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Fender Artist Series The Edge Strat Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar Black

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Enthralling millions worldwide with his acclaimed textural guitar work—as well as his knack for writing catchy riffs and hooks—U2 guitarist, The Edge, relies on his trusty Strat guitar to sculpt his u... Click To Read More About This Product


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Enthralling millions worldwide with his acclaimed textural guitar work—as well as his knack for writing catchy riffs and hooks—U2 guitarist, The Edge, relies on his trusty Strat guitar to sculpt his unique sound. Designed in close collaboration with Fender, The Edge Strat is his new constant companion, replacing his favored vintage Fender instruments onstage in arenas around the world.

An innovatively supercharged instrument, the Edge Strat is engineered for top-notch performance with versatile tone and effortless playing feel. A pair of special Custom Shop Fat '50s single-coil pickups with flat-staggered polepieces for personalized string response sits in the neck and middle position, cranking out versatile tone with enhanced bass response.

A powerful DiMarzio FS-1 pickup inhabits the bridge position for added tonal balance, smoothing out the guitar’s response and boosting the output for arena-sized sound with clear articulation. The strong, stable quartersawn maple neck generates a slightly brighter tone while the sleek contoured neck heel and comfortable 9.5” fingerboard are ideal for most playing styles, supporting low end chords and riffing along with chiming upper-register chords and leads with ease. Enjoy increased sustain from the modern two-point synchronized tremolo bridge with pop-in arm and fully adjustable block saddles for pinpoint intonation accuracy.

An elegant guitar for a refined player, this guitar combines the classic curves, appointments and effortless playability of classic Strat guitars with modern enhancements and materials to create a player’s dream instrument—a flexible music machine with timeless Fender style and authentic sound. Don’t delay, add The Edge Strat to your sonic toolbox. Includes a special black and gray tweed hardshell case.

  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C modern
  • Neck wood: Maple 1-piece
  • Joint: Neck-through
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: Fat '50s
  • Middle: Fat '50s
  • Bridge: DiMarzio FS-1
  • Brand: Fender
  • Active or passive pickups: 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: 2-point synchronized
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed/locking
  • Color: Nickel/chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: United States

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FenderArtist Series The Edge Strat Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar

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Best strat ever!

By Steve

from San Jose

About Me Experienced


  • Cool looking!
  • DiMario Fs-1 Bridge Pickup is unbeliveable
  • Great feeling neck


    Best Uses

    • Gigging
    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rhythym
    • Solos

    Comments about Fender Artist Series The Edge Strat Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    Most YouTube videos about this guitar show someone playing Edge riffs from U2 songs. That's a shame -- because this guitar is so much more than that. It's simply the best feeling, best sounding strat I've ever played. And with its mint green pick guard and tinted neck against a black body - possibly the coolest looking strat as well.

    The DiMarzio bridge pickup is more like a humbucker. It's loud and thick -- with none of the ear-piercing tone normally found in single coil start bridge pickups. And it compliments the Fat 50's pickups in the middle and neck position perfectly.

    The neck seems slightly thicker than the standard strat - and with its satin back, it feels just perfect. The beefier neck - combined with the large headstock - make the guitar feel more substantial overall.

    The previous reviewer mentions trouble with a microscopic screw to hold in the trem arm. Mine was set just right as the trem arm pops in and out easily - and holds its position perfectly.

    If you're looking for a guitar that can be used for everything from vintage strat sounds all the way to harder rock - this could be what you've been looking for. Even if you're not a big fan of The Edge's music -- his guitar designing skills are undeniable.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


    An ideal Strat for any occasion, U2 fan or not

    By Greg Suarez

    from Dayton, OH

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    • Bridge DiMarzio FS-1 pickup is a dream
    • Extremely stable bridge with high-mass saddles
    • Fender Fat '50s in mid/neck are ideal
    • Fender went above and beyond with G&G case
    • Locking tuners are always a winner
    • Neck is well finished and very comfortable
    • Only minor set-up required
    • Overall build quality is top notch


    • 9-42 factory setup
    • Only 21 frets
    • Pop-in/screw-down trem arm needs rethought

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Artist Series The Edge Strat Maple Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    I've owned The Edge Strat for about 2 months. This guitar is a dream-come-true-Stratocaster not just for fans of U2, but for anyone looking for an extremely well designed, well built and "just right" Stratocaster.

    Die hard Edge fans out there, note: this is NOT a tribute/replica of any The Edge's black Strats. While this guitar contains some of the ingredients of Mr. Evans' own Fenders, this particular guitar was newly designed by The Edge as his ideal Stratocaster; it's Edge's personal wish-list-Stratocaster, not a reproduction of any one instrument.

    First, what I'm not crazy about: I prefer 22 frets. I have a lot of love for the smoothness and stability of the bridge, but I do not for the way the trem arm pops in and screws down via a microscopic screw on the trem block. Either allow me to screw it in, vis-a-vis standard Fender trems, or use a bushing like a Floyd Rose arm. Lastly, like most Fenders, it's setup with 9-42 strings from the factory. If Fender wanted to stay true to The Edge, they would have used at least a 10-46 suite. I use 10-46 on everything, so this guitar required an immediate setup.

    Negatives aside (which were mostly personal preference), there is way too much to love about this guitar to not give it a serious look if you are shopping for an American Deluxe/Elite-range Stratocaster. My favorite aspect of it is the DiMarzio FS-1 bridge pickup. The FS-1 pulls off the feat of retaining signature Strat bridge sonics while dousing the unpleasant sizzle. The Fender Fat '50s in the neck/mid are my favorite Fender pickups (I have used them in several other guitars). The guitar has that "Goldilocks Zone" sound from neck to bridge. The bridge is incredibly stable and retains tuning very well with the help of the locking tuners. The high quality fit and finish of every aspect of this guitar is accentuated by the tank-like-yet-elegant black and gray tweed G&G case. Fender went above and beyond with this case.

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