Fender Series Quality Ranking

Fender has many guitar & bass series; which can be confusing for the customer. In this post, I will make a clear ascending ranking of alleged quality levels of their instruments.

Alleged is emphasized, because each and every guitar is unique. A supposedly low-ranking guitar might turn out to be great, while a supposedly high-ranking guitar might turn out to be mediocre. Plus, you might prefer a supposedly lower-ranking guitar to a supposedly higher-ranking guitar due to subjective reasons (I like passive basses better, for instance).

So, always buy with a trusted expert to do the essential checks if you aren’t experienced to tell gems from lemons; to ensure that the price surplus really corresponds to a quality surplus.

If you are wondering about how expensive your guitar should be; check this article.


Level 10: Squier

  • 11: Affinity
  • 12: Standard
  • 13: Classic Vibe (formerly Vintage Modified)
  • 14: Contemporary

Level 20: Mexican

  • 21: Player (formerly Standard)
  • 22: Vintera (+ discontinued Aeordyne)
  • 23: Player Plus (formerly Deluxe Active)
  • 24: Road Worn
  • 25: Artist

Level 30: Japan

Fender Japan’s alleged quality level is right between Mexican and USA models.

Level 40: USA

  • 41: Performer (formerly American Special, Highway One)
  • 42: Pro II (formerly American Standard, Pro)
  • 43: Ultra Luxe (formerly Ultra, Elite, Deluxe)
  • 44: Vintage II (formerly Original, Vintage)
  • 45: American Artist

Level 50: Custom Shop

  • 51: Team Built
  • 52: Master Built









7 responses to “Fender Series Quality Ranking”

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  3. Ytomo Avatar

    Useless infomation….

    1. Dr. Kerem Koseoglu Avatar

      Useless opinion 😊👍

  4. Libel Avatar

    Could you define what you mean by “quality” in this context? Is it the craftsmanship and reliability, or does that include playability and sound — which are naturally more subjective. For example, the fact that a Player does NOT come with a glossy neck immediately puts it above many others ranked higher for me, even tho the Ultras have magnificent neck finishes to look at 🙂

    1. Dr. Kerem Koseoglu Avatar

      I’m talking about the “theoretical” quality level – whatever Fender means by that. I agree that “practical” quality is highly subjective.

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