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Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar  

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The Starcaster guitar is back. Virtually fabled since its original mid-to-late '70s tenure, the seldom-seen Starcaster occupies a special place in our history as Fender's one and only offset-waist sem... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
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The Starcaster guitar is back. Virtually fabled since its original mid-to-late '70s tenure, the seldom-seen Starcaster occupies a special place in our history as Fender's one and only offset-waist semi-hollow electric guitar. Prized decades later by a new generation of adventurous guitarists with a flair for appealingly unconventional Fender style, the Starcaster now returns in fabulous new Modern Player form with greater sound, build and beauty that'll have you seeing stars.

The Fender Starcaster guitar's thin semi-hollow offset body has a bound maple top and back, with stylish bound f holes. Its "C"-shaped maple neck has a 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets, black-dot inlays and the distinctively curvaceous Starcaster headstock. Other premium features include full-voiced dual Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups with three-way toggle switching, three-ply black pickguard, four skirted "amp"-style control knobs (volume and tone for each pickup) and an Adjusto-Matic bridge with anchored tailpiece.

Features
  • Thin semi-hollow offset body
  • Bound maple top and back
  • Stylish bound f-holes
  • "C"-shaped maple neck
  • 9.5"-radius maple fingerboard
  • 22 medium jumbo frets
  • Black-dot inlays
  • Curvaceous Starcaster headstock
  • Dual Fender Wide Range humbucking pickups
  • 3-way toggle switching
  • 3-ply black pickguard
  • Four skirted "amp"-style control knobs (volume and tone for each pickup)
Specifications
    • Body Material: Laminated Maple with Alder Center-Block
    • Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
    • Body Shape: Other
    • Neck Material: Maple
    • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
    • Neck Shape: "C" Shape
    • Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8cm)
    • Fingerboard: Maple
    • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241mm)
    • Number of Frets: 22
    • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
    • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
    • Nut Width: 1.650" (42mm)
    • Position Inlays: Black Dot
    • Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Standard
    • Bridge Pickup: Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking
    • Neck Pickup: Fender "Wide Range" Humbucking
    • Controls: Volume 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup)
    • Pickup Switching: 3-Position Toggle: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Neck Pickups, Position 3. Neck Pickup
    • Pickup Configuration: HH
    • Bridge: Pinned Adjusto-Matic with Anchored Tailpiece
    • Hardware Finish: Chrome
    • Tuning Machines: Fender Standard Cast/Sealed
    • Pickguard: 3-Ply Black
    • Control Knobs: Skirted Amp Knobs
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FenderStarcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (7)

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Pros

  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Pleasantly surprised

After trying to find a 70's model that wasn't over priced & falling apart, we were excited to get a reissue. I'm very familiar w/ these guitars & honestly didn't expect...Read complete review

After trying to find a 70's model that wasn't over priced & falling apart, we were excited to get a reissue. I'm very familiar w/ these guitars & honestly didn't expect much beyond the stylish looks. Its WRHB pickups are the G&B imports and factory electronics are generally bare minimum. WOW - I was wrong. This guitar is incredible for the money! The pickups are really impressive. They def sound better than other Fender models using them - I have no idea why(?). They just do. The controls are smooth & silent. The factory capacitors are ok too. The finish on ours (Black) is pretty nice as well. There are no flaws anywhere and the bound f-holes look great. I prefer this bridge style on archtops too, so that's cool.
*Of note: There is a little fret buzzing here & there but nothing a nice dressing / set-up wont fix. This is a BIG guitar, so Fender players (used to tiny, smallish guitars) may be overwhelmed by 17" body + 25.5" scale neck.
This guitar was such a pleasant surprise. I had planned to do a complete overhaul but ended up just doing a few things - and only because of personal preferences. Not because the instrument needed it. I really enjoy playing this one - its mad-fun & looks sweet! With a collection of 55 guitars (mostly archtops), this Starcaster is an awesome addition!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A little disappointed, but . . .

I was also thrilled to find out Fender was re-issuing the original Starcaster, as I considered buying one back in 1978 and opted for a Strat instead. Hindsight . . . I ordered mine...Read complete review

I was also thrilled to find out Fender was re-issuing the original Starcaster, as I considered buying one back in 1978 and opted for a Strat instead. Hindsight . . . I ordered mine on September 26th and received it on December 16th. Yes, it's a beauty - although my neck has virtually no grain whatsoever (at first glance I thought it might be plastic!). The factory set-up was nice, and considering it shipped from China it arrived tuned a half-step down - I would have hoped for a little less stress on the neck in transit. There are two things that do have me a bit concerned: 1) the pick-up switch is mounted horizontally instead of vertically. Logically this makes sense - when switched towards the neck, the neck pick-up is active and vice-versa with the bridge pick-up. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but I have never heard of a two pick-up guitar having it's switch mounted this way (ie Les Pauls). Maybe someone in China made a mistake? Easily rectified if I decide to rotate it. However; 2) This is the one that has me baffled. As mentioned, this guitar has two pick-ups. Also a volume control and tone control for each. What I found is, when switched to one pick-up or the other, the volume and tone controls for that pick-up work fine. Perfect! But, when the switch is set for both pick-ups (center position), turning either volume control down turns the master volume for the guitar down. What that means is, I can't adjust the amount of "blend" between the two pick-ups by adjusting one volume control or the other. I have to think this is a wiring error - why would Fender design this guitar so that you can't fine tune the blend of the pick-ups? If I want to bring down the volume of the bridge pick-up slightly, I can't do it. The original Starcasters had a Master Volume Control - maybe Fender should have left the wiring the way it was? I will post my findings with Fender and see if this is defect that they can correct or if the guitar is wired that way on purpose. Otherwise, a very nice guitar. Very playable, and I am still tweaking my amp to get the best tone out of it as possible.

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(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

best of tele and 335

By Jeremy

from highland, mi

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I've had this guitar for about 6 months. I play every week as a music director at a church, and this guitar is a workhorse! Before I bought it, I was testing out thinline tele's and 335s. I love the snap of the widerange humbuckers and the feel of the maple neck, but wanted more warmth. 335s sounded great, but could be a little too dark for my taste, plus much more $$$. I finally stumbled on to one of these and was blown away. great response with the maple neck, warmth and snap from the pickups. sounds fantastic clean (good for jazz fingerstyle) and handles distortion incredibly well for blues and rock. My other guitarist went out and put one on layaway a few weeks after seeing mine. I haven't had any feedback issues, and use quite a bit of dirt on my leads. Fender gave me a great instrument at an unbelieveable price. I'm very impressed.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Aged Cherry Burst Bursts on the Scene

By Jeffrey Korte

from Vancouver, WA

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I always wanted one of these but by the time I had the dough they were a no show. I ordered my aged cherry burst as soon as they announced the reissue and I received mine on December 12th. The lads at the store asked to see it immediately. When I offered to let them play it I received a standing "O". This Starcaster has beautiful birds eye maple grain on the front, back, neck and headstock. The colour finish is brilliant as well. It's a little heavier than what I was expecting no doubt due to the needed centre block for neck stability. Don't even get me started on the headstock -AWESOME... Albeit crafted in China, she's got great tone. I use it with my Marshall TSL, Roland, Vox and Fender Blues amp and it has great resonance and changes to suit the types of music I play. Only drawback, no case but rumours say they are on the way. Forget the rock stars who use the vintage Starcasters, buy one for yourself.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

UPDATE to "A little disappointed, but . . ."

By Doug Riehl

from West Haven, CT

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I received the following response from Fender: Hello, thanks for your review. Regarding the switch issue, you are correct. It should have been mounted vertically instead of horizontally. We are letting our factory know, thanks for bringing this to our attention. If you want to take your instrument to a service center, the repair will be covered under warranty. Regarding the pick-ups, what you describe is the way these pickups are supposed to work, and is how most double humbucking guitars function. You can still adjust the blend of one pickup to another in the middle position. Those volumes are not master volumes. Each volume controls the volume of its respective pickup only until you actually get to 0, then the volume is completely cut off regardless of which volume is at zero. That is done on purpose to avoid the tone getting too muddy, which happens if you wire it the other way. Hope this helps. Thanks! Nice of them to take the time to respond, and with thoughtful and valuable information. So - go buy one! What are you waiting for??

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar, great value, awesome tone!

By Albion Bowers

from Lancaster, CA

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

The last time I held a Starcaster was 38 years ago. I was a kid in school, and there was no way it could be mine. College, grad school, kids, mortgage, and I watched as vintage Starcasters (and vintage Strats for that matter) went up and up. I've had a Strat for 3 decades now, but not a Starcaster. Until NOW! I picked it up yesterday and played my first gig today (church praise band). The finish is very good, and the pics online don't do it justice (the flame in the maple has to been seen to be believed). The online reviews get a wider range of tone than I can get, but playing today through my little tube amp (vintage Super Champ) with reverb the tone and sustain was amazing. The case problem is easily solved, it fits almost perfectly in a 335 case. The look is great, it's classic Fender and classic hollowbody at the same time. I love it. The perfect complement to my Strat and Tele Thinline. Okay, I get that it's not a perfect vintage reissue, but this is awfully good. If you're an old guy like me and missed out last time, or if you're a hollowbody fan and always wanted a Fender neck, this is your guitar. I love mine...

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A little disappointed, but . . .

By Doug Riehl

from West Haven, CT

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I was also thrilled to find out Fender was re-issuing the original Starcaster, as I considered buying one back in 1978 and opted for a Strat instead. Hindsight . . . I ordered mine on September 26th and received it on December 16th. Yes, it's a beauty - although my neck has virtually no grain whatsoever (at first glance I thought it might be plastic!). The factory set-up was nice, and considering it shipped from China it arrived tuned a half-step down - I would have hoped for a little less stress on the neck in transit. There are two things that do have me a bit concerned: 1) the pick-up switch is mounted horizontally instead of vertically. Logically this makes sense - when switched towards the neck, the neck pick-up is active and vice-versa with the bridge pick-up. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but I have never heard of a two pick-up guitar having it's switch mounted this way (ie Les Pauls). Maybe someone in China made a mistake? Easily rectified if I decide to rotate it. However; 2) This is the one that has me baffled. As mentioned, this guitar has two pick-ups. Also a volume control and tone control for each. What I found is, when switched to one pick-up or the other, the volume and tone controls for that pick-up work fine. Perfect! But, when the switch is set for both pick-ups (center position), turning either volume control down turns the master volume for the guitar down. What that means is, I can't adjust the amount of "blend" between the two pick-ups by adjusting one volume control or the other. I have to think this is a wiring error - why would Fender design this guitar so that you can't fine tune the blend of the pick-ups? If I want to bring down the volume of the bridge pick-up slightly, I can't do it. The original Starcasters had a Master Volume Control - maybe Fender should have left the wiring the way it was? I will post my findings with Fender and see if this is defect that they can correct or if the guitar is wired that way on purpose. Otherwise, a very nice guitar. Very playable, and I am still tweaking my amp to get the best tone out of it as possible.

(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Verry Happy! but there is always a but!

By STEVEN ford

from st.charles mo.

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

ordered from my local gc store where everybody knows your name! little disapointed that dii not have one in stock to touch,play and look at so just had to rely on picts.chose the black w/maple neck, when arrived was very well boxed took it out tuned and started playing, dont know why but plays much better than comprable tele i bought last year, very nice finish. but here is the but .i like to take the pick guards off just think they look faster? can see both f holes well,i found one of the screws that holds guard to mount was almost 1/4 " to long and had already left a ring rubbed in finish. could not see it with guard on, but who leaves them stock now day's? thats the only issue also will always wonder what the natural finish looks like.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pleasantly surprised

By Anna Mosity

from Norfolk, VA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Great price for Mahogany + Maple + WRHB's
  • Mahogany center piece
  • Solid Electronics
  • Very nice craftsmanship
  • Very stylish ~ Looks great!

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Recording

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

After trying to find a 70's model that wasn't over priced & falling apart, we were excited to get a reissue. I'm very familiar w/ these guitars & honestly didn't expect much beyond the stylish looks. Its WRHB pickups are the G&B imports and factory electronics are generally bare minimum. WOW - I was wrong. This guitar is incredible for the money! The pickups are really impressive. They def sound better than other Fender models using them - I have no idea why(?). They just do. The controls are smooth & silent. The factory capacitors are ok too. The finish on ours (Black) is pretty nice as well. There are no flaws anywhere and the bound f-holes look great. I prefer this bridge style on archtops too, so that's cool.
*Of note: There is a little fret buzzing here & there but nothing a nice dressing / set-up wont fix. This is a BIG guitar, so Fender players (used to tiny, smallish guitars) may be overwhelmed by 17" body + 25.5" scale neck.
This guitar was such a pleasant surprise. I had planned to do a complete overhaul but ended up just doing a few things - and only because of personal preferences. Not because the instrument needed it. I really enjoy playing this one - its mad-fun & looks sweet! With a collection of 55 guitars (mostly archtops), this Starcaster is an awesome addition!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A modern classic

By Jerry Palladino

from Hudson FL.

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I purchased this guitar by mail never having seen one in person or having played one. I was not disappointed. First the looks. I got the black and the finish is just perfect. The frets are done very well. The action right out of the box is set very low with no fret buzz. The neck is thin though slighter thicker than a Strat. I wanted a semi hollow body guitar that played as well as a Strat but with the tone of a good 335. That's exactly what the Starcaster gives me. I'm lovin it.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gorgeous

By Nathaniel FitzGerald

from Mishawaka IN

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I came home yesterday evening to find my Fender Starcaster reissue waiting for me. As soon as I ripped it from the box, it played like a dream. Action is fast and smooth, intonation (while perhaps not perfect) isn't noticeably awful like many new guitars that you need to set up yourself to make playable. The wide response humbuckers are built for tone, and they sound absolutely great. This may be a humbuckered semihollowbody, but there's nothing about this that suggests Gibson. This is pure Fendery goodness, baby. You could play surf rock with it and no one would blink. And the sunburst finish is GORGEOUS. There is a shine on this baby like nothing I've seen before. I popped a Bigsby on it last night and it opens up the playability even more. The bridge pickup volume knob was loose when it arrived, but that's a minor issue when faced with an instrument of this quality.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Fender Starcaster

By Dave

from Eugene, Oregon

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing

Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Beautiful workmanship. Very nice guitar. I did expect more of a 335 Gibson sound out of it though from the reviews I've read about the Fender Starcaster. Can still get very nice sounds out of it if tone controls on the amps and the guitar are adjusted properly and mainly use the neck pickup. It stays in tune very well. Probably because of the solid wood center block. I never have seen a Fender Starcaster until I ordered and received this one. I did expect it to arrive with nice low action and .009"-.042" strings on it. It had .010"-.046" strings on it and set up with a very high action. Too hard for my old beat-up mechanics hands to play well. I lowered the action first thing. Lowered the bridge and adjusted the neck. Before I ever got it low enough the fret buzz problems started on the upper frets. I have never had to level frets an any of the Fender guitars I have owned and most of them were built overseas. After leveling Frets 1 through 5 and reshaping them I was able to get the lower action I wanted. Then I installed a new set of .009"-.042" strings on it. Now the action is much better. I noticed that the strings #2-5 were lower than #1 and #6. Then I got out the radius guages and checked the radius on the neck and the radius at the bridge. Why would fender put a neck with a 9.5" radius on the guitar and then put on a bridge with a 15" radius on it ? I adjusted the intonation which was off some from the start. I removed the pick guard and shortened the screw in the center before it dug into the nice finished wood because it was too long. Now I have a very nice looking, playing and sounding guitar. I had hoped for the usual almost perfectly set up Fender guitar but since it's built in China I guess you get what you get. I'm very happy with it now that I have it all set up properly and at a price I could afford. Love that fender neck and feel while playing. I highly recommend the Starcaster but you may have to do some set up work.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice Sounding guitar

By Joe

from Ohio

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Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Terrible factory Setup. Once I set the guitar up it is fun to play.The Pickups sound great clean or in overdrive. Feels good in my hands. Very nice finish, nice straight neck, solid electronics.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Awesome tone - a hoot to play.

      By El Taco

      from Riverside, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Bass response quakes the ground.
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • You won't believe the sustain.

      Cons

      • Jack for guitar cable a bit wobbly.

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Fender Starcaster Semi-Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

      Awesome bluesy sounds and huge bass response. Love the sustain. Works well with pedals, OD, Distortion. NIce acoustic sounds as well.

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