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The Fender Stratocaster is a guitar no matter what style you like to play, it can play nearly any style imaginable. The sound quality out of any Fender Stratocaster is amazing, it can be soft and sweet or it can be hard and heavy, also the fact it is made in america means that the quality of the pick-ups are amazing. The shape of the Fender Stratocaster is iconic you ask anyone to draw a guitar they will draw the Fender Stratocaster. One of the things I love about the Fender Stratocaster in general is where the jack plug is placed, because I have to be very careful not to scratch the body of my Fender Telecaster but with my Fender Stratocaster it is so easy to plug it in. Overall I think this guitar is superb, but it doesn't focus on when style of playing like other guitars but if you do not have a specific style of playing, the Fender Stratocaster is definitely for you and I certainly recommend buying one.
Whenever guitars are drawn, cartooned or caricatured into other merchandise, more often than not the shape is that of a Stratocaster. They are the most grossly overused, overplayed, overmentioned and overexposed guitars out there... And I love them.
Unless you've got a highly customised one or have built one yourself (as I did, from bits of various Strats because I'm pretty boring as a person and I find things like that good fun), they are the easiest guitars ever to play. Apart from the obvious cheaper Yamaha Pacifica (a cheap replica of the Strat), this is probably the best beginners guitar you are going to find, and pretty much anyone could make a tune sound good with one (unless you're genuinely rubbish).
Easy as pie to fix and find parts for as the whole thing is slotted, screwed and soldered together and they are sold in nearly every country in the world. There are hundreds of add-ons and gadgets that you can get for them (Floyd Rose systems coming highly recommended from yours truly) and as they are SO universal, pretty much every generic bit of kit you can get can be used straight away with no modification.
They give a good, clean sound and have a diverse range of tones (depending on what kind of pickups you have on them, I guess, but I've always found them to be really versatile). Don't expect them to sceam for you without any heavy effects like a more "top of the range" guitar could but with the right tweaking it can be done!!
I can't comment on the tapping action as my stumpy sausage fingers don't work like that. :)
My only complaint would be that (on the three that I have owned) the strap locks come loose really easily and need to be tightened regularly... But that's just me being petty.
The list of guitarist's who have used Fender Stratocasters is too long to type. Hendrix, Clapton, Stevie Ray-Vaughn and Curt Cobain to name a few. Arguably the most famous guitar in the world and arguably the most played but does it live up to all the praise that it recieves. Answer YES YES YES!!! I own a sunburst American Strat and it is my pride and joy. It plays like a dream and responds to my playing needs like nothing else. The pickup is brilliant and is incredably reliable. I recently played a Gibson SG and it felt nothing like my Strat. Some may argue that it is a completely different guitar but a guitar is a guitar and you know if guitar suits you or not. Anyone who is even thinking about buying one do and I promise you won't look back. It has done wonders for my playing and will do the same for you.
The American Standard is now what I (and a lot of guitarists) consider a production "Strat". It takes the basic, classic design of the Stratocaster and refines it just a little bit with modern features. I am going to address issues that someone who is perhaps at an intermediate stage in their guitar experience might find interesting. While the need for one extra note on the 22 fret neck isn't a good example of "modern features", the flatter finger board radius (10") makes these guitars set up and play much nicer than "older/vintage" models. These will set up with a lower action and not fret out when compared to a more rounded radius neck. The medium jumbo frets are a nice compromise between really huge frets that some like and the older style narrower and small size. The 2 point bridge has a smooth feel to it, different than a vintage tremelo, but it seems to stay in tune a bit better. The saddles are heavier and larger, which possibly contributes to greater sustain and a pingier attack. Personally I'm not sure if the bridge was a good idea; I think a lot of the classic strat sound has to do with the stock tailpiece. The pickups - again, perhaps quieter but I'm not sure if that is the ultimate goal of what I want from a Stratocaster. I'm not sure if that is an improvement; the resonant peak seems a little wider than a vintage Strat pickup has, which I feel sort of removes the "stratiness" from the sound. This my be a plus for some - it does make it a little more apt to do more metal-ish/saturated sounds. The tuners are a great improvement over the old. They're more accurate and easier to deal with, and stay in tune well. NOW FOR THE MORE "SUBJECTIVE" SECTION: I think their quality is all over the place recently. Some of these guitars I've played are built really, really well. Some - quite poor. Things I would recommend l
ooking for would be: Poor fretwork - ends not extending to the edge of the fingerboard, or hanging over; ridiculous for a guitar in this price range. Also, I've encountered a few where the frets seem like they weren't polished at all - scruffy dressing, you felt grinding when bending. This will wear away after a while, but again - it shouldn't be like that. Overall it seems the height and action are consistent, though. I've seen a few that have sketchy finishes; look for spots where the paint appears to be "dimpled". The quality of the wood the body is made of I can't comment on, but the necks I've seen vary from being relatively tight and straight grained, to being wavy and full of knots. I would look for a consistent, tight grain pattern and no knots (again, for a guitar in this price range). Curiously, you'll see nicer wood on necks on guitars in cheaper lines from Fender... I don't know what Fender Corporate is thinking sometimes... Outside of that, if you find a good one it's probably the most versatile guitar available in that price range. A good upgrade from a cheaper Strat line, a great choice for someone buying their second guitar. (my ranking is based on a well constructed strat)
The USA standrad Stra is a piece of art you can play. Having been produced originally in 1954 with Leo Fender designing asolid body sequel to the first ever mass produced guitar the Telecaster. Here Leo has excelled himself by creatibng posiibly and probably the most copied design of guitar in the history of music. This guitar is of the American Standard Series and is not to be confused with the new American series which features a few new tweaks. The Strat has an alder or ash body depending on your chosen finish, (be it sunburst or block colours). You have a choice of fretboards being the standard Maple or Rosewood on the typical Maple neck with a skunk stripe down the back. 22 frets are expertly fitted to the fretboard and marker dots beautifully installed along the upper side of the neck. Remember that this neck is that favoured by Joe Satriani! He had a '59 sStrat style neck fitted to his Ibanez signature series guitars which ios now digitized for a perfect neck every time one is produced! Not too thick, not too thin. The body has contouring on the back for the waist (or neck if your name is George Harisson!), and on the top[ right extremity of the body. The body thickness if roughly about 1.5" at its deepest and fits nicely. This model comes with Strap Lock strap buttons and Deluxe American hardware as standrad. The trem (tremolo or vibrato unit) is made from stell with still individual saddles to easy of accurate intonation. The machineheads are Gotoh with fender logo's on them and are chrome. Installed into the white pickguard or scratchplate are three custom shop American Standard single coil pickups connected to a 5 way selector switch. The middle pickup is reverse wound which cancels out the hum generated from single coils when either the bridge and middle or neck and middle pickups are used. Three controls are as standrad, these being one volume and two tone controls. One of the tone controls has
an acclaimed Fender TBX tone circuit installed with it to keep tone to the highest quality possible when at low levels. A Bi-Flez truss rod is installed into the neck meaning that the action and intonation can be set very accurately becuse the neck can bend up or down against the string tension in order to provide as high or low action as possible. Also as part of this masterpiece is a micro-tilt adjustment system where the neck can be titled slighted via the neck plate to provide better action. This guitar sounds beautiful through a clean amp, espeically in the out of phase position (either the middle and neck or middle and briidge pickup configurations). This guitar can also make you smile through valve distrtion and gives beautiful playability.
Fender American Series Stratocaster, with simple player-centric refinements into the Strat's timeless design. From the hand-rolled fingerboard edges to the three-custom staggered single coil pickups to five-way switching and two-point synchronised tremolo, the idea is that excellence lies in the details. Available in a range of colours and wood finishes.