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Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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Product# H80805
OVERVIEW

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 60 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (50)
  • Good tone (49)
  • Fun to play (46)
  • Good pick up (36)
  • Solid electronics (35)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (5)
  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (41)
  • Jamming (40)
  • Recording (32)
  • Small venues (24)
  • Rock concerts (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (38), Professional musician (12), 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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5.0

Holy Grail

By Jimmy Jam

from Delmar DE

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Just the Axe to have! I have a collection of excellent instruments. I'm tone spoiled and love to play everyday! I wasn't sure about buying a "newer" Strat but, boy, my concerns were squashed once I set this thing up to my liking! Plays like a dream, feels excellent and has all the positives of a true American Strat. I'm totally in love with it and keep asking myself if I even need my collection anymore! This guitar allows you to become the sound you always imagined! There is a reason many great players have picked these! I like it better than my 1991 American Standard! Pure quality and tone for days! Thanks Leo!

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    1.0

    Very disappointed

    By Mike R.

    from Texas

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Very, very disappointed in the craftsmanship of the American made fender standard stratocaster. Ordered 2 of them and sent both of them back.The first one , the neck pocket was toon big for the neck heel which resulted in about almost an eighth of an inch gap between the body and the neck.Sent it back.Musicians Friend talked me in to exchanging it for another thinking that is probably 1 in a100, so l did.The next one was the same problem except the neck was pulled over to the left of the body to hide the gap which totally missalined the whole guitar.Now the high e string is almost off of the fret board.Sent it back and got my money back and told them l would never order a guitar by maIL order again. I have bought Mexican made fender guitars that are way better craftsmanship Tha the American made fenders.Unless Musicians Friend gets all the American made rejects.

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      5.0

      Awesome

      By Ben

      from Colorado

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Everything is good I really enjoy it. Plays just fine, played other brands of guitars before but
        I always ended up playing the black strat the most and figured I should just stick
        With fender. I bought my blue squier 1st then really liked it. Then decided to buy
        An american Strat. Solid intrument.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        "The New Golden Era"

        By David P. Makowski

        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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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Bad Truss Rod

        By Timmy bag of donuts.

        from Pennsylvania

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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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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Two or three piece bodies

          By Gtrdancer1

          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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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Classic fendery tone

          By This old man

          from Arlington Va

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          Verified Reviewer

          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

              By Tom

              from Greenville, NC

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              Verified Buyer

              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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                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best Strat Ever

                By Bradley

                from California

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                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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                  (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  3.0

                  Good guitar, mediocre case.

                  By Steps

                  from New York

                  About Me Experienced

                  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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