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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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SPECIFICATIONS

Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar

  • 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 18 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (17)
  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (13)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (15)
  • Jamming (14)
  • Recording (11)
  • Small venues (11)
  • Rock concerts (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Awesome Semi-Hollow

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...Read complete review

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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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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3.0

Okay for the price but not an accurate recreation.

By seb-ear-aaaa[@]

from Arizona

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Pros

  • Able To Be Upgraded Easil
  • Fun To Play
  • Okay Feel For The Price

Cons

  • Inacurate Bridge
  • Low Grade Electronics
  • Wrong Radius Fret Board

Best Uses

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

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

This is a Chinese reproduction of the 1970s CBS Starcaster. China makes some very nice products, and this is no exception. FMIC has opted to take the easy way out and use off the shelf Gibson style parts, rather than recreate the heavy bridge on the original, and the tone does suffer. The FB radius is not consistent with a 1976 model used for reference. I took the frets out and re-radiused the one i had in for 12 inches. 10 1/2 or 11 would also be a huge improvement. I suspect FMIC may offer this in a USA or custom shop model, and they can't have the import play better can they? They can't, but I can. The frets are also not the same size and the knobs are not right. Overall build quality is quite acceptable, so I have reworked as much as I can to make mine a much better guitar. Better pots, pickups, wiring switches, jacks, etc. For the price it is a pretty good start to having a great guitar. Or it can be a good guitar that lacks a lot over what it is supposed to actually be. It is quite playable as is, but, without a lot of effort, and add the same price again, for upgrades, and they can become super nice. Consider a vintage 1970s Starcaster will set you back six to eight times this price, and these are not so bad. China continues to impress me in so many ways. This is better than expected, but I am not expecting true greatness either. For the price, I do not see any "deal breakers", with this one!

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5.0

Black Attack

By Rich Man

from San Diego, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

    First, I was looking at the Coronado, but it seemed too large to play standing up or sitting down, so I checked out the Starcaster on the You Tube demo for Dawson's UK by Nic Wraith. The Starcaster does have its own sound, distinct from the 72 Tele Thinline, it will do the jazzy stuff but if you want to scream it will go there too. It has a big, open sound with its wide range pickups and pairs up well with my Champ 40. I like to play it clean on the Tweed or Blackface setting, and get the dirty sound from pushing it, and it does that well. The neck is a little fatter and wider than a Strat and I like that. The Black is a lot prettier than the photo, too. My only concern is that this being Fender, they'll bring out a Star-nado or a Coro-caster someday, but overall I'd say this is the 335 vibe in the more manageable package.

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    5.0

    Yeah that is the sound

    By Old Guy

    from Sunny Florida

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      I wanted an electric guitar. Was between Strat and tele, or semi. I actually saw this being played in a demo for the Champ 100 amp. That was it. Bought it. I have been told, many people keep chasing a sound. For now I am there. Between this guitar and the champ 100, it will keep me busy learning for quite some time. Strat neck feel and great tones. Fun to play. Good set up out of the box. Tuned and away we go. I took the black, looks awesome.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Brilliant in Every Way

      By WholeTone

      from Raleigh, NC

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Large Body

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is perfect. It's that simple. Aesthetically, it's a beaut and is guaranteed to turn heads 60% of the time, every time. Tone wise, it's syrupy-sweet with a row of razor sharp teeth just below the surface. Want a warm, round jazz tone? The neck pickup is juicier than the freshest pomegranate. Prefer something with a bit more bite? Switch to the bridge pickup and throw some dirt on it and you can rip searing rock with class. It's made in China, which is a total non-issue, unless you're the kind of guy that prefers to shell out 3x the money for an American guitar of the exact same quality. For reasonable people, it's one of the best valued guitars available, period. Glossy neck that doesn't stick to your hand, absolutely zero feedback thanks to the center block, and a tone that will melt both hearts and faces. I will mention my tiniest niggle (because I don't trust reviews that don't have at least one drawback), which is the body shape. It looks great! ...But it's hard to find a case for the unconventional silhouette. Also the funky neck is a bit heavy, which can wear on your shoulder if you're a puny guy like me. In any case, this guitar is engineered perfectly. If it broke, I'd buy another. Heck, I'd buy one for everyone if I had the money simply to put a stop to all the Les Paul and Stratocaster worship. You don't NEED to blow six paychecks on a quality guitar. Just blow ONE and get the Starcaster, and then take solace in the fact that you will simply never need to buy another guitar again. ...Unless you break it. Then you'll need to buy another one.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar!

      By Dave

      from Santa Fe, NM

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

        I have an American Start, Telecast and several others. This Starcaster has a sound of it's own which is what I was hoping for. Not too harsh, not too mellow. I was very fortunate that it did not get smashed during shipping as it was not packed a box within a box but shipped in the original guitar box alone. If anything had been placed on top of it during shipping it would have crushed the body.
        FOr those looking for a hardshell case I found that the Epiphone 335 case fits nice and snug. You won't find an exact fit for this guitar but the 335 case is very close.

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        (5 of 5 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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          (3 of 4 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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          (8 of 9 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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            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 ..

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            (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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