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Fender Standard Stratocaster

Updated on January 31, 2018

Fender Standard Stratocaster Review

Finally I get a chance to review the Fender Standard Strat. If you're on a budget, then you may want to consider this electric guitar. Last time I checked, it was being sold for between $399.99 and $434.99 at a leading online musical instrument store. I like the fact that there are so many options available when it comes to finish. You can choose between as many as twelve finishes, including artic white maple, artic white rosewood, black maple, black rosewood, chrome red maple, and chrome red rosewood.

Standard Stratocaster® - Lake Placid Blue
Standard Stratocaster® - Lake Placid Blue

Features of the Fender Standard Stratocaster include alder body, rosewood or maple fretboard, vintage tremolo, die-cast tuning keys, 3 single-coil pickups, and a 21-fret maple neck. In addition, it comes with a thick bridge block for increased sustain as well as a more stable point of contact with strings.

Fender Standard Stratocaster HH Electric Guitar
Fender Standard Stratocaster HH Electric Guitar

I found the pickups on the Fender Standard Stratocaster to be very modern sounding. I've played several types of strats, including those of the 50's and 70's and it didn't sound like these at all. The sound is very similar to the American strats. The only difference is that American strats sustain longer. Also, the lower end strings on an American strat are brighter and more crystalline. The sound of the Fender Standard is rounder.

This is a top quality guitar. The one I have access to comes with a maple neck. The neck is clean. No frets stick out.

Fender Standard Stratocaster Arctic White, Maple
Fender Standard Stratocaster Arctic White, Maple

This is a great electric guitar for beginners, but experienced players will also find it useful. This type of guitar is flexible, dependable, and comfortable. One thing I was dissatisfied with was the tremolo. I found out that it wasn't as firm as I would have liked it to be.

The neck on the Fender Standard Statocaster is pretty fat so if you have small hands you may want to consider getting an electric guitar with a thinner neck. The wider neck makes soloing difficult.

Standard Stratocaster® HSH - Olympic White
Standard Stratocaster® HSH - Olympic White

For the price, a pretty decent electric guitar. If it comes from a store you may need to change the strings.

But for someone looking to spend about $400 on an electric guitar, you won't go wrong with the Fender Standard Stratocaster.

Be sure to compare it with other electric guitars in its class before making a decision as to whether or not it is right for you.

© 2018 Dionis Kuliev


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