Fender American Performer Guitars and Basses

Fender American Performer Series Announced - Features, Specs and More

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The new Fender American Performer series of guitars and basses has been introduced. 

Fender announced their new American Performer series of electric guitars and basses. The Fender American Performer line-up includes each of their standard models: Stratocasters, Telecasters, Jazz Basses and Precision Basses. It also includes a Jazzmaster, Mustang and a Mustang bass.

The Fender American Performer series replaces their long-running American Special series. Like the American Special family, these models are made in Fender’s Corona, CA factory. They featured brand new Yosemite™ pickups and their long-running Greasebucket™ circuit, which allows you to shape your high frequencies without adding any bass.

Let’s take a closer look at each model, covering some of the key specifications and features that you'll be interested in.

Fender American Performer Stratocaster and Stratocaster HSS
Fender American Performer Telecaster and Telecaster HS
Fender American Performer Jazzmaster
Fender American Performer Mustang
Fender American Performer Jazz Bass
Fender American Performer Precision Bass
Fender American Performer Mustang Bass

Fender American Performer Stratocaster and Stratocaster HSS

Fender’s new American Performer series Stratocasters come in two distinct models: the standard SSS and an HSS.

Fender American Performer Stratocaster

The SSS model has three Yosemite™ single-coil strat pickups while ethe HSS features two Yosemite™ pickups in the middle and neck and a DoubleTap™ humbucker in the bridge. The DoubleTap™ hum can also be controlled by a push/pull tone pot. Each model features Fender’s Greasebucket™ circuit.

 

Both Strat models feature alder bodies, “Modern C”-shaped maple necks, 9.5” radius fingerboards and 22 jumbo frets. The headstocks are adorned with Fender’s ClassicGear™ tuning machines.

The Fender American Performer Stratocasters come with gig bags. 

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Fender American Performer Stratocaster (Maple Fingerboard)
Fender American Performer Stratocaster (Rosewood Fingerboard)

Fender American Performer Stratocaster HSS (Maple Fingerboard)
Fender American Performer Stratocaster HSS (Rosewood Fingerboard)

Fender American Performer Telecaster and Telecaster HS

Fender’s new American Performer series features two new Telecaster models: a standard SS model and an HS model (also known as Telecaster Hum).

Fender American Performer Telecaster HS

The standard model features two single-coil Yosemite™ pickups, with a shellac coating on the neck pickup and wax potting on the bridge pickup, allowing the coils to breathe and simultaneously keep feedback at bay.

The HS model features a Yosemite™ single-coil in the bridge position and a DoubleTap™ humbucker in the neck position. It provides classic humbucker and single-coil voices, controllable via the push/pull tone pot.

 

Each Tele model features alder bodies, “Modern C”-shaped maple necks, 9.5” radius fingerboards (available in maple or rosewood) and 22 jumbo frets. The headstocks are adorned with Fender’s ClassicGear™ tuning machines.

The Fender American Performer Telecasters come with gig bags.

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Fender American Performer Telecaster (Maple Fingerboard)
Fender American Performer Telecaster (Rosewood Fingerboard)

Fender American Performer Telecaster HS (Maple Fingerboard)
Fender American Performer Telecaster HS (Rosewood Fingerboard)

Fender American Performer Jazzmaster

What’s the best way to get people talking? Take a classic model like the Jazzmaster and make a big change. What’s the change? Rather than the classic Jazzmaster bridge, Fender has elected to go with a Stratocaster-style six-screw synchronized tremolo bridge.

Fender American Performer Jazzmaster Electric Guitar

As with the other models in the American Performer family, the AP Jazzmaster features two single-coil Yosemite™ pickups and their Greasebucket™ circuit. It also features a maple “Modern C” neck and a 9.5” radius rosewood fingerboard adorned with 22 jumbo frets. As with the prior models, the headstock is adorned with Fender’s ClassicGear™ tuners.

 

The Fender American Performer Jazzmaster comes with a gig bag and is available in four colors.

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Fender American Performer Jazzmaster

Fender American Performer Mustang

For years players have been clamoring for a new American-made Mustang, and the American Performer Mustang delivers.

Fender American Performer Mustang

The alder bodied, 24” short-scale American Performer Mustang features two single-coil Yosemite™ pickups, as well as Fender’s Greasebucket™ tone circuit. The AP Mustang also features a vintage-modern Mustang bridge with grooved saddles.

Moving up the body, this new Mustang features a “Modern C”-shaped maple neck with a 9.5” radius rosewood fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets. Moving up to the headstock, we find Fender’s ClassicGear™ tuners.

The American Performer Mustang is available in four finishes and comes with a gig bag. 

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Fender American Performer Mustang

Fender American Performer Jazz Bass

Fender’s new American Performer Jazz Bass has all of the classic J Bass features you’re looking for, in a fresh package.

Fender American Performer Jazz Bass

As with the rest of the AP series, this new Jazz Bass features Fender’s new Yosemite™ single-coil pickups and their Greasebucket™ tone circuit. It also features a 4-saddle vintage-style bridge.

 

Moving up the bass we come to the 34” scale, “Modern C”-shaped maple neck, available with maple or rosewood fingerboard and 20 jumbo frets. Moving up to the headstock, we find Fender’s “F” light-weight vintage paddle tuning keys (with tapered shafts).

The Fender American Performer Jazz Bass comes with a gig bag.

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Fender American Performer Jazz Bass (Maple Fingerboard)
Fender American Performer Jazz Bass (Rosewood Fingerboard)

Fender American Performer Precision Bass

Fende’rs new American Performer Precision Bass offers significant tonal versatility due to it’s PJ pickup configuration. The middle position features a Yosemite™ split-coil P-Bass pickup while the bridge features a growling Yosemite™ single-coil Jazz Bass pickup. This tonal combination is complimented by Fender’s Greasebucket™ circuit. It also features a 4-saddle vintage style bridge.

Fender American Performer Precision Bass

Like the J Bass, the new American Performer P Bass has a 34” scale, “Modern C”-shaped maple neck (with maple or rosewood fingerboard) and 20 jumbo frets.

As with the Jazz Bass, the Precision Bass features Fender’s “F” light-weight vintage-paddle tuning keys (with tapered shafts).

The Fender American Performer Precision Bass comes with a gig bag.

Purchase yours today:
Fender American Performer Precision Bass (Maple Fingerboard)
Fender American Performer Precision Bass (Rosewood Fingerboard)

Fender American Performer Mustang Bass

Fender rounds out their American Performer series with a 30”, short-scale Mustang Bass.

Fender American Performer Mustang Bass

Like the P Bass, the American Performer Mustang Bass owes its tonal versatility to a blended pickup configuration. The middle position features a Yosemite™ split-coil Mustang Bass pickup, while the bridge features a Yosemite™ single-coil Jazz Bass pickup. As with the rest of the series, it features Fender’s Greasebucket™ circuit.

 

Moving up the body, the AP Mustang features a maple, “Modern C” neck, 9.5” rosewood fingerboard and 19 jumbo frets. Like the other basses, the headstock is adorned with Fender’s “F” light-weight vintage-paddle key tuners (with tapered shafts).

The Fender American Performer Mustang Bass comes with a gig bag.

Purchase yours today:
Fender American Performer Mustang Bass 

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