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Fender FSR American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with TBX and Active Mid Boost
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The 2010 FSR American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with TBX & Active Mid-Boost features a lightweight alder body that is secured to the mode...Click To Read More About This Product
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A Fender Special Run American Standard Strat with advanced electronics.
The 2010 FSR American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with TBX & Active Mid-Boost features a lightweight alder body that is secured to the modern C-shaped maple neck with a solid traditional 4-bolt joint. A 22-fret maple fingerboard has hand-rolled edges for smooth and comfortable playability. Chrome hardware includes staggered Fender deluxe cast/sealed tuning machines and American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo. Comes with a molded Fender-exclusive/SKB case, strap, cable, and polishing cloth.
VIntage Noiseless Pickups
This 2010 FSR (Fender Special Run) is powered by three Vintage Noiseless pickups with Fender's TBX (Treble Bass Expander) on tone control one and Fender's Active Mid-Boost preamp (controlled by tone control two) to enhance the tonal palette of this outstanding instrument. The TBX (Treble Bass Expander) is a detented, stacked 250K / 1-Meg Pot control that From "0" to "5" is a standard tone control, but once you pass "5" you start to decrease the resistance which allows more bass, treble, presence and output to flow to your amp. The Active Mid-Boost preamp circuit makes that great Strat sound jump right out at low settings and gets fatter”like an overdriven humbucking pickup”as the gain level is raised yet still retain more of a single-coil Strat tone and transparency.
Fender Special Run
Fender Special Run products are guitars customized to the specs desired by specific dealers. The Fender custom shop offers customization options in the type of wood for the body, neck type, pickups, finish, color and tuners.
- Body: alder (Blizzard pearl) or ash (cherry sunburst)
- Neck: maple, modern "C" shape, (gloss headstock face with satin urethane finish on back of neck)
- Fingerboard: maple with hand-rolled edges
- Pickups: 3 Vintage Noiseless pickups
- master volume,
- Tone 1. master TBX Tone Control
- Tone 2. master Active Mid-Boost (0-25dB)
- Bridge: American Vintage Synchronized Tremolo
- Machine heads: Fender deluxe cast/sealed tuning machines
- Hardware: chrome
- Pickguard: 3-ply W/B/W
- Strings: Fender Standard Tensionbullet st3250l, nickel plated steel, (.009 to .042, p/n 073-3250-203)
- Accessories: cable, strap, polishing cloth
- Case: high-tech, molded rectangular SKB case
- Unique features:
- Maple fingerboard neck: satin finish on back, gloss finish on front
- 4-bolt neck attachment
- Rolled fretboard edges
- Staggered tuning keys
- Vintage Noiseless pickups
- Active Mid-Boost (requires battery)
- TBX Tone Control
- New molded Fender-exclusive/SKB case with TSA locks, glass reinforced nylon trigger latches, and form fitted plush interior
FSR American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with TBX and Active Mid Boost
- Fingerboard radius: 9.5" (241 mm
- No. of frets: 22 Medium Jumbo
- Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
- Width at nut: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
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In overall quality this guitar is incomplete because the fret work was not done right or skipped over. Very, very dissapointing. Other than the frets, the rest is good to go.
Now that Ive had time to get to know this FSR Strat. First of all I found a bash on the lower left bout edge part of the body where the comfort carve is, the part your inner right arm (right handed) rests against. I thought I was getting a brand new guitar!? I had to send a pic to get a slight discount. Out of the box, I noticed the action was kinda high. After playing it for a year or so I lowered the action and discovered it fretted out starting at the 12th fret. I checked the frets using the Stew Mac "Fret Rocker" gauge and found from the 12th fret and up to 22d fret. There's at least 4 frets along the way that are uneven or have not been leveled. It's frustrating when you think you got something close to a Custom Shop Instrument and it's fretting out making it useless from the 12th fret on up to the 22d fret. Out of the box, I was wondering why the action was set so high? Now I have to cough up $40.00 an hour to get it right.
It would be a great value if it could do what it's supposed to do. Which is play great all the way up the neck without fretting out.
I own over 40 guitars, but this is my first review. Perhaps that is all I need to write? All of the other 4 reviews already posted make sense, this guitar is a positive experience. I purchased this guitar from MF recently (Maple neck) and was quite surprised by the guitar features and playability. This FSR is sort of a mix between an Eric Clapton Model and an American Standard Model, with the main differences being that the EC signature decal is not on the neck, the neck has a slightly different shape (great shape), the tuners are not "vintage" tuners (too bad), the battery is outside of the vibrato assembly cavity (yes!) and there is no tilt neck feature (slight bummer). Of course, it is also hundreds of dollars cheaper than the EC model! This is also not a Standard American Strat, as there is no tilt neck and also, the bridge is the more vintage style 6 screw blade version, rather than the American Standard 2-point bevel. The overall quality is pretty good and for me to say that is a lot, as I am pretty picky when it comes to set-up. The intonation out of box was pretty darned good and the action was quite decent. Pick-up height was a little low, but what the heck, something had to be less than perfect!Contrary to some opinion, the "Eric Clapton" pick-up and electronic combo does take some getting used to, but if you like to experiment a little bit, you will find a treasure box full of usable sounds! BTW, this guitar also comes with a great case. I love Fender FSR offers, they often give you that extra special value. I bought a White Telecaster Deluxe FSR 2 years ago, no regrets. No regrets on this one, either. Playability? Well, nw that is what really makes this guitar especially remarkable, but I've bored you enough already. Seriously? Even Mr. T would say that "I pity the fool that doesn't buy this guitar" This really is a nice musical instrument at a good price.
This my first FSR and I'm super impressed with this Strat. First of all, it's lighter than my other Strats. The way it feels against my bod. It reminds me of my 62 reissue. This my first active electronics guitar. I noticed that I have more control over my tube/hybrid amp. Better control over how my amp breaks up especially w/harmonincs. When solo time comes I hardly need my vol ped to punch thru. Just tweak the tone knob#2 and I'm there. You get the best of vintage tone combined with the latest electronics. Gives you a fat tone when you need it. Now, I know why E.C. uses the same system. I held off for years getting an active system. Old timers would tell me. All it would do is amplify the 60cycle hum. But, with todays Fender noiseless pickups the game has completely changed. Can't wait for this coming weekend Holiday gigs.
Fender Special Run where the guitars are built according to the retailers specifications. Musicians Friend hits a home run ordering up the Eric Clapton model without the signature headstock stamp. The TBX is awesome, the midboost has its own battery compartment and no longer hides in the tremolo cavity, Normal side hole american standard tuning machines and a 14 hole pickguard are the additional refinements over the EC model. I wish there were more colors available for this model. This is by far the best bang for the buck american standard stratocaster that musicians friend has to offer. you can't buy the tbx and mid boost after market and install it yourself in an american standard for less than the cost of this guitar. better get one before they're gone.
Just received this guitar 6-3-11,Have had a couple hours playing time on it and figure I would review it.Out of the box,Looks great-No scuffs,scratches,dents,dings,etc.Awesome case these come with to protect it.Case candy has Fender sticker,Strap,Manual,Trem bar,Warranty card.Set up is great considering others I have owned have not been so good.I owned a Fender Powerhouse in the past and its set up was terrible.Neck feels just right,Not to thick or thin.Making it very easy to play,Blizzard pearl finish looks like a cross between white and silver-Different,But nice.Tuners are decent,But have already bought some locking Fenders to replace them,More for convenience then for tuning issues.Played through my Vox vt30 this morning and produced some very nice tones.The 2 tone knobs do change the sound considerably.This is my first American Fender and am very pleased with the quality and playability of this instrument.For the price and goodies this has,You just cant go wrong.As always,MF is the place to go for all your musical needs.Want a SMOKIN DEAL,BUY HERE!!!!!!!!!
I just got my Cherry Sunburst Strat and I have to say I'm very impressed. I've come to expect high quality from Fender across their whole product line and this is no exception. From the box it is fully payable and you would only need to tweak to taste.This guitar is basically a Clapton signature, but with a C shape neck and medium/jumbo frets.The TBX and active mid boost are really great additions and I feel like they give a Strat that extra bit of sustain that Les Pauls seem to have. The disotrted tones are crunchy but still clear. It will take a little work to dial in a perfect vintage single coil tone, but this guitar really straddles the vintage and modern sounds very well. It's the closest I've come to Trower's tone and when your wife comments from across the house how good it sounds you must be on to something.
Got this one 3 weeks ago. The quality of the instrument is excelent. What an upgrade compared to my first Stratocaster bought in 1972. The action is fantastic. I find it easier to play than my Les Paul (but I love my LP too).I dig the TBX feature, it does make a significant diffrence in the tones I get out of it. Truely can come close to the Clapton model. This is a good value for the money. If you are thinking about getting a Strat , get this one, you will not be disapointed but should be pleasanlty surpised like I was.
My wife bought me this for my 25th wedding anniversary, pretty nice gift huh? (She got a ring!) My current strat is an Ash American Standard purchased 10 years ago for my 15th Wedding anniversary (turning into a cool tradition) I could not have picked the features any better myself for my second strat! This guitar just oozes strat sound! The mid boost thing is so clean and noise free. Warms the neck pickup to jazz territory no problem, as well as, does the whole Clapton thing if that is your deal. Mine is the Blizzard Pearl (Silver of course for 25 years) and it is gorgeous! The neck and roseword fretboard feel fantastic! Best strat bargin ever!! Thanks MF for ordering such a skookum special run guitar just for my anniversary! :)
This is actually the first product that I felt compelled to review. All of the other reviews were spot on. The tonal variations on this guitar are unbelievable for a Strat with three single coils. It has a custom shop feel to it. Much better than a regular american standard. I am thinning out my herd because this guitar can cover so much ground tonally.