Overview of the New Performer Series by Fender

Overview of the New Performer Series by Fender

3rd Dec 2018

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When we asked the multitude of guitar players that are part of the Cream City Music family what they love about their Fender guitars we consistently here the same key things: the tone, the look, and the playability of these iconic instruments.

The new Fender American Performer series offers the best of American build quality and features in a guitar that is both affordable and created with the gigging musician in mind. Designed and built in Fender’s Corona, California factory, these instruments represent the pinnacle of a professional yet affordable instrument.


What’s New With The Fender American Performer Series

The American Performer Series is a dynamic and exciting successor to the Fender American Special Series and expands upon and features the classic Fender models and body styles you’ve come to know and love. These new features include:
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New American Built Models.
Fender has introduced American built versions of the Mustang and Mustang bass along with the new Telecaster HUM in addition to re-envisioning classics like the Stratocaster, Stratocaster HSS, Jazzmaster, Precision Bass, and Jazz Bass.

Yosemite Pickups.
Handcrafted in Fender’s Corona factory, the all-new Yosemite pickups are the latest in Fender innovation and design. Every pickup is custom-voiced for each instrument and position, and calibrated for equal volume in all switching combinations.

Classic Gear Tuners.
Created exclusively for the American Performer series, Fender’s ClassicGear tuning machines combine the aesthetics of vintage tuners with the modern functionality that players have been asking for including an 18:1 gear ratio for smooth action and easy fine-tuning.

Double Tap Humbuckers.
On all humbucker equipped models, the Double Tap Humbucker gives you full-throated humbucking and expressive single coil tonalities without the volume losses typical in split coil pickups so you get all the tonal flexibility without compromise.

Enhanced Electronics.
A new Push-Pull Pot provides different tonal features across models and the Fender’s Grease Bucket Circuit cuts treble without loss of gain or clarity. Add you neck pickup or tap you Humbucker with a quick push of the button and dial in your perfect tone on the fly.

New Colors & Finishes.
Fender’s new colors will inspire, make a statement, and help express your originality. The colors include Arctic White, Aubergine, Honeyburst, Penny, Satin Surf Green, Satin Sonic Blue, and Satin Lake Lake Placid Blue.

70’s Fender Logo & Headstock.
Fender marks the return of the large CBS-era headstock on Stratocasters and 70’s style logo in silver on all models. It’s an iconic Fender look that harkens to the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, and Ritchie Blackmore.

Each of these models offers Fender’s iconic style, exceptional playability and authentic Fender tone with modern features in demand by gigging musicians.


The American Performer Stratocaster

Kicking off the collection, the American Performer Stratocaster delivers the exceptional tone and feel you expect from an authentic Fender—with new enhancements that make it even more inspiring to play. The American Performer Stratocaster includes the Yosemite single-coil pickups, designed for rich, expressive tones. With flat-staggered pole pieces to increase output and a shellac coating that lets the coil breathe while controlling feedback, Yosemite pickups produce dynamic sounds ideal for any musical situation.

New with the American Performer Stratocaster:

  • Yosemite Single-Coil Stratocaster (Bridge/Middle/Neck)
  • ClassicGear Tuning Machines
  • Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • Push-pull Tone Control which adds the neck pickup in any switch position
  • A “Modern C”-shaped neck with a 9.5”-radius fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets
  • New finishes in Penny with a maple fingerboard, Satin Lake Placid Blue with a maple fingerboard, Arctic White with a rosewood fingerboard, and Honey Burst with a rosewood fingerboard

  • The American Performer Stratocaster HSS

    Expanding upon the tonal versatility of the iconic Strat, the American Performer Stratocaster HSS gives the Strat lover a hot-rodded sonic versatility that modern guitarists demand—with new enhancements, like the DoubleTap humbucking pickup, that make it even more inspiring to play. Combined, Yosemite and DoubleTap pickups produce dynamic sounds ideal for any musical situation.

    New with the American Performer Stratocaster HSS:

  • DoubleTap Humbucking (Bridge), Yosemite Single-Coil Stratocaster (Middle/Neck)
  • ClassicGear Tuning Machines
  • Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • Push-pull Tone Control which adds the neck pickup in any switch position
  • A “Modern C”-shaped neck with a 9.5”-radius fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets
  • New finishes in Satin Surf Green with a maple fingerboard, Black with a maple fingerboard, Aubergine with a rosewood fingerboard, and 3-Color Sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard

  • The American Performer Telecaster

    The American Performer Telecaster combines exceptional Fender tone and authentic feel with modern materials and player-oriented features designed to inspire while propelling your playing to new heights. The American Performer Telecaster includes the Yosemite single-coil pickups, designed for rich, expressive tones. With flat-staggered pole pieces to increase output and coatings that let the coil breathe while controlling feedback—a shellac coating for the neck pickup and wax potting for the bridge pickup—Yosemite pickups produce dynamic sounds ideal for any musical situation.

    New with the American Performer Telecaster:

  • Yosemite Single-Coil Telecaster (Bridge/Neck)
  • ClassicGear Tuning Machines
  • Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • A “Modern C”-shaped neck with a 9.5”-radius fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets
  • New finishes in Penny with a maple fingerboard, Vintage White with a maple fingerboard, Honey Burst with a rosewood fingerboard, and Satin Sonic Blue with a rosewood fingerboard

  • The American Performer Telecaster Hum

    Ready to bring the heat? The American Performer Telecaster Hum combines exceptional Fender humbucking tone and authentic feel with new tone technologies and player-oriented features designed to inspire while propelling your playing to new heights. The American Performer Telecaster Hum includes the Yosemite single-coil bridge pickup—designed for rich, expressive tone— and a wax-potted DoubleTap humbucking neck pickup, which is controlled by a push/pull tone pot. This unique, patent-applied-for design combines humbucking and single-coil voices, while eliminating volume loss in single-coil mode.

    New with the American Performer Telecaster Hum:

  • Yosemite Single-Coil Telecaster (Bridge), American Performer DoubleTap Humbucking (Neck)
  • ClassicGear Tuning Machines
  • Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • A “Modern C”-shaped neck with a 9.5”-radius fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets
  • New finishes in 3-Color Sunburst with a maple fingerboard, Vintage White with a maple fingerboard, Aubergine with a rosewood fingerboard, and Satin Surf Green with a rosewood fingerboard

  • The American Performer Jazzmaster

    Built for the gigging player with small yet brilliant performance enhancements, the elegant American Performer Jazzmaster delivers the unique and refined feel you expect from an authentic Fender—with new player-oriented features that make it even more inspiring to play. New to the American Performer Jazzmaster, the traditional Jazzmaster tailpiece and bridge have been replaced with a Strat-style six-screw vintage- style synchronized tremolo bridge.

    New with the American Performer Jazzmaster:

  • Yosemite Jazzmaster Single-Coil (Bridge/Neck)
  • ClassicGear Tuning Machines
  • Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • A “Modern C”-shaped neck with a 9.5”-radius fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets
  • 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
  • New finishes in 3-Color Sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard, Vintage White with a maple fingerboard, Penny with a rosewood fingerboard, and Satin Lake Placid Blue with a rosewood fingerboard

  • The American Performer Mustang

    The Mustang is a Fender guitar chock full of indie-rock vibe. The 24”-scale American Performer Mustang stands out with a unique feel and new player-oriented features that make it even more inspiring to play. In an ingenious design tweak the vintage-modern Mustang bridge features grooved saddles that keep your strings where they belong, no matter how hard you play.

    New with the American Performer Mustang:

  • Yosemite Single-Coil Mustang (Bridge/Neck)
  • ClassicGear Tuning Machines
  • Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • A “Modern C”-shaped neck with a 9.5”-radius fingerboard and 22 jumbo frets
  • All New American Performer Mustang Bridge & Tremolo with Grooved Saddles
  • New finishes in 3-Color Sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard, Vintage White with a maple fingerboard, Penny with a rosewood fingerboard, and Satin Sonic Blue with a rosewood fingerboard

  • The American Performer Precision Bass

    Coming straight from the talented builders at Fender, the American Performer Precision Bass delivers the grit and punch you expect from the classic Precision sound—along with new, player-oriented features that make it even more inspiring to play. This is a bass that will become your #1 instrument.

    New with the American Performer Precision Bass:

  • Yosemite Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Bridge), Yosemite Split Single-Coil Precision Bass (Middle)
  • ClassicGear Tuning Machines
  • Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • A “Modern C”-shaped neck with a 9.5”-radius fingerboard and 20 jumbo frets
  • New finishes in 3-Color Sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard, Arctic White with a rosewood fingerboard, Penny with a maple fingerboard, and Satin Lake Placid Blue with a maple fingerboard

  • The American Performer Jazz Bass

    Once an icon, always an icon, the American Jazz Bass is one of Fender’s most versatile yet classic bass guitar designs—along with new enhancements that make it even more inspiring to play. This is a new breed of Jazz Bass.

    New with the American Performer Jazz Bass:

  • Yosemite Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Bridge/Middle)
  • ClassicGear Tuning Machines
  • Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • A “Modern C”-shaped neck with a 9.5”-radius fingerboard and 20 jumbo frets
  • New finishes in 3-Color Sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard, Arctic White with a rosewood fingerboard, Penny with a maple fingerboard, and Satin Surf Green with a maple fingerboard

  • The American Performer Mustang Bass

    Fender brings a whole new bass playing experience with the short-scale American Performer Mustang Bass. New enhancements and a special split-coil pickup, replicated from the original ‘70s drawings, that make it even more inspiring to play. The American Performer Mustang Bass includes the Yosemite split-coil Mustang Bass middle pickup and a growling Yosemite single-coil Jazz Bass bridge pickup, designed for rich, expressive tones.

    New with the American Performer Mustang Bass:

  • Yosemite Single-Coil Jazz Bass (Bridge), Yosemite Split Single-Coil Mustang Bass (Middle)
  • ClassicGear Tuning Machines
  • Greasebucket Tone Circuit
  • A “Modern C”-shaped neck with a 9.5”-radius fingerboard and 19 jumbo frets
  • New finishes in 3-Color Sunburst with a rosewood fingerboard, Aubergine with a rosewood fingerboard, Arctic with a rosewood fingerboard, and Satin Surf Green with a rosewood fingerboard