The Fender American Standard Series Stratocaster HSS is a perfect electric guitar for players who like big, fat humbucker tone. It features the modern C-shaped maple neck with glossed neck front and s... Read More
The Fender American Standard Series Stratocaster HSS is a perfect electric guitar for players who like big, fat humbucker tone. It features the modern C-shaped maple neck with glossed neck front and satin polyurethane finish on back for smooth playability. Bent steel Fender saddles with classic look and great tone. String spacing narrowed for modern playability, saddle height screws re-sized to reduce rough feel, and string slot on saddle elongated to reduce string friction or breakage. Custom staggered tuning machines eliminate the need for one of the string trees. Staggered pole pieces in the pickups provide balanced output across all strings, and specifically improves the G-string's tone. Two-point trem, rosewood or maple fretboard, and genuine Fender American craftsmanship add up to a Fat Strat style guitar that is a dream come true.
The return of the American Standard Series Strat continues Fender's tradition of commitment to the people who play Fender instruments out there in the real world. Today's American Standard Stratocaster guitars are worthy heirs of their revered ancestors--mindful of player needs and taking full advantage of modern advances, yet remaining completely true to the elements and spirit that made these instruments legendary in the first place. They feature excellent bridges, neck and body finishes, and a Fender-exclusive high-tech molded case. Still there are the beloved hand-rolled fingerboard edges, alnico V pickups and staggered tuning machines for tone and stability guaranteed to last a lifetime (with its limited lifetime warranty)! So make history with the American Standard!
American Standard Strat® Bridge
Gives sought-after tone with modern smooth trem travel. Block retains the mass and tone of a vintage bridge block, but is chamfered for access to deeper dives. Saddles have the classic look and tone, but with modern improvements (spacing, slot elongation, height screw length).
Bridge Component Specifics
American Standard' saddles- The original vintage-style Fender bent steel adjustable saddle is one of the components that give vintage Fenders their tonal 'mojo'. Fender conducted tone comparison tests, and fell in love with them all over again. They have a wider tonal range and more character many other saddles. Then Fender improved them; narrowing the spacing to afford more room (and complement the bigger frets and rolled edges), and also elongated the string slot to reduce friction and string breakage, while improving the string break angle over the primary contact point.
'Tone-fusion' block- A typical cast bridge block is impregnated with a resin to eliminate 'voids' in the material and to bond it together… this steel block is infused with copper, which makes the block 100% homogeneous metal. The result is a more musical, higher mass bridge that has more of that machined-block sound. Fender was also able to keep the same American Series profile for increased tremolo travel.
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Reviewed by 13 customers
I hadn't bought a guitar in almost 10 years when I went into GC to learn the new brands and play all of my options. There were a couple of guitars I really loved, for example, most of the Music Man guitars. But still, there was no guitar that was as comfortable to play or offered the variety of tone this strat had. The MM guitars were almost twice as much and I would have paid that much, if I thought it was a better guitar. Anyway, most people know strats. Great tone, good components, made in the USA and amazingly comfortable.
Ever since I saw this guitar when I was a kid I wanted one and now I finally bought it. I was a little intimidated by all the possible adjustments that could be made to make it feel the way I wanted it. I was going to to bring it in to local GC to have them do a set up, but, before I knew it I was adjusting the truss rod (slightly), the action, the pick up height and the intonation. I checked all the tolerances that are written in the book that comes in the case and and I went on you-tube to get some pointers. The action is smooth as silk and effortless. This guitar makes it easier for me to play and I find myself practing much longer because it is so easy to play. The guitar is also beautifully finished and sounds great!
I've been playing guitar for a few years as a hobby and decided to upgrade my starter equipment. As a hobbyist, I was looking for something versatile that had a clean sound, but was still able to get that rich rock sound. The Fender Stratocasters are known for this and this guitar absolutely delivers. Personally the American versions feel better and more solid to me. The Deluxe is cool, but I actually liked the sound of the American Standard better, not to mention the price tag difference. The sound is great and is very easy to play. The HSS was big for me because in addition to the clean sounds I like, I very much enjoy rock and effects. The Humbucker really adds that intensity with a fuller rock sound. Ecstatic with my purchase.
I just got this guitar for my 21st birthday and i have to say without a doubt this guitar is worth every single penny. for many years ive always wanted a traditional guitar meaning a strat, tele, les paul or an SG. I plugged the american standard HSS in, turned it up and i simply was uncontrollable, and it truly plays like a dream, the balance between the neck and body is perfect, your not strapping on the entire tree like some guitars out on the market, and this guitar is VERY easy to "speak to" anything you tell it, it will deliver the message without fighting back. and i have to mention it stays in tune very well! a combination of the tonal range and everything about this guitar has made it my main go to guitar to use in the studio and on the stage. it will be the most played out of every guitar in my collection. period.
The start American standard has very good sound and perfect for beginner and professionals as well. you will not disappointed with this product. come with all needed accessories - strap, cable and hard case
I've own many guitars over the years, all copies. I always knew I was going get the real thing someday. So you guessed, I now own an American Strat! All I can say is...Its a dream. So whats special about this model? For starters, it has a broken in feel to it. At the factory they rounded the edges on the neck. As far as tone the neck pik-up produces a real solid clear sound. I guess you might call it "fat tone" The brigde pick-up produces a definte wirey streeching sound with more sustain. The middle I never use, not yet, but I say it sounds like more like neck p-u.The 5 switch selector enbles to combine neck/middle,ridge/middle or 3 individuals pick-up.The most outstanding thing is how it stays in tune! And I like bending my strings alot. Including using the tremelo bar.
I haven't owned a American Start for about 15 years, I have Les Pauls, Ibanez's, Charvel and I purchased this American Start online and when I opened the guitar case, the ax looked so inpressive especially the neck. When I picked it up and witness the quality with the extreme low action, I was memorized. I plugged it in my Boogie and played that guitar for 3 full hours without stopping. I own a Mexican Start and I'm selling it on ebay, its night and day in feel, sound, looks and the overall quality. The Mex Strat is not bad for the money, but get the extra dime and purchase this guitar. You will be glad you did. The best strat I've every played by Fender anf for the money. Excellent job!
The shipping. If you are planning on buying this or any other guitar via internet DO NOT ORDER GROUND SHIPPING. Everything on the guitar is perfect. It comes in the Fender hard case. I got the 3-tone tobacco sunburst w/ rosewood neck and bridge humbucker. It sounds soooooooooo good, and I'm used to playing the Gibson Les Paul. If you play a Les Paul, it might just take you a day or two to get used to the skinnier neck, but other than that GREAT, GREAT, GREAT BUY!!!
I've played a lot of different guitars over the past 30 years, and this one is by far the best! The feel & sound of an American made Strat can't be beat! It's like butter in my hands and makes everything I play sound 10 times better. The diamondback humbucker at the bridge is really what sold me on this guitar. I've played a Gibson Flying V for many years so I was used to a fat sound, but let me tell you, the hss sounds just as fat or fatter! Plus now I have a tremelo to toy with! The Fat Strat RULES, baby! And the hardshell case is great, too!
I had a lower end Gibson SG returned it, payed a little more and got this, and good thing i did. Have had this guitar for about 4 months now, and it's awesome. Well worth the extra money over the Mexican made strats...those are great for the money...but it's not a American strat. Very very very versatile and dose great with distortion so that bridge humbucker is sweet. Put Ernie Ball 11's on mine and badly needed it set up after that, but now it feels like a even newer guitar. The quality is amazing, nothing to complain about there. The neck is very smooth and playable. Stays in tune very well also. If guitar shopping, and you're convinced you need something with a humbucker...get this you can't go wrong. It dose everything! Master of all trades, Jack of none. Plus the case it comes with is a steel.
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