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All the best Strat features with an alder body, 3 single-coil pickups and vintage-style tremolo.

The Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar is the guitar design that changed the world. This model offers legendary Fender tone with classic styling for those on a budget. It has an alder body that's contoured to be comfortable during long sessions, whether you're standing or sitting. Its maple neck is super-comfy with a modern C shape.

This Fender Strat come with a long list of standard features including three single-coil pickups, synchronized tremolo with high-mass bridge block, tinted neck, shielded body cavities, medium jumbo frets, parchment pickguard, die-cast tuners and '70s-style headstock logo.

FEATURES
Traditional alder body for classic Strat tone
Comfortable C-shaped gloss maple neck with maple fretboard
3 Standard single-coil pickups with ceramic magnets
Stable vintage-style tremolo with high-mass bridge

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SPECIFICATIONS
Body
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Polyester
Body Shape: Stratocaster
Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck, Gloss Finish on the Face of the Headstock
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Black or White Dot
Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Standard
Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat
Middle Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat
Neck Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SSS
Hardware
Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tremolo Arm Handle: Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm
Tuning Machines: Standard Cast/Sealed
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs: Parchment Plastic
Switch Tips: Parchment
Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender USA Bullets 3250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
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FenderStandard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard
 
4.6

(based on 69 reviews)

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    (8)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (55)
  • Fun to play (51)
  • Good tone (51)
  • Solid electronics (40)
  • Good pick up (34)

Cons

  • Craftsmanship (4)
  • Poor pick up (4)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (51)
  • Jamming (47)
  • Small venues (30)
  • Recording (29)
  • Rock concerts (22)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (42), Professional musician (10), Novice (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Guitar, Great Value

I've been using Fender Standard Strats for many years now. I'm a professional musician and have been making a living out of guitar playing for the last 30 years and the last 20 years...Read complete review

I've been using Fender Standard Strats for many years now. I'm a professional musician and have been making a living out of guitar playing for the last 30 years and the last 20 years or so I've been using Strats almost exclusively. I've also been repairing and customizing guitars for over 25 years so I do have enough knowledge to back up this review and what I'm about to write.

Aside from the now discontinued Highway One series, the Road Worn Series, and a few classic models, the Standard Stratocaster is maybe one of the most traditional feeling Startocasters for under a grand. I prefer these over the American Series any day. The construction is equal to the quality of the American made. The electronics are of quality CTS pots and the selector switch is the same as the high end American models. The same can be said about the tuners. The bridge is vintage style which provides a more traditional feel and tone than the bridge used in the American Series. The pickups are decent sounding and usable although upgrading is usually what most players will want to do to personalize their individual tone. Even the American made Strats get pickup upgrades so it's not an issue. Body wood is alder and of good quality with an excellent finish. I prefer the neck on these over the neck used on the American Series because it's slightly thicker and rounder. Medium frets are just perfect.

I can't find anything negative to say about these guitars. I've bought about 20 of these and as a repairman, I've had several in my shop for set ups and upgrades and I can truly say, I've never seen a lemon. Sure, like any guitar, it will require a personal set up including anything from action, intonation, neck set up, fret polish, pick up balancing, and many other regular maintenance issues so it is unfair to consider this as being a con. It's just part of owning any guitar.

Even if you decide to upgrade anything, for example, adding locking tuners (direct fit by the way), pickups, Strap Locks, and a case, you still end up spending less than a grand. Keep this in mind. My Standard Strats are always upgraded by installing a set of Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups, Fender Deluxe Locking Tuners, Brass Tremolo block, Gator case, and frequent string changing with Ernie Ball 11's. I set my action fairly high (5/64ths at 12th fret), polish frets regularly, and check intonation at every string change. The bridge is blocked (I don't use the trem) and it has 5 springs holding it flat to the body.

By the way, the newer models currently built are the best I've seen yet. Definitely a bargain. Built by machines and human beings in Mexico, as opposed to being built by machines and human beings in the United States. Contrary to some ridiculous and ignorant ways of thinking, country of origin does not dictate quality. At least not in the last ten years or so. These Standards have come a long way. How can you make it better? Paint them with nitro cellulose lacquer. That's about it. Try one out.

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You get what you pay for

Plays great, after professional fret level and polish. Sounds good, after pickup change. I stripped the body to have it refinished in nitro and discovered it was constructed of 9 separate pieces of...Read complete review

Plays great, after professional fret level and polish. Sounds good, after pickup change. I stripped the body to have it refinished in nitro and discovered it was constructed of 9 separate pieces of wood! 7 pieces of alder with maple veneers on the front and back. Maple veneers on an alder body painted black at the factory? I was told by Fender customer service that it is common for MIM bodies to be constructed from 5-7 pieces of wood. Buyer beware! This is there excepted level of quality.

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(37 of 37 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar, Great Value

By Joe Quintana.

from Puerto Rico.

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Pros

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

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

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

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

I've been using Fender Standard Strats for many years now. I'm a professional musician and have been making a living out of guitar playing for the last 30 years and the last 20 years or so I've been using Strats almost exclusively. I've also been repairing and customizing guitars for over 25 years so I do have enough knowledge to back up this review and what I'm about to write.

Aside from the now discontinued Highway One series, the Road Worn Series, and a few classic models, the Standard Stratocaster is maybe one of the most traditional feeling Startocasters for under a grand. I prefer these over the American Series any day. The construction is equal to the quality of the American made. The electronics are of quality CTS pots and the selector switch is the same as the high end American models. The same can be said about the tuners. The bridge is vintage style which provides a more traditional feel and tone than the bridge used in the American Series. The pickups are decent sounding and usable although upgrading is usually what most players will want to do to personalize their individual tone. Even the American made Strats get pickup upgrades so it's not an issue. Body wood is alder and of good quality with an excellent finish. I prefer the neck on these over the neck used on the American Series because it's slightly thicker and rounder. Medium frets are just perfect.

I can't find anything negative to say about these guitars. I've bought about 20 of these and as a repairman, I've had several in my shop for set ups and upgrades and I can truly say, I've never seen a lemon. Sure, like any guitar, it will require a personal set up including anything from action, intonation, neck set up, fret polish, pick up balancing, and many other regular maintenance issues so it is unfair to consider this as being a con. It's just part of owning any guitar.

Even if you decide to upgrade anything, for example, adding locking tuners (direct fit by the way), pickups, Strap Locks, and a case, you still end up spending less than a grand. Keep this in mind. My Standard Strats are always upgraded by installing a set of Fender Vintage Noiseless pickups, Fender Deluxe Locking Tuners, Brass Tremolo block, Gator case, and frequent string changing with Ernie Ball 11's. I set my action fairly high (5/64ths at 12th fret), polish frets regularly, and check intonation at every string change. The bridge is blocked (I don't use the trem) and it has 5 springs holding it flat to the body.

By the way, the newer models currently built are the best I've seen yet. Definitely a bargain. Built by machines and human beings in Mexico, as opposed to being built by machines and human beings in the United States. Contrary to some ridiculous and ignorant ways of thinking, country of origin does not dictate quality. At least not in the last ten years or so. These Standards have come a long way. How can you make it better? Paint them with nitro cellulose lacquer. That's about it. Try one out.

(20 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What an awesome guitar

By Santino G

from Carrollton, GA

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Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

The gloss finger board is ideal while having a matte finish on the back. I guess the previous reviewer wish it was on all of the neck. Sure that may look great, but i prefer matte for flawless playing. Perhaps b/c of the ceramic pickups i was able to actually pick up a lot of twang, nearly telecaster twang (oooo, that was blasphemy for some of you tele fans). Interestingly enough though, for some reason (maybe my house has good ground) i didn't get any noise even with distortion. Super clean straty sound all over. OH HOW HEAVENLY XD. Also, I'd like to thank MF for ordering a fender that was properly set up with such low action... incredibly low action might i add. I was going to set it up myself, then realized each step of the way.... hey..... everything seems to be right... in fact everything is. I was really lucky with this instrument. If you're thinking about getting a fender, american/mexican, don't spend the extra 400 or 500, or avoid spending a little over a 100 more because china or indonesia makes them cheaper, just get this. You'll be sorry that you didn't. Note however: it doensn't come with a gig bag anymore, but so what, if you've been playing recently there should be no excuse why you don't have a case or bag. If you're a begginner and you're serious this is an amzing guitar that is worth every penny, drop of sweat, and blistering finger. Seriously why get anything else, i'm gonna have to stop here, otherwise i could just keep on writing forever on how happy i am with my new baby. GET IT!!!!
This is the first time that I have been so happy with buying a new guitar. I gambled buying it online, but i don't think i could have found a better guitar. Many say that each strat sounds different, well if that were the case, i wouldn't trade mine for any other strat even if they were identical. She's the one, that's for sure. this is truly an amazing peice of work i did not expect to find waiting for me at my door after work. 10 out of 10
With the sign of a single nick under the clear finish i gave it a rating of a 9, but its still freaking amazing. I got the white chrome pearl, and be forewarned, that the pictures on here may give you the impression that it is grayer than it is, in some cases it looks really white. I say some cases because depending where you're playing, how the lighting is, what color the room is, this thing will always be a different color (within the spectrum of gray and white with lovely sparkling pearls in the clear finish). I never get tired of looking at it. I wanted a blizzard pearl look, but, now its grown so much on me that i in fact like the white chrome pearl finish much more appealing now. In some cases it does look pretty gray. Never gets boring to look at. Fret work mayyyy have been a little better. I've done fretwork that seemed to be better, but still looked great. Parts feel solid, everything is a plus!
Considering i bought it at a lower price than usual, the value for this guitar is unquestionable. I got this thing at a steal! As cliche as that sounds, i really did, i didn't pay the sticker price, however i could definately see this thing being charged between 500 and 700 easily and i wouldn't be surprised because its that good. The americans got to be working a little more, because these mexy's are just catchin' up really quick. I wouldn't pay a grand for an american now, not for what i found what i could buy. The neck on this thing (putting aside the fretwork) is identical, and feels just like an american. Atleast this one that i bought does. I say that because i know i'll have some readers say i'm full of crap, but its true, the neck on mine is absolutely the best. The pickups sound pretty straty, but of course, nothing will beat american pickups, but for my ears, they're close enough, and that's saying a lot.

(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

As Amazing as anything

By jack-J3iPN

from New York

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Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

Amazing overall. but- know that the whole neck isnt glossed- just the fingerboard but oh well ill just rub some polishing compound on the back of the neck. other than that im unbelieveably pleased
great everything. gloss fingerboard is amazing, electronics are sub par to others but i was planning on upgrading the electronics anyway. bridge also is pretty well set up, but i blocked it so no problems with that!
very good quality. obviously its a mexican standard so it could be better but the quality i received was spectacular for a guitar coming out of this factory.
It came well set up, looks amazing, im very pleased with my investment.

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender Standard Stratocaster ROCKS!

By Oldskool

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Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

I have had many, many Strats, American, Mexican, Korean, Japanese, and I can tell you, with the newest crop that have come out since 2008, that the newest Mexican Strats to come out can compete with American Strats in many areas. Of course, the American Strats are the pinnacle of craftsmanship, but the Mexican models are no slouches. In fact, I recently sold an American Strat and obtained this recent one (2010 model) on the whim of replacing the pickups. Once I plugged it into my Vox AC15 amp and played some chords, was like "No". This was the sound and playability that I was looking for! Honestly, is the best Strat I have ever played and heard, period. I put a set of 11's on it and that was my only upgrade for it. Did not even need a setup. I would suggest to anyone that wants a good guitar, that they go and play a few of them, and the right one will present itself to you.
Well, it is a Stratocaster. Like the ones of old. No surprises here. Has the large tremolo block, which makes a big difference in the guitars sound and sustain. Poly finish, tinted neck, makes for a very nice looking guitar.
With the small ripple in the finish of my black Strat, can find no other flaws in the guitar. Is not a deal breaker for me. Solidly built guitar, am sure it will withstand many many years of use with no hiccups.
Get it! Is a great value for beginners, intermediate or advanced player. Will be a guitar that a beginner will hold on to and actually want to play for a long time!

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Strat!

By Bluesfanguy

from Chicago, IL

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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 Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

    I have an MIA deluxe (noiseless pups), MIA standard and MIM FSR (ash body, noiseless pups) stratocasters. So my comments have those guitars as reference point.

    Strats are awesome guitars for the money. If you learn how to use the the pickups selector switch and volume you can get squealing high sounds to muted low sounds to cover a great many musical genres.

    I've seen the quality of MIMs go UP from the mid 90s to now. The finish on my LPB strat is impecable. The gloss maple neck quality is awesome - as good or very close to being as good as the MIA neck. I love the pickups actually. You will only be able to convince yourself you don't like them if you haven't heard about the pups switch, volume and tone knobs. I think they are awesome! Maybe I just got lucky but the magnets even have chamfered edges like custom shop pups. If this is your only guitar and you are looking for some specific soud then yeah I can see how you may want to change them, otherwise keep em. They have charisma!

    I think the noiseless pups have a little less character than the ones that come with MIA and MIM standards. In addition you lower the volume knob to about 7 and the noise is gone.

    The strat body is the most comfortable ever invented. I set mine up with 11s, lock the string at the tuning post and put 5 tremolo springs on it for tuning stability. I keep the bridge floating but don't use tremolo. Sound (even unplugged) is awesome.

    So yeah I'd recommend today's MIM Standard Strat for beginners, intermediate and pros alike. The quality for the price is outstanding!

    (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best cheap guitar

    By Ben Dover

    from jep

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    Pros

    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

    This is the best guitar for the price as for reliability is concerned. I have owned other brands guitars in this price range but none were of decent quality resulting in failure of the electronics in very short time. This strat is just fine for me playing thrash metal, classical, and some jazz.

    The ony modification I made was I adjusted the vintage tremelo so it would float similar to a floyd rose and replaced the bridge pick up with a Seymour Duncan "Hot Rails."

    My only problem is that the curved radius of the neck makes it harder to do sweeps and I have to rewrite music that requires 24 frets so I can play them.

    It's funny as I know alot of people with $2000 guitars that can't plau or keep timing for their life. Then they bash me for shredding on a Strat. It's not the guitar it's the player. As long as you have a reliable guitar no matter what the price you are good to go and this Strat delivers.

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Nice guitar

    Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

    Things you should do before buying a Stratocaster: Try a few and decide what kind of neck you like, they have a lot of variants. This version comes with a 9.5 inch radius C shaped neck. If you have been playing a 12 in radius (not as much arc) you will notice this difference right away, your pic may miss the strings a few times. It just takes a little getting used to not a huge deal but something you should decide up front. So to me that is the one thing you need to check out, other than that they are all very similar. Fender puts their name on it and fit and finish wise it is a Fender and is very nice. This guitar has just the features you need no bells and whistles.
    If you are rich or just want the very best get a US made Strat with the better tremolo, nut, and string tree, and the premium models have upgraded tuners, pickups, and a few extras like a gig bag, case or strap locks. If for you those upgrades are worth two to four times the price. For most of us this is all the Strat we will ever need and it's a great guitar the only thing I will be changing on mine for a long time is the strings every now and then! These guitars do have many upgrades available if you like to do that sort of thing. If you really want all the bells and whistles maybe you should go for the US Strat up front. To me this is just the right model at the right price point.
    This is a well made guitar. The workmanship is very good, no defects, no bad frets. Fender puts their name on it and it is good. I could not find any problems with the guitar, the fretboard is well made the finish is perfect. It will require basic setup. Fender has a good manual on their website with instructions on how to setup the Strat.

    (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Still among the best!

    By White Dog

    from Iowa

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    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

    This is my second one. Bought a 2012 Arctic White (in 2012), and now I have a 2015 Candy Apple Red as well.
    I kept visiting the product page waiting for a good "Open Box" deal, and I got one. Guitar was advertised in Mint condition, and that is how it showed up. SWEET!
    Only set-up I had to do was set intonation to my taste. Bridge saddles were set, truss rod was set (perfect bow and string height). Put my favorite strings on it (I don't mess with anything but 11's and the guitar does not come with 11's).
    I DID have to raise the pick-up's just a little, to get a bit more beef out of it....but that is just ones own ear, and taste.
    These MIM Standards are well built guitars, and I have been lucky to get some delicious "fisheye" characteristics in my Maple wood grains as well.
    Just beautiful both to the eyes, and the ears.

    (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great little guitar!

    By Greg Morais

    from Alberta Canada

    Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

    if your looking for a strat that is an excellent value< I'd go with one of these guitars. They are well made, well priced gutars. Sure it might not hold the value of an American model, but if you want a sweet deal this is a great buy! I've been playing for 16 years now and I'm blown away with this llittle guitar. They come in 6 different colors with your choice of a maple, or rosewood fretboard. And you can get it in a left had model as well. They also come as an h/s/s configuration or a roland ready model. There's a style of this guitar for everyones taste. Try one. you might buy it!
    I've owned many strats, and I just picked this guitar up in arctic white with a maple neck. It's a 2011 model. I'm amazed with the quality and fit of this guitar. I like how they put the made in mexico stamping on the rear of the headstock now as opposed to the front. It looks much more asthetically pleasing to the eye. The paint is excellent, and the pickguard is mint green in color for that vintage look. I also like how the front of the fretboard and headstock has a glossy finish now and the back is left in a satin coat. It makes for a really sharp appearance!
    I"m amazed at the quality for what you pay for this guitar. From the little things like felt spacers in between the strap buttons, to the tuners and staggerd pole piece pickups. This guitar sounds great! I've modified most of my strats with better pickups, but I might not touch this one. The middle pickup is reverse wound, reverse polarity for hum cancelling in switch positions 2 and 4 as an added bonus. The neck is a 9.5" radius with medium jumbo frets. This guitar plays sweet! It's really easy to do extreme bends with this radius and easy on the fingers to!
    I think your getting a guitar that is extremely well built at half the cost of an American model. I love my American Strats, but I also love my made in Mexico guitars as well. I own 2 mim tele's and 3 mim strats. I can barely tell the difference in the quality from my 2 american strats. The mim strats have come a long way in the last few years. They look, and play a lot nicer then previous years and in my opinion are getting better and better every year.

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hard to beat the original

    By jakeyrotten

    from VA

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    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 Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

      I scored myself the classic sunburst, maple fingerboard Standard strat. I've never owned an American or Custom Shop Strat so I'm not going to try to compare the different strat models. But at this price point, you get a great value for your money. Satin finish on the neck, beautiful gloss maple fingerboard for that classic glassy Fender sound. I've given mine a through inspection and haven't found any cosmetic issues. I must have gotten pretty lucky with this purchase, the neck on mine has an almost quilted maple look to it and it has some really unique markings on the fingerboard. Absolutely stunning. Soncially, this is THE classic vintage Fender sound. Works for blues, jazz, rock, funk and everything in-between. One thing to note is the tremolo is a vintage style, so if you're really into dive-bombing or Hendrix-style whammy bar action, you might want to go with the American standard with it's more modern-styled tremolo. But it works nicely for more traditional tremolo usage.

      One more thing: This isn't a metal guitar. Guys complaining that they can't get a Metallica tone out of it are kinda missing the point. A fender strat isn't going to make your sound for you; it's going to be a quality vessel for your personal tone. A strat is more like a blank canvas for you to put your sound into.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      MIM & MIA Have the same guts

      By Roadking26

      from Seattle

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

      I have had my MIM for a couple of months. I play left handed strung right. I found a white left handed one along with a lefty squire Tele also awsome. Anyway I took them to the luthier that works on my guitars to change the strings around and add a graphite nut. He is Fender certified and works for one of the top luthiers in the country.
      Parsons Guitar. He told me that as of 2006 nothing is different between the two except the pick ups. Pot, wireing and wood all the same as the MIA. This guy has been inside literaly thousands or strats, from squire to MIA and he knows what he is talking about. The first thing people think when the buy a cheaper version of a guitar that the electronics are inferior, so save your money changing out the guts except the pick ups if you don't like them. I love them. I have guitars worth 3 times as much, and my MIM is equil to if not better than my other custom guitars.

      (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Outstanding Guitar: Period

      By Starchild

      from Newport News, Va,

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      Pros

      • Beautifu[ Guitar
      • Best Deai Money Can Buy
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

        I had not played in twenty years. But After my retirement, I became bored, so my musician friends suggested that I buy a guitar. /when the guitar arrived, I could not believe how awesome it was. After all, I always wanted a Stratocaster. (Had an American Strat, Girl took it back when I left) When I picked it up I could not play. I panic, called my friend who is a pro guitar player that plays across America. He came over and played the s--t out of. He licked it better than his American Strat. He told me to calm down and he would give me lessons. Wee I thought to myself, WOW, I have played in 6 states during my music career and do not even know the notes except the open strings (10 years), When I practice, the overall quality, the ease to play, the sound, and the beauty makes me very happy to own my Stratocaster!

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        BIG BANG FOR THE BUCK

        By Blues n stuff

        from Southern California

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

            Brown Burst color. No sense in repeating all the reviews. Went back and forth with this and the American Standard. Came to my pocket book senses and took one home to try. Not a flaw on it and it sounds just killer clean through a Blues Jr. Set up is excellet out of the box. Its got the Strat sound.

            (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beautiful Guitar

            By Guitarista

            from Atlanta, GA

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

              You can't beat this guitar at this price. I bought the arctic white for less than the other finishes! Nice action, comfortable to play,and beautiful to look at. One minor problem: I had to return the first one I received because of a crack and a chip on the body finish next to the neck. I believe the guitar accidentally slipped through QC this way because someone had written a number in black marker (86, I think) on the body where the neck is joined (adjacent to the crack and chip). However, Musicians Friend provided a free return and the replacement is great. The guitar is made in Mexico.

              (7 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              MY FIRST ELECTRIC GUITAR

              By ROCKNROLLARKIE

              from CAMDEN, ARKANSAS

              About Me Novice

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor Pick Up

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

              I'M 60 YEARS OLD AND IT'S MY FIRST ELECTRIC GUITAR

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Praise for Muscians Friend

              By Bro. Robert

              from Mayhill, N.M.

              About Me Novice

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Practice And Jamming
              • Practicing

              Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

              I recieved a strat and had a problem with it. I call MF and they immediatley sent me another one. I can't say enough about the "Great" service I have recieved from MF. They are friendly and relate to the customers problems. I have been a MF customer for several years and have never had a problem. I am thankful that we have MF to serve us. I just can't say enough about the service I have recieved at MF. I am a retired minister 75 years of age and am just learning to play and love it. Keep up the good work MF. Bro Robert

              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GREAT GUITAR

              By Johnnyguitar

              from Space Ciasr Florida

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              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

                  I bought this with hesitation as you should usually try out the guitar you are buying first but MF had such a great deal going on I couldn't resist. The Guitar came well packed and play decently out of the box. Of course I had to set it up but now plays great. I added a set of fat 50's pups from MF (shop around, get your best deal and then come back to MF) and the guitar plays better then my MIA strat, no kidding. So save yourself a bundle and do it this way. Spend the extra money on a great amp.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great guitar

                  By Mark

                  from Minnesota

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Performing
                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

                    First of all, if you played a Mexican strat 10 years ago, you need to grab a new one and check them out. The quality is worlds better today.

                    These are great guitars that play very very well after a decent setup. I think the Mexican Fenders today compare very favorably to anything else at the price point on the market, and they continue to get better over time.

                    After checking out the new one I just received, I have no complaints at all. The fretwork is good, there are no sprouty ends or crazy high frets, although like any new guitar (even up to high price points) it will benefit from a level and crown, and some precision nut work. However, out of the box I measured the neck relief and it was right on. Pickups were set well low of where I like them, but that's a simple fix. The saddles were set very high from the factory, but after I got the action dialed in using my action gauge and a magnifying glass for precision, the guitar plays great.

                    I opened the pickguard and was pleased to find quality components throughout - there are no mini-pots or cheesy switches here. The only compromise has been made in the area of the pickups, which are ceramic but actually sound very nice. If you want a guitar at this price point you can't expect Lollars, but the stock pickups are better than I expected.

                    There are some advantages to the MIA Fenders, of course. You get a little more quality in the hardware and pickups, you get a case, a bit nicer finish, etc. But at half the price of an American Standard, this guitar is a home run.

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Heckuva deal ..... highly recommend it

                    By BoBo

                    from Warren, PA

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

                      Have played with middle of the road guitars all my life.
                      Basically have taken beaters, set them up best as possible and went from there.
                      This guitar is a heckuva deal.
                      Pretty much arrived perfectly setup.
                      I adjusted the intonation slightly; but other than that sounds great and plays like butter.
                      Definitely recommend.
                      You won't be disappointed.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A real beauty!

                      By Rob

                      from East Tn.

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                      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 Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fretboard:

                        Wow! Great guitar! I am very impressed and pleased with my purchase. I especially love the neck. Great feel. I love this guitar more every time I play. To be expected from a company with a half century of experience.

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