Fender American Stratocaster Electric Guitar  

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The Fender American Stratocaster Electric Guitar delivers the sonic goods with a solid alder body, 3 hot single coils with staggered magnets for better string balance, and American trem/bridge unit. P... Read More

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The Fender American Stratocaster Electric Guitar delivers the sonic goods with a solid alder body, 3 hot single coils with staggered magnets for better string balance, and American trem/bridge unit. Precision fret and nut work plus rolled edges on the neck and fretboard give greater playability. Tuning is improved with staggered machine heads and increased string angle over the nut. Cosmetics include parchment/black/parchment pickguards and parchment pickup covers, knobs, and tips.

Features
  • Non-veneered alder body with hum-sing-hum routing, leaving more wood
  • 3 hot single-coil pickups
  • New neck shape with rolled edges for smooth, fast play
  • Staggered machine heads
  • Parchment/black/parchment pickguard
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4.8

(based on 43 reviews)

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Excellent Neck

I've owned an American Standard strat for 6 years and have played it religously for hours a day on average. I have an unlacquered maple neck which has excellent intonation and playability. It has...Read complete review

I've owned an American Standard strat for 6 years and have played it religously for hours a day on average. I have an unlacquered maple neck which has excellent intonation and playability. It has held up under heavy use. I'm as hard on my guitar necks as Eric Johnson and as demanding. My original pickups were alnicos and they sound good. There is some noise associated with these pickups but it's the price you have to pay for clarity and musicality. I've tried noiseless single coils of various brands and whatever benefits I've received in noise reduction was offset by a less than 'authentic' tone. This is subjective ofcourse. If you decide to go that route I would recommend Kinman prewired strat pickup sets. They're pricey but worth it ! The floating tremolos on these guitars squash out after about 5 years of spirited playing and you must replace the main springs to return to acceptable playability. I use the tremolo sparingly usually to accentuate an ending on a rock or rockabilly tune by raising a note or chord 1/2 step. Again, like single coil alnicos, this is the price you have to pay for the ability to do that. Eventually the main springs will lose tension and playing the guitar will be frustrating because of squashed, muted areas on the guitar that migrate unpredictably. Either fix the tremolo yourself or better yet take it to a guitar tech that you trust. I'm a mostly jazz but a sometimes rock,blues and fusion guy. Straight jazz places the least demand on this guitar. The other styles stress the neck, strings and tremolo system. If you combine styles like I do, you can run into some problems. I've found that the American Strat is a worthy instrument of a long lasting playing relationship even with the floating tremolo. With patience and preserverance all obstacles are easily overcome. You can be sure of this. There is no 'perfect' guitar. Each instrument has it's own 'playability curve'. It may play 'perfect' today for one style of music but less than perfect tomorrow for another. Your job is to just play and discover your instrument's strengths and weaknesses and address them accordingly.

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Mediorce...

The guitar I played was a late 90's stock American Strat it sounded dead! The pick ups were weak and toneless like a squire. I played this through a Marshalll Half Stack an...Read complete review

The guitar I played was a late 90's stock American Strat it sounded dead! The pick ups were weak and toneless like a squire. I played this through a Marshalll Half Stack an I must say it can handle distortion well, but htat is about all it had going for it. I played a Muddy Waters Tele through that same set up that tone was amazing! So would recommedn you get a Telecaster over this you'll be disappointed.

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5.0

Wow

By PS

from Tulsa

I am usually biased towards Gibson Les Pauls but after playing this American Stratocaster, I was amazed! The guitar is so easy to play; my fingers were flying up and down the neck with ease. The sound was great and the color and finish are totally retro. I was thinking about bying a vintage Les Paul for my next guitar but now I am reconsidering. This is an amazing instrument that brings back the greatness of the original strat.

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5.0

I Love My Strat

By Shatire

from Phoenix, AZ

When I decided to buy my first "real" electric guitar, I spent about 6 months looking at Les Pauls, SGs, Jacksons, and the rest of the higher end instruments. After trying each, I decided to get the American Strat for several reasons. First, it was the easiest for me to play. I love the way that the rolled edges and the curve of the neck fit into my hand. Also, there is no beating that classic Strat sound. There is something about the tone of a Strat that is immediately recognizeable, which makes even the most mundane tasks (like practicing scales) fun and melodic. If you're an experienced guitar player, you likely have played one of these already, so I'm probably preaching to the choir. However, if you've never played a real American Stratocaster and are in the market for buying a serious guitar, you'd really be doing yourself a service to get one of these. I know that the Mexican made Strats are a lot less expensive, but believe me when I say that six months after buying a Mexican made Strat that you'll wish that you had saved a little more by getting the American one - the difference in quality and playability is significant. I'm now in the process of looking for a backup to my strat - I'm pretty sure I'll just end up buying another one, as I prefer my Strat to everything else I've tried out since.

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5.0

A great classic

By Cosme

from Venezuela

It?s the all american classic rock, blues and country sound. Don?t accept imitations, nothing compares to the rich american tone coming from the strat, not even the mexican Fender version. It doesn?t have hi gain pickups, so don?t expect it to growl like a gibson, because it's not a gibson, but it'll give you that classic rock tone that works for many styles of rock, blues and country, definately a must have in your guitar colection.

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5.0

nice

By stratman420

from chantilly ,VA

this guitar has a really good tone and it is really really classic there is nothing more classic than an american strat.I Love mine sooo much, many famous guitarists use strats you should get one.if you dont have enough cash though go for a mexican made or a squire which are also bothe pretty good

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3.0

Mediorce...

By TelesRbetter

from New Jersey

The guitar I played was a late 90's stock American Strat it sounded dead! The pick ups were weak and toneless like a squire. I played this through a Marshalll Half Stack an I must say it can handle distortion well, but htat is about all it had going for it. I played a Muddy Waters Tele through that same set up that tone was amazing! So would recommedn you get a Telecaster over this you'll be disappointed.

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5.0

Great guitar, I love it!

By FenderFan

from Long Island, New York

I've been playing for less than a year on lesser quality electric guitars. I found that because of the lack of quality craftsmanship in these guitars my playing ability plateaued. I could never get the action right or get rid of the buzzing and just had a difficult and frustrating time playing. Since getting the American Strat my playing ability has increased a great deal. I feel like I got over a learning hurdle. This guitar is just built so well and comes set up perfectly right out of the box. The old adage, you get what you pay for, definately applies here. I feel that I could really grow as a musician with this guitar. It's the last electric I'll ever need. Now, how about a nice acoustic...

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(3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great sounding guitar

By Scream

from South Cal.

A few weeks back I bought the American Strat. The single coil pickups sound great with my ?65 twin 15? Fender amp. I went with the maple fret board for more sounds options, she is the only maple fret I own. My LP?s fret board is ebony and the American BC Rich has rosewood so mixing it up gives me more sounds to choose from. I didn?t choose the American Strat Deluxe because I wanted the true single coil sound. The paint is a flawless Butterscotch Blonde. I had GC get me one brand new still in the Fender factory box. The case is an upgrade from last years, its stronger material opens and closes without any problems. If I had to choose my favorite guitar out of the three I mentioned I couldn?t, they all have there own sound so depending on the song or style I?m going to play would be the guitar I?d choose.

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5.0

BEST STRAT OUT THERE

By $hawn

from Pittsburgh, PA

This strat is amazing. beautiful finish and fretwork. radius is just right. it stays in tune well even if you use the trem. the guitar's versitility is truely incredible. anything from jazz to blues to country to 80's rock to whatever and the best part about it is that its so easy to modify. if u want hotter pickups with more output, there are sooo many pickups at a cheap price that fit the strat. pretty much any pickup replacement will work from duncan stacks to 57/62's to texas specials to even single coil sized humbuckers. u name it. and best of all MADE IN THE USA. the mexican strats arent worth it. the fretboard is way too curved. the guitar never stays in tune. the sound is mediocre. they just arent worth it

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(1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Not worth the money

By Bottlemech

from Undisclosed

I bought a american standard strat a few years back. When I bought it I had always wanted a strat. The whole time I had it I thought the guitar played awsome and sounded good. Then I got to playing with some people who had PRS's and I realized the strat sounded empty. A week later I went to a music store to test some other guitars and I found a Ibanez sc-420 it played so much better and sounded so good that I traded my strat straight up for that guitar, a guitar of lesser value might I add. I always said I would never get rid of my strat because it was american made but I changed my mind. The moral of this story is go out and play all the guitars you can before chosing one. Just because it is made in america doesn't make it the best.

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5.0

Great guitar, you'll love it

By elkavayo

from Miami

After having owned -and returned- a "Squier Fat Strat Pak", "Squier Strat Pak", "Squier Standard Strat" and "Squier Vintage modified strat", I went to guitar center to get a mexican strat and I made the terrible mistake of trying out Fender American Stratocaster. Well, I left the store with it and I don't regret it. Well made, souds beautiful, great neck and fretwork, soudns fantastic. Tone control on all pickups (not only bridge and middle), virtually noiseless, geat tonal stability, perfect intonation. All I had to do was raise the action a bit on the low E (6th string). The Squier VM was beautiful but the american strat sounds much better. I can't put it down. This is my first electric as I played classical acoustic before. Highlt recommended. Comes with hard case which offers great protection to your investment. If you want a stratocatser and you can afford it, get yourself a Fender American Stratocaster, otherwise, save your money and wait until you can afford one.

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