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Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster Electric Guitar Electron Blue Maple Fretboard

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The Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS (also known as a Fat Strat) electric guitar features everything players love about the Stratocaster--alder body, maple C-shaped neck, vintage synchronized trem, si... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS (also known as a Fat Strat) electric guitar features everything players love about the Stratocaster--alder body, maple C-shaped neck, vintage synchronized trem, single-coil pickups--plus the added versatility of a humbucker in the bridge position. This HSS configuration, in combination with the 5-position switch, provides a huge array of tonal possibilities. Standard Strats now feature a thicker bridge block for increased sustain and a more stable point of contact with the strings.


  • Alder body
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • Vintage synchronized trem
  • Humbucker/Single/Single pickup configuration
  • 5-position Special Switching
  • Thicker bridge block for increased sustain and more stable point of contact with strings
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 1-11/16" nut width
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(172 of 202 customers found this review helpful)


An arsenal of sounds!

By GarTro

from Jordan, MN

I first picked up a Fender Standard HSS Startocaster Electric Guitar because I've seen so many people use it and now I know why! This baby has such smooth playability that you're never going to want to put it down, that's a warning. The action is just perfectly set and the neck is so smooth. That's not even the best part, which is, the fact that you can get virtually ANY sound out of this instrument. I knew you could get the classic rock sound out of it because of all the people who use it and I knew blues is good on it but not THIS good. With a little reverb, you're in heaven playing this baby! And with the humbucker on the bridge, you can get a perfect heavy metal sound, believe it or not. It's just a tone machine! I use it gigging all the time so I really never need another guitar! Seriously, pick this guitar up for yourself and you'll have it for a lifetime. You won't regret it!

(77 of 86 customers found this review helpful)


sweet sound, affordable, well done

By kirusha

from edmonds, wa

yeah, this one's a sweet one. if you're looking for a budget guitar with some quality, save up to get this fat strat instead of the poorly made squiers. i have an arctic white one with a lovely rosewood neck (which looks sweet), and the sound is excellent--especially on the bridge pickup. the sound is solid and sounds awesome. the quality surpasses any squier. don't be fooled by a shiny paintjob, squiers are way inferior in everything from the pickups to the craftmanship. sell a kidney or two but make sure you get this guitar.

(55 of 67 customers found this review helpful)


Strat HSS

By Classicrocker807

from Cleveland, OH

This was my very first guitar and I couldn't have picked a better one for any price. The fretboard is very fast the options this guitar has with all the tone controls are amazing. It is great as a beginner's and more experienced player's axe. If you get it, you won't be disappointed.

(44 of 60 customers found this review helpful)


Great value

By james

from Undisclosed

Out of my five guitars, the Fender Standard HSS Stratocaster is my favorite guitar I own.The quality of this guitar is great. The steel rod in the neck to prevent warping is a sign of great quality. The sound quality of the guitar is very good.The sound is very close to the American version.I recommend this as a main guitar or a beginner who wants to step up a level

(42 of 56 customers found this review helpful)


Fender Hss Stratocaster

By Jazz Fusion Player

from Los Angeles

I have been playing guitar for over thirty five years and have owned several guitars including a 1970 Fender Jazzmaster, A late seventies Ibanez Artist Series, and a Fender Squire Stratocaster. I can honestly say that you get a lot of bang for your buck with this guitar. I play this guitar through a small Marshall and get an excellent sound. The added dimension of the Humbucking pick up is a plus. When I compare this guitar to the SG special, I feel that it is easier to play fast licks on the SG.I spoke with a specialist at the Guitar Center and he stated it is because of the design of the neck. Nevertheless, this guitar is still a great buy.

(23 of 30 customers found this review helpful)


Fender MIM Fat Strat

By PJRocks

from SC

In my opinion, the mexican fat strat is a "good" beginners guitar. That's not to say that an experianced guitarist would not enjoy one. This was the first electric guitar that I owned and I liked it back then as much as I do now. I think that it is constructed much better than the Squires and is a great compromise in price from the American Standard. As stated in earlier reviews, the pickups are not that great, but they do sound clean. The humbucker is a nice addition if this is your first electric guitar just to get a sense of the differences in pickup styles.

(10 of 14 customers found this review helpful)


The best Strat rock alternative

By Kliskers' Whiskers

from NJ

Soundless switching, alder body tone for that rock vibe, and a humbucker in the bridge for solid gain. Yet classic leads and clean in the neck and middle position. The knobs don't scratch stock, although it came set up poorly.. But setting up a Fender is really easy, fortunately! The stock pickups aren't the best, I'll admit that. You may want to replace them. But if this is your first guitar (and why not?) Then that can wait. Once it's set up it's beautful and comfortable. The pickup switch doesn't make much noise. People usually don't consider Fender for harder rock. But trust me. If you like to blend modern with classic, then this HSS "fat" strat will be your pride and joy.

(3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)


sweet great amzing good things come from great one

By Great guitar

from Dawsonville, GA

Great guitar bought this about a year ago still running smoothly sounds great some people say it goes out of tune fast they need to relize it is the strings wamy bar is good great sounds from it you will not be disopointed i was questioning it but went with it and i am amzed

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Awsome Strat

By FenderStrat9219

from Ijamsville MD

I've had this guitar for 7 months now and its been perfect for me. I'm a beginner and i think its great. Great sound , the humbucker makes it versitile and i play pretty much everything on it. Great for beginners, i know a lot of people turn away from a strat that isnt American, but its the same guitar, it just says made in mexico on it. and if you really want to u can replace the pickups with american ones and itll be the same guitar

(2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar

By i couldnt come up with any good names

from Edmond, OK

I've had this guitar for about a year now and it's great. I like the neck on this guitar better than the American Strats. I replaced the humbucker with a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker and i love it. It's a great guitar for the price.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar, Not for Metal

By IbaZilgFenTama

from Seattle, WA

This guitar was my first guitar, it sounds really great. It's not a metal guitar. I wouldn't recommend this guitar for metal. It's a good guitar for the money. What really annoys me is that there is only 21 frets. It has a great sound for Classic Rock, Blues, and Southern Rock. Good tone, Good sound, Great Price, but if you want a cheap metal guitar, GO WITH IBANEZ.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent buy!

By Adoptedguitarist

from Ohio

I'm a proffesional musician on a fairly tight budget. A fellow guitarist in my band let me use his HSS Strat for a few months and I fell in love. I bought this baby myself and could not be more satisfied. The humbuckers really do make all the difference. I would recomend this guitar to any and everyone.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent buy

By Vinny

from Denver, CO

This is an awesome guitar. While it does not have the same rich sound as the American Fender, certainly is the best out their for its price. Someone else on here said it was not good for metal, ut dont listen, you can get some extreme shredding sounds out of this strat. My only real complaint is that its strings seem to need to be replaced more frequently than other guitars. Other than that, its is certainly a bargain.


Very Nice Guitar

By MasterofStratocaster

from NYC

I got this as my 1st electric guitar and am very satisfied with it. I play in a band with some excellent musicians and I they can't even believe the quality and smoothness of this guitar, I have the maple fretboard and maple neck and its extremely fast, letting me move through the frets with super speed. The humbucker pickup packs a powerful crunch while the neck single coils are awesome for clean chords and deep metal sounds. The only problem I had from this guitar is that the bridge lifted up high on me, so I took it to my friend who locked it down and now it plays better than ever. If you are looking for an entry to intermediate level guitar, get this axe, its easilt customizable and it will NOT let you down!!!


Great Guitar Great Value

By aerobrother

from Memphis ,Tn

I purchased the electron blue HSS strat last year when it was a factory special paint edition. This is a great guitar , I have an older Strat and I find myself playing this guitar most of the time . It is hard to beat this guitar for the price.


The coolest guitar ever

By alejandro

from nashville

First off, whatever you pay for this guitar its worth it. This guitar is awesome and will sound good with any distortion or setting you choose. I have played this guitar for blues, southern rock, jazz, and even metal. The double pick up at the bottom really helps improve sound quality, you will notice right when you strum with an amp. The strat also just looks cool no matter what color you get it in; for those where looks and sound both matter equally here you go. But no matter what your playing style you cannot go wrong with this guitar



By Fenderstrat135

from San Diego, CA

This Fender Stratocaster was my first electric guitar (been playing acoustic) and I love it! This axe sounds awesome, has a very good, clean sound and is just a great beginner guitar but doesn't act like a beginner guitar. Buy this legendary guitar: Fender Stratocaster HSS!!


Most Versatile Guitar Ever

By Fenderfreind221

from Undisclosed

This guitar is awesome! It goes good with any genre of music including punk or heavy metal. Thanks to the humbucker pick-up. I enjoy strats because they are a great value. Always look good and are a tough guitar that will play and sound great for years.


Fender Standard HSS Strat

By Mike D

from North Port, FL

I've owned this guitar for about 6 months. Thus far I have had no problems. There are many upsides to this guitar and I consider it one of the best values on the market. First off, the guitar looks beautiful. I mean, its a Fender Strat! The finish is great and the quality of the finish is just that too. The pickups on this guitar are also great. The humbucker bridge pickup gives an extra crunch to your sound. A final reason why a person should purchase this guitar is the price. There is not a huge difference between the American and Mexican strats, and your good Les Pauls will run you $800 on up. This guitar is hands down the best value on the market.


Fender Standard HSS

By JakeMMusic

from Andover MA

This guitar is an excellent buy for the price. Gets a very nice tone through the humbucker and great for every style of music, from jazz and blues to Rock, and even Metal. I've owned this guitar for almost a year and It hasn't given me any problems besides falling out of tune from time to time. Since the bridge is a floating bridge, tuning can be a little bit of an issue if you decide to use the tremelo. After a while though, It's not a problem. I plan on playing and performing with hthis guitar for the rest of my days as a musician. If you don't like it, modify it to your needs. Fender Guitars are known for being versitile and easy to customize. A worth while buy for anybody!

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