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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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
Parchment pickup cover, knobs, and toggle tip
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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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(24 of 31 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent Neck

By SloHand

from Butte, MT

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.

(10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

American Standard Strat

By tweakland

from Fairfax, VA

This is the perfect guitar for an amerature or a pro. The suttle build differences between the American Strat and the Mexican Strat make a great deal of difference in the playability of this guitar. The build quality and price are both excellent. The setup from the factory isnt perfect, and needs some fine tuning to match my preferences. The tone controls are different from the mexican models. The lower tone know now controls both the bridge and middle pickups.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Electric Stratosphere

By PJC1221

from Vero Beach, Florida

This guitar came perfectly set up from the factory so I did not have to pay for separate set up. It the guitar stays in tune even after lots of string bends. Quality and finish are perfect. It has a nice warm sound playing through my Crate Palomino tube Amp. With small hands it is a little harder to play than a Gibson Les Paul or ES 335 I own because the frets are further apart due to the longer neck scale. But for the money it is a great guitar.

(5 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

UNDISPUTED CHAMP

By MBTerp26

from Jersey City, NJ

What can I possibly say about the Fender Stratocaster that hasn't already been said. I own and American Standard Strat and I intend on purching some vintage or reissues when I get the opportunity. This is THE BEST sound that you can get out of a guitar. It is as versitile as it is easy to play. I currently have 4 guitars and without a doubt, my Strat is my favorite. That is saying something because I paid more for my Gibson and my Martin than I did for the Strat. If you are on the fence, let me help you. RUN....don't walk to the store. The day you play a Strat is the beginning of the rest of your musical life. It was for me at least....Peace

(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.

(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.

 
5.0

Simply the best.

By Tyler555

from Hamilton OH

This is the best guitar on the market. I honestly can tell you this is the guitar for you. It dosen't depend on you style. I like all rock music. And this guitar delivers to it all.

 
4.0

Excellent Guitar

By comfortably_numb

from Tennessee

IF you are looking for an affordable high quality made guitar then you might want to look at this one a little closer. If you're like me and play wide variety of music, let me just say this is guitar is the way to go. It also makes a very nice blues guitar. With its single coil pickups it gives it a nice rich tone. Another thing that makes this guitar so nice is its quality. Fender knows how to make quality products and this is proof right here. You get a lot of bang for your buck for this guitar. I owned one for about 4 years and it was still in top noch condition. If your looking for a high quality and versatile guitar then you need to give this one a closer look.

 
5.0

Pure American Made Quality

By Kelly

from Philippines

I have owned quite a few guitars in the last year and a half, and in my opinion, the American Stratocaster is the very best value for the money. My recommendation is, to pick out and play some of the other guitars within the same price range and then try the American Stratocaster and I beleive that you will definately notice and actually feel the outstanding quality, construction and sound of theis guitar. You can play just about any type of music with this guitar. I currently own 2 other guitars besides my American Stratocaster, and this is my guitar of choice. Get down to Guitar Center and play one and you will see how good this guitar really is. I think the quality passess Gibson by a long shot for the guitars within the same price range.

 
4.0

Very nice guitar

By Fender Bender

from In.

The American Standard Stratocaster is a good choice for any player. The neck is smooth and comfortable, hardware & tuners are stable. The pickups provide a wide array of tones from glassy bell like tones to a raspy overdrive. I have the chrome blue with rosewood fingerboard and it is one of the most beautiful guitars. The color charts & photos on the net or catalogs do not show the beauty of this fine guitar. I've had mine for 2 years and although Im a hobbyist, I play almost every day and have had no problems. Comes with a nice hardshell case.

 
5.0

Accept no substitutes!

By TommybuckIII

from Detroit, MI

This is by far the best guitar ever made. There is a reason why the stratocaster has been around 50+ years. I have owned American Strats and Les Pauls and I prefer the Strat over anything else. There is a reason why I sold my Les Paul to buy a Strat. Playability and quality are second to none. Accept no substitutes!

 
5.0

American Music Icon

By Daversatek

from Baraboo,WI

The Fender Stratocaster...a beautifully designed, curvacious instrument that is instantly recognized. You don't "play" one of these, you become one with the instrument and create. The design of this body just "feels" right...like a well taylored suit. I love the neck on these - especially since my hands are not very big, the narrow width allows me to reach across and stretch for chords I couldn't possibly finger with some of the other brands. Fender's 5-way selector affords an array of tone not found on many other brands as well. Fit and finish in this price range has always been excellent as well. I love my strat so much - I just may "take it with me."

 
5.0

The Ultimate Guitar

By 1995*Strat

from Cleveland, OH

The Fender American Stratocaster is the ultimate guitar. I purchased this guitar from Guitar Center and it rocks. The three single coil pickups with 5-way selector switch give a ton of tonal variations. The frets, neck, bridge, and finished alder body are all top notch. There is a huge difference between an American and Mexican Strat. While the MIM is very good for the money The American Strats blow them away. The guitar has some weight to it but that just adds to the sustain and feel. I highly recommend this guitar to everyone. It will last a lifetime. Fender Rules!

 
5.0

American Strat

By Jeff

from Sarasota, FL

For years I went from guitar to guitar. I finally ended my search with the Fender American Stratocaster. With five pickup combinations, there is no sound that you can't find. With the right amp settings, I can use the neck pickup and match Gilmour on " Another brick in the wall". Or I can use the neck and middle pickup and sound exactly like Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Whatever your style, This guitar is amazing. It is also very comfortable and offers easy access to the higher frets. For under $1,000 you will not beat it. I will be using this guitar forever, and I reccomend that you try it as well.

 
5.0

10 Million Hendrix fans can't be wrong

By Richie

from Pittsburgh

Fender Stratocasters continue to be the benchmark of which all other guitars are judged by. I've owned Gibson, Ibanez, ESP's, Aria Pro... but nothing even comes close to the quality of a Strat. You may never buy another guitar again! I love both necks, rosewood and maple and the single coils yield that Fender tone that no other guitar can duplicate. A bit more expensive than the MIM and MIJ models, but the American Series appreciate with time. Besides, how cool is it to own the same guitar as Hendrix, Vaughan, Clapton, Blackmore, etc. ? You never know, you could be the next legend...

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

yaay fender

By rbr8299

from coppell,tx

Fenders are great guitars. I plan on buying one of these in three-tone sunburst. It may seem a little pricey, but then again look at gibsons. If you can't decide between this and a deluxe, buy this. The only difference is the pick-ups. Awesome guitar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
5.0

The Perfect Guitar

By Eric

from Lansdale, PA

After years of playing less expensive Fenders, I finally broke down and bought an American Stratocaster. I went with an Olympic White with rosewood fretboard. The neck and fretboard are perfect. The shape is not too big and not too small, and the rolled edges really feel great. Action was a little higher than I like it out of the box, but was certainly within reason, and it was very easy to adjust. I was able to get the strings quite low with no buzzing. The pickups have that great classic Strat tone and really sing. Everything from a very clean tone to a nice blues crunch is easy to achieve. I play this guitar through an older Fender Princeton 112 Plus amp and it just defines the Fender sound. I couldn't be happier with this guitar and highly recommend it.

 
5.0

Small Changes Needed

By cpickdc

from SD

This is a very well made guitar, and is finished nicely, but I do not like the noisy pickups or the medium frets. If they had noiseless pickups and better fretwork from the factory, they would eliminate the need for alot of after-market products needed to get the strat up and running.

 
5.0

Most resonant Strat I have

By stratslinger

from Seymour, TN

This makes my seventh American-made Strat, and my most resonant, longest sustaining one so far. The detailing on this guitar is well executed...rolled fingerboard edges, spectacular finish (3-color sunburst, which almost looks like a 2-color), and the Delta tone tone pot gives it that spanky early 50's sound. The one extra touch it needs are locking tuners as on the Deluxes, though I understand why FENDER does not include then on the American Series. But hey, they did put a two-point tremelo on it which was a break from tradition. Great guitar. Get one while you still can.

 
4.0

An old American Standard

By theguitarist182

from Undisclosed

My guitar teacher has this guitar and thus I have used/heard it many a time. This is a guitar that has been around for years so thus it is very finely tuned. It is very good quality and has a nice sound, especially for blues/jazz stuff. It does do distortion but I'd rather use this guitar clean since it sounds so good. If you have the money, go for it.

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