Fender Player vs. American Stratocaster
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 a matter of "better or worst". Neck is just slightly different (comparing 2010 American and 2018 Player), adding slightly different feel to it.. and as far as I know, new American Strat (2018) also has same Modern C neck profile, just like a Fender Player now.
While American Stratocaster was good to go right out of box, my Fender Player needed some basic setup; truss rod adjustment, bridge etc... Not big deal, roughly 3-4 hour job.. that saved me about $800 dollars :)
I really love this guitar :) I rate this guitar 5 stars out of 5 :)

*also check my Fender Player Stratocaster and my Fender American Stratocaster

**please note, I am comparing here my Player Stratocaster year 2018 and my American Stratocaster year 2010
  Fender Player Stratocaster (2018) Fender American Stratocaster (2010)
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 Style American Style
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 (all 6 even) Fender Standard Cast/Sealed (2 high / 4 low)
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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