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Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar Sienna Sunburst Rosewood Fingerboard

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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... Click To Read More About This Product

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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!

FEATURES

Body: Ash
Neck: Maple, modern C-shaped, (tinted satin urethane finish)
Fingerboard: Rosewood, 9.5" radius (241 mm)
No. Of frets: 21 medium
Pickups: 1 Standard humbucking pickup (Bridge), 2 Standard single-coil Strat pickups (neck and middle)
Controls: master volume, Tone 1. (neck pickup), Tone 2. (middle pickup and middle/bridge combination)
Pickup switching: 5-position blade
Bridge: Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
Machine heads: Fender/Ping standard cast/sealed tuning machines
Hardware: Chrome
Pickguard: 3-ply tortoise shell
Scale length: 25-1/2" (648 mm)
Width at nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
Unique features: special switching
Fender transition logo
Parchment plastic parts
Strings: Fender Super Bullets 3250L, Nickel Plated Steel, (.009 to .042), p/n 073-3250-003
Case: sold separately
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FenderStandard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar
 
4.7

(based on 25 reviews)

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(78 of 80 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fender is Getting Even Better

By Mike Reynolds

from Marysville, WA

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar new in March of 2010, and I have come to several conclusions: Fender Mexican Made Guitars are dramatically improving in quality. This is one of the best values for a guitar that is extremely playable for ANY level of guitarist. The older Mexican Made Fenders were not this well made. This guitar has a larger Trem Block and much better hardware than the Fender Mexican made guitars did even a few years ago. This helps to give you more tone and much more sustain than Mexican Fenders have ever had. This guitar also has AMAZING pickups! The humbucker is one the same level as a Seymour Duncan Jeff Beck pickup. It sounds great and clear with lots of glassy chime when you play it clean, but when you drive a tube amp with this pickup, the sound is a very full and satisfying crunch. I bought this guitar knowing I wanted to use it for some heavy blues and rock tones that I can't get from a single coil pickup. These pickups deliver. The Bridge and Neck pickups are every bit as good sounding as the American counterparts that some in the American Standard. The quality is so great on this guitar that I have a hard time figuring out why anyone would opt for an American Standard right now. That's how good this guitar is. I would put it against any American Strat I have ever played. My only complaint on this guitar is that the neck has a thicker gloss than I would want on this type of guitar. I sanded mine down with 100 grit sandpaper for a few minutes and then applied some linseed oil which I buffed down with some steel wool after it dried. This took the gloss right off and I now have the satin matte type neck that I love to play. I really can't give a guitar a higher recommendation for quality AND value. There is NOT ONE company who is making a guitar of this quality at this price point. If you have been biased against Mexican Made Fenders, you need to go out and try this guitar, it will win you over instantly.

(49 of 56 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fire Power

By lalalalala

from Gainesville, Florida

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I simply love the this guitar!I came into Guitar Center just to buy a standard strat and when I saw this version, I instantly fell in love. The Bridge humbucker gives the classic strat sound more firepower and the best part is that it doesn't come out of tune all the time like the made in mexico strats are said to do. I only have one small complaint and thats how it doesn't come with an optional maple fretboard.

(30 of 33 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Value

By Steve Arrington

from cocoa, FL.

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I've owned this Strat for 5 months now. I waited this long to write a review so I could be as honest and unbiassed as possible. When you are still in the "honeymoon" phase its easy to overlook a few things. Well, in short, I'm still in love with this guitar, Its a well crafted great sounding instrument. To add a little perspective to this review, I spent some time playing an american Stnd. for comparitive purposes and IMO, other than the PUP's sounding a little better than the MIM strats, there was little diffrence...certainly not $500 worth anyway. Here's the breakdown: Neck and Body: The overall craftmanship is superb(on my particular strat anyway). The neck and body are perfectly alligned, neck feels smooth and is lightning fast, the fret work is good (no rough edges or high or low frets), and the rosewood fretboard looks great and helps balance out the slightly brighter tone you get from the ash body. The body craftsmanship and finish is superb. I could'nt find one single blemish or run anywhere and the Sienna burst really brings out the beautiful grain of the Ash.After checking around a bit, i found out that you can only get the sienna finish on the MIA standards and above, and that if you want the Ash option it costs an extra $100 on thosr instruments....cool bonus. The setup from the factory was good...the only thing I changed was the action and it has a great tone unplugged with plenty of sustain, especially if you set the bridge flat to the body rather than floating it. Bridge and hardware: The vintage style bridge and saddles are fine. I could'nt tell any diffrence between the american 2-point bridge and this one. The tuners are good qaulity and hold tune fine if you stetch your strings and wind them properly. i do plan on upgrading to locking tuners at some point for ease of restringing though. I did'nt like the fender strings it came with and put on Diadarrio pure nickel .10's, but strings are a personal choice. Electronics: The pots, input jack, and switch are the same ones in the MIA (i think) except you don't get S-1 switching, but thats an easy mod to do if you want that. Pickups: The neck and middle Pups actually sound better than i thought they would, nice strat single coil tone that work for just about any style. The bucker was lacking IMO. It sounded pretty thin and trebley, i was looking for a more full, darker tone for my 70's metal/hard rock moments. I put in a Duncan SH-14 custom 5....problem solved. I play alot of Blues/Blues rock, and the 2 single coils sound great for that stuff....but I did put in a couple custom shop Texas Specials.....wow! those babies are awesome. As I said there is nothing wrong with the stock ceramic single coils, I just prefer the sound of overwound ALNICO pups. For that matter, alot of people are probally happy with the stock humbucker, like strings, pups are a personal choice. Overall, i highly recomend this strat. You get a great combination of craftsmanship, looks, sound, and value. This is an incredible instrument, and after making the pickup change, I would put it up against any MIA strat.

(25 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Monster Tone

By Bobby J

from Albuquerque NM

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Took one home from my local store today. The folks in Mexico have done a great job with this one! Finish is beautiful, Smooth fast neck, Factory set up was perfect. The pups scream!! Yes you can shred on this Strat!! High quality and at a great price. Go play this guitar!

(20 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By RHman342

from California

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I got this guitar for my b-day and I love it. The pickups have a versatile sound and I love the smoothness of the neck. It is convenient for fast playing.get this guitar and you will not regret it.

(16 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty Great

By EJ

from Norristown, PA

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Great guitar, beautiful finish.Humbucker is just hot enough for my liking, and the neck pick-up gives me one of the cleanest tones i've ever heard. only downside here is after a couple divebombs with the trem. the b goes a little out of tune. but its fixable

(11 of 129 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

treble!!!

By likesniceguitars

from new york

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

ok my buddy had a vintage telecaster with the toaster pickups. that guitar was great all the band mates loved it. one day he walks in with this thing. so were all like cool put he plugged it in and all it is, is treble. its a peicing noise and its not the amp. he plays out of a vintage marshall tube amp. so the guitar looks flimsy too and its always to trebly no bass or mid at all there is literally no sense in buying it

(7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good starting point

By Jon

from Washington

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

The guitar does have a really bright tone. I think it's a mistake to have the bridge wide open. It's really bright, maybe that's the ash body. I can still get great sound using the neck pickup and the tone knob. I also dial the treble down on my amp when I need too. I have picked up some lace Hot Golds to swap in along with some locking tuners and a graph tech nut. The pickups are about what you would expect from a guitar in this price range. That's why they sell replacements. My particular guitar has a great neck and you can really feel the body resonate when playing. I've really bonded with it, and I think new hardware will make it perfect. It also looks pretty sharp. It's my favorite Fender finish, though the American Standard looks better still. Summing up, it's a great guitar for a new player because of the HSS configuration. You can really experiment with different sounds. It is also a great guitar to upgrade and get it playing like a much more expensive one. I would just advise checking out the regular standards to see if the tone is more manageable.

(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

BEAUTIFUL

By Zachary

from NJ

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I've owned this for a few months now and I am lovin' it! I am an intermediate guitar player and I own A fender Starcaster (Cheap, Knock off), A Gibson Custom Les Paul (Very expensive), and now my SIENNA SUNBURST STRAT!!!! The strat is just as good as the les paul. It has great lead and rhythm tones. Also, I find that the 4rth pickup setting sounds like acoustic simulator! That was a bonus! It is very durable and extremely well made! Great Tone, Great Look, Great Feel! GREAT! If you are considering buying this, DON'T THINK TWICE! BUY IT! It won't let ya down!

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender Strat HSS

By Snakes

from Gillette, WY

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I usually play metal, and I thought that I would never like a Fender Strat, but when I picked up the HSS I loved the tone on the center and the humbucker. I am beginning to play more rock and blues, so this guitar is definitely turning into one of my favorites, right behind my Jackson V.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A great Strat for the price

By Tyler

from Camarillo

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

All I ever wanted was a real Fender Strat. And this was it. Overall, I love it. I wanted the Humbucker for distortion, but it has way too much treble. I never use it. I most often use the neck and middle pickups combined, which creates a great clean tone, and a great distorted one. It's incredibly easy to play, and looks amazing. One major problem is tuning. It takes about 10 minutes to tune everything a half step down. Once you tune one string, it somehow goes back to where it was. I can't figure out why, not sure if it's just my case. Gets annoying to spend 15 minutes tuning if you change everything. Overall though, I think it's worth it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome guitar at a great price

By Jim

from Oceanside, NY

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

I bought this guitar about 2 months ago, and I have to say I'm extremely happy with it. I love the way the ash body sounds paired with the rosewood fretboard. The standard single coil pickups that come with it are pretty decent, but I did think that the humbucker was lacking. As other reviews have said, the sound from it is a bit trebly and thin. I switched it out for a seymour duncan 59, and it's made a huge difference. I also had the standard tuning heads switched out for fender locking tuners, but I don't think that was a must, just a nice upgrade. All in all, I think this guitar is a great value and well worth the price. The quality is right up there with the American strats, however, you get what you pay for. But with a little extra invested on a couple new parts, this guitar now performs just as well as the more expensive strats. I highly recommend this one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Aesome Guitar for all

By robert allen

from cleve ohio

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Bought this guitar this month. Had an MIA strat bougt as a young teen in 76,I wouldmatch this guitar to that guitar any day! the action on this guitar is great,hum bucs sounds great and all pickups are all easy to set to get that perfect sound because setup is important on any guitar. Body on this guitar is flawless,cable input better than my older strats.Till I can find any negatives I would advice anyone looking for a great Strat but just cant afford $1,000 or better grab this jewel while its still available.It is a "Special Edition" so hold on to it ...play and enjoy.I promice you wont regret this desision.I didnt

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I LOVE THIS GUITAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By matt

from carle place new york

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

my favorite guitar i own.

By guess who...

from wasola,MO

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesomeness!!

By David

from New York

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Plays Good & Looks Great Too

By D Jay W

from W. Covina, CA

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

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.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

No better guitar in the price range

By CC

from Akron, OH

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

When I started looking for another guitar to gig with I had my sights set on a Les Paul. That was until I played this Mexi HSS . I played and compared it to a Les Paul Studio, Epi Les Paul Custom and an American Standard Strat. What a suprise it was to find the least expensive guitar was the most versatile and easiest to play. When going clean there is nothing that compares to that "Strat" sound. The humbucker gives the guitar a nice full sound without a lot of the hum the Standards experience. Whether clean or distorted you will love the sound of this guitar. I have tried many others and have yet to find a guitar that is so versatile yet very affordable. Before you purchase a Les Paul or even an American Standard I would strongly suggest you try out this guitar. You won't be disappointed.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love It

By Jerry

from Lompoc, CA

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

After ALOT of shopping around and hours of playing everything on the wall at several stores I pulled this one down and gave it a try. Bought a few months ago and have been waiting to write the review. I honestly did not think I wanted a Strat until I played this one. Made in Mexico? Who cares!! These things (with the exception of the pickups) are as "good as" their MIA cousins. It is a Factory Special Run for Guitar Center and Musician's Friend so you won't find this finish on the Fender site. I love the sunburst finish, by the way, and the pickups are fine but the neck is this guitar's best feature. It's got to be the most playable neck I've ever seen. By playable I mean the frets are comfortable, action and intonation are right on with no buzzing anywhere. Stay's in tune relatively well as long as you don't get to carried away with the tremelo. I don't do alot of gymnastics with the trem anyway so this things pretty close to in tune after a five song set. I'm picky about tuning BTW so for most players it's close enough to perfect. The only thing I may ever change are the pickups and I doubt I'll ever bother. Lot's of sound options with the 5 way switching and the humbucker. If your in the market for a great sounding and playing instrument without breaking your wallet, give this one a hard look.

 
5.0

YES

By logan

from port allen, louisiana

Comments about Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Electric Guitar:

Amazing. Great sounds and great looks. Feels amazing in terms of playability. Amazing guitar, Amazing price. "Nuff Said."

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