Unique styling, fantastic sounds and a heavy slingshot

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Given that I own and operate a tech website, you might think consumer tech is my life. Although I love what I do, I love playing with gadgets and new technologies. Music (especially guitar) is much more important to me than technology. I had the chance to indulge this passion by reviewing guitars like the Fender Player Plus Meteora.

Estimated reading time: seven minutes

Fender was kind enough to send in their guitars for testing and evaluation, and these reviews are by far my favorite. The Fender Player Plus Meteora has a unique style and aesthetic. It produces fantastic sounds. But this guy is heavy. It’s not so bad; some guitarists like a heavier guitar. So let’s move on to my review of the Fender Player Plus Meteora Six-String Guitar.

Features

The Fender Player Plus Meteora has the following features and specifications:

  • Body material: Alder
  • Body finish: Shiny polyester
  • Body color: Belair Blue (also available in Cosmic Jade, Silverburst and 3-Color Sunburst)
  • Body shape: Meteors
  • Handle material: Maple
  • Neck finish: Satin urethane with gloss urethane doll head
  • Shape of the handle: modern c
  • Scale length: 25.5″ (64.77mm)
  • Fingerboard material: Pau Ferro
  • Fingerboard radius: 12″ (305mm)
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Fret size: Medium Jumbo
  • Nut material: Synthetic bone
  • Nut Width: 1.685″ (42.8mm)
  • Inlays: White Pearloid Dot
  • Side stitches: White
  • Clamp rod: Single action, head adjustment
  • Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
  • Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Auxiliary switching: S-1 Enable Volume (for Coil Split)
  • Pickup Configuration: Humbucker/Humbucker
  • Bridge Pickup: Fireball® humbucking pickup
  • Neck pickup: Fireball® humbucking pickup
  • Bridge: 2-point synchronized tremolo with brushed steel saddles
  • Hardware finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Mechanics: Deluxe Cast/Sealed Lock (all short posts)
  • Pickguard: 3 ply Mint Green
  • Control buttons: Knurled flat top
  • Switch tip: Aged white
  • Channels: Fender® USA 250LR Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.046 gauges), PN 0730250404
  • Transport bag : Deluxe carry bag included

What’s in the box

  • Fender Player Plus Meteors
  • Fender Deluxe Gig Bag
  • Adjustment tools
  • Tremolo bar
  • Manuals and Documentation

Design

Fender Player Plus Meteors
It’s a beautiful guitar

When it comes to guitar design, I would call myself a traditionalist, at least when it comes to body shapes. I like the Strat shape, Tele shape, Les Paul shape and Super Strat shapes. So when I saw the Fender Player Plus Meteora, I didn’t think I would like it very much.

The shape reminds me of the Fender Jaguar, a guitar I never liked, but unlike the Jaguar, I found this shape pleasing to the eye. Starting from the top of the guitar, the headstock is a classic Fender with the silver logo flanked by wicks and Meteora. The string tree is Fender’s American Standard, a nice improvement over those you find on Squires or low-end Fenders.

The back of the Fender Player Plus Meteora headstock bears the serial number beginning with MX, which signifies that the guitar was made in Mexico. The chrome tuners are Fender’s locking tuners; nice to see here. The maple neck is smooth and comes complete with Fender’s skunk stripe.

The neck is Pau Ferro, not my favorite as I find Pau Ferro to be a dry wood that can bind my movement. The medium jumbo frets are comfortable and the fretwork is excellent, no sharp fret ends.

The back of the body has a Strat-style cavity cover in mint green covering the tremolo claw and springs. The tremolo block is a good size and the neck plate features the ‘F’ and Player Plus logo. The neck plate is a typical Fender 4-bolt design.

Around the front of the Fender Player Plus Meteora is a mint green pickguard which looks great combined with the Belair Blue color. Speaking of color, Belair Blue goes from white to light blue to deep blue. It’s a beautiful color and the most beautiful color on this guitar.

The tip of the pickup rings switch and the tip of the tremolo arm are all fitted with antique white. I would have liked to see them in the same white color as the body. The tremolo is a Fender 2-point system, and it works well, although I don’t use a lot of tremolo as I prefer to bend and create vibrato with my fingers. The saddles are steel, however; another nice update.

The Fender Player Plus Meteora knurled knobs are classic Telecaster-style knobs that are easy to grip and use. The top knob has the S-1 push button, which puts the Fireball Humbuckers into single coil mode. The Fireball humbuckers have chrome covers with the Fender logo engraved. Pickup stations are visible and staggered, three up and three down.

My biggest negative of the Fender Player Plus Meteora design is its weight and balance. This guitar is bottom heavy and reminds me of a Les Paul. I prefer a balanced weight when I have a guitar strapped to me. I don’t like the neck or bottom dive, and the Meteora has the latter. Of course, that’s subjective, and many guitarists will love the Meteora’s weight and feel.

Overall, the design of the Fender Player Plus Meteora is beautiful. The materials and craftsmanship are excellent, and it’s nice to hold. My only major complaint is the weight and balance.

Out-of-the-box configuration

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Pau Ferro fingerboard with rolled edges

Setups are super subjective, and I’m sure every guitarist will find fault no matter how good a guitar’s setup is when it comes from the factory. The Fender Player Plus Meteora is generally very well configured.

The fretwork is excellent, the fret ends are amazing, the fingerboard was clean and oiled, and everything that was supposed to be in order was. The knobs, tremolo and all moving parts are high quality and there were no issues. The fingerboard is Pau Ferro, which I’m not a fan of, but… the fingerboard edges are rolled, which is excellent!

The action, however, the action was slightly high. At least above what I prefer. It’s not so high that the guitar is unplayable, not at all; it’s just higher than I like.

Overall the setup was great except for the action. But it’s not something that can’t be adjusted and corrected. You can lower the action yourself or take it to a luthier and have it done for around $40.

sound/playability

Fender Player Plus Meteors
Fireball Humbuckers with Split Coils

The Fender Player Plus Meteora is a very playable guitar. The fretwork and rolled fingerboard edges make it very easy to play. The modern C-neck is comfortable and familiar. The body has a tummy comfort fit and an arm comfort fit. These make the gameplay more comfortable.

Again, my only complaint is the weight. Strapped down, the Fender Player Plus Meteora can become a chore to hold on for long periods of time. However, it is a very comfortable guitar to play seated as you can snuggle it nicely on your lap.

As for the sound, the Fireball humbuckers produce warm, enveloping tones giving you that Les Paul-like sound. The 3-way switch gives you options for neck, neck/bridge, and bridge. At the same time, the S-1 switch splits the coils giving you those Strat sounds as well. So there are a lot of tonal possibilities here.

Overall, the gameplay is excellent; it would be better if the weight was not an issue for me. The tonal range and sound are exceptional, and there are plenty of options for a wide range of sounds.

Price value

The Fender Player Plus Meteora price is north of $1,000, or US$1,149. There’s a ton of value here, given that the materials used are excellent. You also get a fantastic 2-point tremolo with steel saddles, rolled fingerboard edges and huge tonal possibilities. I wish Fender had included a hard case instead of a gig bag. This would have solidified the value.

Wrap

The Fender Player Plus Meteora, like any other guitar, is not for everyone. For me, it’s the weight that is the issue. But it sounds really good, and it looks awesome. I can forgive the weight a bit as it plays well and looks good.

Last updated July 3, 2022.

Fender Player Plus Meteors

$1,149

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Nailed it

  • The Meteora looks really cool and the Belair Blue color is fantastic
  • Modern C-neck shape feels great in the hand
  • Fret work is good, no sharp fret ends
  • Fireball Humbuckers Sound Great
  • S-1 switch is handy for getting single coil sounds
  • Deluxe Gig Bag is decent, although a hard case would have been better
  • Many sound options with humbuckers and S-1
  • Rolled fingerboard edges

Work needed

  • It’s heavy down there
  • The action was a little too high out of the box
  • Over $1000 and only a carry bag, would have been nice to have a hard case
  • Would have preferred a maple or rosewood fingerboard, the pau ferro feels very dry to me

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