The Fender Standard Stratocaster might be where it all starts for Fender, but the all the ingredients for a legendary Fender Stratocaster tone great guitar are right here. The Fender Standard Strat has been a long-established model in the universe of electric guitars, and this upgrade has everything you would expect. Powered by the usual single-coil pickups and featuring a new, upgraded bridge, you are guaranteed a full-bodied, resonant Fender voice.
Outstanding build quality
The Fender Standard Series is what we have come to know and love as the most affordable Fender guitars in the range. Built in Mexico with a level of craftsmanship and quality control that defy their price-point, these guitars are more than capable of producing professional results. With the official Fender 70's style logo on the headstock, you know you are playing the real thing and have become part of the worldwide Fender family!
The main features include a traditional alder body with 21-fret bolt-on neck and 3 single coil pickups. Frets are medium-jumbo size which suits most playing styles, and the 9.5 inch radius maple fretboard adds just a subtle extra top-end bite to the sound compared to the same guitar with the rosewood fretboard option. The back of the neck has a super smooth satin finish giving a nice free-flowing playing feel.
Fender improved the synchronized tremolo bridge from an older design to have a new "high-mass" steel block underneath to add stability when using the whammy bar, and overall sustain to the guitar sound. The electronics are also shielded to reduce unwanted low-level background noise. Accompanying the three single-coil pickups are the usual Volume and Tone controls as well as a 5-way pickup toggle switch to shape your sound. A tasteful, slightly off-white parchment pickguard and simplistic headstock face bring the looks of the Standard Stratocaster right up to date.
Manufacturer Fender Model Name Standard Stratocaster Electric Guitar Upgrade Body Material Alder Neck Material Maple Fingerboard Material Maple Pickup Configuration SSS Bridge Tremolo Pickups Neck, Middle and Bridge: Standard Single-Coil Strat Pickups (Ceramic Magnets) Product Range Telecaster Neck Profile Modern C Shape No. of Frets 21 Position Inlays Black Dot Pickguard 3-Ply Parchment Bridge/Tailpiece Road Worn 6-Saddle Strings-Thru-Body Bridge Active/Passive Passive Tuners Fender Road Worn Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines Controls Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup) Tone 2. (Middle Pickup) Pickup Switching 5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup Position 3. Middle Pickup Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup Position 5. Neck Pickup Finish Brown Sunburst
I ordered this guitar as I had one back in the 60s and have been trying to get one ever since, I could never justify the price though but now I am retired so I thought why not.
The guitar arrived nicely boxed up and well packaged, so that was a good start. Taking it out of the box I carefully examined it for any marks or scratches and found none, I was delighted. Just the look and feel of a fender is all you need but after so many years of waiting, I was just drooling over this guitar.
I plugged it in and was met with the Fender sound that we all love so much. I tried the bridge pickup first - nice and clear with that twang. Bridge and Middle pickups offer less twang but still clear with treble. Middle pickup is smooth and great for rock styles; middle and neck pickup very nice but a little to much treble - I would have liked a bit more bass on this setting. Neck pickup nice and mellow just right for blues, all-in-all a very good sound but the sound from my amp really isn't up to the job (I will have to get a Fender amp).
So yes, I am very impressed with my purchase. The neck is smooth and very easy to slide on, and the maple fretboard combined with the medium-jumbo frets is a pleasure to play on.
The body of the guitar is brown sunburst. I chose this because the one I had many years ago was this colour, and the finish is superb.
So, have I got any bad points? Well not really. I even like the tremolo but I must admit that I have altered it so that it sits a little lower to the body - but that's my preference.
All round a great guitar that I am sure will give me many years of service and with the great support I have had from the guy's at Dawsons I am a very happy Chappy!
On taking the guitar out of its box and unwrapping it, I gave it a complete inspection right down to the screws and could not find a thing wrong with it - a beautiful finish and a good looking guitar too. Inspection brought up a couple of little things like the bridge being too high for me but that was soon lowered and placed just where I wanted it, the finish on the guitar was consistent all over and looked and felt smooth.
I plugged in and checked the electrics, Fine, all working now to try it out.
Since I am a fan of the sixties and seventies it seemed right to play some Shadows so, backing track at the ready, echo switched on, I started the CD. I put the selector switch to the bridge position, and hit the first note. I am not kidding when I say that the sound that hit me was the 'Shadows sound' is an understatement. The action was just right and my fingers only had to lightly touch the strings to get the notes. The smoothness of the neck helped me to slide up and down the fretboard with ease, and the whole experience was one of pure joy.
I needed to adjust the tremolo arm tension slightly but even after that It was superb to play.
All-in-all a fantastic guitar and one I hope to be playing for years.
The sound from the pickups is clear and precise at the bridge end and nice and twangy, whilst still giving a clear sound at the middle pickup, definitely sweet whilst still remaining crunchy, and the bridge end nice and melodic for jazz or blues. The in-between settings give a good mixture of the two selected pickups and are more mellow, although I might change the pickups at a later date for some original Alnico pickups.
So good to look at with the sunburst finish, a maple fretboard, and a great Fender sound - what more could you want? I am glad.
It took near on 50 years (I had one when I was 17 some 50 years ago) to buy one, and yes it is Mexican, but I think Fender can be proud of this model. I certainly am a very proud owner of a Fender Stratocaster that not only looks good but plays beautifully.
I bought it together with a Fender Champion 40 and play it either plugged in or (for practising sessions) 'unplugged'. The latter is great for not annoying your fellow flatmates. The shape of the fretboard makes it really easy to handle, which is great for (endlessly ;o) practising chord progressions.
Plugged into the Champion 40 it sounds fantastic. I've got it for a little bit over nine months now and I'm still discovering new settings and sounds.
I bought it from Dawsons at Manchester (Piccadilly Gardens). Although I was pretty sure I was going to by the Fender MM Stratocaster, James did a brilliant job in running me through the basics (bear in mind that this was my first electric guitar). At the time, this particular model was out of stock but after some wizardry, James was able to order one for me within a week. Nice!
The only thing that I could see as a small niggle is that my model has a fret buzz on the low E string. However, after some research it seems that this may not be uncommon feature of electric guitars in the first place and is only perceptible when playing the guitar unplugged. Hooked up to the amp, it is not noticeable. Given the price of the guitar an acceptable compromise I believe.
Overall, a choice I will never regret I have made!
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