Perfect for Blues, Funk and Everything In-Between
Like the Gutenberg press, the steam engine, and the Ford Model T, the Fender American Standard Stratocaster is an object of extreme historical importance. The American Standard Stratocaster incorporates subtle refinements and tweaks into a timeless design for a better-playing, bigger-sounding, better-looking axe that's sure to turn today's up-and-coming six-string slingers into tomorrow's legends. Now featuring high-end Fender Custom Shop pickups, the guitar that helped define countless genres of music just keeps getting better.
This incarnation of the legendary Strat sounds as big as ever thanks to the use of three Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s pickups and other smart adjustments to the specs. The powerful single-coil pickups are identical to those used on some of Fender's highest-end custom models, and yield copious amounts of classic, chiming Strat tone. The high-mass, copper-infused bridge block has also been enhanced, so this Stratocaster works equally well playing percussive funk and country parts, singing rock lead lines, or full-bodied jazz chords. The new bridge specs pair nicely with the reformulated body finish. By using a thinner undercoat, the Strat's body can breath and resonate more freely, yielding a bigger, juicier tone.
Follow each step in the creation of an American Strat at Fender's Corona, CA facility with this video:
Take a close look at this Stratocaster and you'll notice subtle aesthetic appointments that make this one of the handsomest Fenders to ever leave the production line. On both the maple- and rosewood-fitted versions, the fretboard now features a deeper finish and a high-gloss buff -- enough to turn heads by itself, but absolutely striking when complementing the attractive finishes. Gigging players need not fear, however, for the back of the neck is still that fretting-hand-friendly satin finish that makes shifting hand positions quick and easy.
If It Ain't Broke...
Fender knows better than to trifle with their flagship guitar, and they've kept all the features that guitarists loved from the previous models. The comfortable C-shaped neck profile is still there, as are the hand-rolled fingerboard edges that lend the guitar an already broken-in feel right out of the box. You'll be shredding on this baby like it's been your best friend and confidant for decades. Also retained are the staggered tuning machines, so you get reliable tuning stability, familiar feel, and genuine American Stratocaster tone in an axe that looks and plays better than ever.
Check out the American Standard Stratocaster in this demo video from Fender:
- Absolutely classic Stratocaster design and sound
- Three Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s single-coil pickups with five-way pickup selector
- Twenty-two medium jumbo frets on comfortable rosewood fingerboard and classic C-shape neck profile
- Bent steel saddles with elongated string slots for excellent stability
- Two-point synchronized tremolo bridge
- Thinner undercoat finish for improved body resonance
- Includes hardshell case
The American Standard Stratocaster is, has been, and always will be the guitar that Fender stakes its reputation on. With decades of history and millions of satisfied Strat players behind this timeless design, you'll be able to stake your reputation on one, too.
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