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The Stratocaster's acoustic brother.

The electric guitar heritage of the Fender Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar is obvious in its Stratocaster-influenced headstock and body profiles. The C-shape maple neck is instantly familiar and comfortable for electric players ready to add an acoustic to their collections. The Fender BG3-TN electronics have an onboard tuner and make playing in electric settings straightforward.

FEATURES
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648mm)
  • Top: Laminated Spruce
  • Back and Sides: Fiberglass
  • Neck: Maple
  • Nut Width: 1.69" (43mm)
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Rosewood with Compensated Saddle
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Finish: Polyurethane
  • Number of Frets: 21
  • Tuners: Chrome, (Die-Cast)
  • Strings: D'Addario EXP 12 Phosphor Bronze 12-53
  • Electronics: Fender BG-3TN
  • Case sold separately

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FenderStandard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

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86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (4)
  • Stays in tune (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

perfect for rythym/finger picking jamming

Bought myself a Stratacoustic and a Fender Acoustasonic amp for myself for Xmas & I LOVE IT!After being away from group music for too long I'm playing with a band again and...Read complete review

Bought myself a Stratacoustic and a Fender Acoustasonic amp for myself for Xmas & I LOVE IT!After being away from group music for too long I'm playing with a band again and jamming & I have to say this guitar (and amp) has the best electric acoustic sound I've heard. I don't use a pick--I combine fingerpicking and finger strumming--and it's hard to get a clear full sound with or without amplification but this stratacou is awesome sounding, especially plugged in. Unplugged the guitar isn't as deep or sonorous as my fullbodied Yamaha, but it's still pretty good. I also have arthritis and find my acoustic very hard to play most of the time these days, but w/the strat I'm back to four fingered chords and bar chords and rythym runs up and down the neck like I was a kid again--so EASY TO play! 2 suggestions--please make a hardshell case for it; and how about a 12-string stratacoustic electric?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad action

If it was not a "Fender", I would have returned this guitar in a heart beat. That being said, let me explain. The action at the 14th fret was a...Read complete review

If it was not a "Fender", I would have returned this guitar in a heart beat. That being said, let me explain. The action at the 14th fret was a whopping 1/4"!!! No poop! But, it's a Fender...so.

I started by removing the neck, and when I had it off, I saw there was already a shim at the heal of the neck. I replaced that peace of sandpaper/shim with a piece of a credit card, (slightly thicker), which brought the neck level with the top of the guitar. Then I straightened the neck, bringing the action down to about 3.5mm. At this point I then pulled to bridge and after CAREFULLY sanding it. (the bridge sits directly on the pickup, so be careful) I managed to get the action at the 14th fret down to 2.5mm.

Action is still a bit on the high side, but the guitar is much more playable now. I'll sand the bridge a bit more on the next string change.

I was concerned about the fiberglass body, but as it turns out, it makes for a more enjoyable playing guitar, when I'm just kicking back in a chair, for example. I quickly realized that I don't need to worry about scratching the body!

It's also a very light instrument, surprisingly light in fact. As much as I like playing my Pro Jet, this little Fender gets played more, because it sits by my desk, so I can pick it up anytime.

I know new guitars are sent out with the action on the high side, but Fender really dropped the ball on this one!

After all is said and done though, I really like my Fender Stratacoustic, sounds great through my VOX amp as well.

The price a too high though, considering how much work you have to put into the guitar just to be able to play it. Wait for a sale.

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(17 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

perfect for rythym/finger picking jamming

By FUOG

from Leominster, MA

Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Bought myself a Stratacoustic and a Fender Acoustasonic amp for myself for Xmas & I LOVE IT!After being away from group music for too long I'm playing with a band again and jamming & I have to say this guitar (and amp) has the best electric acoustic sound I've heard. I don't use a pick--I combine fingerpicking and finger strumming--and it's hard to get a clear full sound with or without amplification but this stratacou is awesome sounding, especially plugged in. Unplugged the guitar isn't as deep or sonorous as my fullbodied Yamaha, but it's still pretty good. I also have arthritis and find my acoustic very hard to play most of the time these days, but w/the strat I'm back to four fingered chords and bar chords and rythym runs up and down the neck like I was a kid again--so EASY TO play! 2 suggestions--please make a hardshell case for it; and how about a 12-string stratacoustic electric?

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not a work of art, Electrically wonderful

By MJS52

from Harrisburg, PA

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Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I bought this about 6 months ago.I have a great sounding Guild acoustic that I put a pickup in the bridge. Sound wonderful at a low volume, but it fed back like crazy under normal Rockin' volumes. So, I got this little guy. The skinny neck took a bit of getting used to, but it sounds great through a PA. And little to any feed back under normal volumes.

(16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A great tool

By harry timmons

from U.S.A

Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

Once I adjusted the truss rod and shaved 1/8" off the saddle it is easier to play than any other acoustic I own. I love the neck, the sound when plugged in is very nice and crisp, no feedback no feedback no feedback! and of course unplugged it is thin sounding (small body small sound) what do you expect, this guitar is at it's best plugged in but still an adaquate tool for practice or writing unplugged. A great axe to add to any guitar players collection. Wont ever be trading or selling this one.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Almost Perfect!

By The Quahog

from Washington, DC

Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I'll make this short but sweet. I've owned and played (or tried to) 4 Telecoustics (3 earlier Fenders and 1 Squier). They were all nearly unplayable. The Squier (Fender dropped their name in 08 and sold them under the Squier name) was the best.Now Fender is selling the Tele and Stratacoustic under the Fender name again and this time they can be proud of it. Nearly all the shortcommings of the previous attempts have been resolved.I tried the Statacoustic this time and Wow. What a diference a year makes. Don't know if they changed vendors in Asia (where they are made), but they look great, sound much better (D'Addario EXP's probably help) and the new preamp/tuner is much improved.I told you this was going to be short but sweet. I guess I failed on the short part but the new "Electracoustic" line by Fender is sweet.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not Bad At All...

By Jospeh

from California

Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

The Stratacoustic is a pretty nige guitar. When I first picked this up to play it I was pretty amazed by the way i played and the way it felt. As far as the cons go, there are very few. First, the glossy black finish is somewhat of a fingerprint magnet but the sound is what matters. Secondly the low E string has a little rattle to it but other than that, I would reccomend this guitar to anybody that wants to do anything from playing at the beach to recording with it. Thumbs up Fender!

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar

By Tone Seeker-dEoYy

from Churubusco,IN

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Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

It has a great sound, though not as deep of a sound because it does not have as deep of a body as a regular acoustics.Really easy to play, tuners great,sounds really good played through a BOSS chorus ensemble, just an all-around great guitar.

(7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Bad action

By starzbluez

from FL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

If it was not a "Fender", I would have returned this guitar in a heart beat. That being said, let me explain. The action at the 14th fret was a whopping 1/4"!!! No poop! But, it's a Fender...so.

I started by removing the neck, and when I had it off, I saw there was already a shim at the heal of the neck. I replaced that peace of sandpaper/shim with a piece of a credit card, (slightly thicker), which brought the neck level with the top of the guitar. Then I straightened the neck, bringing the action down to about 3.5mm. At this point I then pulled to bridge and after CAREFULLY sanding it. (the bridge sits directly on the pickup, so be careful) I managed to get the action at the 14th fret down to 2.5mm.

Action is still a bit on the high side, but the guitar is much more playable now. I'll sand the bridge a bit more on the next string change.

I was concerned about the fiberglass body, but as it turns out, it makes for a more enjoyable playing guitar, when I'm just kicking back in a chair, for example. I quickly realized that I don't need to worry about scratching the body!

It's also a very light instrument, surprisingly light in fact. As much as I like playing my Pro Jet, this little Fender gets played more, because it sits by my desk, so I can pick it up anytime.

I know new guitars are sent out with the action on the high side, but Fender really dropped the ball on this one!

After all is said and done though, I really like my Fender Stratacoustic, sounds great through my VOX amp as well.

The price a too high though, considering how much work you have to put into the guitar just to be able to play it. Wait for a sale.

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  • No

(6 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Pretty but not Playable

By Acoustic Convert

from Alberta Canada

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Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I used to own a Stratacoustic. The action was high and yet it still managed a buzz on the E string. Hard to play and flat sounding. The price point would lend itself to youth or beginners but I think it's more likely to discourage than inspire. Nice to look at if you want to hang it on a wall but I'd keep my fingers off it.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Guitar

By diecastchevy

from Nebraska

Pros

  • Good Guitar Depends Use
  • I Own Onethe Action Is G

Cons

  • Not Loud Unplugged

Best Uses

  • Pluggedwriting Songs

Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I own one,the action is excellent,electonics are great! Its fast,if played unplugged it is not very loud. When plugged it sounds good in the right Amp.But it depends what kind of strings you have on it.If you want it to sound more Acoustic use Electric-Acoustic strings.More Electric use strings for Solid Electric guitar. On the stage you dont get feedback! So it depends what your using it for!

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  • No

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Beginner Guitar - Bad Action

By ndelregno

from Rowlett, TX

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Built in tuner
  • Narrow Neck For Beginners

Cons

  • Action
  • Fret Finish

Best Uses

  • Beginner guitar
  • Throwaway Guitar

Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

As others have noted, this guitar would be a lot better if Fender gave a bit more attention to detail relative to the play-ability.

The action is high as others have noted. The strings that ship with the guitar are trash. Replace them immediately.

The frets are also rough. Whereas most frets on most guitars (even cheap ones) are nicely rounded, these have relatively sharp edges. No cut fingers, mind you, but there is a definite squarish edge to the frets.

I purchased this for my 11-year old daughter for Christmas and it works. I purchased an Ovation shallow body (about hundred more) for my son, and it is far better.

As my personal guitars are all high end, I could be spoiled, but the action and frets on this guitar are the main problem. Otherwise it is an awesome beginner guitar. But, I wished I had spent a little more and purchased the ovation for my daughter.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Standard Stratacoustic is a Winner

By ZFDrummer-FUdiA

from Tulsa, Mobilehoma

Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I have had my Stratacoustic for a couple of months now and have to say I am impressed. I played 3 of them at GC and purchased the one with the best action. It stays in tune pretty well, although the onboard tuner is not great. The neck is fast and feels pretty comfortable for a beginner. It comes with decent strings. This is a nice guitar for a beginner. May be lacking for that gigging musician though. Great for around the house and campfire. Construction is decent and it appears it will stand up pretty well. I am happy with my purchase

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My stratocoustic

By Mike7844

from Alabama

Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

I just got my Fender Stratocoustic and wow, I'm blown away. This guitar is perfect for the rhythm player that needs to add in power chords. It just has the perfect sound. I absolutely love it. I'll more than likely upgrade to the deluxe in the near future, but for now this guitar is going on the raod with me.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I bought a Stratacoustic about four months ago.

By ChryslerCraig

from Pittsburgh

About Me Novice

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar because my father told me that I should play like Lindsay Buckingham. Well, that is a tall order, but I thought that this guitar might give me the right kind of sound. I play this guitar when I am playing at home. I have to adjust my amp, and I am looking for a nice acoustic amp, but this guitar sounds real gritty when the gain is right, and switches right back to the acoustic on songs like Beautiful Loser. Then I Que up Nat Bush City Limits and this guitar sounds awesome there too. I have a lot of fun with this and this guitar is hard to put down when everything is set up right. It can rock like a true electric and then play clean just like that.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    great peice for on the fly and travel

    By captain rick

    from scott la 70583

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Light Weight Good Volume

    Cons

    • Needs A Set Up Cant Play
    • Out of the box

    Best Uses

    • Great Travel Guitar

    Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

    i work off shore and took a chance on it for my boat guitar for the price if something happins to it i wont freak it fits in the overhead comp on the plane in a gig bag that you have to supply because the one that the add says it comes with never shows up ? i bought 1 and liked it so well i bought another it plays and sounds much better than the tele accoustic of which i also own

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Will recommend

    By Joe T

    from Compton, Ca

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Stays In Tune

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

      Show it off....well made

       
      5.0

      Buy one if you can.

      By Tim the toolman

      from NJ

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Bought my black Stratacoustic used, at a flea mart. It was in sad shape. Re strung it twice. 12-53's were way too much tension although that's about what Fender used. The action was way too high for me. Too much tension. I decided to re- string with Elixir 10-46's. I carefully adjusted the truss rod for minimal relief and tweaked the back of the nut with a few strokes of break relief and some graphite lubrication and now, I can't get enough of this guitar. I also sanded the bridge piece down quite a bit. Plugged in, it sounds like a top of the line Ovation with its Fishman electronics. Unplugged, it has decent sonal qualities for practice purposes, but it's no Martin D-28 Un plugged. I was going to shim the neck for perfect action but have decided to hold off for now since the Elixirs and the truss rod adjustment have made this baby a joy to play. Not too much tension, and not too loosey goosey either. I've been looking for a guitar like this for years. It's well balanced too. The Fender neck is skinny for those who are used to fatter necks like Martins and Taylor's, but the adjustment comes easy. Mine is an older version. Bridge saddle flat is towards headstock, with no USB port.

         
        4.0

        Excellent Tool For A Specific Job

        By Old Dude

        from Onstage in the Midwest

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Minimal Feedback
        • Solid Electronics
        • Stays In Tune

        Cons

        • Needs Setup

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Standard Stratacoustic Acoustic-Electric Guitar:

        Ok....so it doesn't sound like a D28 unplugged. It's not supposed to.
        OK....so the factory setup isn't perfect. Simple fix.
        What it DOES do is give a workable "acoustic" sound in a live setting, with much higher volume before feedback than a traditional Acoustic with a pickup. The neck is also very familiar if you double on a regular Strat, Tele, etc. MIne is set up with 9/42 Electric Strings (like my Tele), and after a basic setup, plays like butter. Yes it sounds a little weak unplugged, but I run it thru an amp (and FOH) and it works very well.

        The Fishman electronics have the usual gain and 4-band EQ, but it still has the signature Piezo sound. Some folks like it, some want a more traditional sound. Easy fix? I run a Korg Toneworks modeler and have 4-5 "acoustic sim" patches preset. Boom. Done. Play the gig, collect the money, go home :)

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