The all new Fender American Performer Series has been announced including a range of new models packed with new pickups, new hardware and new colours. Let’s take a closer look at what sets them apart!
The new Fender American Performer Series has arrived, and they look amazing!
Hot on the heels of the Fender Player Series, Fender release the new American Performer Series - the latest entry-point into their U.S. made instruments offering players a range of new design features including new pickups, new colour schemes and some new hardware appointments designed to keep up with the demands of the modern musician. Best of all, the American Performer Series is still very affordable for players.
Before you fret, don’t worry, these aren't some weird futuristic hybrid – the team at Fender are well aware of what the modern guitarist needs, but are also well aware of those who still want that timeless Fender style. With that in mind, the American Performer Series features contemporary design appointments that maximise tone and playability whilst remaining true to the classic Fender styling.
All Fender Performer Series Guitars Are Made in California
Like all of Fender's American-Series instruments, the Fender American Performer Series is handcrafted in Corona, California by their experienced luthiers and put together with love. These guitars are ready to hit the stage when you are.
Push Pull Potentiometer
After listening to musicians and no doubt watching people mod their Stratocaster guitars, Fender have developed the Push-Pull Potentiometer feature for their new American Performer Stratocaster guitars. The last tone knob on the Strat has two pull positions, the first activates the neck pickup no matter what setting you have the pickup selector on - perfect for blending your bridge and neck positions, whilst the second position activates all three pickups. This is a fantastic idea that completely makes use of EVERY pickup! Finally!
Updated Models - New Jazzmaster Bridge
The American Performer series takes what was great about the now-discontinued American Special series and builds upon it, evolving the instruments to set the bar higher than ever before.
Fender have added six new models to the line-up, including a new Jazzmaster, Mustang, a Telecaster with humbucker version, a new Stratocaster Humbucker and Bass models.
One of the best updates within the American Performer Series comes in the form of the updated bridge on the Jazzmaster guitars. The dreaded and unreliable Jazzmaster bridge has been replaced with a vintage style Fender tremolo bridge usually found on the likes of a Stratocaster. This is so much more reliable, especially when you're really hammering the whammy bar! This little change will make a world of difference and is something Jazzmaster players have often asked for.
All New Colours
The American Performer series includes a selection of new colour schemes including a pristine Arctic White, Aubergine, Honey Burst, great looking Penny and two satin finishes which look stunning under stage lights.
Greasebucket Tone Circuit
One of the major improvements that has come along with the Fender American Performer Series is the Greasebucket Tone System. Thanks to this nifty piece of engineering, you can now roll off the treble without losing any gain or muddying your tone. this is extremely useful for players who don't want their guitar to sound too "bright" or harsh in the mix.
New Fender Yosemite Pickups - Including New Double Tap Humbucker
The new Fender Yosemite Pickups are designed and voiced to deliver a wide range of tones and are able to handle everything from smooth cleans to all out heavy rock! Select guitars also feature the innovative and patent-pending Double Tap humbucking pickup. These powerful guitars deliver full-throated humbucking and expressive single coil tonalities without the volume losses that can sometimes occur in single coil pickups. Change pickup and the volume is unaffected - perfect for those who want the effective light and shade technique.
New ClassicGear Hardware
Fender's new ClassicGear tuners are designed for the modern musician, but keep within the classic aesthetics that we know and love. With vintage styling and a modern 18:1 gear ratio for smooth action and better fine tuning. This is a standard feature across the entire range.
The Fender American Performer Series is the most affordable American-made series from the brand, allowing players of all levels and skill sets to get the sound they want for less, without scrimping on quality!
The American Performer electric guitars from Fender also include jumbo frets right across the range. This ensures you've got room for the big bends, big chords and are more comfortable whilst you're playing through that 3 hour set or recording session!
Satin Finished Necks
The Fender American Performer guitars have been designed for musicians, so with that in mind, the team at Fender know how horrible it is when your hand sticks to the neck after you get all sweaty on stage! This is why all the American Performer series has been crafted with Satin finished necks, to cut down on that "stickiness" and ensure a smoother playing experience overall.