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Fender Strat-O-Sonic DV II Electric Guitar   

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The sweetest new Strat idea in ages. The Strat-O-Sonic Guitar has a hardtail Fender Techtonic locking bridge/tailpiece that is fully adjustable with ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Unique, simple, retro, and totally cool!

The sweetest new Strat idea in ages. The Strat-O-Sonic Guitar has a hardtail Fender Techtonic locking bridge/tailpiece that is fully adjustable with 6 saddles and interacts amazingly with the lightweight, 5-chambered mahogany body to produce a full, rich resonance for superior sustain. Equipped with a smokin' pair of DE-9000 Black Dove single-coil pickups and a modern C-shaped maple neck with 9-1/2"-radius rosewood fretboard and 22 medium-jumbo frets. Includes deluxe hardshell guitar case.

FEATURES
  • Mahogany chambered body
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with 9-1/2" radius
  • 2 DE-9000 Black Dove single-coil pickups
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4.4

(based on 21 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Classic Rock Guitar

AMAZING PURCHASE! The action is incredible, very smooth play. Worth much more than what I payed for it. This guitar has a GREAT sound, but there is one major problem I encountered...Read complete review

AMAZING PURCHASE! The action is incredible, very smooth play. Worth much more than what I payed for it. This guitar has a GREAT sound, but there is one major problem I encountered with my guitar. In the middle position, the Black Dove pick-ups are great, but if you go to the bridge or neck position, there is SO much buzz or feedback that you can't possibly play with it at that setting. There is a tone knob that gives you some flexibility of sound, but I can't really take it away from the middle pickup position. I haven't ever talked to anyone about fixing it, and I wouldn't know what to do, but it's not TOO big of a deal because the sound is great at the middle position anyways. Sounds too muddy for playing metal in the middle position, in my opinion, so I don't use it for metal unless I'm stuck. If it wasn't for this, I would call it the perfect versatile guitar.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not a great guitar

I bought one of these in August of 2004 ...at the same time , I bought an Epiphone Elite Les Paul. At the time, the Stratosonic was $50 more than the Epiphone....Read complete review

I bought one of these in August of 2004 ...at the same time , I bought an Epiphone Elite Les Paul. At the time, the Stratosonic was $50 more than the Epiphone. Side by side, the LP seemed like 3 times the value for the $$$$,,beautiful binding, nice sound, balanced weight. beautiful playing neck. My friends figured the LP was at least twice as much as the Fender..it was not. The Stratosonic had a nice screaming lead tone when the neck pickup was used, but what did it in for me was that through my Jimi-wah pedal, it had NOTHING... it tucked its tailpiece and ran...very lame...also, the high E string was too close to the edge of the fretboard and fell off a lot..now don't jump to conclusions, I love strats..I own several.. this is one design Fender should discontue..very one dimensional...a very weak concept all the way around imo...lucky for me the place I bought it gave me a full credit, which I applied to a Gibson LP standard..a Gold Top!!! Like Fenders? get a strat.. want really fat tone? get a Les Paul..the song remains the same folks...

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5.0

Great feeling and sounding axe!!!!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I am a Gibson guy at heart and I have Les Pauls, SG's, V's, RD's, etc. I went for a little change and this was an unbelievable buy for the money. This thing gets Fender and Gibson tones out of it, very cool. If your interested in this get the two pickup one you won't be disappointed!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Fender

By Zap

from Woodbridge, NJ USA

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The neck of a particular guitar feels different to each player. I happen to feel comfortable with Fender Product. I have a 1966 Jazz Master, 1967 Coronado, 1981 -83 Strat and Tele Gold Elites, and a couple of American H2 short scale Bullets. The Stratosonic is right in the mix with great action and I like it alot. I use a Line 6 to dial in a great variety of sounds. Most of my guitars are kept in my studio but I keep the Stratosonic up in my Office so I can pull it out for some stress relief type playing when I feel like it. It has great snap to it and I can enjoy it unamplified when I'm just fiddling around.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Player

By bman

from Dracut, MA

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Great quality,big sound, feels like a Strat. I own Gibsons but dislike all the knobs and weight. This has the sound and is real comfortable to play.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Cool vibes

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Tone chambers with P-90s with the comfort of a 24.75 scale and the ergonomy of the stratocaster body. This guitar is sweet and hot.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Smokin' guitar

By SLider Man

from Frederick, MD

I picked up this guitar to be my main axe. It's very versatile, you can play just about any style with it. I play alot of slide guitar too and the P90's are what you need to get that low down growling sound. If you got some money and want a guitar that is a lot of fun and solid, then get this one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Close to perfect.

By valentsgrif

from LI, NY

Features: Straplocks, Custom shop level fret quality. Frets and board- rolled and smoothed. Poly finish, maple neck- Medium "C"- fast & comfortable.Sound: Versitile, quiet. Stat tones and thick LP like snarl at your fingertips. No tele tones though. Resonates like all hell, plugged or unplugged.Action, fit & finish is first rate: American Deluxe quality. Stays in tune.Support: Never needed it.Reliablity: Been flawless.Overall: This is an easy playing, sweet sounding guitar that does classic rock (Zep!)and jazz equally. No longer have a need for an LP.

 
4.0

Excellent P-90 type sound

By Steam Furnace

from Hamilton, OH

Great p-90 sound, better neck and quality than a Gibson SG with p-90's.

 
5.0

going back in time

By Shadowgrass3

from Louisiana

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The workmanship on this guitar is impeccable, true Fender American Deluxe quality all the way. My favorite thing about it is that I can get that old Les Paul tone without touching a gibson and getting my hands dirty!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Classic Rock Guitar

By Henry-utwn5

from Dundas, ON

AMAZING PURCHASE! The action is incredible, very smooth play. Worth much more than what I payed for it. This guitar has a GREAT sound, but there is one major problem I encountered with my guitar. In the middle position, the Black Dove pick-ups are great, but if you go to the bridge or neck position, there is SO much buzz or feedback that you can't possibly play with it at that setting. There is a tone knob that gives you some flexibility of sound, but I can't really take it away from the middle pickup position. I haven't ever talked to anyone about fixing it, and I wouldn't know what to do, but it's not TOO big of a deal because the sound is great at the middle position anyways. Sounds too muddy for playing metal in the middle position, in my opinion, so I don't use it for metal unless I'm stuck. If it wasn't for this, I would call it the perfect versatile guitar.

 
5.0

Review

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Great guitar! Its sound surprised me, I was looking for a Gibson with p90's and luckily I found the strat-o-sonic. Play it through a good tube amp like a Fender Hot Rod 410 and you won't be disappointed.

 
2.0

Play it before You buy it

By Voxman77

from Largo, Fl.

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I sent mine back as defective. Thanks to this site who picked up the return shipping and gave me a full refund. A good idea by Fender, but the static noise of my fingers going over the pickguard nearly sent me to the rubber room. A Boss NS couldn't even filter it out. You guys that gave a good review, must have gotten properly wired ones. I got a Gibson Blueshawk with a dummy coil in it to reduce hum for less.

 
5.0

A great guitar for all styles of music.

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Some people told me Fenders weren't good for metal but I bought this anyway and it is a great guitar. It feels great, and has amazing tone. When I play clean, the sound is also amazing. I highly recommend it to anyone with some money. Only downside is it has no tremolo.

 
5.0

Very nice feel, look and sound

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

A great guitar for a reasonable price. Very nice feel, look and sound.

 
5.0

Feels great, sounds great, looks classy.

By Sigma141

from Meriden, CT

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The stratosonic DVII has a very comfortable neck, if you're a fan of the Fender style necks, and has a great sound, clean or distorted. On top of that it looks like a classic in brown sunburst with the abalone dot inlays, which don't seem to be mentioned anywhere. Seems durable, and it's pretty - but not to the level where you feel like you can't play it comfortably. Overall, a great guitar.

 
4.0

Plays great but...

By mawiro

from Orem, UT

When I owned this guitar (2 pickup model) I had the same experience as "honey roy" above, lots of static when my fingers touched the pickguard. I solved this by removing the pickguard and rubbing the front & back with a Bounce dryer sheet. That helped but it was a pain to keep doing all the time. Otherwise, I liked the fact that it played like a Gibson but looked like a Fender.

 
5.0

Great little strat

By musicman-JHtAC

from Rapid City, SD

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This guitar is probably one of the best I ever owned. The action is incredible and the quality is exactly what you would expect from Fender - A++. There is only one problem with this guitar, the pickups are less than desirable. If played with any amount of gain it sounds like you're playing through mud. Replace the black doves with a set of Jason Lollar p-90's or Seymour Duncan's and you are looking at one of the most versatile and best sounding guitars you will ever own.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not a great guitar

By JT-_-Sak

from Long Island, NY

I bought one of these in August of 2004 ...at the same time , I bought an Epiphone Elite Les Paul. At the time, the Stratosonic was $50 more than the Epiphone. Side by side, the LP seemed like 3 times the value for the $$$$,,beautiful binding, nice sound, balanced weight. beautiful playing neck. My friends figured the LP was at least twice as much as the Fender..it was not. The Stratosonic had a nice screaming lead tone when the neck pickup was used, but what did it in for me was that through my Jimi-wah pedal, it had NOTHING... it tucked its tailpiece and ran...very lame...also, the high E string was too close to the edge of the fretboard and fell off a lot..now don't jump to conclusions, I love strats..I own several.. this is one design Fender should discontue..very one dimensional...a very weak concept all the way around imo...lucky for me the place I bought it gave me a full credit, which I applied to a Gibson LP standard..a Gold Top!!! Like Fenders? get a strat.. want really fat tone? get a Les Paul..the song remains the same folks...

 
5.0

A very comfortable and versatile guitar.

By jwg-CS TX

from College Station, TX

I own both a Les Paul and a Strat Texas Special. I prefer the Les Paul neck and sustain for some types of music, but overall find my strat much more comfortable (with better attack and a wider range of sounds) The strat-o-sonic gives me a good combination of both worlds. Its deep tones are nearly as strong as the Les Paul and its bridge setting comes close to the middle pickup on a strat. This gives me a great combination of sounds. The guitar is also much more comfortable than my Les Paul, which I now plan to retire, and has a sustain that seems to last for hours - absolutely amazing. I still love my TX Special, but with the addition of a strat-o-sonic, I have no reason to ever play a non-strat-type guitar. So long Les Paul!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Piece of crap, simple enough.

By zildjian player

from australia

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The neck design leaves you with a splintering pain which doesn't desolve for 15 minutes at least. The headstock/body weight ratio is too far off.

 
5.0

Fender Strat-O-Sonic DV l

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

This review is of the single pickup version.A very interesting axe.You have to find the most resonant area to place the pick.You can hear the sonic variences.This along with the tone control give it amazing versatility from the single p90.I have to place it in the middle between my clapton strat and my gibson cs-336 for tone and utility.Make sure the individual string volumes on the pickup are equal and it seems to ring forever.They say there are 5 chambers in the mahogony ,its up to you to find them.Have fun.OH I"ll never give a 10 rating for anything, haven't found anything perfect yet!!!

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