Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar Chrome Red Rosewood Fretboard

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The Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar is the guitar design that changed the world. Includes select alder body, 21-fret maple neck with your choice of a rosewood or maple fretboard, 3 single... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar is the guitar design that changed the world. Includes select alder body, 21-fret maple neck with your choice of a rosewood or maple fretboard, 3 single-coil pickups, a vintage-style tremolo, and die-cast tuning keys. At this low price, why play anything but the real thing?

Features
  • Select alder body
  • Modern, C-shaped maple neck
  • Rosewood or maple fretboard
  • 21 medium jumbo frets
  • Vintage-style tremolo
  • Die-cast tuning keys
  • 3 Standard single-coil pickups with ceramic magnets
  • Chrome hardware
Specifications
  • 25-1/2" scale length
  • 1/650" nut width
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4.7

(based on 136 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A strong guitar at this price!

This is the 6th Fender I've bought over the years, my 4th Stratocaster, and I have to say, right out of the box, this is the best one I've owned yet! Seriously....Read complete review

This is the 6th Fender I've bought over the years, my 4th Stratocaster, and I have to say, right out of the box, this is the best one I've owned yet! Seriously. This guitar sounds better than my '68 reissue, and is far more playable for average hands than my '95 American Standard. I bought it because of the color I could get for a left-handed guitar, but it's no cheapy as the price might imply, it sounds and plays excellently,and is very well built for an entry level price guitar! A stellar bargain!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Ehh...not for everyone.

Like many, my first guitar was a Fender Stratocaster. Its sweet midnight wine finish and creamy maple neck drew my beginner eyes to it. I'd seen it in the hands of my favorite...Read complete review

Like many, my first guitar was a Fender Stratocaster. Its sweet midnight wine finish and creamy maple neck drew my beginner eyes to it. I'd seen it in the hands of my favorite guitarists--Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour--and now it was finally mine. That was then. Now, it sits in my closet, neglected and collecting dust. What happened? The Strat was not for me. Don't get me wrong, the Strat is great at what it does. You can get a wide range of so-so clean sounds out of this, and a few pretty good ones. It doesn't sound the best run through too many effects. The neck is amazing, but it's the same neck as every other Fender. The Strat is a great guitar, and perfect for some people. If you can make this guitar weep like the masters, then by all means, this is for you. However, that's not me, and not most of the people I know. For people like me, the minor problems with the Strat--the fact that it can't stay in tune, its severe case of the uglies, its split personality that can't decide what tone sounds best, or even if two wildly different settings even sound different at all--will get to you. My biggest concern is probably the fact that it doesn't stay in tune. That's a huge dealbreaker. But other things, like its looks and tone, are just not for me. It's sitting in my closet while I enjoy the Telecaster I bought instead, and it'll be up on eBay soon. Buyer beware: don't rush out and grab a Strat because everyone else is. Make sure it's really "you."

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(394 of 461 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A strong guitar at this price!

By Franko

from SAN FRANCISCO, CA

This is the 6th Fender I've bought over the years, my 4th Stratocaster, and I have to say, right out of the box, this is the best one I've owned yet! Seriously. This guitar sounds better than my '68 reissue, and is far more playable for average hands than my '95 American Standard. I bought it because of the color I could get for a left-handed guitar, but it's no cheapy as the price might imply, it sounds and plays excellently,and is very well built for an entry level price guitar! A stellar bargain!

(119 of 145 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

If it's not broken...

By Anonymous

from Hickory, NC

It's difficult to review the standard Fender stratocaster, as it seems to be the baseline from which all other guitars are judged. That said, it is a beautiful instrument, both to the eyes and the ears. The three single-coil pickups give you that nice, bright sound, and the 5-way switching offers plenty of room in terms of versatility. The neck is not overly large, bor is it anorexic. It's big enough to chord on, but is fast enough for.. well.. Malmsteen. All in all, a great guitar for most styles, especially classic rock and blues.

(102 of 146 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Hecho en Mexico Stratocastero

By Stretch

from Georgia

The fit and finish is superb, with just a few minor quirks: The plastic back plate had nasty burrs all around the edges, the jack plate screw holes were stripped, and the tone pots were wired backwards (the rear pot controlled the front pickup, etc.). I fixed all these problems myself in just a short time, and now the guitar is in perfect shape. Had I spent the thousand-plus dollars for an American Strat, I'd be kinda ticked, but as I got nearly the same guitar for 400 bucks and a little work, who can complain? Must have been made on a Monday morning after a Tijuana weekend. Been there, done that!

(77 of 94 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Can't Go Wrong

By ramlax13

from NJ

You can't go wrong with this guitar. It is a step up from the squier strats and shares a lot of similar features as its more expensive relatives. This guitar sounds great for whatever music you play. I personally use if for a lot of alternative and punk rock but when I dabble in other genres it still sounds great. The tremolo bridge is awesome. I have the light blue finish and it looks great hanging on my light blue walls inbetween jam sessions. If you want a solid strat for a low price, go with this one, you can't go wrong.

(20 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The Sexi Mexi

By Liko81

from Dallas, TX

The quintessential working guitarist's axe. Like most of Fender's MIM products, the Mexi Strat is a solid, well-built instrument, but they're the ricers of the guitar world. Not so much because you have to in the case of this guitar (I was surprised at the clear, yet warm tone I got from the stock pickups), but more because you can. The Fender Strat has probably the widest selection of aftermarket parts. The plain white pickguard's usually the first thing to go, and I think most guitarists would swap the stock ferrite ceramic pickups for some vintage-reproduction Alnicos like Duncan SSLs. Apart from that, the only other thing I'd upgrade would be the bridge saddles, and you have an instrument that will last you the rest of your life. Fast neck, easy to play; the tremelo looks a little cheap but I'm more used to the full-on Floyd Rose trem, and the American Strat doesn't improve on the Mexi much in that area. I would recommend this as any aspiring guitarist's first axe. It's an instrument that will grow with you. Take along someone "in the know" and play every Strat in the store; there are subtle differences in sound quality, not all of which is due to the pickups. It's an intuitive thing; You may not know how you know, but you'll know a good one when you play it.

(12 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By Hendix

from Falls Church,VA

This guitar is great. I've always liked to play gibsons but one day I went to the store and tried out a strat (mexiacan suburst) and it was awesome i ended up playing it for about 30 minutes then I bought it. I was always afraid of buying a strat because I thought it was a waste of money but I was proved wrong. I recommend this guitar to anyone its basicly the same thing as an american strat all your basicly buying is the name "Made In U.S.A" so dont waste your money on an american strat and buy this guitar now!

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Strat Worth It's Weight

By StringDestroyer

from Georgia

Without shelling our a fortune for the American Standard, the Mexican Strats are the next best thing. Honestly, I have played both, and the difference isn't enough to drop an additional $700 to $800. I've been playing for 15 years and own currently 12 guitars - all makes and models. (Had more in the past.) As far as this guitar goes, I absolutely love it. The neck and fretboard are wonderful, and the sound is even better. Don't be fooled by people down-talking all imported Strats - I also own a 97' Squier Fat Strat that has see MUCH better days - YEARS of gigging has destroyed the frets and sweating all over the guitar has rusted the pickups and all the hardware on the body, but it's still one of the most comfortable guitars I've ever played. The Mexican made Fender is no different. Another guitar for under $500 that will carry for years and years. Take it from an experienced player that has played with BIG names in the business, this guitar is well worth the money. Try it, and if YOU like it, BUT IT. Your guitar should fit you . . . not what everyone else thinks is best. Rock on!

(7 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this guitar!

By ginthe404

from Undisclosed

I picked the Fender Standard Strat as my first electric as I always liked the look. I went for the sunburst with a maple neck. This guitar has delivered for me - plays really nice and it has been a lot of fun. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles but the quality and sound are superb. I play more acoustic than electric but this is just the thing for that plugged in fix every few days.

(6 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid and versatle

By Gettinbetter

from Northwest Indiana

According to my dictionary, something that is versatile" is "Capable of doing many things competently." I think that captures what's great about my Standard Strat, and why so many players of all levels turn to to this musical workhorse. Whether it's run through a solid state practice amp or my Class A Crate Palomino, playing rhythm or lead, clean or dirty, I have plenty of tone options with this guitar's classic three pickup configuration. There are some guitars out there that do heavy or light well, but I feel like I have all of the bases covered with this guitar. As much as I enjoy playing this guitar, it is a mid-level guitar, and it had some limitations. I find the neck isn't as fast as some guitars in this price range. Every once and awhile I have problems keeping the guitar in tune, but it's fairly stable after a good setup. The thing I like the least about the guitar is that the pickups, especially the bridge pickup, are fairly noisy. I'm definitely thinking about upgrading to noiseless pickups. Overall, this is a great guitar to buy when you want to move up from your starter guitar. It won't be the last guitar I ever buy, but I can't see myself letting go of this one.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

She sings...

By Ataxia

from Cle Elum, WA

I received the Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar for my birthday after playing a knock-off Strat for a few months. I received the black body, white pick-guard, maple neck and maple fingerboard version and I must say it is absolutely stunning. This axe is both versatile in looks and in sound. A guitarist could carry this guitar on stage for an alternative, metal, rock, grunge, (etc.) concert and never look out of place. This is a very elegant guitar. The light gauge Fender Bullet strings it comes with did nothing for me and I frequently worried that I would break them and did not produce very high quality sound but, that is easily changeable if they don?t suit your needs. The pick-ups are also quite noisy (especially when involving overdrive) but, that?s fixable by replacing the pick-ups. On the upside, the neck is unbelievably smooth and makes for easy sliding and the frets make my fingers love to play that much more.

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