Fender Player Stratocaster vs. American Stratocaster (comparison)
Let me start with basic question; is Mexican Strat any worst then American? Since I have both of these, I can tell  you, no, not at all. This is great sounding guitar,  btw, this is 100% genuine Fender :)
and I paid about half comparing to what I paid for my American Strat. If you are blindfolded, you probably won't be able to tell difference if this is Made in USA or Made in Mexico. Below I highlighted differences between Player Stratocaster and American Stratocaster. Most of them you will not even notice. The most visible difference is neck shape and nut width.. but this is NOT matter of "better or worst". Neck is just slightly different, adding slightly different feel to it.. and as far as I know, new American Strat also has Modern C neck profile just like a Fender Player Stratocaster now.
While American Strat was good to go right out of box, my Player Stratocaster needed some basic setup; truss rod adjustment, etc. Not big deal, roughly 3-4 hour job.. that saved me about $800 dollars :)
I really love this guitar :) 5 stars out of 5 :)
* please note, I compare my Player Stratocaster year 2019 and my American Strat year 2011
  Fender Player Stratocaster (2019) Fender American Stratocaster (2011)
Body Type Solidbody Solidbody
Body Material


Body Finish Gloss Polyester Gloss Polyurethane
Neck Material Maple Maple
Neck Shape Modern C C profile
Radius 9.5" 9.5"
Fingerboard Material Maple Maple
Fingerboard Inlay Dots Dots
Number of Frets 22, Medium Jumbo 22, Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25.5" 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650" 1.685"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone Bone
Neck Plate Vintage Strat ("F" logo) American Strat ("Corona California" logo)
String Guide Vintage American
Logo Fender "spaghetti logo" (gold lettering / thin black outline) Fender "spaghetti logo" (gold lettering / thin black outline)
Bridge 2-point Synchronized Tremolo 2-point Synchronized Tremolo
Tuners Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Fender Standard Cast/Sealed
Pickups Player Series Alnico V Strat Single-coil American Standard Alnico V Single-coil
Guitar Case included? No, additional $200 for original Fender Molded Case Yes, original Fender Molded Case included
Country of Origin Mexico USA
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