• Fender Prodigy electric guitar
    Fender Prodigy


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1991 to 1993

The Fender Prodigy was a Superstrat with designed to compete with Ibanez RG and Jackon/Charvel models of the era. When first introduced in 1991 the Prodigy had a Fender classic Synchronized tremolo system - although the Prodigy II released in 1992 had a Kahler 2720 Spyder double-locking tremolo. The Strat shaped body has more offset curves and slightly sharper horns than a traditional Stratocaster. The single volume and tone knobs controll a Fat-Strat pickup configuration - with a humbucker in the bridge position and two single coils. The output jack is in the scratch plate - where the second tone control would normally be on a Strat. The Prodigy was discontinued in 1993. Tony Bacon's book "50 Years of Fender" suggests the Prodigy was at least partly manufactured in Fender's new factory in Ensenada, Mexico, but the Prodigy headstocks decals clearly indicate they were made in the USA & sources at Fender attribute the majority of manufacture to the Corona, California plant.

Source: 50 years of Fender by Tony Bacon, Paul Day.

Specifications (22)


Controls materialblack controls
Controls shapetop hat controls
Number of control knobs2 control knobs
Pickup selector controls5-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control


Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, red finish, white finish
Made inUSA
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


Body materialpoplar body
Body styleStratocaster style, super strat style body
Pickguard material3-ply pickguard


Fingerboard materialmaple fingerboard, rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdotted circle fingerboard position markers


Hardware colorblack chrome hardware, chrome hardware
TunersFender die-cast tuners


Headstock inlays or logosBrand name logo or inlay on headstock
Neck materialmaple neck
Neck width1.65 inches wide at nut
Number of frets22 fret
Nutlocking tremelo and nut
Tuner layoutfive-in-a-row tuners

Prices (2)

1991$649.99new$649.99 in 1991

Reviews (4)

FENDER PRODIGY reviewed by Detroit weirdo

Average: 5 (1 vote)
I bought mine new in 91 learned to play on it...dropped it a few times causing a few dings in it and replaced the hb with one my friend gave me out of a jackson..played it like that for years bought a gibson sg had that about a year and sold it..about a year ago I put a pearly gates hb in it and now it is absolutely perfect..I will never sell it it plays better than any other guitar I can think of it is a highly under rated guitar that should have been produced alot longer it has never needed anything more than a string change...the hb replacement was just a choice very well made

FENDER PRODIGY reviewed by Rich

Average: 5 (1 vote)
I bought a used white Fender Prodigy back in the early 2000's for only $200.00. It was dirty but not dinged or chipped, and the pickguard seemed to take most of the abuse. It had a great neck with light wear on good medium-jumbo frets, and everything worked as it was supposed to. Over the following few years, I did the following to improve its condition. First, I cleaned and polished the body and shielded the pickup routing. The frets were dressed and polished. I replaced the pot metal bridge saddles on the vintage-style vibrato with GFS forged stainless saddles, and had a new tortoiseshell pickguard made by Pickguard Heaven, as I remember. It cost about $65.00, but the guitar is now gorgeous and looks like new. The new pickguard is 3-ply and plenty strong to support the jack despite the screws being close to the corners. While I was gigging with it, I was pleased with the two single-coil pickups, but I found the bridge HB to be dull...no wonder with a reading of 15K ohms. My final mod is pending now, and I will be replacing the bridge HB with a hot P-90 style pickup that should brighten up the sound and be a good match for the loud single-coils. None of the upgrades/mods was expensive, and I'm very happy with this underrated bargain. I bought this guitar to refurbish and sell, but I got to like it as much as my Strat, and I would never sell it now. If it were stolen, I would be extremely upset because I can't replace it. Too bad they were discontinued!

FENDER PRODIGY reviewed by Darrell

Average: 5 (1 vote)
I own one of the 1991 guitars in black. The pick guard broke where the guitar input jack is and I would like to buy a new one and can't find one. If anyone has any ides where I can buy one would be helpful. Terrible design flaw by fender to put the input jack in the pick guard next to the screw that holds the pick guard on as lot of stress when unplugging the guitar cord causing the guard to break. Other than that no complaints it play nice and has a good voice. I am the original owner and never had any issues with this except the pick guard. Please contact me at [email protected] if you can help me locate a pick guard.

FENDER PRODIGY (U.S. MODELS) reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Solid and one of the best guitars ever made in the 1990s. Solid voice like nasal tone on the neck pickup. She can sing and dance. She rock and she can roll. She can lie down or bang her head.

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