The unsung hero. The Fender Player Lead II showcases heritage design with enough power and versatility to meet the modern player's demands. A pair of slanted Alnico 5 Strat single-coils offer all the bite and crisp articulation you'd expect from a traditional Fender. But, with even more tonal options provided by the unique 'phase' switches, every nuance of your tone is ready to be shaped for performance. Because this is a guitar that excels in any genre. And it's waiting for your creative spark...
But sometimes the old ways are the best. Which is why Fender have incorporated their historic feel into this one-of-a-kind model, for a playing experience that's coveted by guitarists everywhere. A sleek, pau ferro fretboard is like velvet to the touch, letting your fingers glide across its silky surface. And, with a modern "C" shaped maple neck, players can practice for hours on end with maximum comfort, preventing cramp from tarnishing your performance. This is a guitar born from Fender's most creative era. With all the meticulous attention-to-detail that made us fall in love with the classics.
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A homage to Fender's most innovative era. Created in 1979, the ground-breaking Lead series marked a fresh start for the world of guitars, combining unique electronics and distinctive style with a familiar feel. The original concept was to provide a more accessible variant of the Stratocaster, with a neck and pickup selection that stood out to players of all genres. And now, Fender have relaunched the esteemed series and equipped it for the modern stage.
The unveiling of the new Lead series presents two models – Lead II and Lead III. Both feature a more symmetrical take on the Stratocaster body shape, along with a smaller headstock and a secure hardtail bridge. The difference lies in the pickups. The Lead II is home to a pair of neat single-coils, while the Lead III hosts a dual humbucking configuration – both stemming from Fender's iconic Player Series. Special wiring options, vintage feel, and the unprecedented build-quality of Fender – these sensational instruments are ready to lead the way in your next musical chapter…
Shaped for the era. The Lead II comes fitted with a pair of Alnico 5 Player Series single-coils, emitting a tone with all the snap, bite, and exceptional articulation that Fender have become known for. Much like a Strat, the pickups have been slanted to maintain superb note-definition with each string, giving you that coveted vintage bite throughout your lead and rhythm playing. And, with master tone and volume knobs, players have complete freedom to shape their tone to their style.
But the Lead II offers even more sonic options than your average Fender. An integrated phase switch lets you alternate between the pickups working in or out of phase with each other. What this means, is that you have two different voicings to experiment with the same pickups, gifting you with a simple-yet-versatile setup for your electronics. A traditional 3-way selector switches the use of the neck pickup, bridge pickup, or both. So, you can instantly transition between twanging leads, and more textured chords in performance. Discover the secret to your sound.
Release your creativity. You'll be able to pick up this guitar at a moment's notice and get your riffs out. The sleek modern "C" shaped maple neck feels super comfortable in your hands, and it's bolted onto the body for extra tonal brightness and stability. The pau ferro fretboard complements it perfectly, offering strong sustain and a smooth surface for you to express your riffs on. Both these woods have a beautiful resonance which helps to enrich your notes. Prepare to be inspired.