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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
  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C modern
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin Urethane
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: Custom Shop Fat '50s
  • Middle: Custom Shop Fat '50s
  • Bridge: Custom Shop Fat '50s
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Synchronized tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Strap, cable, cloth and owner's manual
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderAmerican Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 64 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (52)
  • Good tone (52)
  • Fun to play (49)
  • Good pick up (39)
  • Solid electronics (38)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Craftsmanship (5)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (43)
  • Practicing (43)
  • Recording (34)
  • Small venues (25)
  • Rock concerts (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (41), Professional musician (13), Novice (7)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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(18 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

High hopes, but dissapointed.

By Matthewl0799

from Canton, OH

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Pros

  • Good Tone
  • Nice Looking
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Doesn't Stay In Tune

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    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.

    (15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender American Stand Strat 2012

    By BluesMaster

    from New-Haven CT

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    Pros

    • Fat -50 Pups
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Neck Profile-thick-c
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Any Strat Tone Is Great

      Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      2012 Olympic-White Maple board. This Strat is a hugh improvment over the past Series/Standard production US Strats. The thick neck profile and addition of the Fat-50's pick-ups put this Strat in a different league. I'm impressed I was wondering if Fender was gonna get the Strat together or we would have to keep building our own 50-60 repos. I bought it in person so I played a few. The weights were all consistant and QC. Maybe 1/2lb variance from one to another. Most around the 7-1/2 range. Great transference of body/neck tone. Excellent nuance with Volume and Tone with the Fat-50's in all positions. I have heard compliants about the new Copper fused block and I'm a Vintage Block fan. I am getting solid sustain from this Trem unit though. Fret work is superb. Fender must have hired a new QC inspector. I haven't seen fret-work this good in years. Some may not like the Fatter C but I love the SRV older Robert Cray 60-61 C Slab-Boards Fender used, this is somewhat a similiar feel, little thinner only with the TR adustment at the head instead of the heal. I'm impressed, way to go Fender. I guess we'll be seeing the Fat-50's around for some time. Many players I know were wondering "why" the Fat-50s were not used. Great work on this Stratocaster.

      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Magical Sound!

      By JimmyJ

      from Way Up North

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Cosmetic flaws

      Best Uses

      • Any and All

      Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I have been looking for the ideal Stratocaster for a long time, and this 2013 model fits the bill. I thought I wanted a vintage reissue, but didn't like the curve of the fretboard radius, the small frets, or the lack of a tone control for the bridge pickup. I tried the Deluxe, and as nice as it is, the pickups weren't exactly the sound that I wanted, and I found that I was always messing with the S-1 switch to find that sound. Then I tried an American Standard with the new for 2012 custom shop Fat 50's pickups. At first I was shocked, and thought they sounded too much like a Telecaster (that is not a bad thing). But when I adjusted the tone controls and the Fender tube amp, they came to life. They have a sparkling, shimmering spank that completely won me over. The fretwork is perfection, and the neck is so smooth and comfortable with its rolled edges. The intonation and setup on mine is perfect. I had to adjust the tremolo claw when I put on heavier strings (10's), and was pleased to find that the tremolo block is metal, and not plastic like on my older deluxe model. This guitar has just about all the features and attributes that I personally like to find on a Stratocaster. Mine has the maple fretboard. I tried out a rosewood board model and liked it, but found that it had a slightly darker, woodier sound. That'e the thing about Strats, everyone is looking for something different, and Fender has offered up so many different permutations since 1954 that it makes the search for the perfect variation (for you) a daunting challenge. If you want an earthier, bluesier tone, you might not want this model.
      Unfortunately, mine came with a small knot in the headstock on the side. I know that it is a natural wood product, but I feel that this particular piece of maple should have been rejected at the factory (at least to go on an American Standard). The other issue is that there are faint parallel lines (indentations) either in the wood or in the finish on the back of the guitar. You can feel them if you run your finger across them. For these reasons, I was going to return it for an exchange, but I just couldn't get myself to send it back. I was afraid that the replacement wouldn't sound quite as magical, or that the neck wouldn't be so perfect. We should buy our guitars for the feel and the sound, especially if they speak to you. Cosmetics are important, but in my opinion should take second place. This is one awesome Fender, and it has found a lifetime home with someone who is very fussy and trades guitars often!

      (10 of 35 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice guitar... needs new pickups though

      By Pygmy Twilight

      from Reno NV

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up
      • Thin sound

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This guitar plays great... I have an older American standard from the 80's, with a rosewood neck, and I have to say that I like the newer neck better. However, the older one has better hardware on it. The new saddles are kind of cheesy, I think Fender needs to stop cutting corners, and focus on quality.

      For the money, I think a Gibson SG is a better deal, and a much better guitar, but I already own 5 of them.

      The stock pickups are nice, but kind of weak sounding unless you play clean all the time. It doesn't sound that good on the high gain channel of my Marshall DSL 2000. I ordered a set of Fender Hot noiseless Jeck Beck pickups to put into it... hopefully that will fatten it up a little.

      The neck is great, it is very comfortable to play.

      I wish they made the USA model with Arctic White finish... that is a much whiter white, but the wood they use on the Mexi strat necks is not as good, nor is the workmanship, I went to a local music store and compared them side by side.

      If you like your mexi strat... good for you... don't complain about the economy.

      I almost ordered a MIM for the Arctic White color, but I don't want a half-baked strat, that is "sort of ok" and "almost as good". I want the real thing. I don't own or play cheap instruments.

      (9 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Dead Pickup - Instant Return -

      By One angry customer

      from Charleston, WV

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          Guitar looks nice, dead pickup on all settings, have wanted a real Fender Strat for a long, long time. Finally spent over a grand from online vendor to get one and on the phone in less than 20 minutes for the return shipping label. Will never again buy a guitar that I can't put my hands on first. Way to go Fender, great quality control in California. And we complain about that equality of foreign guitars that cost 1/3 the price??? I know, go to a store and play before I buy. Lesson learned.

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent build quality

          By Johnny Guitar

          from Central AZ

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          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I purchase a 2012 Strat with the sunburst finish and the maple fretboard and couldn't be happier. The Fat 50's pups are a little beefier than other Strats I've played but provide a very full tone without losing the signature Fender sound. Good choice! Fit, finish and build quality rival a few custom shop guitars that I have. I found the trem to be a little mushy for my tastes, maybe not yours, so I added a 4th spring and adjusted the tension screw. Now it is perfect. Great job Fender!!!

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful sounding

            By mickeyflynn

            from Seattle

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            Pros

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

            Cons

            • None immediately apparent

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues
            • This could become my main

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            Oooh what a sweet strat tone! I played a few different guitars in this line and settled on the brightest sounding one(a black finish w/ the maple neck). I played this through a Backstar head with EL34s, through both channels. I play rock/jazz/blues and mainly stay in positions 1, 4, & 5 on the pickup selector switch.

            Dirty Channel: The bridge pickup had grit and fullness, but still with that strat brightness without being too tinny(an issue with other strats I've had) - a little thin with the volume rolled back, but that's to be expected. Position 4 had that nice and full BFG/Nationwide sound to it. The neck p/u by itself is a beautiful thing. I love these Fat 50's pickups - they sound so sweet.

            Clean Channel: position 4&5 are both bell-like and warm at the same time(an oxymoron, I know) and seem to cut through. At the time I demo'd this there was a band shooting a video 20' away at one point and even the clean channel sound was cutting through. I had that great Larry Carlton/Kid Charlemagne tone going on position 4. Very woody.

            The neck is full and comfortable, but not too thick. Bending notes is easier than I'm used to and it actually through me off for a time. I usually prefer jumbo frets, but these are nice and full. The finish work is good too i.e. no cheese grater frets.

            Overall, this is a great guitar. Go check one out.

            (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            I expected more from Fender

            By Fredhead54

            from Spartanburg, SC

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            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:

            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.

            (8 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            what a buzz machine!!

            By geobass

            from tri cities michigan

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            Pros

            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Fret Buzz
            • Just Too Much Buzz

            Best Uses

            • Could Not Use It

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I had this same guitar model back to the shop three times, you play it for a little while and you have to adjust the neck! the strings lay on the neck.that guitar was useless!went with a les paul instead.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            You'll never buy another guitar

            By Dominoe

            from Minneapolis

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            Pros

            • Beautiful Guitar
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • everything
            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I also have an American Standard Tele but there were a number of sounds I just could not get with that. So, finally I decided to buy an American Standard Strat. I have not touched my Tele since. The Strat has the full rich sound that I was looking for, along with the trademark Strat quack that my Tele just could not provide. The action is fast, I had it set up for .10's. I believe it has improved my speed, and it sounds great with all my pedals through my Blues Jr. and my Deluxe Reverb. I waited too long for this beauty, but am glad I finally bought one. And an extra bonus is the fat 50's pups, they sound much better than the old pick ups on the Standard. As hard as I play and bend the strings, it always stays in tune. I was a bit nervous about buying a guitar online, but it was quickly shipped to my house without a nick. I went for the charcoal gray metallic color, and am glad I did. I thought about black, but this one is a killer color. I will never need to buy another guitar, this one is a keeper. Get one now.

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