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A great player and looker at a special price.

The Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster electric guitar is a modified version of a Standard Series Strat featuring custom upgraded appointments such as a tinted and gloss finished vintage-style maple neck, classic 50' spaghetti logo, aged white plastic parts, a black/white/black three-ply pickguard and three classic Fender single-coil pickups. Other features include an alder body, 21-fret 9.5" radius fingerboard, and a classic Fender Synchronized Tremolo. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Alder body
  • Vintage-tinted gloss maple neck
  • Modern "C" neck profile
  • Maple fretboard
  • Black dot position inlays
  • '50s era "spaghetti" logo on the headstock
  • 3 classic Fender single-coil pickups
  • Master Volume, two Tones
  • 5-position blade selector switch
  • Synchronized Tremolo bridge
  • Three-ply black-white-black pickguard
  • Aged white knobs and pickups
  • Grey hardware

Don't miss out on this special run Strat at a super price!

SPECIFICATIONS
  • Model number: 014 0009 506
  • Fretboard radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Frets: 21 vintage jumbo
  • Nut width: 1.653" (42mm)
  • Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
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FenderSpecial Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (23)
  • Good feel (23)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Solid electronics (12)
  • Good pick up (11)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (3)

Best Uses

  • Jamming (21)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Recording (13)
  • Rock concerts (9)
  • Small venues (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awsome FSR Fender Strat! Great deal!

This is a great MIM Stratocaster. This FSR with black body and black pick guard looks really sharp. I get ton's of compliments on it! Plays great, holds tune. Very happy with...Read complete review

This is a great MIM Stratocaster. This FSR with black body and black pick guard looks really sharp. I get ton's of compliments on it! Plays great, holds tune. Very happy with it!

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Falls Short for a Special Addition Pickups Anyone??

I love when Fender does offers special addtions, but this one simply cosmectics (things you could do your self to a Mexican Standard frankly???...over and over again the cheap pickup...Read complete review

I love when Fender does offers special addtions, but this one simply cosmectics (things you could do your self to a Mexican Standard frankly???...over and over again the cheap pickup choices, kill these guitars as a whole. How much more $$ can it cost to put even a stock set of USA alnicos in this guitar? so you can play it stock, without having to mod it right out of the box?

The ceramics are OK, but really lack detail and power imho, muddy, etc. Fender do a limited edition, but put decent pickups in the guitar not just some colored knobs and pickguard?

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(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Falls Short for a Special Addition Pickups Anyone??

By Rutter

from Mt Airy, MD

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Flat Sound
  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I love when Fender does offers special addtions, but this one simply cosmectics (things you could do your self to a Mexican Standard frankly???...over and over again the cheap pickup choices, kill these guitars as a whole. How much more $$ can it cost to put even a stock set of USA alnicos in this guitar? so you can play it stock, without having to mod it right out of the box?

The ceramics are OK, but really lack detail and power imho, muddy, etc. Fender do a limited edition, but put decent pickups in the guitar not just some colored knobs and pickguard?

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

CHEAP THRILL!

By experenced strummer

from Demotte, Indiana

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Great Value

Cons

  • Nasel Sounding Pickups

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Read all reviews before purchasing. I never owned a Mexican Fender product previously. Great neck, good finish. Reviews warned of "thin" sounding ceramic pickups. That would be a understatement. I am replacing the entire assembly with a set of fender custom shop Texas specials. The only downfall was Musicians Friends lack of properly boxing up this for shipping. They put the UPS shipping label directly on the factory Fender box that offered minimal protection. The box delivered to my door was smashed in on the bottom, first thoughts were to return this package because it had to be damaged. I decided to open it & check the guitar out. It was fine. A true Christmas miracle!

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Cool, but overpriced Mexican Strat...

By Joey

from Long Island, NY

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Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    While having a couple of nice added appointments, this is nothing much more than your stock MIM Strat you can buy Demo/New/mint/used for three fifty, I mean it costs nothing really for Fender to change a pick guard or pickup cover? ( but they still ship these with the cheap/poor ceramics), yeah the neck has some tint to it, so?...do yourself a favor and just buy a MIM stan strat, and then use the extra money to buy some decent pickups. 57/62 vintage PU set or something better...

    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Simply a Great Guitar !

    By SCB

    from Delaware

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      This is a well made great sounding guitar period ! For the money, it is an exceptional value. The neck feels comfy and fast, pickups sound great, fit and finish top notch. Don't get hung up on its MIM birthplace, it's a winner. Even though I love it "stock", I bought it as a platform to make an economical David Gilmour "Black Strat" copy. Perfect start.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Another bucket list item checked off!

      By Ron

      from Hickory, NC

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This is one of my "bucket list" items of a lifetime, to own a Fender Stratocaster! I have been playing guitar since I was 12 years old...49 years later I get my dream electric guitar! Yes it's the Mexican version but that's okay with me! I got it on sale so I'm happy!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awsome FSR Fender Strat! Great deal!

        By God Speed

        from Islamorada, FL

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          This is a great MIM Stratocaster. This FSR with black body and black pick guard looks really sharp. I get ton's of compliments on it! Plays great, holds tune. Very happy with it!

          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          GREAT QUALITY - EXCEPT FOR THE PICKUPS

          By Spinny Spagnolia

          from Portland, OR

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

          • Flat Sound

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          The build and materials used in this mexican strat are signifigantly better than a regular mexican fender standard strat. The pickups (PUPS) and electronics are typical mexican caca and should be tossed.

          The PUPS are the type with the poles surrounded by two bar magnets. They sound 'ok' but 'ok' ain't 'ok' for me.
          This guitar has potential to scream, the neck is gorgeous, with quilted beautiful maple neck.

          I also used this as a 'Gilmour' build. I rewired everything and replaced all the electronics. No-load 250k tone pots, 250k vol pot, GFS Vintage '59 pickups Texas wound(they sound great I was really impressed - first set i've ever bought - i've had lindy fralins, lollar, seymour duncans, fender texas specials, in my other fenders and the GFS hold their own with all if not better).

          I shielded the guitar in copper and also added a switch to make it a 7-sound strat so i can play neck and bridge together in parallel (awesome) and also all three PUPS at once.

          I decided to replace the saddles with standard graph tech saddles (not the metal ones). I have always been hesistant to get graph tech saddles because i perceived that a non-metal saddle would be a tone suck. Nope sounds great. I think any 'mellow-ness' or 'darkness' that may be added by the graoh tech saddles actually helps with the brightness caused by the no-load pots. I will probably replace the nut with bone or brass.

          (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Amazing guitar!

          By Porca Solta

          from Brazil

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Neck

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I had a Ibanez Artcore and a Epiphone Les Paul, but this Fender MIM Strat is a killer! The neck is amazing, with a high-end finish (different from standard). Very comfortable and fun to play. I replaced the pickups and the tuner and I have a amazing guitar now! If you are looking for a versatile guitar, this is the best for the price IMO.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing Strat for an unbelievable price!

              By Marii Cibe

              from Arvada, Colorado

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                Wow! What an amazing guitar.
                It is based on the Mexican Standard Strat. It has the same alder body and the same maple neck, but there are several important differences.
                The FSR Black Strat is also made in Mexico with the same high quality as any other MIM Fender, Jackson or Charvel. The neck is a beautiful one piece maple and it comes with a special gloss urethane finish like the 50's classic series and the same C shape of the 60's classic series, which is very comfortable and easy to play. Frets are perfect and the set up of the neck was perfect as well. The retro Fender 50's logo on the headstock gives this guitar a very unique look.
                The black pickguard on top of the black finish is a very cool custom appointment usually seen on artists models. Along with the aged white plastics, the whole piece looks amazing!
                Now, pickups and bridge. There is very little to no information about these pups on line. And certainly are not the same as the MIM standard. These pickups have staggered poles just like the 50's and 60's classic series. The sound is nice and warm with relative low output, so I won't be surprised if this guitar comes with the same Alnico pickups as the Classic Series. The set up of the pickups was very nice, however I had to rise the bridge pickup about 2 mm to get the best of it.
                Overall it is a beautiful Strat and it is a Special Edition for a reason. It sounds amazingly good, the neck feels great and it is a beautiful looking guitar. Even though it comes with the same appointments of the Classic series and the Standard Strat, it is a guitar of its own.
                Classic series goes for about 800 brand new, this bad boy cost the same as a Standard and gives you a lot more Strat!
                If you are thinking about getting a Standard Strat or a Classic Series but 800 seems to be too much, buy this guitar! You'll be very happy you did.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great Authentic Strat!

                By Joe

                from Denver CO

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poor setup

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                I have a number of high end guitars and 20 years playing experience. However, this is my first Stratocaster and I am very impressed with the quality of the build and components.
                Pros:
                I was questioning the pickups but they really do sound good. Very authentic strat sound.
                The fretwork is real good (not the best but no need for filing).
                Finish is real nice. Note that the back of the neck is a gloss finish.
                Love the look on this special series guitar.
                Tremolo and tuners are good enough to handle a fair amount of abuse.
                Cons:
                The setup was ok but needed work on the trem adjustments, intonation, pickup height, and action. Neck was straight though.
                The tip on the whammy bar is white and does not match the off white color of the pickups and tone/volume knobs. No biggie.
                The guitar came with 3 trem springs installed and no extra springs if you want to add more.

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Guitar

                By Andy

                from Brevard, NC

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good for the price
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • Pick Ups Could Be Better

                Best Uses

                • Any Basicly

                Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                This is my first Fender Stratocaster and I am happy I got this model, it is unique and great for the price! The guitar came packed pretty well, but it doesn't come with a gig bag through. The neck is really great, with the tinted gloss finish and 50's style logo. The electronics are also very solid and work as they should, the pickups could be slightly better, but for the price they are decent! I love this guitar and would buy it again!

                 
                5.0

                For a MIM Strat, you will be impressed!

                By Dr. Scubby

                from PA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                  Played great out of the box. Used at a bar show one week later and received multiple compliments about how great the guitar tone was.

                   
                  5.0

                  Fantastic strat

                  By Jdr6582

                  from Alaska

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                    I have had this strat less than a week. But I was instantly impressed at first chord. Didn't even have to do anything other than the trem bar installation. And that's impressive. And I'm usually a Gibson man. But I love this strat. And I don't care that it is not an "American". I have heard the difference. And it's not any better to my ears. And 1000$ cheaper. Your op may vary. As I also don't care about the difference between my hd tv vs an ultra hdtv.

                     
                    5.0

                    Amazing guitar

                    By Mario

                    from Arvada, CO

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Recording

                      Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                      This is a Standards Strat with some cool looking features. Same quality, same neck as the standard but with the addition of aged plastics and vintage looking pickups.

                       
                      5.0

                      thanks mexico.

                      By chipmunk

                      from palm city fl.

                      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 Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                        great guitar for the price, i bought it at a reduced price because of a" blemish" it looks perfect. I LOVE IT!!

                        Service and delivery comments:

                        delivery was spot on, arrived on time in perfect condition.

                         
                        5.0

                        YES

                        By JOHNNY CASH

                        from DETROIT

                        About Me Professional Musician

                        Verified Reviewer

                        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 Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                          I JUST BOUGHT 6 STRATS ALL AMERICAN 2017'S AND THIS GUITAR, I'M SENDING ALL THE AMERICANS BACK AND BUYING ONLY MEXICAN STRATS MIM NOW, BEST GUITAR I HAVE EVER PLAYED, EXCEPT FOR MY 57 STRAT! DAM GOOD GUITAR, ANYONE SAYS DIFFERENT, DOESN'T KNOW HOW TO SET UP A STRAT, OR HAS A BAD AMP OR NO PEDALS, MANY THINGS I MIGHT BE BUT A LIAR IS NOT ONE OF THEM, GOD BLESS JOEY CASH!!!

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Value, catch it on sale!

                          By mrkopecky

                          from Calvert City, KY

                          About Me Novice

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing

                            Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                            If you want a MIM Stratocaster check this one out. Don't be turned off by the gloss neck. It's a great feeling guitar. Mine was a 2017 model. Great quality for my first new guitar.

                             
                            5.0

                            Great start to expand on

                            By Kevin

                            from Iowa City, IA

                            About Me Experienced

                            Pros

                            • Fun To Play
                            • Good Feel

                            Cons

                            • Poor Pick Up

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Practicing
                            • Recording
                            • Rock Concerts

                            Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                            Great guitar that looks and plays nice, but don't expect it to sing right out of the box. It's a good start to upgrade on. I replaced the pick ups and tuners immediately. (the dimarzio tonezone S sounds killer in the bridge position). If you are looking for a stratocaster, but figure you will want to replace stock parts anyway, I would recommend this guitar.

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Guitar !

                            By Bob

                            from Myrtle Beach SC

                            About Me Professional Musician

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Jamming
                              • Recording
                              • Small Venues

                              Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                              Wonderful guitar.It plays great.I got an "open box" that had as far I can see,one scratch next to the bridge,bass side.....& it's not terribly noticeable.Took me a while to catch it.To me,playability means more that whether of not there's a scratch or dent.I got an "open box" & it saved me quite a bit over the regular price.With the money I saved,I invested in a loaded/pre-wired Gold Lace Sensor "Clapton" pickguard.To be honest,it plays as well & sounds as good as the Clapton Signature Strat I lost a few years ago.Alder,Maple(with some nice flame) & Clapton wiring,I'm a happy picker!

                               
                              5.0

                              Just beautiful

                              By cuevasvenezuela

                              from miami

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Good Feel
                              • Good Tone

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Recording

                                Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

                                It's fender. Just perfect

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