!

Stay tuned to our website and the Swee Lee Blog for product highlights from the new shipment of Fender products that will be coming in soon.


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