Fender Player Lead III In Sienna Sunburst

A Late '70s Classic Brought Back To Life With Modern Updates

Written by

Elliot Stent

Over 40 years after it was discontinued, Fender's long-missed Lead Series is back and better than ever before! The Fender Lead III follows the design of the later 1982 model, and is equipped with a pair of humbuckers that are more apt for heavier overdriven and distorted sounds.

Complete with a modern C-shaped neck fitted with medium jumbo frets, the Lead III also sports dual-toggle switches for expanded tones, and of course - that unique Lead double-cutaway shape. 

Lead Series

Produced in the late '70s and early '80s, the Fender Lead Series had a relatively short lifespan and only a handful of originals can be found on second-hand online marketplaces. Instead of spending eyebrow-raising prices on these often battered vintage guitars, you can now pick up a brand new Fender Lead model that's not only affordable, but modernised to meet the demands of today's musicians!

Body & Neck

In typical Fender fashion, the Lead III boasts a balanced-sounding Alder body that serves as a great foundation for the punchy-sounding pickups. Joining the body is a bolt-on Maple neck that yields a bright, snappy character; giving notes plenty of immediacy. Shaped to Fender's popular Modern "C" profile, this neck offers a comfortable feel that both contemporary and traditional players can enjoy.

Electronics & Hardware

Player Series Alnico 2 humbucking pickups give the Lead III its powerful tone. With thick lows, clear mids and sparkling highs; this dual humbucker configuration is surprisingly versatile. The switches allow you to not only switch between the pickups, but also engage a coil-split mode that provides you with articulate single-coil sounds.

The Fender Lead III comes equipped with a hardtail bridge, featuring block saddles that ensure maximum sustain and solid tuning stability, especially in conjunction with the vintage-style machine heads.

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  • Body: Alder
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Body Shape: Lead


  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Neck Shape: Modern "C"
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Frets Size: Medium Jumbo
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot


  • Bridge Pickup: Player Series Alnico 2 Humbucking
  • Neck Pickup: Player Series Alnico 2 Humbucking
  • Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: HH


  • Bridge: 6-Saddle String-Through-Body Hardtail With Block Saddles
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Vintage-Style
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Flat-Top
  • Strings: Fender USA 250L Nickel Plated Steel (.009-.042 Gauges)
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