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Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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Product# H80812
OVERVIEW

The most-popular American Strat, now with upgraded electronics and hardware.

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. This latest iteration of the time-honored classic is the very essence of Strat tone and remains a beauty to see, hear 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 or rosewood fretboard, satin neck back for smooth playability, thin-finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance. Comes with 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: Rosewood
  • 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

Play Fender's most famous guitar. Don't hesitate, make it yours today.

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FenderAmerican Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 31 reviews)

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    (28)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (24)
  • Good tone (24)
  • Fun to play (22)
  • Good pick up (20)
  • Solid electronics (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (18)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Recording (17)
  • Rock concerts (11)
  • Small venues (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Professional musician (5)

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5.0

Plays/sounds as nice as a '64 Strat

By Rockit

from Warren, PA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Beautiful Wall Art
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    As always, Fender is as good as ever. Many many years ago I foolishly sold a Strat that I had purchased new in 1964...regretted selling my baby the moment she was gone. I just had to have another!

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    5.0

    The best and most beautiful giutar!

    By Bob

    from Reno, Nevada

    About Me Professional Musician

    Ask me a question

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Beautiful Sienna Sunburst
    • Custom Shop Pickups
    • Fast Action Light Touch
    • Five Way Switch
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Molded Skb Case
    • Rosewood Fingerboard
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Pricey

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Compared to my Gibson SG3 and my Fender 50th Anniversary American Deluxe Stratocaster both of which I play every day, I like the feel, sound and playability of the 60th anniversary American Standard Stratocaster more. Every detail, Frets, Fingerboard, Grains of wood, Dials and controls are just perfect.

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    5.0

    good feeling,easy to play

    By JCat

    from Upstate NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • I Own 14 Beautiful Guitar
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      I own vintage 335, Les Pauls and other strats......this white standard rosewood is my go to, plays like a dream, never goes out of tune...Love her!!!! All I need is compreeor/sustainer and with my 4 1965 blackface fender combos....Life is GOOD :)

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      5.0

      Almost compares with custom shop

      By RonL

      from Ct.

      About Me Experienced

      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:

        The workmanship on this guitar is incredible, I would almost compare it with a custom shop strat that I owned previously. The neck is comfortable and a pleasure to play, also the fat 50's pickups sound great. I would also like to mention that Musicians Friend was great to deal with, I returned one because of the color, they shipped me the three color sunburst I wanted with no hassle.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Run, don't walk.

        By evenball

        from mobile, alabama

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          a tool with which to communicate who you are,
          expect to be exposed...

          ..a wonderful thing.

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          (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar; Slight Reservations

          By Srikrishna T A

          from Chennai, India

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Good Feel
          • Great Pickups
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Blues
            • Clean Tones
            • Jazz Funk

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            Great build quality.

            Beautiful piece of Ash for the body on the guitar I got, great flawless paint job on it.

            I dig being able to see the wood grain through the paint so Sienna Sunburst on Ash it was.

            This choice of wood also suits my desire for tighter, more focused bass response from the harder Ash than the less dense Alder.

            Somehow , I find myself wanting the mid range to be a bit stronger.

            Amazing PU's, the Fat 50's. Beautiful tone. Very articulate.

            Mine's the Sienna Sunburst SSS with Rosewood fretboard.

            I don't like my tone getting too jangly (which IMHO it tends to do with a maple fretboard).
            I like it sounding clear, bright but still velvety-earthy and rich.

            Now I live In India and had this shipped by MF to a friend who was coming down.

            So it was shipped from somewhere to Nashville, went around on a flight via Frankfurt and ended up in Chennai, India.

            The climatic changes obviously being huge.

            Surprisingly, the set up wasn't affected a lot. The guitar stabilized after 4-5 days of my having it, adapting to the climate, If you will.

            My only gripe (not with MF or Fender), while it IS the best guitar I've ever played, it's till not flawlessly set-up.

            Some minor buzz when played without an amp which isn't a major issue since none of that buzz is audible when amplified.

            I can't find a good enough luthier here to trust with this guitar and I'm not great at setting guitars up.

            I removed the stock strings within a couple of days.
            This guitar would definitely benefit from .10 gauge Blue Steel.

            Reservations:

            1. I was expecting the mid frequencies to be stronger. No issues, can always boost it some other way. Also, since I didn't have the luxury of trying out a few pieces before buying, I cannot complain about this.

            I feel pieces of Ash wood are less consistent sonically than Alder, so.

            2. I've never had a C shaped neck. I've gotten used to it with this guitar and it's great but I sometimes still find it lacking that extra meat. Having learnt on a 40 year old acoustic with a chunky D shaped rosewood neck, I might enjoy an early 50's D shaped maple strat neck (like the Hot Rod ones) more or even a 50's les paul neck.

            Having said that, this neck does work particularly well for me when playing Jazz-Funk and doing comping rhythm work and some other intricate rhythm work with envelope filters engaged.

            3. Purely cosmetic, this. Maybe this should've come with the white pearloid pickguard which, IMO, looks cooler than the plain white one on this.

            Note: I have NEVER had any trouble bending even 2 tones up on the 9.5" radius fretboard.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Used American Strat - good as new!

            By Bill

            from Novelty, Ohio

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  I bought this American Standard Strat in #2 Used Condition, meaning not mint, but not far off. It was beautiful out of the box. I can find only one thing that is not near perfect. That's a slightly cracked tone dial. So for that, Musician's Friend gave me a very attractive discount. I'll take it! The guitar plays wonderfully. My main amp is a four-channel Mesa Boogie and this Strat puts out great clean and dirty tones through it. I love Gibson guitars for what they do, but tone-wise the Fender Strat has to be the most versatile guitar made.

                  This is my first American Strat. Previously I've owned an MIM, an MIM FSR, and an MIM Classic '60's Player. I loved the Classic Player and figured this American would be essentially like that only with better finishing. However, this American is a notable step up in both sound quality and finish.

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                  5.0

                  dream guitar

                  By mike

                  from Clinton IA

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  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:

                    this guitar is quality from top to bottom right out of the box!!!! great tone....beautiful finish(0lympic White)....superb action....by far the best built guitar I have ever owned!!!!FENDER quality is absolutely amazing....anyone thinking about buying a Strat should not hesitate to purchase one of these beauty's!!!

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    There's nothing else like it,

                    By Stoney

                    from NC,

                    About Me Experienced

                    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:

                    This guitar is above them all for the price, the sound, the way she plays, and the feel of the neck is great. I have a Les Paul tribute , Schecter C1 Hellraiser, a fender Strat blacktop, and know this American Standard Strat.
                    I love them all, each one has its own little something that makes them good, but this America Standard can do anything I want so much better. I have not played any of my other guitars fore day one of this American Standard coming to my door. She is everything anyone could want in a great guitar and more, all I can tell you is this, if you want a American Strat this is the one to get, the custom shop fat 50s sound incredible, and the two point tremoloI is so smooth and stays in tune very well.
                    Go play one is the best advice I can give you, BUT be ready to take her home because you well want it if you play it.

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                    5.0

                    Worth every cent

                    By Howie B.

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Novice

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Excellent playability
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Makes Practicing Fun
                    • Solid Electronics

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      A few tweeks and it plays perfectly. Great tone in all settings. Now I know what a quality guitar is. Why did I wait so long?

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