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The Fender Standard Series offers no-nonsense, affordable versions of the iconic electric guitars and basses that have defined Fender’s reputation for quality, tone and innovation for over sixty years. When the Telecaster (briefly called the Broadcaster) and Precision Bass were first introduced in the early 1950s, they were the first readily-available, mass-produced solidbody electric instruments of their kind. While other manufacturers had been building electric hollowbody guitars and solidbody lap-steel axes for years, and individual craftsmen had experimented with solidbody guitars, it was Fender’s initial foray into electric guitar and bass production, quickly followed by the Stratocaster and Jazz Bass, that started a revolution, forcing the musical world to take notice, and most of Fender’s competitors to design solidbody electrics of their own. The Telecaster, Stratocaster, Precision Bass and Jazz Bass have become classics of design, and favorites of artists of every musical genre from pop and rock to blues and jazz, delivering crisp tones, slick playability and rugged reliability at prices that just about any working musician can afford. The Standard Series epitomizes these Fender qualities, combining the best of the traditional designs with a few modern refinements to produce a line of smooth-playing, great-sounding workhorse instruments at incredibly affordable prices. For instance, the Standard Telecaster enhances the classic Tele design with extra-hot single-coil pickups, cast/sealed tuners, a six-saddle string-through-body bridge, and modern medium-jumbo frets. The Standard Stratocaster features a high-mass bridge block at the heart of the synchronized tremolo/whammy system for added sustain, and is available in a wide array of finishes, including Lake Placid Blue, Candy Apple Red, Midnight Wine, Arctic White, classic Black, and the ever-popular Brown Sunburst. The Standard Stratocaster HSS is equipped with a dual-coil humbucking pickup in the bridge position in addition to the two standard single-coils in the middle and neck positions, while the Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo sports a Floyd Rose-licensed locking tremolo/whammy system for enhanced divebomb pyrotechnics with state-of-the-art tuning stability. Bassists looking for rock-solid value will want to check out the Standard Precision Bass, which enhances the classic design with a sleek “C”-shape neck and a modern split single-coil pickup; or the Standard Jazz Bass, with medium-jumbo frets and a pair of updated pickups. Jazzers looking for a little something extra down below will dig the Standard Jazz Bass V, a 5-stringed tone monster with the added thump of low B string; or the Standard Jazz Bass Fretless, for that smooth, Jaco-friendly feel as you caress neck. Most of the Fender Standard models are available in both left-handed and righty configurations, with maple or rosewood fretboards and in a wide selection of finishes, with the result being a line of instruments boasting classic Fender sound and style with modern, up-to-date design features for excellent playability, all at incredibly affordable prices. If you’re looking to get the most musical bang for your buck, check out the Fender Standard Series today!
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