The Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar is the guitar design that changed the world. This model offers legendary Fender tone with classic styling for those on a budget. It has an alder body t... Read More
The Fender Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar is the guitar design that changed the world. This model offers legendary Fender tone with classic styling for those on a budget. It has an alder body that's contoured to be comfortable during long sessions, whether you're standing or sitting. Its maple neck is super-comfy with a modern C shape.
This Fender Strat come with a long list of standard features including three single-coil pickups, synchronized tremolo with high-mass bridge block, tinted neck, shielded body cavities, medium jumbo frets, parchment pickguard, die-cast tuners and '70s-style headstock logo.
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Reviewed by 22 customers
I am a bass player....I own 13 basses. I play guitar really just for my own entertainment, but I realized I dont have one in my collection. So...I went to GC in Syracuse and played a bunch of them Didn't want to spend too much, but equally wanted quality. I fancied an Artic white Strat with a maple neck and played it for about an hour. Yes, its made in Mexico, but that's what I wanted. I lived in Southern California for years. The origianl Fender factory employed many Hispanic people who were outstanding craftsman/woman. Many people probably never knew this. The Ensenada factory is a state-of-the-art facility and the tradtion continues. I am very proud to see this and feel this. A great axe..a great price..get one ...enjoy one. Has that awesome Strat twang..great work my friends.
I Love the sound of the Fender Stratocaster and would consider myself an intermediate player.When I found a good sale I couldn't refuse the offer so I bought online and picked up at a local store same day. I was impressed with the service because it was so easy, it was already set aside waiting at the shop when I got there, in and out in three minutes. When I got the guitar it looked great, It came with steel strings I didnt like and had fret buzz, but I fixed that and adjusted the bridge and I love it so much. Also you can pay for GC to do it, or figure it out online. I like how it sounds unplugged and plugged in, it has a huge range of sound with the five pickup settings, the bridge is kind of twangy and the neck is softer but nice strat tone. I think it was the best deal I could have got on a new one and its made with good parts, the maple neck feels great, the body sits well when played, tuners good, bridge is good, electronics good! Its great! Pickups I think are ceramic but thats about the only thing I would Change off the stock MIM, Other than that the parts are solid and quality Fender. I love the Fender Brand, and for the price its unbeatable. Another thing to add is you can play a super diverse range of music with the Strat, I would definietly recommend getting one.
This guitar already has most of the features for which the Fender Custom Shop would CHARGE EXTRA! Look at a custom shop 50s or 60s reproduction and compare the two side-by-side. The only REAL difference is the logo decal on the neck! Consider, also, the tremendous price difference. For a person who wants a great guitar at a great price, this is the best deal on the market. I haven't found a Mexican-made standard strat that wasn't just as good to play as the American Strats given a good, professional set-up by a qualified luthier/tech. For the difference, they have almost anything else beat and beat bad!
Hello, I've had this guitar for over a month now and I'm confident in my assessment to help people looking to make this purchase. Let's start with this, for my 18th birthday I got myself an Ibanez acoustic guitar to replace my BC Rich Warlock. This switch was because my playing went from metal to classic rock and I wanted to finger pick more. Over four years later I was an acoustic playing mad man. But soon I've started to play more classic rock, funk, blues and punk. With some assistance from Hendrix, Vaughn, Gilmour, Frusciante and many more to name I knew a Strat was going to be MY guitar. Now the big question, American or an Import? I've seen and heard so much talk about how great American Strats are and also how the Mexican ones have been stepping up their game leaving only subtle differences between the two (aside from the huge price difference). That subtle difference I believe is in the tone. The best way to put it, I'd like to beef up the twang. Because you're paying less this guitar is not going to be assembled with high quality parts but gets you close to that perfect Strat sound. That's not anything some ingenuity can't fix. Replacing the stock tremolo and pickups this guitar would still be THE biggest bang for your buck. You can do virtually anything you want cosmetically and sound wise. And the playing is oh so smooth and versatile. This guitar will be by my side for the rest of my life. So factory wise, I can't complain. But as for the distribution with shipping and inspecting from Guitar Center, it is a shame. I've called to place my order and I was very stern on how I expect a completely blemish free new Strat. Out of the resealed box (implying they've inspected it like I've asked) I immediately noticed a dirty fingerprint practically fused with the finish. Till this day I can't get it completely out. So some GREAT cleaner and polish at their expense would be wonderful. But I doubt that will happen. I suppose that's my fault for blindly purchasing a guitar. But the closest GC to me which is still a long ways away only had a floor model of the guitar I wanted. So if you can, do a walk in and inspect it thoroughly before you fall in love with it too much to send it back... I hope I've done alright helping anyone with this legitimate review. Take care everyone!
This guitar is perfect for the price. I've played this model as well as Hot Rods and American Standards, and in my book this guitar surpasses them. Great feel, great sustain, I was even surprised at how great the pickups were for stock! I play this guitar on a Fender Mustang II amp, and it goes perfect with the effect presets. I'm in love!
I have owned MANY guitars in the 31 years I have been playing. I have never been in a position financially to afford the high end American guitars (or even substantiate the cost). But Fender has found a way to bring it's quality to a middle-class income. This Stratocaster is "top notch"! I love everything about it...the looks (Arctic White w/Maple), the sound (playing any combination of pick-ups), and the feel (this guitar feels like it was custom fit to my body and hands). And to have what seems to be the perfect guitar for me, at an affordable price for the working man---all equals ABSOLUTE SATISFACTION! I play through a Fender Ultimate Chorus, and a Fender Hot Rod DeVille (these amps were used deals I got for cheap and on trade), and with this guitar, through those amps---I defy ANYONE to debate that they can tell the difference between this Made In Mexico, or an American Strat. I wanna thank Guitar Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. for setting me up with this beauty. They were more than helpful, when I explained what I was looking for was not in the store, so they ordered this one and had it shipped directly to my house---and their "price match" policy saved me about $40.00 as well. There were no issues with the guitar out of the box; of course there was some set up involved as with anything coming from a warehouse (they are in the business of SELLING guitars, not tuning them). This guitar will NEVER leave my collection. And what's more than that...I plan to ask Santa for a Midnight Wine w/Rosewood fretboard Strat for Christmas, to add to the collection as well.
I have a American Strat and a American Tele, Never thought that I would buy a Made in Mex Fender (let alone used) I was checking the used section when I ran across this midnight wine MIM Strat, And for the price I couldn't let anyone else own it, It plays just like my other strat, The sound is a little light and it doesn't have that heavy Strat sound when playing loud, But this little beauty goes every where with me now, Not only am I sold on the MIM Fenders I just bought another one, So if you are hesitate on buying one get a used one at about half the price of a new MIM guitar, I am sure you will be pleased, Thank You Fender for all these great Guitars
I recently purchased a Lake placid blue mex start with a maple neck and I absolutely love it! while I would love to have an American strat my budget says otherwise. This mex strat is frankly one of the nicest guitars I have ever owned, I have been playing for 30 yrs. The people at guitar center were awesome and the tech set it up to accept 52-10 strings-I would strongly recommend this if you want as they are set from the factory for light strings. It plays,sounds, and looks great, tremolo working good, and it stays in tune. A win-win for sure!
This is my first purchase from Guitar Center. I wanted to buy a Mexican made Strat, because I can't afford an American made. After surfing the net for the best buy, I came across Guitar Center's ad that had them for $400. When I clicked on the one I wanted, (3 tone sunburst) the price was changed to $500. I called and asked what is going on here? The gal said that the sale price was earlier $400 but was now back up to $500 and the price wasn't changed on the computer ad. Strike one, GC. However, she said that she would give me a price break of $25 off. ($475). I ordered. The guitar came, but it had two very noticeable scratches on the top of the upper cutaway, so I sent it back and later cancelled my order. Strike two GC. I decided to call back to give GC one more chance. The young lady told me she would have one of the guys inspect the new guitar. It came with no scratches. I am mostly satisfied with this guitar. I had to do some tweaking to get the action right, and now it plays well. I play exclusively on the bridge pickup and noticed that the first string is slightly quieter than the others, so I adjusted that pickup a little more toward the string. It still is a little bit quieter than I think it should be, but overall, the guitar sounds great. I am very impressed with the tremolo (vibrato) arm setup. It plays like a dream. I was just very happy that it was not screwed down flat, but was about the right distance off of the body, and required absolutely no adjustment. I play some Hank Marvin tunes, so I use the trem all the time. This guitar is very nice, and I feel like I got my $500 worth. The only complaint I have about the way it looks is that the wood grain on the headstock is not very attractive but that's the chance we take when we order online. My first experience with GC was a disappointment because of the first guitar with scratches, and I truly believe it did not happen during shipping, so to GC I would say hire only people who treat instruments with the greatest of respect and care. Will I order from GC again? Maybe
its a fender strat. that is enough for a lot of people. i got one in 02 and still have it. now i have upgraded it with american parts and pickups, everything[all fender of course]. but when i first started playing, i couldnt ask for more. its an amazing, durable and ,in some cases, a life changing guitar.