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The Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster electric guitar is a modified version of a Standard Series Strat featuring custom upgraded appointments such as a tinted and gloss finished vintage-sty... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster electric guitar is a modified version of a Standard Series Strat featuring custom upgraded appointments such as a tinted and gloss finished vintage-style maple neck, classic 50' spaghetti logo, aged white plastic parts, a black/white/black three-ply pickguard and three classic Fender single-coil pickups. Other features include an alder body, 21-fret 9.5" radius fingerboard, and a classic Fender Synchronized Tremolo. Case sold separately.

FEATURES

  • Alder body
  • Vintage-tinted gloss maple neck
  • Modern "C" neck profile
  • Maple fretboard
  • Black dot position inlays
  • '50s era "spaghetti" logo on the headstock
  • 3 classic Fender single-coil pickups
  • Master Volume, two Tones
  • 5-position blade selector switch
  • Synchronized Tremolo bridge
  • Three-ply black-white-black pickguard
  • Aged white knobs and pickups
  • Grey hardware
SPECIFICATIONS
  • Model number: 014 0009 506
  • Fretboard radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
  • Frets: 21 vintage jumbo
  • Nut width: 1.653" (42mm)
  • Scale length: 25.5" (648 mm)
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FenderSpecial Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (42)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Solid electronics (14)
  • Good pick up (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (19)
  • Practicing (18)
  • Recording (10)
  • Small venues (10)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (13), Novice (8)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Till Death Do Us Part

This Fender guitar begs and begs for you to play it. The neck and the pickups are all on point. Action is especially butter smooth. You'll start exploring frets you never normally touch....Read complete review

This Fender guitar begs and begs for you to play it. The neck and the pickups are all on point. Action is especially butter smooth. You'll start exploring frets you never normally touch. You can play blues. You can play metal. I know, I do both. And I was always a humbucker guy before this guitar. I can only imagine what a nicer amp than mine would sound like.

I know this is a MIM strat and a lot of people look down their noses at it. But look, every time I pick up this guitar, it puts a smile on my face and I want to play MORE and MORE. And this is coming from someone who isn't even very good anymore after losing touch with the guitar in college.

The black on black with cream hardware looks amazing. I feel like this guitar is 30 years older than it is, because it looks that classic. I was NEVER a black guitar guy until I saw this. I prefer'd sea foam greens and sunburts and that kinda thing. Until I met "The One" - this guitar It just feels like something you'd see slung around a guitar god from the 60s shoulder. And that feeling rubs off on you as you play it.

If you can't tell by now, I love this guitar. I've owned it for 5 years and haven't bought a single guitar in that meantime. I've owned a vintage 70s guitars, Signature Artist Guitars By Fender like The Tom Delonge, Nothing has captivated me (yet) like this black on black/cream Fender.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

sounds a little flat and output jack keeps quiting

This guitar plays great first of all. I absolutely love the action and the neck mine came with. However the middle pickup sounds really flat and the bridge sounds weak no matter what height...Read complete review

This guitar plays great first of all. I absolutely love the action and the neck mine came with. However the middle pickup sounds really flat and the bridge sounds weak no matter what height its at. Neck pickup fine though. Well I've had the guitar for about 3 weeks now and the output jack has died 3 times. And I'm not yanking on the cable or anything. I don't know if I just got a "bad" one but its going back and I doubt I'm getting the same guitar again. It looks really nice though!

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(23 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow!!! this is an awesome guitar!

By Rich B

from McGraw, NY

Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

I have a squier strat and this mim strat is a huge step up in quality materials and sound. There is little to no noise from the pickups and the neck feels smooth and extremely playable. I have had many types of guitars and we all have our favorite types, but this one to me can play all styles of music and seems the best one for me to try to solo on as well. hope this helps some one out, but you really need to get to a store and play one yourself.

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Unique looking

By Jackson

from Fayetteville, GA

Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

For months, I couldn't decide what guitar I wanted to get, for under $500. Les Paul, Ibanez, Telecaster... never once did I consider a Strat. But I saw this beauty hanging on the wall, played it, and was sold. The appearance gives it a David Gilmour-ish vibe, and it has the tone to back it up. Stays in tune decently, with mild tremolo use. Love the 50's style logo on the headstock. Maple neck is very comfortable, my fingers fly on the fingerboard. It doesn't sound very good with high gain, but for everything else, it's all I need. Overall, very happy with my purchase.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ONE STRAT TO RULE THEM ALL!

By Matthew

from Whitehall, PA

Site Member

Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

This guitar is simply this: it is the best guitar pound for pound that money can buy. I've had this guitar for a year now and nothing I've played can touch it. Fender's, Gibson's, PRS, it doesn't matter. This guitar punches way above it's price range, playing and sounding better in my opinion then guitars that are two to three times more expensive. The finish on the neck is excellent, allowing your fingers to fly across the fretboard. The finish is professional quality, and stands up well to wear and chips and dings. The Fender pickups are good, but I will probably end up replacing them with a Seymour Duncan SSL-5 in the bridge and Fender Custom Shop '69's for a more Gilmourish sound. Everything feels put together and solid. It doesn't weigh as much as other guitars, but I would get a nice leather strap for it too ward off shoulder fatigue. This is also a nice enough guitar that Straploks are a worthwhile investment. Looks-wise, it instantly draws attention whenever I pull it out of the case. Anyone who plays it raves about it. It looks an awful lot like David Gilmour's " The Black Strat", and I think that Fender is using this as an affordable version of their Gilmour Master-Built Artist Model. All in all, this is one strat to rule them all. 10 out of 5 stars. Absolutely the best. Why are you still here? Go out and buy it NOW!

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

So glad I picked this one.

By Jim Hendrix

from Ocean Township, New Jersey

About Me Experienced

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 Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    After playing all of the stratocasters in my local guitar center I wasn't very satisfied with the looks, feel, or condition of any of them aside from the $1,000+ priced ones, And I wasn't looking to spend any more than $600-700 so after seeing all of the great reviews on this one I ordered it. This guitar plays like butter and looks better than most American strats! The pickups sound great distorted or clean, The neck and fretwork are perfect, The action was perfect right out of the box, And it stays in tune even with strings that have barely been broken in. If you are looking to buy a strat that plays exactly like an American for half the price, Buy this one it will be the best decision you ever made.

    (7 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    Ages poorly 1 year old dying.

    By Terry K.

    from Hibbing, MN

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

    I loved the guitar at first, looked great, felt great. Only complaint was the heavy laquer on the neck. Held tune well. Hung it on the wall played off and on between other guitars. Then one day I picked it up and neck wood shrank and fret ends all stuck out badly. Easy fix. Then the body shrank and pick guard buckled up, had to remove some screws. Now in certain light the paint has ripples in it from body shrinking. It still plays fine but the looks took a major dive. Non of my other guitars ever did this. Alder must have not been seasoned correctly.

    (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Awesome

    By Andy

    from Round Rock, TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have two acoustic guitars and it was time to get my first electric. I didn't want a cheap one, but I didn't want to spend a grand a hobby just yet. Sounds awesome to me.

        (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar!

        By bob

        from Minnesota

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        This strat looks good, and plays great. I would like to point out however, the one thing that deterred me from purchasing it. I really wanted 22 frets on my strat, and while the description says it does have 22 frets, if you look at the picture, it ends at the 21st.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best MiM Strat Ever!

        By Stephen Hendrix

        from Jacksonville, Florida

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have owned the FSR Stratocaster for about 2 months now, and it is without a doubt the best MiM Strat I have ever played, and it is even better than some American Standards. After I bought it, I did some tweaking on the bridge, installed all 5 springs in the tremolo block (I like it good and tight-stays in tune better)and replaced the 9-42 strings with 10-46. Like some of the other reviewers who have posted their comments here, I too like the "David Gilmour" blacked-out look. The only modification I may make is replacing the pick-ups with the Texas Specials or the Fat 50's or maybe even DiMarzio Velvets(have you heard them?--what a tone!) Overall I give this guitar a 4.75 on on scale of 1 to 5. If you can find one, and you are on a budget, this is the Strat you want!

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        First electric guitar

        By Jeremy

        from Harrisburg PA

        Site Member

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have wanted a strat for many years and finally I was able to go to Guitar Center in Harrisburg, PA and I was in heaven. They have an amazing variety of Fenders' and many other brands, but I knew I wanted a strat. I fell in love with this at first sight and being a Pink Floyd nut, it was the perfect fit. After waiting for what seemed like for ever.. A week.. Me and my parents went back on Saturday having been there that Monday and went straight to this on the wall. I've had it for a week and all I can say is if you want a well built strat the looks and sounds good for under a grand, this is the best you can get.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The Black Strat :)

        By AB

        from NY, NY

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I got this baby for christmas. I went to the store and I was actually picking up an artic white MIM Strat, when suddenly I saw this on the wall and had to give it a try. Played it on a Fender Amp, and it sounded so much better from the white strat that i was considering buying. I'm not really sure what pick ups these are by Fender, but for the price, these single Coils just rock!! The whole look gives it a David Gilmour appeal to it. The sound and the aesthetics just blew me away. If you are a Gilmour fan, i suggest you give it a try, and for the price, you wont be disappointed. The neck feels really good, the controls knobs are very smooth. May be with a little set up from a pro, it can be even better!! All in all a strat that you can finally rock out on!!

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A solid foundation for my classic Gilmour

        By Jeffrey

        from Manassas, VA

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I was looking to build a Strat that had some very David Gilmouresque features and this model was perfect. It is a great playing Strat right out of the box and I love the feel of the neck "soft C" and the frets are smooth and rounded. I did replace all of the pickups with some Fender Custom Shops in the middle and neck and a Seymour Duncan SL-5 in the Bridge just to get a little closer to the Gilmour tone. I also replaced the stock tuning machines with Fender locking tuners (just a personal choice) and added a neck pickup switch to the pick guard to add the neck in with positions 1 & 2. I don't know why Fender doesn't make this a standard feature because it really makes the guitar sound great. I know they do it on some models as an S-1 switch but I would love to see it on every Strat. Modifications aside, I played this guitar for a few months before doing the upgrades and would have been plenty happy if I had never changed a thing. This is a great guitar for the price and is every bit as good in the fit and finish department as any of my American made models.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awwww yeeeeeah!!!!

        By Max

        from Denver

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Walked into Guitar Center, shopping for a new electric $500 or less. Played many in the process of 3 months, including other less-impressive Standard Stratocasters. As I almost left one day, this one caught my eye and as I played it, I knew I found my next guitar. The high gloss finish on top of this maple neck lets my fingers fly with ease. All three pickups sound AWESOME, expecially the bridge pup, which I use alot for distortion. The tremolo system's great, but obviously dives with it detunes it a bit. And obviously because of it's apperance, the first thing I played when I brought it home was? Pink Floyd. In the end, it's probably the awesomest axe for the price.

        (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Gilmour strat parts assembled in Mexico .????

        By Havriliak

        from NewYork

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        All I can say is this stratocaster based on the quality of parts that are required to build are all here. As in all manufacturing excess parts are always produced when manufacturing limited edition guitars. I have played the David Gilmour clean production guitar that came out a few years back, and am totally in belief that the bulk of excess production parts were shipped to Mexico to be assembled under a different run. For the record "This guitar sounds, feels and plays like the Gilmour guitar. " Run out and buy it as it will be sold out very fast. Amazing Amazing Guitar

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Black Beauty

        By Don Dekker

        from PH Florida

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        I have owned this guitar now for around 8 months and have to agree this is the best guitar I have owned. I have a Gibson Les Paul and this by far plays much better and sounds incredible. I replaced the pups with Fender Vintage noiseless and it sings even better thanks to Jeff Becks help to Fender on those. I have brought this into my local guitar shop a few times to play and had him put the pups on and everytime I am asked by others "where did you get this?!this guitar is beautiful. It looks, plays and sounds like a guitar for twice the price. I play everyday, play with bands and friends and have put it to the test and I rarely have to tune it even after dive bombing on the tremolo to Mr Scary. Great price and even better axe just plain great. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a Fender at a great price.

        (4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Guitar

        By Robert Hopkins

        from Lansing, Michigan

        Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

        Was in the market for a MIM Strat and wanted one that looked different than the typical color and neck configurations. I knew I was going to buy this one as soon as I saw it. While I'm familiar with David Gilmour, I didn't know this guitar resembled his signature Strat and definitely didn't buy it based on that. It sounds great, neck feels like butter. No complaints, this was a huge upgrade from my old guitar so obviously it blew me away but I'm no expert when it comes to sound or tonal quality. All I can attest to is the overall craftsmanship and quality of this guitar. My more knowledgeable friends who have played it love it and say it's really bluesy, but it sounds good playing harder stuff as well. Looks and sounds great to me!

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Till Death Do Us Part

        By Bedroom Guitarist

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Begs to Be Played More and More!!!!!
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

          This Fender guitar begs and begs for you to play it. The neck and the pickups are all on point. Action is especially butter smooth. You'll start exploring frets you never normally touch. You can play blues. You can play metal. I know, I do both. And I was always a humbucker guy before this guitar. I can only imagine what a nicer amp than mine would sound like.

          I know this is a MIM strat and a lot of people look down their noses at it. But look, every time I pick up this guitar, it puts a smile on my face and I want to play MORE and MORE. And this is coming from someone who isn't even very good anymore after losing touch with the guitar in college.

          The black on black with cream hardware looks amazing. I feel like this guitar is 30 years older than it is, because it looks that classic. I was NEVER a black guitar guy until I saw this. I prefer'd sea foam greens and sunburts and that kinda thing. Until I met "The One" - this guitar It just feels like something you'd see slung around a guitar god from the 60s shoulder. And that feeling rubs off on you as you play it.

          If you can't tell by now, I love this guitar. I've owned it for 5 years and haven't bought a single guitar in that meantime. I've owned a vintage 70s guitars, Signature Artist Guitars By Fender like The Tom Delonge, Nothing has captivated me (yet) like this black on black/cream Fender.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          i love it want another one or 2 with differant set ups

          By maddog

          from methuen ma

          About Me Novice

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

            only thing was to crazy about was my fretting fingers got little cuts when I first played the guitar.burrs on the fret ends and strings . changed the strings and she is sweet.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love this Strat!

            By Rafa

            from New York

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Couldn't be happier with this Mexican Strat! Sound is just as good as any other American standard. I'm not a professional and I play this strat with a Fender mustang amp and I guarantee you it's a lot of fun! Definitely recommend it.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Worth the wait

              By Kevin

              from Hell, Michigan

              Site Member

              Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              Waited almost 2 months for this to come in, but it was well worth it. Good right out of the box, and fantastic after a basic setup. Great value if your looking for a great playing, affordable, work-horse guitar.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This is THE one!

              By Michael Allen

              from Ann Arbor, Mi.

              Comments about Fender Special Edition Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar:

              I have had my eye on the FSR standard for a few weeks now and finally picked it up three days ago....and I haven't put it down yet. I am 44 yrs. old and have owned (or played) just about every kind of guitar you can imagine from American standards to Les Paul customs and countless others. I am a music teacher and have toured as a performing musician for many years so I have quite a bit of experience when it comes to gear. Bottom line folks is that for the money this guitar can not be beat if you're looking for genuine Fender tone and feel. It absolutely sings with that classic Fender twang when paired with the clean channel of your amp and responds to overdrive and distortion like a tank. This guitar sounds and feels as good as it looks! Do yourself a favor and before you spend $1,000 on a new American standard, at least give this axe a test drive! Have no worries or concerns about shelling out the $$$ dollars for this guitar, it'll be the best money you've ever spent if you seek that classic Fender tone!

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