The Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS offers immortal Fender tone combined with classic styling that includes a one humbucking/two single-coil pickup configuration with special switching, a synchronize... Read More
The Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS offers immortal Fender tone combined with classic styling that includes a one humbucking/two single-coil pickup configuration with special switching, a synchronized tremolo with high-mass bridge block, shielded body cavities, and medium jumbo frets. New features on this Fender Strat include a tinted neck, parchment pickguard and control knobs, and a '70s-style logo. Plug one in and listen for yourself!
Reviewed by 25 customers
This guitar is SO much nicer looking in person!! The pic on the web does not do it justice. The sienna burst is more red on the edges and the ash shows nicely through. the guitar is more than i expected for a mexican made. i can find no flaws in workmanship or materials. the neck suits me just fine and the pickup combination is great for someone like me who can't afford to have a room full of guitars to achieve different tones. i may replace the stock pickups some day and have been researching many options... but for now i am just having fun playing this versatile beauty. i'll admit the 'bucker is a little bright, but with adjusting the trebble WAY down on my amp it works OK. also, there is almost no hum.
This was my first guitar. I wanted to start with a decent guitar that I would not outgrow in a couple of years. I play a little almost every day for a little over 2 years now and the guitar is holding up very well. I have replaced the strings a couple of times, mostly to experiment with the different sounds. (Fender Super Bullets, light and regular and also Fender nickel-plated 250's light and regular. I thought they all sounded good. ). I keep it in my house most of the time but occaisionally play outside on my patio. Florida heat & humidity doesnt seem to effect it much. Just a little tunning and good to go again. Speaking of tuning, I am impressed at how well it stays in tune. New strings take a week or so to stop stretching, but very solid after that. For quality of craftsmanship and reliability, I have had zero problems with it. I don't polish it and don't even wipe it down regularly but, the finish looks as good as the day I bought it. I got the sunburst with tortoise shell pick guard. I run it through a Line 6 Spider IV 75 with the FBV Shortboard MKII and can get a lot of different sounds out of it. For me, the pickups sound great. If I really crank up that Spider IV 75 while on a single coil, it will start humming, but switch to the humbucker and all clear again. I just play at home, so cranking up a 75 watt amp is not something that ever happens in the house, or even outside on my patio! All in all, I am very satisfied with this guitar. I would buy another MIM Strat without hesitation. I think this one was listed at $450 from GC in Tampa and they had a $50 discount or something, so about $400 bucks (I think they even threw in a cable). Also, speaking of GC, Tampa. The guys there are excellent. I always, always, always get good advice and am treated well there. Maybe that is why I have bought 7 guitars w/amps from them in the past 2 years (2 for one son, one for another, one for my nephew, a bass for my daughter, this Strat and an Ibanez acoustic for me). Hope this review helps. Good luck.
I have been playing for 5 years and I was stubbornly being an Epiphone and Gibson fan. But I decided one day to get myself a Fender (mid range price) and see if they are as versatile as I've heard...My mind was blown with this guitar. I thought it wouldn't be so great for the price, but this Fender HSS rocked! The strings set in nicely, and the Humbucker sounds nice and warm with tone. The singles are mellow and a little bluesy. Sounds great with out overdrive and with overdrive. Good for rock, blues, and country style music. Or maybe even something else I don't play haha. Great guitar for the price, never regretted the buy, TRY IT!!
This is my first and only electric guitar. I could barely play acoustic when I began researching for an electric and didn't know what to look for. I didn't even know what pick-ups were! I can't explain it, but I was naturally attracted to the Strat body style and when I saw this guitar, my jaw dropped! I looked at it online everyday for nearly half a year, awaiting the day I could see it in a store. At first, I was taken to the Squier Telecaster, simply for the neck. Those necks just felt right in my hands and I elected for a Vintage Modified Tele. But the pick-ups generated static and I brought it back to GC and I went right back to this one. And I do love it. It's beautiful! It sounds great to me. Is it the best sounding guitar out there? Does it compare to an American made? I have no idea...but for my ability level, my style, it's perfect. Generates lots of tones due to the HSS. I bought the Mustang I to accompany this Strat home and it has been great fun. I recently received a Fender Blues Junior III for Christmas and this guitar sounds fantastic on that amp! So, while my review might not be comparative to other guitars I will say that for an inexperienced player, it's been an extremely friendly guitar to learn. Yes, this is a Made in Mexico (MIM, for the uninitiated) and I read bad reviews and good reviews. So far, this MIM is wonderful! Great guitar, beautiful, hours of fun!
First, I love Fender Guitars and have a couple of them worth over $1,500. For me, there is nothing like listening and playing a Fender Guitar. Of course, not all Fenders are created equal. On looks alone, this Fender stands out. But a red flag arose when I saw it was made in Mexico. At one time, those Fenders were made from cheaper woods and the electronics were certainly inferior. It just didn't feel like and sound like the Fender Strats I had and made me appreicate the ones I owned. I gave this one a try and glad I did. This Strat felt as comfortable as any Fender I have owned. And the sound is brighter than an American made Strat. But there are times when playing the blues I want that bright sound. And the low price of this Fender blew me away (besides receiving a $100 GC gift certificate). I never thought that I would ever purchase a Fender made in Mexico. I give it a 4 star rating becuase I am comparing it to other Fenders. However, when compared to other Fender Strats, and if this brighter tone does not bother you, it is a great value.
I bought his guitar and i love everything about it: the looks, the quality of sound. I am a very pick person when it comes to how the guitar sounds. I really love this guitar! If you're thinking of buying one, absolutely do and buy me another one while your at it. =D
I love this strat. I have 7 other high-quality guitars, and this has the best sustain, variety of tones, whammy bar system, look, feel, and sound of them all. This guitar's humbucker sounds like a les-paul on steroids. These are very sensitive pick-ups and can easily scream or sing. I love this guitar and recommend it for all levels of players (beginner to pro). Awesome guitar by far.
i bought the guitar a few months back. it sounds horrible!!! it is a very very thin tone. i would expect this from a walmart guitar not a 500 dollar fender. also the pick ups make a very loud buzzing sound in certain positions. not a normal single coil buzz but very very loud buzz.
Amazing. Great sounds and great looks. Feels amazing in terms of playability. Amazing guitar, Amazing price. "Nuff Said."
I bought this thing and aside from being one of the most beautiful looking guitars I have ever seen, it has an amazing sound and is very easy to play, I can't tell much difference between this guitar and an american standard in terms of playability, just a great purchase for any guitarist.
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