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Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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  • Thin semi-hollow offset body
  • Bound maple top and back
  • Stylish bound f-holes
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Fender’s one and only offset-waist semi-hollow electric guitar.

The Starcaster guitar is back. Virtually fabled since its original mid-to-late ’70s tenure, the seldom-seen Starcaster occupies a special place in our history as Fender’s one and only offset-waist semi-hollow electric guitar. Prized decades later by a new generation of adventurous guitarists with a flair for appealingly unconventional Fender style, the Starcaster now returns in fabulous new Modern Player form with greater sound, build and beauty that’ll have you seeing stars.

The Fender Starcaster guitar’s thin semi-hollow offset body has a bound maple top and back, with stylish bound f holes. Its “C”-shaped maple neck has a 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, black-dot inlays and the distinctively curvaceous Starcaster headstock. Other premium features include full-voiced dual Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switching, three-ply black pickguard, four skirted “amp”-style control knobs (volume and tone for each pickup) and an Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tailpiece.

Features
  • Thin semi-hollow offset body
  • Bound maple top and back
  • Stylish bound f-holes
  • “C”-shaped maple neck
  • 9.5”-radius maple fingerboard
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Black-dot inlays
  • Curvaceous Starcaster headstock
  • Dual Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups
  • 3-way toggle switching
  • 3-ply black pickguard
  • Four skirted “amp”-style control knobs (volume and tone for each pickup)

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Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Body
  • Body Material: Laminated Maple with Alder Center-Block
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Body Shape: Other
  • Neck
  • Neck Material: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8cm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241mm)
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm)
  • Position Inlays: Black Dot
  • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Standard
  • Electronics
  • Bridge Pickup: Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking
  • Neck Pickup: Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking
  • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
  • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
  • Pickup Configuration: HH
  • Hardware
  • Bridge: Pinned Adjusto-Matic with Anchored Tailpiece
  • Hardware Finish: Chrome
  • Tuning Machines: Fender Standard Cast/Sealed
  • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
  • Control Knobs: Skirted Amp Knobs
  • Miscellaneous
  • Strings: Fender USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
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FenderStarcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (10)
    • Jamming (9)
    • Recording (9)
    • Small venues (8)
    • Rock concerts (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Better than the original!

    I need to start out by saying I've owned 2 Vintage Starcasters over the years (which I loved). This is a rare case of a reissue being better than the original. The improvements...Read complete review

    I need to start out by saying I've owned 2 Vintage Starcasters over the years (which I loved). This is a rare case of a reissue being better than the original. The improvements Fender have made make this a much better guitar than the 70's Starcasters. I'll add the Pros and Cons in this description. For one, they put a stop bar and tune-o-matic style bridge on it which enables for much better action and intonation than the original. Medium-Jumbo frets give ease to bending strings as opposed to the super low 70's frets on the original. 4 bolt neck instead of the 70's 3 bolt. Standard truss rod instead of the horrible Fender Bullet truss rods. It stays in tune better. And it's just an all around more comfortable/much easier guitar to play. The Wide Range reissues sound great too. It looks beautiful and the craftsmanship on mine is perfect! The only downside is there isn't an option for a Hardshell case or even a gig bag at this point. And I was disappointed there isn't a Master Volume control like on the original. Overall, I highly recommend this guitar.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not What I Expected

    This guitar design is really cool, and I love the fact that it has a center block to keep the feedback down. The finish is cool looking on the aging cherry guitar. The...Read complete review

    This guitar design is really cool, and I love the fact that it has a center block to keep the feedback down. The finish is cool looking on the aging cherry guitar. The aged neck patina gives it a retro look, as does the head stock. The frets are smooth and easy on the fingers the entire length of the neck.

    Was looking for a tone monster, and it comes close. Even sounds good acoustically.

    The nut appears to be plastic and I am afraid that it won't support my string taste, 11s or 12s. Need the heavier strings for good tone. The bridge spacing is way off. It could have been made to cover the poles on the pickups; both E strings and the B string are off, especially the high E and B. I pulled the high E over the poles of the both pickups and there was plenty of room left on the neck.

    One of the pots was loose. It just spins around continuously. When I contacted Fender about this I was told, "that's no problem, it can be fixed by a technician." That kind of attitude is disheartening. I paid for this guitar and I expect at least a little empathy when I describe a problem.

    The worst thing about this guitar is that is does not come with any protection; no gig bag or case. I haven't seen a case advertised, but I did purchase the metro gig bag and discovered it to be useless. The quality of the gig bag is not as advertised and the bag was way too big. There is over 2 inches of play on the body. How can you do this to us Fender?

    Overall, if you want a novelty guitar, this might work for you. Otherwise, the drawbacks might lead you on a path to another guitar.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    can't put the "thing down"

    By paul

    from Plymouth Ma.

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I remember the Starcaster from back in the day but unlike many never owned one.The sound/tone is healthy sounding and each position of the toggle really makes a different as do the tone controls. One reviewer remarked that the string spacing was not good.. Guess it depends on the size of your fingers because for my style of blues I finger pick and slide and the spacing of strings are perfect for my average size fingers Besides gigging I have a small recording studio and with the Starcaster I run the guitar into a Digitech GSP1101 and my recording amps are 2 Fender Greta's each driving a 12' speaker. My main gig is early electric blues but I also like to compose abstract "Floyd" like tracks. I won't bore you with my list of guitars I have but even though the price is fairly short money.. it surpasses all my other guitars in all ways.The neck and action is great out of the box.. Its a beautiful looking guitar also.. eccentric looking, just what I like.My Starcaster has the reddish Sunburst.. very cool looking. When I by-pass the Efx, and put down some blues, the 2 watt Greta's sound like real old school blues. Better stop now because I'm starting to "gush" a bit too much. If there was anything negative to say I would say it but for what I do.. I'm comparing it to Heritage Gibson Fender Jazz Jag. all great guitars but this is now my "go too" guitar.. just can't put it down.

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      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Been waiting for this semi-hollow

      By AJ

      from Augusta, GA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Looks good

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • No Case

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Great guitar to have, good fit for my hand, had been looking for a semi-hollow and tried this one in a store and it was a good fit, liked the action and string spacing. Bad thing is there is no case which is a must have for a musician, hurry up with a case.

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Semi-Hollow Alternative

      By Frank Lee

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • 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 Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        Excellent guitar, especially for having been made in China. Great workmanship, great finish, solid parts. No complaints, whatsoever. Comparing this to a a 335, 137, Corsair, Chicagoan, Viking... what-have-you, the Starcaster more than measures up, tone- and craftsmanship-wise.

        The playability is excellent, and the tone's amazing...although you do get a noticable 4.5kHz presence (what some might call "bite"), similar to what you'd expect from a Casino or Ric, but the Starcaster's "Wide Range" humbuckers have a richness in the lows and mids that the other two hallowed axes mentioned really don't. It also doesn't have the slightly annoying goosiness/quackiness that you often get from a 335.

        I've done some research on the pickups, and apparently they're a bit freak-a-zoidal. Seth Lover designed them in the 70s to be more "single-coily" than a Gibson PAF, using CuNiFe magnets rather than the typical AlNiCo or ceramic varieties. Generally, to my ear, they're full-throttle and wide open...kinda like a cross between AlNiCo II PAFs, P90s and stock ceramic T-60 pickups, which is a weird cross-roads of sound.

        I've had the guitar for about three weeks, and my others are currently gathering dust. Tonally, with the mids on your amp at 9 o'clock, bass and treble at 12 o'clock, it sits right where a funky Rhodes would sit in the mix (think Herby Hancock's Headhunters). (Honestly, I don't like the way it sounds with the amp's eq inverted: modern scooped, but I might just be weird.)

        It's excellent for both rhythm and lead (I'm using the neck and bridge positions, mostly...right now, the middle isn't my cup of tea, but I can see its for-use area, especially if you're doing funky-squashed comp-ing.)

        As for a case, a Gretsch case fits it well (my case looks like it was designed for one of the Electromatic hollow bodies or the Tennessee Rose (but I'm guessing as to the model intended). And, most importantly, though it's deeper than it need be, it fits the guitar snugly...neck is cradled nicely, body's snug...and she don't move in transit.

        Overall, it's one of my favorites right now (honeymoon or no), and I have guitars two-and-three times its price point to compare it to.

        Amps used: 59 Bassman LTD (early-00s), Vox Night Train NT15H/112 (newish), Peavey Delta Blues (mid-90s) and a 65 Fender ChampAmp (all original).

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        (3 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        bad news

        By jg .

        from hutchinson minneso

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • No
        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        my starcaster

        turned out to be used out of the packing. not cool ..

        Comment on this review

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Incredible guitar for a great price

        By Shadesofcraig

        from NEW ENGLAND

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • No case available

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        I was shocked to find out this guitar was made in China. Don't let that fool you, this is a great guitar. If this were made in the USA it would cost like $3000 to $4000. If you are thinking about getting this guitar, get it, you will not be disappointed...

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        (7 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Not What I Expected

        By Folkster

        from Southern California

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Cool looking
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
        • Poor String Spacing

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        This guitar design is really cool, and I love the fact that it has a center block to keep the feedback down. The finish is cool looking on the aging cherry guitar. The aged neck patina gives it a retro look, as does the head stock. The frets are smooth and easy on the fingers the entire length of the neck.

        Was looking for a tone monster, and it comes close. Even sounds good acoustically.

        The nut appears to be plastic and I am afraid that it won't support my string taste, 11s or 12s. Need the heavier strings for good tone. The bridge spacing is way off. It could have been made to cover the poles on the pickups; both E strings and the B string are off, especially the high E and B. I pulled the high E over the poles of the both pickups and there was plenty of room left on the neck.

        One of the pots was loose. It just spins around continuously. When I contacted Fender about this I was told, "that's no problem, it can be fixed by a technician." That kind of attitude is disheartening. I paid for this guitar and I expect at least a little empathy when I describe a problem.

        The worst thing about this guitar is that is does not come with any protection; no gig bag or case. I haven't seen a case advertised, but I did purchase the metro gig bag and discovered it to be useless. The quality of the gig bag is not as advertised and the bag was way too big. There is over 2 inches of play on the body. How can you do this to us Fender?

        Overall, if you want a novelty guitar, this might work for you. Otherwise, the drawbacks might lead you on a path to another guitar.

        Comment on this review

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Semi-Hollow

        By Jetknight774

        from Fort Worth, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Big Body
        • Fender Twang
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Big Body

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        This is an awesome guitar! This is my first guitar that says Fender on the headstock. Up until this point I had only been able to afford the lower priced squire's. Dont get me wrong they are great guitars for begginers and lower level intermediates but eventually you move past them. This guitar was my dream vintage Fender. I thought it would be forever before I got one. Then Fender made the Reissue. Joy is all that i can say!

        The neck feels a bit like a tele neck but still holds trueish to the original Starcaster. the pick-ups give hints to the old Starcaster, but have a slightly different tone of their own.

        I think the only problems I have had with the guitar are that the stock strings are awful, I personally love Elixir Polyweb's w/ anti rust. The other problem is the lack of a hard case. I have an ibanez exotic wood 12 string hard case that I'm using for now. Just had to put a folded towel in the bottom to get the neck to be at the correct angle. I have contacted Fender about a specific hard case for it and they say they are making one, but they don't know when it will be available.

        Holds a tune REALLY well!

        I would most definitely recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a semi-hollow guitar that isn't a Gibson. (Spits on ground at the thought of that name...) Has great Fender twang even from humbuckers.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Well worth the money for this axe

        By Tulsa Guitar Man

        from Tulsa, OK

        About Me Experienced

        Ask me a question

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

          Just got this baby and couldn't believe the quality of this guitar for the price. The pickups look as if they are SD 3+3 Offset Humbuckers, good sounding. The only draw back is you can't get a Fender Case for this guitar (Fender must not have had their heads on) the SKB-35 Thinline case fits good for this guitar, along with a Epiphone case used for their Casino guitar and the Washburn G71 case used with HB35 guitar, along with Gibson 335 case. Great guitar excellent workmanship and well worth the money.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Guitar

          By blues4545

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Professional Musician

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Great looks
          • Great Tones

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Performances
            • Practicing

            Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

            Without getting to much into the differences between the original and the reissue, just let me say it's a really great guitar on it's own. I currently own 3 of the original Starcasters and now one of the current models. Used it last night on a gig and it did exceptionally well. Some really great tones, good feel, great looks and it stayed in tune. Didn't set the guitar up or anything, played it as is out of the box. Will do a set up now so I can put on my strings (10-52). The neck is comfortable, the electronics smooth and the weight is right. In fact I held the reissue in one hand and an original in the other and the weights felt about the same. So on a whole I really like this current model and will probably get another. That said, there are a couple of things I wish Fender hadn't changed. First I like the master volume on the original. It's handy when all you need to do is turn the guitar down as a whole. I also own 2 Guild Starfire 5's and love that they also have a master volume. May get my luthier to add one. Second, while the new bridge/tailpiece work well, I'm still partial to the original style bridge assembly. It was more "Fender-ish" and for me made the looks more balanced. Not to mention that the through the body stringing added to the sustain of the guitar. Third, I like the oiginal string tree, the new one makes the guitars headstock look even bigger since it's so small. Lastly I wish they had used the original multilayer binding. The current just white binding is kind of cheap looking. That said I still really like this guitar. So if you want a Starcaster you have two choices, buy the original for $4000 - $5000 or the current one for a lot less.

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            (1 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fender Starcaster RI

            By 1a12 (1adam12)

            from Everywheretown, USA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              Great guitar, Why buy a dot. Sure, not an ES but with that headstock, you are able to mince, dice and cut bread. Pickups?? sure, not the ole' SethLOvErz, but there is: enough Twang in the bridge, there is some body in the neck and the middle is certainly a honey roast blend. If you're lucky you will get some byrds-eye or flame looks wise. THe far easterners follow our outsourcing instructions pretty well it seems. Just be nice if we kept our manufacturing base in general, but what can you do except right songs about it. look for them on SOUNDCLOUD.com

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