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The world's most famous guitar with a half-century of upgrades!
The Fender American Stratocaster Electric Guitar is a Fender icon. Juicy new upgrades include a non-veneered alder body and a hum/single/hum pickup routing for more wood, more resonance, and more tone while retaining the ability to install humbuckers at the bridge and neck. It has more highly detailed fret and nut work for greater playability and tuning stability, plus a new neck shape with rolled edges that plays faster and smoother. This Strat features the original headstock shape but has staggered machine heads losing one string tree and improving string angle over the nut. Custom staggered pickup magnets improve string-to-string balance and give the G-string better tone. Cosmetics include parchment/black/parchment pickguard and parchment pickup covers, knobs, and tips.
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I have owned three Stratocasters in the last 30 years, or so. After first purchasing this guitar, I was disappointed in two areas. The guitar was set-up poorly from the factory, and...Read complete review
I have owned three Stratocasters in the last 30 years, or so. After first purchasing this guitar, I was disappointed in two areas. The guitar was set-up poorly from the factory, and frets were buzzing all over. When I first got it, I thought that the change from my Dean Hardtail was the problem, that I was just playing the neck a little poorly. (I'm one of those people that can't pick any guitar out of a rack, and play as well as I do on my #1). But the problem got worse, after about a week. Since I never use the whammy bar, I had it blocked by a great guitar tech. Then I had a set of Schaller locking tuners installed, and finally, had the guitar set-up correctly, and to my specs. Blocking the tremolo cured the tuning problems I had with it. It wouldn't stay tuned for a half hour. I can't beat it out of tune now. Since the mods the guitar plays fast, and the tone is great. The tuners, of course, just help speed up re-stringing. However, except for a few vintage Strats that friends of mine were kind enough to let me play, it's one of the best playing and sounding Strats, that I have owned and played. To avoid the money and expense that it took to get such a great sounding guitar, just buy one of the "select" models, with tuners, excellent factory set-up, etc. You will end up spending the extra money anyway. I also like the "Delta Tone" feature. Clean, or ran through a Voodoo Labs Sparkle Drive (yes there is a better pedal than the Ibanez), this guitar is a real butt kickin' blues and blues/rock monster now. Also, fit, finish, and quality are great, although I plan on having in re-fretted with Jumbo fret wire. I think Fender would do a little better set-up on a guitar at this price, when some of their Mexican Made Models (without mods) sound just as good, before I had the mods made to mine. If you're shopping for one of these, I suggest you play everyone on the rack, to see which one sounds the best.
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Background: I've had my American Standard since 1997. I've been playing guitar since 1991. I've used the Strat extensively with a Mesa/Boogie DC-5 and a Fender DeVille.Review: Although I was excited...Read complete review
Background: I've had my American Standard since 1997. I've been playing guitar since 1991. I've used the Strat extensively with a Mesa/Boogie DC-5 and a Fender DeVille.Review: Although I was excited about the acquisition for a few months, it really has done very little for my playing and I have not come to love it (as I have my Gibson SG).It's a little difficult to play compared to my other guitars. Its tone is a little thin for my tastes. Both clean and distorted, it's more dissonant than warm, but I suppose many folks prefer this.I guess I thought if it was good enough for Jimi it would be good enough for me. But either his Strat was far removed from mine (and obviously his was built a long time ago) or, since I don't have 10% of his skill, his playing could make up for the weak tone. I'm convinced he would play something else were he with us today.I will say the Strat is very well built, I've had no problems with it, and it's reasonably priced for an American guitar. So if you like the tone and it feels good in your hands, by all means get one.Don't buy a Strat just because they're popular. Try out the various models yourself, with the kind of amp you have at home. Then try a Gibson SG and any others that pique your interest. You may find that the one you had your heart set on is not the best in terms of playability or tone.Good luck!
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Bought this baby after a lengthy search, since all guitars are not made equal. The improvements made to the neck are the most important to me. I tried every strat in every music shop for years trying to find that special feel. When I picked this one up and played it, I bought it on the spot. Mine is the 3 color sunburst and is stunning to the eye. The setup was perfect from the factory, and I only changed out the strings to Elixers. The tones are outstanding, plays like butter, and I use it more than my LP Deluxe, and LP Custom. Never had a problem with it going out of tune with the whammy, in fact I can take it out of the case after a 4 hour gig and it's still perfectly in tune. Believe me I do wail on this guitar, and have done so for 4 years. If you are a lead player, I highly advise you to buy this Ax, you wont be sorry.
Just got my cherry cola colored strat, and i love it. It has a great range of tone and has great action and note sustainability. This is the first strat i have owned and i think i made a good choice in this one. The price was a little steep for me but i think it will be worth it in the end. Thanks!
this guitar the best my dad has this one in the shoreline gold he put vintage noiseless pickups in it and the tone was amazingit can do any style you want I like this guitar so much i know I will by one of someday.
the coler of this guitar is so cool.and it looksgreat.but the price.I don"t know if i could get it.fender is my favoret kind of guiter.my freind has one and he loves it.
I played one of these babys at a guitar shop up in vermont, and man was it incredible. It played so smoothly and had such a rich tone to it. I had a really hard time putting it down. It also had an amazing range of sound, so whatever music you're into, this guitar will satisfy you. You really have to play this guitar to get a good impression of why its such a joy to play. I have played countless guitars ranging from fender to jackson to BC rich to ibanez to gibson and everything between, and this is, hands down, the best guitar I have ever played. The price is kinda steep, but if you can afford it, then I urge you to check it out.
I own a couple of guitars and this is my favorite. The only thing I didn't like about it right out of the store was the fact if you're a player who uses the whammy bar a lot if can come out of tune frequently. If you're one of those players I recommend the nut and the bridge saddles with graphite. That's the only mod I made on mine and it's the best guitar I've ever owned.
I got this guitar as a gift. I knew it was gonna rock, but I wasn't expecting this!. This Strat can do anything. What ever style you play, it's got it! I've had for about 4 months, and it's got a few nicks and scratches, but that only adds to the coolness. Kinda Pricey, though. But that doesn't matter, 'cause it still R-O-C-K-S Rocks!
My dad recently bought this Strat (3-tone sunburst, maple fretboard) and it's incredible. I own a MIM Strat with Vintage Noiseless pickups and a custom-made maple neck, and the MIA is much better. The neck is comfortable and great-feeling, the pickups have an awesome tone (with some thanks to the Delta Tone system), and the finish looks so gorgeous. I could go on and on about how incredible this Strat is. THANK YOU FENDER!!!
I've been playing for four years and got this guitar as a birthday present to upgrade from a Squire SG. I bought it at my local music store after trying out various strats and teles, until I saw this one (mine's the three tone sunburst w/ maple neck). The action is fantastic, the neck is very smooth and fast, it stayed in perfect tune, the finish looks amazing... its pretty much my dream guitar. And although I made some minor modifications (black pickgaurd w/ a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge) all the stock parts worked out great. And after having it for about 5 months now, I've had no problems whatsoever. I highly recommend for any intermediate/advance player.
A person could write a review about this guitar and, go on and, on and, on but, let's make one thing perfectly clear, this instrument can do it all. I mean all generes, Rock,Country,Metal, you name it. Tune it up and play, it doesn't get any better. Balance, Sound, Feel and, the simplicity of a beautiful created musical instrument. Every musician has his or her choice and, opinion of guitars but, after 40 yrs. of playing everything that is out there I will always come home to the "Strat". Enough said.