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Fender American Performer Series - The New American Special

by Richard Blenkinsop. Posted on 2018-12-03 16:07:58

It's fair to say that Fender have had a bit of a revolution of late... American StandardAmerican Pro. American DeluxeAmerican Elite. American VintageAmerican Original. Mexican StandardMexican Player. It was only a matter of time before the enormously popular American Special range got a rehaul to bring it in line with the rest of Fender's recent updates.

American Special American Performer

Like the Specials, the new Fender American Performer series offers players American built guitars and basses, at their most affordable price point. Coming in just under and just over the 1k mark (depending on the model), the American Performers are built in the same factory in Corona, California, to the same incredible standard as the Pros, Elites and Originals.

Fender have expanded the lineup too - the American Performer series consists of the Strat, HSS Strat, Tele, HS Tele, Jazzmaster, Mustang, P-Bass, Jazz Bass and the most high-performance version of the Mustang Bass to date.

All of Fender's new ranges have revolved largely around their brand new sets of pickups - the American Performer series is no different. The new Fender Yosemite pickups have been designed to be very detailed and balanced. Each pickup has been specially voiced for its position. Fender are using Alnico 4 magnets in most of the Yosemite pickups, for the first time ever. The result is a more powerful and defined sound than Alnico 2, but not quite as bright and focussed as Alnico 5. All models feature Fender's Greasebucket tone control too - this lets you dial out some of the high frequencies, without reducing output or gain.

Having played a few of them already, I'm impressed. They all feel like incredibly well built Fenders - because that's exactly what they are. They sound great - very responsive and dynamic, plus I really like the feel of the Modern 'C' neck profile - what's not to like? There are some really nice new finishes too - Satin Surf Green being a particular highlight for me. Plus, if you've ever wanted a Jazzmaster, but didn't fancy battling with control panel, the simplified American Performer Jazzmaster, with Strat style tailpiece is the one for you.

Browse All Fender American Performers

Fender American Performer Strat

3 x Yosemite single-coil pickups

Alder body

Modern 'C' neck profile

Greasebucket tone circuit

Push/pull tone pot (adds neck pickup in any position)

Includes deluxe gigbag

Honey Burst pictured

Fender American Performer Tele

2 x Yosemite single-coil pickups

Alder body

Modern 'C' neck profile

Greasebucket tone circuit

Includes deluxe gigbag

Penny pictured

Fender American Performer Strat HSS

2 x Yosemite single-coil pickups, 1 x DoubleTap humbucker pickup

Alder body

Modern 'C' neck profile

Greasebucket tone circuit

Push/pull tone pot (splits bridge pickup, with no volume drop)

Includes deluxe gigbag

Satin Surf Green pictured

Fender American Performer HS Tele

1 x Yosemite single-coil pickup, 1 x DoubleTap humbucker pickup

Alder body

Modern 'C' neck profile

Greasebucket tone circuit

Push/pull tone pot (splits bridge pickup, with no volume drop)

Includes deluxe gigbag

Sunburst pictured

Fender American Performer Jazzmaster

2 x Yosemite Jazzmaster single-coil pickups

Alder body

Modern 'C' neck profile

Greasebucket tone circuit

Simplified layout

Strat-style 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo

Includes deluxe gigbag

Satin Lake Placid Blue pictured

Fender American Performer Mustang

2 x Yosemite Mustang single-coil pickups

Alder body

Modern 'C' neck profile

Greasebucket tone circuit

Improved bridge and trem system

Includes deluxe gigbag

Satin Sonic Blue pictured

Fender American Performer Precision Bass

1 x Yosemite Single-coil Jazz Bass pickup (bridge), 1 x Yosemite split single-coil Precision Bass pickup (middle)

Alder body

Modern 'C' neck profile

Greasebucket tone circuit

Includes deluxe gigbag

Penny pictured

Fender American Performer Jazz Bass

2 x Yosemite single-coil Jazz bass pickups

Alder body

Modern 'C' neck profile

Greasebucket tone circuit

Includes deluxe gigbag

Sunburst pictured

Fender American Performer Mustang Bass

1 x Yosemite single-coil Jazz bass pickup (bridge), 1 x Yosemite split single-coil Mustang pickup (middle)

Alder body

Modern 'C' neck profile

Greasebucket tone circuit

Includes deluxe gigbag

Arctic White pictured


By Richard Blenkinsop for Reidys. Posted on 2018-12-03 16:07:58