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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 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.

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

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
 
4.5

(based on 57 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (48)
  • Good tone (47)
  • Fun to play (44)
  • Good pick up (35)
  • Solid electronics (34)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (4)
  • Craftsmanship (3)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (38)
  • Jamming (37)
  • Recording (30)
  • Small venues (22)
  • Rock concerts (19)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (36), Professional musician (12), Novice (6)

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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

"The New Golden Era"

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from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • STAYS IN TUNE

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have been playing guitar since 1979. Since that time I have owned (2) 1975 Stratocasters, (2) '62 AVRI Stratocasters, and an early mid-eighties Am. Std. Stratocaster. Being a Les Paul player, I have always had at least one Strat in my collection for the distinctive tone. I have been keeping my eyes out for American Standard Stratocasters every year waiting for Fender to put out a phenomenal version. That happened in 2012 when Fender added the Fat 50's pickups, bent steel saddles, high mass tremelo block, and nice larger fret wire. I purchased the Olympic White with Maple Neck and couldn't be happier. I sold my only Stratocaster (1987 Fender '62 AVRI Stratocaster Fiesta Red) once I had this one for about a year. What can I say? It's perfect. The fit, finish, tone, and playing ease are second to none. This is how much I love the new Am. Std.'s, I purchased (2) more. One in Aztec Gold with Maple Neck and one in Vintage White with Rosewood Neck. The key to this guitar is making sure you have it set up properly. Your Stratocaster should be properly adjusted for ideal performance. The middle pickup being reverse wound is long over due making the popular positions #2 & #4 noiseless and/or noise cancelling. I have the utmost respect for vintage instruments but realistically the common man cannot afford to buy those models. Now just about everyone who has the ability to save up for one of these Stratocasters can enjoy a high quality genuine/"real deal" Fender instrument. Great job Fender!

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2.0

Bad Truss Rod

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Pros

  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Bad Truss Rod

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    4.0

    Two or three piece bodies

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    from SW Va

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Great for modification

    Cons

    • Dark and bass pickup
    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I've had 2 of these in the last 3 yrs. '13 model weighed 8lbs. Alder body joined at centre. To it's credit, it was a 2 pc alder body. I'm a little predjudiced about multi piece bodies. Although Fender claims to tone match the woods so they resonate at similar frequencies, they save oodles of money if they can cut a body offset (not joined at centre) Less wood waste. Aesthetically I prefer to see a transparent finish (that's more expensive) joined at the centre. My latest '15 US sunburst is a 3 piece body. Ok, it resonates just fine. No deadness or dullness in the tone. And it's 7.5 lbs. :) I personally think they could've used a better plank of wood. Cleaner w/o imperfections (only on the input jack side, so not as noticeable). The burst was wider and darker on that, too, most likely to hide or mask the joined pc. I expect 3 pc bodies on American Special sunburst, but NOT on a standard in that price point. Bad idea. And it's not a consistent practice. You might get a 2 piece. It's random (like a 'good Mex' Tele, I guess). Fender said so on the phone. I got an ash body Tele std and it IS a two pc, so I ordered an ash body strat in hopes of a 2 pc, plus it's just beautiful. Neck is fine, btw. Truss rod is smooth. Fretboard feels great. I even have no prob w/ the gloss front of fretboard. Some do. Get over it, your frets and the wood will hold out longer. Tuners stay tight and mostly in tune. Bridge saddles are a bit cheap. Replacing them with solid steel later. Pickups are too dark, too bassy. Can't seem to get a clear, brighter tone out of them. Ordered a Carvin pre-assembled pkgrd. Dropping in my own 'engine' (SSH w/ coil tap and always on for bridge). Should drastically improve things. Actual finish work is great, body and neck. Nut was cut just fine. No buzz w/ 10's. Guitar is not neck heavy. Nice balance (unlike my Tele Deluxe). Plastic latches on the case don't feel sturdy. Deluxe case has better latches. Still worth buying.

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    5.0

    Classic fendery tone

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    from Arlington Va

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I own an american 57 vintage fender, but the improvements on the standard makes you see how fender packs the vintage one with modern stuff but without neglecting the true origin of the strat , even better, the neck is a bliss, the tones are so classic, i just love intro riffs like joe walsh's life's been good to me or april wine high roller on this axe, i have the jade pearl which i dont see anymore, paint finish is right on the money, this fender is a winner, lasts forever, no regrets at all

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        5.0

        Hard to beat

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        from Greenville, NC

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is a perfect companion to my Gibson Les Paul!

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          5.0

          Best Strat Ever

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          from Los Angeles

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            If you think only humbuckers roar, think again.

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            3.0

            Good guitar, mediocre case.

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            from New York

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel

            Cons

            • Mediocre Case Quality

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            Good guitar. Well set up right out of the case. Unfortunately, the case isn't made well. The locks and clasps are cheaply made. One lock didn't work at all.

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            5.0

            my new favorite!

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            from virginia

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I purchased this in Ocean Blue after exploring and playing a variety of strats, les pauls, and teles, to include the classic vibes and Made in Mexo (MIM) models, as well as the china and indonesia models.

              For one thing, if you're serious about your playing, don't even bother with anything other than the American Standard. The MIM is ideal for learning to customize, and the classic vibes feel like toys in comparison. I read all the reviews and tried everything out in person. You want the American made at a minimum for serious playing and performing.

              I chose the maple fretboard, since it has a slightly brighter sound. The rosewood sounds darker and heavier, and it's a little harder to brighten a sound with pedals and effects.

              I also chose the single coils (sss) vice the hss since I currently have humbuckers on my hollow body and prefer them on les pauls. I wanted a classic strat and sound, and this model more than delivered.

              I personally play praise and worship music at our church, and this has allowed me to play songs with a Hillsong / U2 / Tomlin feel. I couldn't be happier, and will be keeping this guitar for life.

              Happy shopping!

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              5.0

              Fender start a classic sounds that delivers

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              from Ontario

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Bought one on sale for what a MIM would normally go for and thought it would be a back up to my Gibson Les Paul but that is just not the case. This guitar is far better than any MIM I have ever played and the tone is equal to any high end Gibson I have played/own. The delta tone pot allow for dynamic range and provides a little extra grit when needed. The bridge and machine heads are an excellent combination allowing the guitar to stay in tune through dive bombs and bends making it very practice for any situation.

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              5.0

              Amazing feel and tone

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              from New England

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                I finally caved and bought one of these in black with a maple fret board.

                The guitar looks as good as it feels and plays. The aged plastic on the pick-ups and tone knobs looks fantastic. The maple fret board is super smooth and responsive and great for bending, and the glossy finish looks great. Mine came set up with a low-action resulting in some minor fret-buzz but that can be adjusted.

                I am running mine through a 40w Fender Hot Rod Deluxe with a Tube Screamer and a Cry Baby and the tone is just excellent in both the clean channel and with the overdrive cranked way up. It also sounds great with the wah pedal. I tried it with a few distortion pedals and did not like the sound, but that was to be expected. I am getting great sustain even without a chorus/sustain pedal in front. I was originally planning to replace the Fat 50's with some Seymour Duncans but I think I will keep the 50's in, they sound great.

                Case is nice, but minorly annoying thing is you have to take the whammy bar off for it to fit in the case.

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