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      Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar (H80812)

The most-popular American Strat, now with upgraded electronics and hardware.

The American Standard Stratocaster is the same great best-selling, go-to guitar it has always been, and now it's upgraded with aged plastic parts and full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups. This latest iteration of the time-honored classic is the very essence of Strat tone and remains a beauty to see, hear and feel.

Features include hand-rolled fingerboard edges, Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups, staggered tuners, improved bridge with bent steel saddles and copper-infused high-mass block for increased resonance and sustain, tinted neck, high-gloss maple or rosewood fretboard, satin neck back for smooth playability, thin-finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance. Comes with Fender Tolex case.

Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar Features:

  • Solid alder body (urethane finish)
    Modern C-shaped maple neck with rich, deep neck tint, glossed neck front with satin back
    22 medium jumbo frets
    3 full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups
    Delta-tone no-load circuit (includes high output bridge pickup and special no-load tone control for middle and bridge pickups)
    Bent steel Fender saddles
    Copper Infused Cast Strat Bridge Block (steel with copper- 100% metal) for Increased Mass and Improved Tone
    Thinner undercoat for improved body resonance
    American 2-point trem
    Rosewood or maple fretboard
    Staggered machine heads
    Aged plastic parts
    Fender Tolex case, cable, strap, and polishing cloth

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  • New Strat is a winner

    As reviewed by Hans Hansen on 5/7/2012

    All of the improvements of the past 2 years are in this model with the addition of the Fat 50's pickups. These pups sound great, basically classic, with slightly higher output without sounding hot. The neck will appeal to most players as most measurements are a compromise, IE nut width, neck and fingerboard radii. The rosewood is good and dark - reminiscent of Brazilian stock. The paint and finishing are almost flawless. A nice well built case and some candy make this a good value overall. I have the Jade pearl metallic which would be at home on some custom cars. The appearance changes with the light, going from green with a hint of metallic to silver with a hint of green. I picked mine up at a GC showroom.

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  • Great updated American Standard

    As reviewed by PER ANDERSSON OHRVIK on 3/22/2012

    I bought the Jade Pearl version which is a nice new color. The updated 50s pickups sound "hotter" and punchier in a good way, if you'd ask me. They have a really nice crunch sound, when you turn up he gain on the amp. I am totally happy. I liked the sound of the 2011 as well but this is more what I was looking for in a strat. Makes a solid appearance. I tuned it when I picked it up and two days, later after many hours playing I can't remember having needed to retune it! If there is something that I am not sure of yet is how the neck pickup actually performs compared to other strats. I have no strat at home to compare to, but maybe the 2012 is a little "darker" sounding from the neck pup. On the other hand I really like the 2 and 4 positions on the pup switch and I usually never use them on other strats. You can get a nice almost Gibson SG sound if you turn the tone knob down a glitch. At the end of the day this is a classic American made standard strat with all the traditional sound but with a little hotter pickups than they used to be.

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  • Beyond My Expectations! Seriously Outstanding Guitar!

    As reviewed by Richard on 10/25/2014

    I picked up a tri-color sunburst American Std. Strat in March, 2014 after looking at 2 or 3 different models. I waited six months before placing this review to make sure I wasn't overly giddy about getting the second Strat in my life (now at age 65). The first was a early 70s model and while it played and sounded fine, my new strat with the custom shop Fat Fifties pups actually puts the old one to shame. I also have a Les Paul Traditional Pro II which is also a hell of a instrument and offers a different sound entirely. While I love them both, if I had a gun to my head to choose one over the other, I'd likely keep the strat--which is also less expensive. The sound is phenomenal and the fingerboard and frets are truly perfection. One reviewer claimed a "buzz" on certain positions of the pup switch, but I have had no such incidents and would suggest having the guitar seriously looked over. Hell, I was getting a strange string buzz on the Gibson but something as simple as nut sauce cleared that up. As far as anything looking cheap? Not a chance. I look at these two vastly different guitars and the Fender easily lives up to the fit and finish AND smooth playability it is known for and is equal to the Gibson. The Strat is also lighter and won't break your shoulder if you stand and play. A friend has an '05 Strat Deluxe with SCN pickups and I was disappointed with the sound of his guitar compared to the Fat 50s! The bottom line: if you are considering a Stratocaster, by all means, try this one out and go with the model whose pickups sound most dramatically compliments your music/style preferences. Kudos to GNC Bridgteton Missouri and Kurt for delineating the differences in all the stuff I've been salivating over! I'm a very please old coot.

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