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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
 
4.5

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (0)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Jamming (7)
    • Recording (7)
    • Rock concerts (5)
    • Small venues (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Professional musician (4)

    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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    (1 of 2 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

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Incredible guitar for a great price

    By Shadesofcraig

    from NEW ENGLAND

    About Me Experienced

    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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    (2 of 2 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.

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    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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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Well worth the money for this axe

    By Tulsa Guitar Man

    from Tulsa, OK

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    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 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Guitar

      By blues4545

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Professional Musician

      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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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Fender Starcaster RI

        By 1a12 (1adam12)

        from Everywheretown, USA

        About Me Professional Musician

        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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          (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great guitar from fender

          By walkindaddy

          from Lone Star State

          About Me Experienced

          Ask me a question

          Pros

          • 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:

            solid build,
            c shaped gloss neck,
            Birdseye maple everywhere!
            great sounding pups
            fits in Gretsch HSC

            Comment on this review

            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Pretty Close in Some Ways...

            By Big Jim 57

            from USA

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            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 Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              Body and neck are right, but bridge and tailpiece are just regular ones on the reissue---not the real Starcaster bridge. I was a Fender warranty service man for many years. These pickups are not actually the vintage Fender pickups. These are a regular, Gibson-sized humbucker that is inside of the old-style Fender cover. They just fill it up with wax to keep it from moving around and squealing. They sound OK, but the original pickups were trying to sound more "Fendery" and still be a humbucker. The pole pieces on the originals were actually threaded magnets more in keeping with Fender's style. These newer pickups are bottom-loaded magnet regular humbuckers. The originals had all 1 Meg potentiometers and a master volume control. The 1 meg pots helped keep the highs from bleeding off and thereby keeping it more "Fendery" sounding. These new ones sound more like a Gibson 335 copy because they just have regular humbuckers and controls. Still a very nice guitar and very good-looking, too. Just noting the differences between the real ones and these new ones.

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              (33 of 34 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Better than the original!

              By Les Pauls for Life

              from East Coast

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Missing The Master Volume
              • No Case Or Gig Bag

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Recording

              Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

              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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