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Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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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.... Read More

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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.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss Urethane
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C modern
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin Urethane
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: Custom Shop Fat '50s
  • Middle: Custom Shop Fat '50s
  • Bridge: Custom Shop Fat '50s
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone 1, tone 2
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: Synchronized tremolo
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Strap, cable, cloth and owner's manual
  • Country of origin: United States
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FenderAmerican Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 14 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (12)

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    (0)

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    (1)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (5)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (3)
  • Recording (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beyond My Expectations! Seriously Outstanding Guitar!

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...Read complete review

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A disaster

Where do I begin? It's like the early years of CBS owned Fender. Lets start with the good. The color and the finish were awesome as well as the pickups, really great...Read complete review

Where do I begin? It's like the early years of CBS owned Fender. Lets start with the good. The color and the finish were awesome as well as the pickups, really great sound. Now the bad. Just about everything about the frets were poorly done. Sharp edges were the most problematic, but sharp burrs along the fret were also an issue. The neck was mounted slightly crooked. The nut was a complete disaster, the worst of it was the strings popped out and bend towards the tuners, which made it impossible to set up without some work at my local GC. The bridge was also slightly crooked like the neck. I have never had a guitar require so much work just to be have way playable. The volume knob was loose and the pick guard had a nasty vibration.Very disappointed and I had to return it. I have had several problems with guitars out of the box but none as bad as this. Prices keep going up and quality is going down and not just Fender but all the gang. Time to shape up money is to hard to come by to accept what's being put out to us the public. Very disapointed.

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5.0

Just order this one

By Ji

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Before, I owned a 60's Stratocaster MIM for 7 years (I am a Korean and bought this in Korea, before I came to USA almost 5 years ago for study). I was kinda fed up with the guitar but still loved it as well. To upgrade, I decided to try the American-made Stratocaster and to return it if it is not quite different from MIM. Hence I ordered the exact same looking guitar (3-tone sunburst and rosewood fretboard).

I tried the new American Stratocaster. It is fantastic. NO RETURN whatsoever. I heard that Fender uses the same wood and just assemble in Mexico for MIM guitars, but once you try, you will feel the difference in resonance (maybe my 60's was too old?). I personally enjoy the thick neck shape of 60's style, but perfect satin finish compensates that. In far future, I hope I can try American made 65 reissue...

By the way, the best guitar in my experience was a Fender customshop Telecaster relic, which I tried for 10 minutes at Guitar Center in Chicago two years ago in Thanksgiving. I cannot forget that feeling and I really appreciate guys there for letting me play that beautiful one.

Comes with a solid and light-weight case.

 
5.0

Makes Playing Fun!

By ET

from Chicago

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    Should have bought one sooner. Makes me want to get home play it!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    The American Standard

    By Some dude

    from Massachusetts, USA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      My first Fender. Hands down the most pleasing guitar I've ever played. Everything from the setup to the tone to finish is an absolute joy. Cannot recommend enough.

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fun to play Stratocaster!

      By Rick

      from Huntsville AL

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Love Strats
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Tone Knob Sticks

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      Playing with friends. Great unique sound.

      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      amazing guitar

      By bill

      from cartersville, georgia

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Amazing Piece Guitar
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • In America
      • Its Really Good
      • Solid Electronics
      • That You Can Find Only

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          It is wonderful to play with. Love it.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Worth the money

          By Anthonyguitars

          from Los Angeles, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I have owned many guitars in the past; cheap, moderate and high quality. This guitar is pricey but definitely worth the money. It's a quality instrument that feels, plays and sounds good. Many people say that there is not a difference between the made in Mexico version and the American but I can attest that there is, as I have owned both in the past. They feel and sound different.

            (11 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beyond My Expectations! Seriously Outstanding Guitar!

            By Richard

            from Saint Louis, Missouri

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            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.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice guitar!!!!

            By Danny Mcjunkin

            from North Charleston SC

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I had a 2011 and now have a 2012, I upgraded the PU's on the 2011 (SD's) the stock fat fifty PU's in the 2012 sounded better IMO. The color choice's were great ended up with the jade green and a rosewood finger board, any other time my choice would be maple. Fender has a very good selection of rosewood, fit and finish is fantastic. Very pleased!

            (10 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            A disaster

            By Jeff Lucas

            from Bakersfield, CA

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            Where do I begin? It's like the early years of CBS owned Fender. Lets start with the good. The color and the finish were awesome as well as the pickups, really great sound. Now the bad. Just about everything about the frets were poorly done. Sharp edges were the most problematic, but sharp burrs along the fret were also an issue. The neck was mounted slightly crooked. The nut was a complete disaster, the worst of it was the strings popped out and bend towards the tuners, which made it impossible to set up without some work at my local GC. The bridge was also slightly crooked like the neck. I have never had a guitar require so much work just to be have way playable. The volume knob was loose and the pick guard had a nasty vibration.Very disappointed and I had to return it. I have had several problems with guitars out of the box but none as bad as this. Prices keep going up and quality is going down and not just Fender but all the gang. Time to shape up money is to hard to come by to accept what's being put out to us the public. Very disapointed.

            (5 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Noisy pups and dead fretboard.

            By David DiOrio

            from Lynn, MA

            Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            I purchased a 2012 American Standard Strat Rosewood tri color sunburst on 8/26/2012. The shipping was quick through my GC and I had it by the following friday. I inspected it and it looks great. The color blending on the burst is great and it has a nice feel in the hands. The features are basic switches and the tuning machines are subpar; Cheap looking plastichrome. I prefer the look and feel of the older metal kidney keys on the early 70's models. The polished headstock looks like it has a clear plastic cover on it that I do not like. The frets are nice but the fretboard is to flat, should have a little more radius to it. The pups are the fat fifties and the 2nd and 4th positions are quiet and have a nice bell like sound with beef to them. I cannot use the 1st, 3rd, and 5th positions as they buzz ferociously and it will not stop, so 3 out of the 5 selections are unusable. I did get a decent price on it though, brand new with case. I have always wanted a Strat as I have a Gibson LP and wanted an extra sound but I would probably not buy this guitar again. The buzzing is annoying, the fretboard is dead, and the overall feel is as if they are duplicating some other guitars. To do it again I would try the HSS model and have N3's for the singles.

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