Fender American Standard Stratocaster

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by Fender

Description I've been using them for over ten years. Can be played on any type of music Blues, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Metal........just a sweet sounding Guitar
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On 11/28/2005, Chris Kleyla (250) posted:
Overall Rating:
Definately recommend this guitar. It can produce so many different sounds, probobly the most versatile guitar on the market. I can definately tell the difference from the Squires and the Mexicans. I saved up for the American, and it was totally worth it.
Price: $750.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Small music store
Features:
Maple neck, black finish.
Playability:
Like butter.
Sound Quality:
Pickups really bite, (in a good way) they are nice and crisp and has that rockin fender twang.
Durability:
Havent done any mods and stuff to it, but it never falls out of tune, and i play the hell out of it.
On 2/14/2005, Simon Farnell (177) posted:
Overall Rating:
Choice was Strat or Tele. I don't use the tremolo so a hardtail may have been more suitable, but hey I got a bargain!
Model Year: 2004
Price: $520.00 Sterling (new)
Where Obtained: Street Level Music via E-Bay
Features:
USA Standard Strat, brand new with moulded hard case, strap. lead and al the bits
Playability:
Immediately playable straight out of the case - I guess the shopm had set it up for demo purposes
Sound Quality:
Played through a 20 year old Fender Sidekick 65 amp, sounds exactly as it should
Durability:
Keeps good tune, too new for detailed report but the build quality seems solid enough
On 10/3/2004, Daniel Dell'Orfano (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
I looked at a Les Paul Custom and a USA made Telecaster. I would buy this guitar again if it were lost or stolen. The body is extremely light and the neck is awesome.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $530.00
Where Obtained: Ebay
Features:
Made in Corona, California. Fiesta Red finish with maple neck and fretboard. Body is ash
Playability:
The action is low and fast. Has a custom contoured neck and is the best playing guitar I have ever owned.
Sound Quality:
I use a Fender Ultimate Chorus and Dual Showman. Sounds very warm throught he Showman. Excellent for Blues, Jazz, and Rock.
Durability:
All hardware is is excellent condition. Very reliable.
On 7/3/2003, Chad Monaghan (10) posted:
Overall Rating:
I wish the sound was a little thicker with more sustain. Besides that, it is awesome.
Model Year: 2002
Price: $1350.00 CAN (new)
Where Obtained: music store
Features:
Maple one piece neck. clear coat finish. 2x texas specials and one hotrail in the lead position.
Playability:
This guitar is great. I am used to playing with humbuckers but I find with the hotrail I can get a fairly thick sound. Mostly used for blues and rock. I love this guitar. I will keep it forever.
Sound Quality:
I am playing through a 2x12 combo tube amp 80 watt. It really goes nicely with the strat. Lots of balls.
Durability:
Great!
On 6/23/2003, John Stanley (63) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love My Strat and I doubt that will ever change. You can't get a true FENDER Strat sound with anything but a Fender Strat. Any fairly educated guitarist knows that the legendary tones of Clapton, Hendrix, SRV, Cray, Beck, etc. will only come from a Fender Strat. No other guitar that I know of delivers these tones accurately enough to fool my ears. While there are many other good guitars on the market a Fender Stratocaster is a must have if you are seeking the full range of tone that exists in guitar music. To sum it all up; if a Fender Strat were the only guitar I owned it would keep me satisfied. I can't say that about any other guitar.
Model Year: 1997
Price: $900.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Local music shop
Features:
This is my second American made Strat. It has a sunburst finish with a rosewood fret board. This model has 22 frets and all of your basic Strat hardware. (i.e. three single coil pickups, 5 position selector switch, two tone knobs and one volume knob.)
Playability:
I have not adjusted the factory setup on the Strat and have been pleased. I use 9 gauge D'Addario XL120 strings and they do very well. However if you play much slide guitar you will probably need to raise the action. If you are used to playing Fenders then you won't have a problem with the neck, but it's circumference is greater than many of the Ibanez and Peavey models. But no big deal. Overall it lends itself very well to playing fast or slow and chords nicely at any point on the neck.
Sound Quality:
I love the Strat sound especially the the middle pickup sound. I use a Fender Princeton 112 amp. The overall sound of a Strat is bright so I tend to turn the treble down on my amp and adjust the tone from the guitar. Regardless of the amp that you use the Strat has a unique variety of tone that ranges from a piercing twang to smooth and creamy. The single coil pickups can deliver a raspy, unfinished tone to a warm, earthy tone. Compared to most other guitars it offers more of a variety of tones, however it does not have the depth and fierocity of a guitar equipped with a good humbucker such as a Peavey Wolfgang. (which I also own)
Durability:
I have used Stratocasters on stage for over 8 years and have never had any major problems. Occasionally a string might break but you can't blame the guitar for that. The only thing that I get annoyed with is its tuning stability. I do a lot of bending and have to retune the G,B,and E strings fairly regularly but I guess I am just spoiled by the stability of my Wolfgang which has a locking nut Floyd Rose tremolo setup. I have never had a problem with intonation and doubt that I ever will because the factory setup is right on plus I try to keep fresh strings on it. All of the knobs and the switch selector still work like new. (I bought it five years ago.)
On 3/15/2003, Chris Simmons (518) posted:
Overall Rating:
I like strats alot and this one is my favorite, BUT I am a Gibson guy and a tele guy! But i do like this strat alot! it is just a matter of wether you like it or not! I love the way it plays! The neck is like butter!
Model Year: 2000
Price: $1000.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
Of course it is an american guitar thats why they call it an "american" strat! But anyways it has an ash body with a natural finish and man does it look good! Im mean really good! I put a shinny pearliod pick guard on it and it is sweet! The neck is also ash. it has 22 medium frets and 6 strings! It comes stock with Fender Super 250' Bullets in a light guage .009-.046! It has a master volume knob and 2 tone knobs. It has 3 single coil pickups and I dont like them! They hum like the devil but I'll get to that later! As I said it has a beutiful natural ash finish but it was like another $200 option but it was well worth it! you all know the body style the strat double cut away! It is light and it fits good! it has a string thru body bridge and fender schaller tuners. Non locking!
Playability:
THIS BABY CAN ROCK!!! but it takes alot of tinkering and replacing and updating! The action out of the box is a little low but playable. It is a very solid guitar but it has 3 major flaws(in my eyes) 1.)The pickups. They suck! Single coils are good if you like to hear all that hum and evry note you play runinto the other then just explodes like an atom bomb! I hate em'! I would go out and get some Vintage noiseless pickups if were you! It is also nearly impossilbe to find a decent pickup height and make it sound good! 2.)The tremlo system. Now it may be me but i just dont like the tremlo system one bit! The only thing I would ever use one for would be to do dive bombs but thats it! It really messes up the tunning when you even rest your palm on the bridge! So If you dont like tremlo systems then this is not the guitar for you! Or you can do as i did by tightenig the screws up on the back of the guitar or add an extra spring or two in the back! 3.)The tunners. They dont hold tune to well but the can be adjusted by turning that screw on top of the tunner so that it is real tight.
Sound Quality:
3 things to say: -It sounds awesome! -Any music style will do! -Can sound like any guitar you want it to!
Durability:
It is very sturdy but if you bang it around t sratches really easy and the frets wear pretty fast if you play alot like I do! its good every where else though! in climate changes it doesnt do to well because of the bolt on neck!
On 11/10/2002, Jeff Rice (3314) posted:
Overall Rating:
I love this guitar. I will probably never get rid of it. I believe if it were stolen I would definately replace it.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $600.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Mars Music
Features:
This guitar has the strat features volume/tone/tone. Single coil pick-ups, 3 pickups and 5 way selector.
Playability:
Smooth action and neck. I have not play many fenders but this one plays better than any other guitar I have played. It beats my Ibanez hands down.
Sound Quality:
Extremely versitile sound. I have gotten that 60's surf sound out of it as well as some harder rock tunes and blues.
Durability:
So far so good. Only 2 days old.
On 11/6/2002, Archy Xuan (83) posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall speaker, The Fender American Standard Strat is a best-buy guitar. You'll never regret paying for one.
Model Year: 1996
Price: $500.00
Where Obtained: eBay
Features:
Made in Corona, CA. Maple neck. Chrome finish. jumbo fret.3 single coils.
Playability:
Very easy to setup to the preferred action. Very nice neck design. Though I don't like the jumbo fret a little bit. But don't really bother.
Sound Quality:
Very great punchy sound!
On 10/4/2002, Wayne Gabree (9) posted:
Overall Rating:
I checked out new mexican made strats. I would definately buy this guitar again! It has a nice tone and feel. I would like to get another strat, but with a rosewood fingerboard - it has a slightly different tone. But I wouldn't give this one up for it!
Model Year: 1991
Price: $450.00
Where Obtained: Tewskburry Music, Tewskburry, MA
Features:
Made in USA, maple neck & fingerboard, 22 frets (instead of usual 21), stock american standard hardware and pickups, nicer bridge than classic strat. Black w/while pickguard, Fender vibrato unit.
Playability:
I've got the action fairly low the way I like it - very happy with the action. I bought it ten years ago, and a few of the frets need work - but it's very playable ;-)
Sound Quality:
I use a Charvel 200R 30W amp and a Zoom 505 multi effects processor. I play classic rock, blues, alternative, pop. The strat is great for blues and classic rock - when I need that strat sound!
Durability:
It's very reliable and ready to rock! I haven't needed to adjust the neck or intonation, except when I changed my string guage
On 8/4/2002, Anthony Parker (26) posted:
Overall Rating:
Overall I'd recommed a Fender Strat to anyone -it's great.
Model Year: 1994
Price: $1600.00 Australian Dollars (new)
Where Obtained: Miranda Music (Australia)
Features:
Made in the US, Maple Neck, Has had the Front and Back pickups replaced with DiMarzio HS-3 in the Front (Like Yngwie!) and a high output DiMarzio Fast Track in the bridge position - Its fantastic and I love it!
Playability:
Sound Quality:
I run the strat through a Boss ME-30 Multi-Effects processor into a Peavey Studio Pro 112 amp - My primary styles are instrumental (Vai, Satriani, Morse) and rock, blues, country etc. Its very versatile.
Durability:
I've had it for 8 years and it's still holding up.
On 4/21/2002, Randy Combs (6529) posted:
Overall Rating:
This is a good Strat.I've got a '83 Strat and a couple of Squier Strats and through the years have had several,by far this is the best one,factory straight.No complaints what so ever.Buy one...
Model Year: 2002
Price: $809.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Bailey Brothers Music,Montgomery,Alabama
Features:
Stock U.S. Strat.Sunburst finish w/ maple neck.3 single coils with a 5 way switch.
Playability:
Plays flawlessly.Set up was great,I changed strings because I use 11 gauge and the strings that were on it were way too thin.
Sound Quality:
I was at the music store and seen and it said to me "Take me home and I'll serve you well".I NEVER EVEN PLAYED IT AT THE STORE....changed the strings and took it on stage and viola!!!!AWESOME.I used it with my new Behringer GX-212 amp with my Cry Baby Wah.I think I'm gonna stick with this set up,it performed fantastic.I devotedly love my Les Paul but now I have another love,this Strat RULES!!
Durability:
After 3 shows of rough playing,this Strat begged for more.And that it shall deliver.Great guitar,no doubt about it.
On 5/19/2001, Matthew Traylor (54) posted:
Overall Rating:
The main other choice at this price range would have been a studio les paul, but i'd rather buy a standard one day so i'll be saving up for that. this guitar is definitely the best for the money i payed for it. i would never find one this cheap again with nothing wrong with it. a brilliant guitar, but not the best
Model Year: 2000
Where Obtained: Eddie Moors music, Boscombe, England
Features:
This strat was made in the good old Us of A. it has mahogany neck, 22 frets, one volume, two tone controls, standard strat pickup set. real nice new aqua blue finish which is holding up real good.
Playability:
I've taken a lot of time in perfecting the set up of this guitar myself. i was earlier having problems with fretbuzz, but now that i've changed to ernie ball 9's its fine. i play with the bridge quite low so that its fairly easy to solo, but not too much fretbuzz. this guitar really is beautiful to play. the best thing is that it bits your body so, unlike an SG you can play comfortably with it sitting down. the neck is smooth as silk and i have no complaints whatsoever.
Sound Quality:
I use a carlsbro 40 watt special edition amp with this and together they sound really good. especially with it clean, but the distortion still sounds good. I mainly playu alternative and one of the best things about this guitar/amp set is the way it plays perfect circle. i know the guys at APC use gibsons, but my strat osund identical to the sound they get on judith. it generally plays nicely distorted, but i prefer the sound of my mates SG.
Durability:
Cant complain at all. the paints holding up good, even with my dangerous style and nothing has fallen apart as of yet. i would imagine its gonna hold together quite well.
On 4/14/2001, Mike Rapp (4671) posted:
Overall Rating:
I bought this guitar b/c I wanted a strat. I knew what I wanted when I went to the music store. If it were stolen I would be pretty p---ed off, b/c I am hoping to hold onto it for a very long time. If you want a strat sound, you can't beat an American Strat, obviously. I don't think anything else I can say would enhance Fender's already brilliant reputation. Go and buy yourself a stratocaster, you know you want to!!!!!
Model Year: 1987
Price: $500.00
Where Obtained: Magdon Music
Features:
Y'all know the features. Bolt on neck, 3 single coils, 5 way switch , blah blah blah.
Playability:
I like the strat neck a lot. I seem to be able to play faster on it, although maybe that's in my head. The action can be set nicely with little or no buzzing.
Sound Quality:
For what it does, it does it very well. With 3 singles, you aren't going to get molten metal super massive distortion, but it's a very good rock guitar. Where I feel the guitar absolutely shines, is with a clean amp setting and the neck pickup selected. What a wonderful clean sound. I do also use it with a high gain amp, and it does sound pretty good.
Durability:
I baby this thing, so I can't really say. But it does seem like it would be durable if I chose to abuse it. If this is any indication, I bought the guitar second hand and it came with a case. The case is beaten to a pulp, but the guitar inside is in great condition. It certainly would withstand regular live playing.
On 3/8/2001, Dick Turban (6) posted:
Overall Rating:
This guitar was one of about a dozen or so that I went through in the shop. It's not that I'm really fussy or anything like that (honest...) it's because almost *all* of the others were really badly made/assembled and it took all afternoon before me and the guy in the guitar shop found one that was ok. I spend a lot of time around guitars and was really shocked at the build and finish quality that was being shipped by Fender.

I don't know if I would specifically be looking for another USA strat if this one needed replaced but I think I would def. be looking to get another "Fender-type" as the sound/neck are what I look for in a guitar.

The best thing I can say about this particular guitar is that although it was only bought to use in clubs and not for any other reason it has ended up being the only guitar I now own. I have played all sorts of electric guitars over the years (since I was about 11 years old) and this one has just become very familiar and comfortable to play (and hear) at the expense of sooume really nice older strats and teles I have owned and I cannot really see me ever getting rid of it now....although if a nice tele came my way I might be tempted ;)
Model Year: 1987
Price: $275.00 UKP (new)
Where Obtained: Music shop in Glasgow
Features:
Ferrari (Torino) red with maple f/board + trem.
Playability:
Around the time this guitar was built Fender tried to incorporate some contemporary features into their guitars - in this case the neck has a rather more "flatter" profile than you would normally expect from a Strat. It still feels like a Strat but it is just a little more "roomy" than in previous years. As with (most) Fenders you sometimes have to work/fight them a little. It is part of the design and not to everyones taste.
Sound Quality:
I bought this guitar to play cover versions in clubs because I didn't want to take any of my others to venues where they might get damaged(!) or something... It *is* a cliche (like the strat sound itself?) but this one really does sound like a strat - clean and cutting (although not harsh as a tele) and versatile 'til the point of where you could be looking for a "thicker" sound of a humbucker equipped instrument (although if *that* is the case you would prob. be better looking for something other than the trad. strat) but with it's own "warmth" courtesy of the neck p/u. The usual noisy strat p/u's are here although things have improved in that area over the years... One other thing - and this one really comes down to personal tastes - I had this guitar set up with a set of Dean Markley strings "Light top Heavy bottom" and although I liked the sound/feel at the time I think that a strat is really a percussive sounding instrument so perhaps that heavier gauge of string is not going to bring out the best in it. Then again, there are many diff. strat/string/amp/effect combos so......
Durability:
"Steady live playing" hehehe Well, this guitar has been through a *lot* and always performed without too much of a fuss. Apart from giving it a wipe over with a cloth when i finish playing the most attention it ever needed was during the first few days after I bought it and that was only when the neck was settling down after I set it up to my liking.
On 11/15/2000, Jerry Fretwell (36) posted:
Overall Rating:
I've heard this for 20+ years; "Man! How do you get that sweet tone?"
Model Year: 1969
Price: $300.00
Where Obtained: a friend
Features:
I bought this black '69 U.S. Strat in cherry condition from a friend around 1979 , jumbo frets, maple neck, It's pretty much the only guitar I've played over the last 20 some years. All the alterations I've done myself. I switched the bone nut for a brass one I made. I replaced the original pickups with EMG's. I replaced the 3 position toggle for a 5 position. Last year for Christmas my son gave me a set of those lock down tuners made by Sperzel. They're great for replacing a broken string in the middle of a set.
Playability:
This guitar has a wonderful easy feel. I've played other strats and some have a real nice touch but it just ain't my baby. By the way, it ain't for sale!
Sound Quality:
I play through an old JCM 800 Marshall tube half-stack. Is there anything else?
Durability:
I'll probably keep playing it 'till I can't play no more and then pass it along to my 11 year old youngest son named Jesse. He has an outstanding good ear for pitch and tempo and already can play House of the Rising Sun, Jessica, Hotel California, and some others. Hopefully he'll play it his whole life. I'm sure the old strat will still sound just as sweet!
On 9/25/2000, Patrick FAVIER (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
Country sound
Where Obtained: shop
Features:
Made in US Black
Playability:
Sound Quality:
FENDER Princeton 112 amp
Durability:
On 6/22/2000, Philip Thoma (230) posted:
Overall Rating:
I'd rather play a Washburn or a Wolfgang, but being a lefty, my options are limited, though I am satisfied with this instrument....its a classic
Model Year: 1998
Price: $1200.00 Canadian (new)
Where Obtained: Music Store
Features:
Alder body, maple neck...its a strat...pretty straight forward stuff...Fender bridges suck arse...the stock pickups are horrible...goes out of tune in a heartbeat...22 frets
Playability:
Difficult to play for beginners, especially if you scallop the frets like I did (but I'm not a beginner)..once you get used to it, the guitar plays really well...its a comfortable fit for the body, which is always good...
Sound Quality:
Great tone, unless you play metal....too much bloody hum....you'd think that after 40 some-odd years they'd fix that...
Durability:
Built like a brick s**t house....
On 6/19/2000, Mark Takagi (66) posted:
Overall Rating:
Ive had this guitar for six months now, and i love it. i have no complaints.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $770.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center
Features:
I got the natural ash am std strat. the body is made out of swamp ash, the neck is maple, and the fingerboard is rosewood. 22 medium-jumbo frets. very comfortable neck for me. (i have fairly small hands.) controls inclued a 5-position selector switch, one master volume, and two tone controls. very easy to use. and it came with a very nice hardshell case.
Playability:
It is very easy to play. it played very well right out of the box, and intonation was right on. i strung it with 10's, so i had to make a few adjustments to compensate for the increased string tenion. i played mostly acoustics before i got this, so the action is very low for me, and there are no fretbuzzes. i went over and over this guitar, and found no flaws.
Sound Quality:
I play this guitar mostly through a small solid state amp at home. but ive also played it through various fenders and mesa/boogies. it sounds good through my amp, but it sounds best with a good tube amp. (im gonna go shopping for an amp later.) i play mostly blues/rock, though ive gotten interested in jazz lately. it seems to suit all styles very well, except maybe metal. its very quiet for having single coils. i play mostly rock and blues, so a strat really fit the bill.
Durability:
I really take care of my guitars, so this should be with me till the day i die. ive not had a problem with it yet, and dont expect to. fender guitars seem to hold up very well.
On 5/25/2000, Jeremy Cundiff (7) posted:
Overall Rating:
A very nice guitar for any player.
Model Year: 1954
Price: $275.00
Where Obtained: Pawn shop
Features:
A good guitar for any style of playing.
Playability:
Good for beginning players or experts.
Sound Quality:
Durability:
If it can handle ten years on the road with my uncle's band, it can take anything.
On 5/10/2000, Robert Newby (284) posted:
Overall Rating:
My main solid body guitar.Tried all the rest. Wouldn`t swap this for any price.
Model Year: 1982
Price: $350.00 STERLING (new)
Where Obtained: Windows, Newcastle, U.K.
Features:
5-way-pick -up toggle swith
Playability:
very smooth action
Sound Quality:
Extremely versatile, from heavy rock to JAZZ/FUNK.
Durability:
Gets better with age
On 4/30/2000, Timothy Wilcox (7) posted:
Overall Rating:
Other than the finish on the fretboard flaking off a little, which is most likely just normal wear, the American Standard Strat is an excellent guitar.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $730.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Lanham Music
Features:
contour body and light weight
Playability:
smooth
Sound Quality:
excellent clean tones, very good distortion tones heavy distortion tones as far as I can tell would only rank average
Durability:
the finish on the fretboard did start to flake off some, more or less it came of the fret wires which in turn caused a little to come off in the surrounding areas
On 4/29/2000, Jeff Mills (127) posted:
Overall Rating:
Can't believe I waited this long to own one. I special ordered this guitar(even though it is "just a factory" guitar) and it is incredible! I haven't lowered the action or tweaked with the tremelo springs yet, but it is real close to what I expected and want from my Strat. I'll be owning this guitar until I die.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $799.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Music Maker
Features:
Alder body, Maple neck and fretboard, 22 Medium Jumbo Nickel Silver Frets, DeltaTone PUs, Schaller Machine Heads, Micro-Tilt Neck adjustment with Bi-Flex Truss rod, and tremelo, Made in the U.S.A. Classic Fender design, workmanship and parts.
Playability:
I've been playing Strat copies for a long time and didn't know what I'd been missing in my tone and playability!
Sound Quality:
Now I can get that sound I've been wanting.
Durability:
Haven't had any problems yet. Came straight from the factory in excellent condition and ready to play after tuning it. Tremelo and Bullet strings come right back into tune.
On 3/18/2000, Toke Eriksen (4) posted:
Overall Rating:
The best there is! A true classic.
Model Year: 1991
Price: $500.00 4000 dkr. (with amp)
Where Obtained: Used
Features:
Well not a lot of features, but they're alright. Vibrato arm, Five way pick up selector, two tone knobs, and a volume control
Playability:
Best I've ever played
Sound Quality:
Well I wouldn't mind a humbucker on there...
Durability:
A strat can take a lot of punishment
On 1/31/2000, Leroy Smith (2273) posted:
Overall Rating:
I've got the natural wood American Standard. Right after I got it, I had a Seymour Duncan Pearly Gates Plus humbucker thrown in it at the bridge and have played it like this ever since. Would like to have huge frets put on in the future. I agree that some of the cheaper Strats are not great, but the American Standard does not fall into that category.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $680.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Guitar Center/Arlington, TX
Features:
Has all the standard Stratocaster features, but better than the average non-american versions.
Playability:
This American Standard is by far the best Strat I've ever owned. Playability is something that can always be improved or set to your standards with a simple set-up.
Sound Quality:
Definitely has the tone that you'd expect from a Stratocaster.
Durability:
Nothing has ever fallen off of this guitar, or any Strat that I've owned in the past. I seen a Tex-Mex fall on concrete and nothing broke and it was still in tune! And the Tex-Mex is a cheaper guitar than the American Standard.
On 1/18/2000, Larry Magri (3259) posted:
Overall Rating:
A Guitar should do what you want it to and for my money an American made Fender Strat new or used will always be my favorite......maybe I got lucky but for my playing styles (blues to progressive metal) its a winner
Price: $950.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Sam Ash
Features:
Came wih fender lace sensors, locking machine heads, and a hipshot trem setter, strap locks........all are great features
Playability:
to me I find it very easy to play, though I would not recommend to a beginner
Sound Quality:
Five Star all the way.......can be used from country to metal....this guitar sings when Im playing mellow blues and screams when Im playing metal
Durability:
I've used it touring since I bought it, 7 years.......just minor scratches
On 1/16/2000, Laura Wilson (448) posted:
Overall Rating:
Fenders to me are alot of hype for new players. But for those who have been playing for a while and know its the Fender tone they want,it makes sense to pay the money. To me the Fender is a Guitar with a tone you need to master. If it fits your sound and you master the tone, there is nothing else like it. Alot of great players have been able to pour their heart out through a Fender.
Features:
Playability:
Sound Quality:
If you're looking for the Fender tone you wont find it any where else.
Durability:
On 1/4/2000, Jason Reich (1765) posted:
Overall Rating:
You are paying alot of money for the fender name, but that can be ok. Nobody can emulate a strat tone better than a strat. Don't try to play Stevie Ray, Hendix, Clapton, or Yngwie licks without one. You can find cheaper guitars that give you more, but only the strat gives you the "strat" sound. And while your at it, you might have to pick up a Fender amp too (another $tory altogether)
Where Obtained: Friend
Features:
Bare bones. Three single coils, one vol, two tone, bla bla bla.
Playability:
This guitar really is the standard to which millions are built. It plays pretty nicely, but its hard to find one with good action.
Sound Quality:
The clean tone is beautiful and the fender "twang" is great for blues. The mild pickups can't really satisfy most metal-heads.
Durability:
Suprisingly, an expensive American made guitar like this did not perform well here. The strap buttins are falling off and the vol knob always unscrews.
On 1/4/2000, Jimmy Crossen (1015) posted:
Overall Rating:
I think the name makes people think these guitars are better than they really are. I will never buy one again.... simple as that.. I can get I know at least 2 (maybe 3) Carvins that will kick these guitars a-- for the same price... BUT then again, if it's all about IMAGE you can't go wrong....
Price: $1100.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Musiciansfriend
Features:
for an american strat I was really dissapointed which is why i only had it a mear 5 weeks
Playability:
It was average at best, but their are lots of better guitars out their that blow this away (refering to Carvin and Jay Turser guitars)
Sound Quality:
Not really suit for Heavy metal... again... these are WEAK, I cannot beileve that Fender has not worked with their pickups because these suck! Carvin just KILLS FENDER IN THIS AREA as far as factory pickups go. and sustain, you have very little sustain with these guitars if you want a strat style body with really good tone and sustain get a Carvin or a Jay Turser
Durability:
The 5-way-switch was loose after 5 weeks of light abuse so you tell me about the durability
On 1/3/2000, Inactive Member posted:
Overall Rating:
For the money, Fender guitars, like Gibson, are not a great deal in my opinion. I think people like the name. I've owned two Strats and a Tele over the last 20 years and I will not buy another Fender guitar, ever. I replaced my destroyed Fender with a Carvin DC135 (I found a used one for about $350) and the Carvin simply blows away the Fender in every single category.
Model Year: 1988
Price: $650.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Hoover Music Springfield Mo
Features:
I upgraded the tuners to Sperzels and blocked off the bridge because it wouldn't stay in tune. Fender vibratos were, historically, an advance over other varieties, but still not very good.
Playability:
the action was nice and low but at the price of excessive fret buzz...the 9" fretboard radius is larger than a vintage Fender but still too small for anything but conventional style guitar playing
Sound Quality:
Great if you like the sound of Fender singlecoils. I prefer the flexibility of H/S/S with 'coil taps' rather than three plain singlecoils.
Durability:
I played my American Standard for 10 years, wore it out and then one day I dropped it in the garage and it exploded. I'm glad it happened actually. I was going to get a refret but was saved by the guitar's untimely death.
On 1/3/2000, Jeremy Cotton (7938) posted:
Overall Rating:
awesome guitars, but for the money, there are some guitars that out perform Fender....Carvin, Peavey....
Features:
A classic guitar, no doubt-a trend setter
Playability:
Strats are infortunately very erratic; some play wonderfully, some are prety wretched
Sound Quality:
strats define "good sound"-although it is not designed for real hard rock, it can do that too if you change the pickups...
Durability:
I always hated losing the pickup selector switch tip thing