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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. The latest iteration of the time-honored classic, it is the very essence of Strat tone and remains a beauty to see, hear and feel.

The American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar with Maple Fingerboard is a Fender icon. It's a beauty to behold in sound, look 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 fretboard, satin neck back for smooth playability, thin-finish undercoat that lets the body breathe and improves resonance, and Fender Tolex case.

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  • 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: Maple
  • 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
 
4.7

(based on 26 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Best Quality Modern Stratocaster

I have been playing guitar for 34 years. I have a 1987 Fender '62 American Vintage Reissue Stratocaster that I absolutely love. I have never had any luck finding a really good...Read complete review

I have been playing guitar for 34 years. I have a 1987 Fender '62 American Vintage Reissue Stratocaster that I absolutely love. I have never had any luck finding a really good "Strat" until I found that one. BTW, it just happened to be the 7th Strat I owned. I sold all the others each time I thought I found a better one. I really wanted another Stratocaster but again I couldn't find one that "felt right". I went to Guitar Center for my 45th birthday and played the "New" 2012 Fender American Standard Stratocaster White with Maple Neck and Gold Anodized Pickguard. I am super impressed with Fender's quality and attention to detail. They are also very easy to reach by phone or e-mail should you need help which is a big plus. The staff at Guitar Center were great and made me feel right at home. Now the guitar is just perfect in every way. It plays great, it sounds great, and I can't find even one flaw. I set it up with .10 - .46 Nickel Bullets and applied Big Bends Nut Sauce to the nut and bridge. The guitar stays in tune even when using the tremolo or vibrato bar which has always been the main issue for me. In addition to sounding and playing great, I get a lot of comments on how beautiful my guitar is and I agree. The 2012 Fender American Standard Stratocaster is a total home run. I am super picky so trust me these models are truly great guitars. I love mine and would not hesitate to buy another one if I ever needed to. I read a review that said the Custom Shop Pickups are a 50's through back and not modern. Well, I called Fender and asked them about the pickups and they assured me they are indeed a modern pickup with a modern design. Fat 50's is just the name they chose. Anyway the middle pickup is reverse wound to cancel hum at positions 2 and 4 and the second tone control has a slight detent around 9 and when set to 10 the circuit is bypassed and you get a hot straight signal. They call this a "No Load Potentiometer". If you want a really good "Strat", go to Guitar Center and check these out!!

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very poor quality components and wood

Incredibly disapointed with the quality of this "american" fender strat. 3 of 6 tuners are junk and cannot be adjusted to hold a tune. Wood body has cracks. 3 of 6...Read complete review

Incredibly disapointed with the quality of this "american" fender strat. 3 of 6 tuners are junk and cannot be adjusted to hold a tune. Wood body has cracks. 3 of 6 tone switch positions are very noisy, cable jack constantly comes loose and is noisy. The $75 Squier Strat I have set up just for slide playing has better quality hardware! I've been playing for over 40 years and have owned 8 guitars and played probably close to a hundred different guitars. This guitar is the worst quality I've ever owned, and I'm extremely disapointed with the quality of it and am returning it. DO NOT PURCHASE if you cant check it out yourself before purchasing. Dont make the same mistake I did. Fender's quality control needs some serious overhauling.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this product again.

By Andrew

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I play at home for my own enjoyment and to de-stress. Playing for over 30 years and wondering what it would be like to play an authentic Strat, it was time to go for it. I can only tell you that I waited far too long to put this in my hands. From the neck to the finish, and tone that come from this guitar it is second to none.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well what can I say?

By Avi

from Israel

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics
  • THE REAL THING

Cons

  • Ammm let me think.....none

Best Uses

  • Best uses? everything!!
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

Very simple - once I got it I understood that this is the one I should have get in first place.
No need to waste my time on Specials MIMs etc.
Those are cool guitars BUT once I got the American STD I truly felt like finally I don't need to lie to myself and say that all the rest are exactly the same (deep inside I knew i'm lying ;) because they are not.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Plays like a Ferrari, sounds just as sweet!

By Me: Temecula's Best DJ • Strat: "Pinot"

from Temecula, CA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Setup by technician Derek Anderson was epic!
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Achieving that textbook Strat sound!
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I've had many guitars in my years and even Strats prior but I wanted a new American made one in the Bordeaux Metallic since I perform prominently in my local winery area. The paint is lush and deep looking sometimes, blue, purple and red depending upon your lighting.

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Wonderful Guitar

    By Fender Fan

    from Columbus, Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garage bands
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

      First, I have to say I love this guitar. I started my Fender journey by purchasing a Telecaster a few years back which I really enjoy but my music roots are deep into the classic and 1980s rock with recent interests in Blues. With that in mind, I eventually had to get a Strat but the problem was which one.

      I spent pretty much a year looking and trying models because I wanted my Strat to be a keeper. After trying just about every Mexican model and some signature lines I always came back to the American Standard. The tones, workmanship and feel are what sold me. Don't get me wrong, there's nothing bad about the Mexican models...they are great guitars. I just didn't get the setup I was looking for out of them. It always came down to one thing or another. The neck was a V or the pickups were not what I was looking for or the frets were jumbo. The American had the exact specs I was wanting.

      The neck is sweet with great play-ability and the pickups are custom shop fat 50s. This is a true Strat with authentic Strat sounds. The clarity and tones that you get are what sets this guitar above the Mexicans for me. Finish and hardware are extremely nice and solid. I really didn't want to drop $$$ on a guitar but it was well worth. No disappoints to speak of...just wish I had more time to play it.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Beautiful Strat!!

      By Dos Equis

      from Tonawanda, New York

      About Me Novice

      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:

        Quality is excellant!Love the feel of the neck on this Strat,plays so smooth & fast & the finish is perfect. Mike Doktor & Ben at the Tonawanda store are the best! Couldn't be more satisfied with my purchase!

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        (8 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        very poor quality components and wood

        By Dano

        from Delray Beach, FL.

        Pros

        • That "strat" Sound

        Cons

        • Noisy Tone Switch
        • Poor Quality Body Wood
        • Poor Quality Cable Jack
        • Poor quality tuners

        Best Uses

        • Boat Anchor

        Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Incredibly disapointed with the quality of this "american" fender strat. 3 of 6 tuners are junk and cannot be adjusted to hold a tune. Wood body has cracks. 3 of 6 tone switch positions are very noisy, cable jack constantly comes loose and is noisy. The $75 Squier Strat I have set up just for slide playing has better quality hardware! I've been playing for over 40 years and have owned 8 guitars and played probably close to a hundred different guitars. This guitar is the worst quality I've ever owned, and I'm extremely disapointed with the quality of it and am returning it. DO NOT PURCHASE if you cant check it out yourself before purchasing. Dont make the same mistake I did. Fender's quality control needs some serious overhauling.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar-Strats Never Disappoint!!!

        By Bonzak

        from Plainville, CT

        Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I am a Fender Guy, and this guitar is one to to be heard!!! It came out of the box nicely set up...and tuned pretty close. She sounded awesome from the moment she went live!!! The finish has received multiple compliments, and she will always be a keepsake in the collection.
        Great job Fender!!!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Finally a Modern Stratocaster with Top Shelf Appointments

        By David P Makowski

        from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

        Site Member

        Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I mostly play Gibson guitars however I have owned a 1987 Fender '62 Reissue Stratocaster since 1989. I got lucky and found it used. It belonged to the stores Luthier so it plays and sounds wonderful. I had owned a couple American Standards but never was happy with the design. Now in 2012 I went to GC to check out the new American Standard with the Fat 50's pickups, high mass tremelo block, and flawless fit and finish. Mine is Olympic White with Maple Neck. The manager told me GC had received their lot of the new American Stratocasters on a Friday afternoon and by closing time on Saturday they were all sold except for the one I purchased. It was the last one. I felt compelled to write this review because playing guitar for over 35 years I can say that these new American Standards are top notch. Mine plays and sounds great plus it stays in tune even when using the whammy bar. They are a great value and have all the top shelf components. I am so happy I waited until Fender put out this updated model. It's simply a really good American made Stratocaster perfect for gigging or just jamming in your basement. I absolutely love all the upgrades and would buy another one in a minute if anything happened to mine.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great guitar!

        By gene

        from Mountain View, CA

        Site Member

        Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        When I was younger, I thought Strats sounded too thin, and owned a Les Paul. But with modern electronics and amps, things have changed. I just purchased a black American Standard Strat w/ maple fingerboard - great look and feel! If you want the feel, you should buy an American Strat - the imports use lower-grade wood and components, and don't feel the same. I also swapped out the stock pickups for Lace Sensors to get a little smoother sound. The stock pickups have a huge tonal range. The Lace Sensors are narrower and higher output. All in all, I love the guitar.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best guitar ever invented

        By John

        from Reston, Virginia

        Site Member

        Comments about Fender American Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I've owned maybe 50 e-guitars including 4 other USA Fender strats (including EJ and American deluxe, etc. and teles). This one in ash is the best overall. This is easily the most versatile with useful tones of any guitar I've ever owned. Tele's will make you a better player. But the most expressive guitar ever made is the strat with a close second being the 53 esquire and 59 LP. Yes a Les Paul vintage custom is incredible although not as versatile and I started on the short scale too. Later went the PRS route and finally graduated to the tele and now the strat. I could have saved a lot of money and time if I had started with the strat. If you can only own one e-guitar make it a strat. If you can afford 3 guitars make it a strat, tele and LP. It's best to have one guitar that you really learn to play though. That's why it makes sense to buy this guitar first and last. If you don't like a strat it means you haven't learned enough about guitar playing to appreciate it.

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