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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.

Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar 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)
    Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tailpiece


Fender 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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  • Aged Cherry Burst Bursts on the Scene

    As reviewed by Jeffrey Korte on 12/15/2013

    I always wanted one of these but by the time I had the dough they were a no show. I ordered my aged cherry burst as soon as they announced the reissue and I received mine on December 12th. The lads at the store asked to see it immediately. When I offered to let them play it I received a standing "O". This Starcaster has beautiful birds eye maple grain on the front, back, neck and headstock. The colour finish is brilliant as well. It's a little heavier than what I was expecting no doubt due to the needed centre block for neck stability. Don't even get me started on the headstock -AWESOME... Albeit crafted in China, she's got great tone. I use it with my Marshall TSL, Roland, Vox and Fender Blues amp and it has great resonance and changes to suit the types of music I play. Only drawback, no case but rumours say they are on the way. Forget the rock stars who use the vintage Starcasters, buy one for yourself.

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  • Great guitar, great value, awesome tone!

    As reviewed by Albion Bowers on 1/29/2014

    The last time I held a Starcaster was 38 years ago. I was a kid in school, and there was no way it could be mine. College, grad school, kids, mortgage, and I watched as vintage Starcasters (and vintage Strats for that matter) went up and up. I've had a Strat for 3 decades now, but not a Starcaster. Until NOW! I picked it up yesterday and played my first gig today (church praise band). The finish is very good, and the pics online don't do it justice (the flame in the maple has to been seen to be believed). The online reviews get a wider range of tone than I can get, but playing today through my little tube amp (vintage Super Champ) with reverb the tone and sustain was amazing. The case problem is easily solved, it fits almost perfectly in a 335 case. The look is great, it's classic Fender and classic hollowbody at the same time. I love it. The perfect complement to my Strat and Tele Thinline. Okay, I get that it's not a perfect vintage reissue, but this is awfully good. If you're an old guy like me and missed out last time, or if you're a hollowbody fan and always wanted a Fender neck, this is your guitar. I love mine...

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  • UPDATE to "A little disappointed, but . . ."

    As reviewed by Doug Riehl on 1/22/2014

    I received the following response from Fender: Hello, thanks for your review. Regarding the switch issue, you are correct. It should have been mounted vertically instead of horizontally. We are letting our factory know, thanks for bringing this to our attention. If you want to take your instrument to a service center, the repair will be covered under warranty. Regarding the pick-ups, what you describe is the way these pickups are supposed to work, and is how most double humbucking guitars function. You can still adjust the blend of one pickup to another in the middle position. Those volumes are not master volumes. Each volume controls the volume of its respective pickup only until you actually get to 0, then the volume is completely cut off regardless of which volume is at zero. That is done on purpose to avoid the tone getting too muddy, which happens if you wire it the other way. Hope this helps. Thanks! Nice of them to take the time to respond, and with thoughtful and valuable information. So - go buy one! What are you waiting for??

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