Are you looking for a Telecaster that also does great Strat sounds? If you want the ultimate axe, that can cover any tune your imagination can conjure, then check out this Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster review.
This Nashville Tele is essentially an upgraded version of the Deluxe Nashville Tele. Fender has truly outdone itself on its new 75th Anniversary offering.
Keep on reading to learn more!
What Is The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster?
The Player Plus Line officially launched in mid-September 2021. These guitars were basically designed to continue the evolution where the “Player” (rebranded Mexican-made “Standard” guitars) left off.
Another way to look at it is that the made-in-Mexico Player Plus series is a “scaled-back” version of Fender’s American-made Ultra series. There is no Fender American Ultra Nashville Telecaster, so it’s not really comparing apples to apples.
It’s actually easier to directly compare the Player Plus Nashville Tele to the Deluxe Nashville Tele. The Player Plus model takes the “Nashville” three-pickup design to the next level with aesthetic and playability upgrades (see the table below). A little twisted, to be sure!
Player Plus Nashville – Cheat Sheet
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ☆ 9.8 Out Of 10
Has Stratocaster middle pickup that combines beautifully with the bridge and neck Tele pickups to produce a variety of very usable sounds.
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✅ Push-Pull Switch On The Tone Control
✅ Player Plus Noiseless Pickups
✅ Locking Tuners
❌ No Contoured Neck Heel
❌ Not Available In A “Gradient” Finish
❌ No Hard Shell Case
9.8 Out Of 10
9.7 Out Of 10
9.9 Out Of 10
9.7 Out Of 10
Fender Company Profile
Unless you just started playing the guitar today, you are undoubtedly familiar with the Fender brand. These guitars have literally helped define rock n’ roll and blues history. Their original factory was in Fullerton California.
Fender guitars are now made in many parts of the world, with the American-made and Custom Shop guitar lines still made with pride in the USA.
The Fender Broadcaster was first introduced in the autumn of 1950. It became known as a “Nocaster” after the Broadcaster label was removed from the headstock to avoid a trademark lawsuit from Gretsch over their “Broadkaster” drum set. The guitar was re-branded the Telecaster and the rest is history!
Who Is The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster For?
The Player Plus Nashville Tele is for the guitarist that enjoys pushing the limits of what a Telecaster can do. This guitar is more than just a Tele with three pickups.
It has many other upgrades like a faster neck with locking tuners, a new noiseless pickup switching system, and six bridge saddles that give it better tuning stability and intonation.
If you ever wanted to mod a Tele to take it to the next level, then Fender has already done this for you at a price you can live with.
Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Specifications
Here are the specifications for the Player Plus Nashville Tele, which are basically the same for all the Player Plus Teles, with the exception of the middle Strat pickup.
|Body||Alder with gloss polyester finish|
|Shape||Player Plus Tele with a rear contoured upper bout “comfort carve”|
|Colors||3-Color Sunburst, Butterscotch Blonde, Aged Candy Apple Red, & Opal Spark|
|Neck||Bolt-on “silky satin” maple with Modern C shape and rolled edges|
|Branding||“Metallic” Fender logo on the headstock|
|Fingerboard Material||Maple – On 3-Color Sunburst & Butterscotch Blonde bodies|
Pau Ferro – On Aged Candy Apple Red and Opal Spark bodies
|Fingerboard Specs||12 Inch fingerboard radius with 25.5-inch scale length & dot inlays|
|Nut||Synthetic Bone with a 1.685-inch nut width|
|Frets||22 Medium Jumbo|
|Transport||Deluxe Gig Bag|
|Bridge/Tailpiece||6-Saddle String-through Body Tele with Steel Block Saddles|
|Tuners||Deluxe Die-cast Sealed Locking Tuning Machines with a single string tree|
|Neck Plate||“Fender Player Plus” embossed|
|Neck Pickup||Player Plus Noiseless Tele Single-coil|
|Middle Pickup||Player Plus Noiseless Strat Single-coil|
|Bridge Pickup||Player Plus Noiseless Tele Single-coil|
|Controls||1 x master volume, 1 x master tone|
Push-pull tone control engages neck pickup in switch positions 1 & 2
|Switching||5-way blade pickup switch|
|Miscellaneous||Weight: Approximately 8 pounds|
Deluxe Gig Bag included. Strings: Fender 0.009 – 0.046
Player Plus Nashville Vs Deluxe Nashville Comparison
Here are the basic differences between the Fender Player Plus Nashville Tele and the Deluxe Nashville Tele, both of which have a third Stratocaster Noiseless middle pickup.
|Item||Player Plus Nashville Tele||Deluxe Nashville Tele|
|Contoured Neck Heel||No||Yes|
|Frets||22 Medium Jumbo||22 Narrow Tall|
|Rear Body “Comfort Carve”||Yes||No|
|Noiseless Pickups||“Player Plus” Noiseless||“Vintage” Noiseless|
|Push-pull tone control||Yes||No|
|Price||$1,030 (Street)||$1,000 (Street)|
Features And Benefits
This Guitar Can Save You Money!
If you don’t want to put out the cash to buy both a good quality Tele and a Strat, this guitar can save you some money. You can use your savings to buy a nice amp or whatever else you need (guitar-related, of course, ?).
You’ll never miss a standard Tele unless you have your heart set on a vintage model or a 1-pickup Fender Esquire. It is true that you can’t beat the twang of Leo Fender’s original design but you’ll fall in love with the Player Plus Nashville in no time flat.
Check Out These Great Neck Features
This guitar is available with both a maple or pau ferro fingerboard, depending on your particular preference and the body finish you choose. Both necks make the guitar look great. The pau ferro fingerboard is gorgeous to behold, with a nice tight grain that helps make it a pleasure to play.
The C-shaped neck sits comfortably in the hand and pairs well with the flat 12-inch fingerboard. The smooth rolled edges feel great, and the frets are well-dressed, without burs or sharp edges. I really like the silky satin finish, which makes the neck fast.
The 12-inch fingerboard radius and narrow-tall frets make string bending a breeze, although it might feel a little strange at first if you’re used to playing a Tele with a 7.25-inch neck radius and vintage-size frets.
Rear Body Contoured Upper Bout (“Comfort Carve”)
There is a comfort carve on the back of the guitar, like a Strat, to make it more comfortable to play, especially in the sitting position. This also helps make the guitar a little lighter. It’s a little added extra that Fender threw in there to brighten your day.
6-Saddle Tele bridge With Block Steel Saddles
If you like a guitar with a lot of natural sustain, then you’ll appreciate the string-through-the-body bridge design, which helps a Tele sing.
The six individual steel bridge saddles give you a more modern look with accurate intonation and a distinctive brightness.
Wide-Route Pickup Cavity In The Neck Position
The neck position pickup cavity is routed wider than the middle and bridge cavities. The will allow you to easily replace the single-coil neck pickup with a humbucker. Be aware that this could adversely affect the sound you get from combining the neck pickup with one or both of the other two single-coil units.
What I Like About The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster
There is so much to like about the Player Plus Nashville Tele that you may find it hard not to take it home after playing one.
Who doesn’t like locking tuners? They make it easy to change strings quickly and help keep the guitar in tune, especially if you do big string bends. Whenever I build a guitar, locking tuners are always on the list, and I have retrofit tons of six-strings with them!
Player Plus Noiseless Pickups
I like the sound of the Player Plus middle noiseless Strat pickup. It blends excellently with the neck and bridge Tele pickups. Also, the “in-between” neck-middle and bridge-middle pickup settings give you the “Strat” tones that make the guitar so versatile.
Push-Pull Switch On The Tone Control
The push-pull tone switch gives you seven different tonal opportunities (the standard five 3-pickup combinations plus bridge & neck pickup plus all three pickups).
Here’s how the pickup switching works:
Position 1: Bridge pickup only.
Position 2: Bridge pickup and middle pickup together.
Position 3: Middle pickup only.
Position 4: Middle pickup and neck pickup together.
Position 5: Neck pickup only.
The push-pull tone control engages neck pickup in switch positions 1 & 2 to give you two extra pickup configurations for a total of seven:
Position 1 plus push-pull: bridge and neck pickups
Position 2 plus push-pull: bridge middle and neck pickups (all three)
The bridge and neck pickup combo gives your playing an “undefinable” depth that’s great for rhythm and lead work.
Using all three pickups together gives the guitar a very balanced and “Strat-like” sound.
What I Don’t Like About The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster
There’s not too much to talk about in this department, but I could mention a few things.
No Contoured Neck Heel
The body does not have a contoured neck heel, which is a feature found on the Deluxe Nashville Telecaster. It gives you easy access to all 22 frets and makes playing notes at or above the 19th fret very comfortable.
Not Available In A “Gradient” Finish
The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster doesn’t come in a “gradient” finish like the other Player Plus guitars do. The Silver Smoke Player Plus Tele and the Tequila Sunrise Player Plus Strat are very cool looking!
No Hard Shell Case
The guitar comes with a gig bag, but it is a nice one. Unfortunately, I believe that all guitars in the $1000 range and up show come with a hardshell case. Still, Fender is giving you a lot of guitar for your money, so I can easily look past this and buy a case.
Beware Of These Differences!
Push-Pull Tone Switch Functions Differently
The push-pull switch on the tone control functions a little differently for the two types of Player Plus Telecasters
- Player Plus Nashville (3-pickup) Tele – The push-pull tone control engages the neck pickup in switch positions 1 & 2
- Player Plus (2-pickup) Tele – The push-pull tone control activates a series mode for searing humbucker-like tones
Price Differential For The Two Nashville Telecasters
The $1,030 Player Plus Nashville Telecaster is essentially the replacement for the $1,000 Deluxe Nashville Tele. Still, each guitar has its pros and cons in terms of sound and playability.
For the extra $30, you might want to get the newer Player Plus model. If you want the Deluxe Nashville then snag it while it’s still available!
Is The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Legit?
The Player Plus Nashville Tele gives you a quality-built guitar with quite a bit of functionality for the money.
Although this model is not as nice as the Fender American-made Ultra Tele series, it is an upgrade from the Deluxe Nashville Tele.
If you are looking for a Nashville-style Tele and don’t want to spring for a custom-shop model then the Player Plus is the way to go.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Player Plus guitars.
Where Is The Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Manufactured?
All of the Player Plus guitars are made by our friends in Mexico (MIM). I own several MIM Teles and Strats, which I am very happy with, in terms of build quality, playability, and sound.
What Is The Fender Player Plus Series?
The Player Plus series is an upgrade from the Fender Player series. Player Plus guitars add things like smooth-rolled neck edges, noiseless pickups, a tone control switching system, and new finishes.
Is A Fender Player Plus Guitar Good For Beginners?
If you have the money then a Player Plus guitar is an excellent beginner’s guitar. It can easily take you from beginner to pro and it’s a guitar that will last you a lifetime. They also have good resale values or you can always pass it down as a family heirloom.
Final Thoughts On The Player Plus Nashville Telecaster Review
The Fender Player Plus Nashville Telecaster is an extremely versatile guitar. It has a Stratocaster middle pickup that combines beautifully with the bridge and neck Tele pickups to produce a variety of very usable sounds.
Noiseless pickups make recording sessions a breeze and will particularly please players that plug into high-gain amplifiers. These pickups are specially voiced to give you a balanced blend of bright and twangy sounds with lots of “Fender chime.”
The Player Plus Nashville Tele gives you the typical five pickup combinations from the 3-position blade switch plus an additional two combos by engaging the push-pull tone switch. This wiring configuration provides you with tremendous tonal flexibility.
I think the new body finishes look great but would like to see Fender make at least one “gradient” finish available on the Player Plus Nashville Tele.
All in all, you get plenty of guitar for your money with a great playing experience. Fender has priced the Player Plus Nashville Tele at only $30 higher than their previously-designed Deluxe Nashville Tele, which makes the choice a no-brainer.
Check out a Fender Player Plus Telecaster and you’ll be hooked.
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- Do you own a Player Plus Nashville Telecaster or have you played one? What do you think of the guitar?
- Could this guitar ever replace your Strat?
- As a “Tele Purist”, would a guitar like this appeal to you?
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Also, stay tuned for my Fender Player Plus Telecaster Review (non-Nashville).