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Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard Olympic White Maple Fingerboard

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The American Standard Stratocaster is the same great best-selling, go-to guitar it has always been, and now it’s upgraded with aged plastic parts a...Read More

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The great soldibody with updated electronics and some traditional-looking appointments.

The American Standard Stratocaster is the same great best-selling, go-to guitar it has always been, and now it’s upgraded with aged plastic parts and full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat ’50s pickups. The latest iteration of the time-honored classic, it is the very essence of Strat tone and remains a beauty to see, hear and feel.

The American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard is a Fender icon. It's a beauty to behold in sound, look and feel. Features include hand-rolled fingerboard edges, Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups, staggered tuners, improved bridge with bent steel saddles and copper-infused high-mass block for increased resonance and sustain, tinted neck, high-gloss maple fretboard, satin neck back for smooth playability, thin-finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, and Fender Tolex case.

FEATURES
  • Traditional alder body for classic Strat tone
  • Popular C-shaped neck with gloss maple fingerboard and smooth satin back
  • 3 full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat ’50s pickups
  • Delta-tone no-load circuit for more midrange and hotter output
  • Fender Tolex case, cable, strap, and polishing cloth

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SPECIFICATIONS

American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard

  • Solid alder body (urethane finish)
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck with rich, deep neck tint, glossed neck front with satin back
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • 3 full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat ’50s pickups
  • Delta-tone no-load circuit (includes high output bridge pickup and special no-load tone control for middle and bridge pickups)
  • Bent steel Fender saddles
  • Copper Infused Cast Strat Bridge Block (steel with copper- 100% metal) for Increased Mass and Improved Tone
  • Thinner undercoat for improved body resonance
  • American 2-point trem
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • Staggered machine heads
  • Aged plastic parts
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FenderAmerican Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard
 
4.5

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (39)
  • Good tone (39)
  • Fun to play (35)
  • Good pick up (28)
  • Solid electronics (27)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (31)
  • Jamming (29)
  • Recording (24)
  • Small venues (18)
  • Rock concerts (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (28), Professional musician (11), Novice (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great new generation Stratocaster!

I've been a Stratocaster owner and player for over 30 years! This guitar arrived via UPS in a timely manner undamaged. According to the serial number, this guitar is a year 2013 model....Read complete review

I've been a Stratocaster owner and player for over 30 years! This guitar arrived via UPS in a timely manner undamaged. According to the serial number, this guitar is a year 2013 model. I always expect that a guitar should be setup properly and ready to go right out of the box, and the setup of this guitar was good out of the box, even though I still performed my own set up to meet my comfort level of playing. I received the Olympic White model with the maple fret board model and I love it! I happen to own a few USA Fender Stratocasters dating from 1975 through 2013 including this recent acquisition and some of the specs have changed over the years within the USA Standard models. What really stands out on this current generation of Stratocasters is the Custom Shop Fat 50 pickups. The Fat 50's are very good pickups. Due to the fact that I play multiple styles of music from Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock and R&B, the Fat 50 pickups have good presence in the mid and high tonal ranges, which allows me to stay on the top of the mix for solos and allows good presence and resolution for rhythm guitar playing while playing a supportive role in the band when I need to stay within the mix. Being that I love to play jazz, I found that the Custom Shop Fat 50 pickups give decent roll off of the highs with the tone select switch in the neck position to give me the warmer jazz tones that I like. I would prefer even a greater degree of roll off of the highs as these pickups have quite a bit of brightness, particularly with the maple fret board, but the tone is good enough for me to get the job done. The Pro Series hard shell case that comes with the guitar, is not as good of quality as the Fender cases that were made in the 60's 70's 80's or 90's, but I do like the fact that case is a tradition style Fender case in comparison to the over sized SKB that was included in the previous USA Standard model. Overall, I feel that this is a great guitar and I prefer the overall sound on this current model compared to the standard pickups in the previous Standard model that date around the years 2005 through 2010. Again....I love it! Great guitar!

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High hopes, but dissapointed.

I've been considering buying one of these for years. Finally broke down and ordered one from MF. First of all, I had them do a price match with the smile on the box...Read complete review

I've been considering buying one of these for years. Finally broke down and ordered one from MF. First of all, I had them do a price match with the smile on the box people. Saved a couple hundred, but they sent me a used guitar. I didn't get a used guitar price on it, so that wasn't cool. When I first opened it up the case was very nice and high quality. When I first saw the guitar it was beautiful. I love the Sienna Sunburst finish. It seemed to be very well made and surprisingly light. I don't like the fact that I ordered a maple neck/fret board and they put a finish on the fret side. Why would they do that? The best guitar I've ever played has a solid maple neck/fret board and it is completely unfinished other than oiled. I did not like the way your hand kinda sticks to it. The tone of this guitar is good. Very bright and bluesy with good cleans through mild crunch. But that's about all it's good for. Anything over mild gain and it just doesn't sound good. That is through a good tube amp too. The main problem I have with this guitar is that no matter what I do, it just won't stay in tune. Very subtle vibrato on the tremo, and you have to stop and retune. That drives me nuts and shouldn't be an issue on a guitar that costs, well, you know what they charge for one of these. Personally, I don't see what is so great about a Strat. I've played more versatile, better guitars for half the price. If you mainly play blues or country, this is a great guitar for you, as long as you don't touch the tremolo bar. I'm sending this one back.

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5.0

Dream to play

By Ultrahedgehog

from Annapolis

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

      Fantastic instrument. Smooth and easy to play with fantastic tones. Fender is making some amazing standards these days.

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Oh, what fun!

      By Jemarr

      from Miami, FL

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Lives Up To Its Billing

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

        Picked the right axe for a return from acoustic to electric guitar. So much fun to play! And with the Vox accessory and earphones my marriage may even survive it.

        Comment on this review

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        My current go-to

        By guitarsonist52792

        from Nashville, TN

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good quality
        • Good Tone
        • Relics Fast

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Performing
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

          I've safely have had this guitar for a little over a year. 2013 model. First and foremost, those CS Fat '50s are INCREDIBLE!!!! I play mostly alternative country through a modded SuperReverb and various Wampler and Dunlop pedals. I tried out multiple guitars, including another American Standard (3TS-Maple) as well as the Mayer Signature, and this one spoke to me the most.

          Now, the finish, mine's OW. And it's relicing so great after one year of solid performing, you wouldn't believe it's only a year old. I have a 1990s strat with a Clapton boost in it that I compare it to, and it takes the toll. I can even pull tele sounds with it too.

          I highly recommend you go to the local music store and try one out.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beats Mexi hands down

          By Audio Addict

          from Long Island N.Y.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

              I have been playing for a long time. I have 14 guitars. I can tell you that this is a fantastic instrument worth every penny they charge for it. I have a fender Mexican stat that looks almost identical. That is where the similarities end. The American standard has a superior feel to it. It's kind of something that is hard to describe, but in my opinion well worth the money. The American also comes with a case where the Mexi doesn't. Don't get me wrong the mexi strat is a good instrument just different. The difference in quality, feel and sound, is very evident. So if your not sure if the American is worth the money in my opinion it defiantly is. Just cause they look the same don't mean they are.

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              What a beautiful guitar

              By costerdock

              from Prescott AZ

              About Me Novice

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Absolutely Perfect
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

              I've read all the reviews here - mostly all positive - of the negative - I didn't have any of the issues - it arrived in perfect condition - the box was not opened - which I was expecting and hoping for (I do not want anyone doing a pre-inspection - because you never know if you are receiving a returned item) - I want the guitar as it came from Fender.

              This guitar is perfect - I cannot find a single flaw like few others have mentioned - this is not going back.

              I love the Mystic Blue - you really have to see it in person - this guitar is beautiful - feels absolutely wonderful - I cannot imagine a boutique custom builder making anything much better. Fender did a great job on this.

              Great service by Derek at MF

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Pros vs. Cons

              By Deuce

              from Fort Kent, ME

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fat 50 Pickups Are Sweet
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Tone Knob Stripped
              • Tremolo Arm Cross Threads

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

              I tried the new Deluxe Strats and literally hated the tone that the N3 pickups give out. Plus I don't care for all the little extras offered in the Deluxe model so I sent it back and am very happy with the American Standard model. The custom shop Fat 50's pickups sound so much better than the N3. For cleans the Fat 50's are not as bright and organic as the vintage sounding '54 pickups but a VERY close second. For use with overdrive, I prefer the Fat 50's for their smoothness and silence.

              I'm very happy with this purchase. It just worries me a little that the tremolo feels cross threaded (I tried with different Fender trem arms). Hopefully this is an issue that will self-repair. It does seem easier to screw the arm in lately. Because of this and the stripped tone knob that had to be replaced I am giving the guitar a 4 out of 5. Otherwise, it is excellent in every way.

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great new generation Stratocaster!

              By 2nd Planet

              from Northern California

              About Me Professional Musician

              Ask me a question

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Playing Action
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Live performances
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

              I've been a Stratocaster owner and player for over 30 years! This guitar arrived via UPS in a timely manner undamaged. According to the serial number, this guitar is a year 2013 model. I always expect that a guitar should be setup properly and ready to go right out of the box, and the setup of this guitar was good out of the box, even though I still performed my own set up to meet my comfort level of playing. I received the Olympic White model with the maple fret board model and I love it! I happen to own a few USA Fender Stratocasters dating from 1975 through 2013 including this recent acquisition and some of the specs have changed over the years within the USA Standard models. What really stands out on this current generation of Stratocasters is the Custom Shop Fat 50 pickups. The Fat 50's are very good pickups. Due to the fact that I play multiple styles of music from Jazz, Blues, Funk, Rock and R&B, the Fat 50 pickups have good presence in the mid and high tonal ranges, which allows me to stay on the top of the mix for solos and allows good presence and resolution for rhythm guitar playing while playing a supportive role in the band when I need to stay within the mix. Being that I love to play jazz, I found that the Custom Shop Fat 50 pickups give decent roll off of the highs with the tone select switch in the neck position to give me the warmer jazz tones that I like. I would prefer even a greater degree of roll off of the highs as these pickups have quite a bit of brightness, particularly with the maple fret board, but the tone is good enough for me to get the job done. The Pro Series hard shell case that comes with the guitar, is not as good of quality as the Fender cases that were made in the 60's 70's 80's or 90's, but I do like the fact that case is a tradition style Fender case in comparison to the over sized SKB that was included in the previous USA Standard model. Overall, I feel that this is a great guitar and I prefer the overall sound on this current model compared to the standard pickups in the previous Standard model that date around the years 2005 through 2010. Again....I love it! Great guitar!

              Comment on this review

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Solid Guitar - Superb Build - Beautiful

              By fcwedd

              from Detroit, MI

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

                The built quality of this guitar is top-notch. It feels great in the hand. The sound is even better.

                My only problem is the fretboard. There is so much gloss on the fretboard that it makes doing a full bend very difficult. Perhaps using .10+ stings would help. I use .09s, so touching the fretboard is simply going to happen.

                The gloss fretboard was the only problem in terms of the guitar (personal preference). I don't know why they don't offer satin boards ;/

                The other problem was due to UPS. UPS shipped my goods (guitar and blackstar ht-60 amp) with water-logged boxes. It looks like it was sitting in a pool of water for hours. There was even mud inside the box and on the product. I know this has nothing to do with the guitar itself, but it was part of the reason I returned it.

                Comment on this review

                (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Customer Service

                By krw

                from north carolina

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

                First off let me just say Musician's Friend had great customer service throughout this whole thing...Fender quality control should be ashamed. Some of the pieces of wood they attempted to use in conjunction with the Sienna Sunburst finish were appalling. I'm talking multiple knots on the front grain of the wood. If you're someone who likes that sort of thing then great but in my mind if I'm paying over 1000 for a guitar with a semi-transparent finish I expect them to use a decent piece of wood to accommodate a finish such as this. It took three tries (all of which MF footed the shipping bills for) until I finally received a guitar with no knots on any portion of the body.

                In terms of playing the guitar is awesome minus some slight fret buzz which was corrected with my initial setup.

                I highly suggest doing this one in person if you have a chance to. I'm really not picky in terms of only accepting some awesome looking wood grain, I just don't like knots. Had there been a MF close I would have went that route and I would highly suggest you do the same if you are going for a sunburst finish.

                Comment on this review

                (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                I expected more from Fender

                By Fredhead54

                from Spartanburg, SC

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • After Set-up Plays Great
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Impressive Looks
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Case Was Scuffed
                • Finish Was Poorly Done
                • Fret Buzz
                • Frets Need Filing
                • Out-of-box Set-up Poor
                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard:

                This guitar carries the Fender name and tradition, and it certainly isn't cheap. It's the 5th Fender guitar I've bought (Mustang, Tele, 2 Strats, Squire Bass). For a guitar of this reputation and price, I expected a near-perfect product. Instead, the set-up was way off, the finish had flaws, and the frets needed filing. Also, the case is scuffed. I will be hesitant to mail-order a guitar again.

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