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I own three guitars and the Fender Stratocaster is the one I've had longest. I bought it to start learning the guitar with, about 3 years ago. It cost around the £200 mark and came with a small amp, a bag, a tremolo ar, and some plectrums.
The guitar itself has great quality finish and paintwork, the hardware such as jack sockets and machine heads are in chrome, and pick up surround and the scratch plate are white. The body is made of alder and the neck is maple with a rosewood finger board. It comes in other colours such as red and black but I chose the blue version, which is quite a dark blue, almost bordering purple.
The guitar strap is comfortable although it does get quite painful on my neck if I wear it too high up. If this is a problem I would suggest a leather strap, rather than the nylon one included with the guitar. The contour tummy cut on the back on the guitar really makes for a comfortable playing experience when holding the guitar, especially when standing up.The neck is also comfortable to play.
The sound of the guitar is very bright, and you get a good range of tones with the 5 way pick up selector. The tremolo is good but it's not as sophisticated or easy to use as a floyd rose system. Overall the sound is great for a starter guitar and I recommend it to people who are just learning, however I moved onto a better model after about a year of playing.
My uncle is an avid collector of electric and acoustic guitars. So when I decided to start learning the instrument at the age of 11, eight years ago now, he was the first person I confronted about what to buy and when. However, to my delight, my uncle handed me one of his guitars to play at my own leisure whilst I was learning! - and the Fender Standard Stratocaster MN was the guitar he placed in my feeble, inexperienced hands.
Luckly, since then I have had the pleasure of sampling a range of guitars from my uncle (including a fantastic Gibson U.S.A guitar, and an incredible headless Gibson of which I cannot remember the title), all of which I found much more entertaining, and nicer to play than the Stratocaster.
To begin with you have to look at the instruments aesthetics. Sure it's nice enough looking, but the plastic body and pinned down scratch board have an almost 'cheap' feel to them when you get close up to the guitar. Similarly, the three-way switch which decides which of the three pick-ups you wish an amplifier to source its sound from is hopelessly cheap looking and feeling. For an average price of £400.00, you would have thought Fender would take more time to consider these vital areas. But it's not just the looks of these parts, its the fact you feel as though you might snap them accidently when playing which really gets on my nerves.
When you first pick up the instrument to play, several things spring to mind:
Why is this thing so heavy, and yet so small?
Personally, I'm a fan of larger guitars which you can really hug as you play - this may sound rediculous, but often I've discovered the Strat slipping from my grip as I play.
I'm glad there are more threats than usual.
One excellent point about this instrument is the amount of frets it has. Climbing to a 12-fret blues pentatonic and still being able to move higher up past the 14th with ease is wonderful.
What the hell is that rubbing noise?
My experience of playing the guitar has almost always lead to disappointment at the higher notes. Yes, there are more frets, but when you finally reach them, the sound or notation is NOT clear and is often accompanied by a soft rubbing sound. I've had this checked over my an expert more than once, and the guitar seems to be set up correctly each time, yet the sound still returns!
All i all then, this guitar is not suited to a beginner, intermediate, or expert. If you want a Fender then go for a second-hand top of the range model, not this standard rip-off version! In fact, don't go for a Fender at all in my view, go for a Gibson, or a Gibson-like brand (such as the Ibanez Artcore AF75 I reviewed and purchased recently - the first guitar I've ever had that isn't my uncles on the lend!).
This was my first ever guitar I owned and I still use it. It is a great guitar to use when you first start learning how to play. It is at a good price and is really nice too look at, the finish is excellent.
The guitar is very comfortable with the shoulder strap that comes with the guitar. The guitar has a maple neck, rosewood fingerboard, 3 single coil pickups, and a standard tremolo bridge.
In my opinion after playing and hearing my dad's guitars (telecaster/Ibanez) this guitar doesn't sound as good, but it's all you need when you're starting out without spending too much money.
The strings stay in tune for ages even after playing for very long periods of times, I have snapped my strings a few times as I play too hard, but they are very easily replaced. The guitar was almost perfectly tuned straight out of the box and took very little re-tuning.
The output jack gets loose at times and needs tightening every now and then. I can't say how good this guitar is for playing at gigs but it certainly is great for jamming at home.
I would recommend for beginners.
Ok,I'm giving review on the Squier stratocaster by fender.Let's see..Ok,So we're looking at a budget entry-level guitar,for starters.That's what it's build for.So why compare it to the real thing or other big names.People say it has cheap components.Why didn't they get the original,with expensive components?You chose to go cheap.If you don't want cheap,don't buy cheap.I recently bought the guitar,and must say that it's brilliant.For £140 I got the guitar,10-watt amp,bag,few plectrums,etc. Wow!what great value for money!The guitar feels decent,nice weight,smooth and looks very sassy!I've got the sunburst-with white pic-guard.All my friends love it!So do I.Nice action,and machine-heads seems top notch.the sound is also beautiful.If you want anything better,you gotta pay for it.It's like comparing the cheapest car on the market with a Ferrari,and complaining the engine is too small,etc etc.C'mon.Personally,I love this guitar. Would sooo recommend it!
The Fender Strat is probably the most famous electric guitar on the market. Countless kids have spent summers in McDonalds or Sainsbury’s in order the have money to buy one of these babies, and even if you’re a layman when it comes to guitars, you’re bound to have heard of the Fender Strat. Favoured by countless legends and amazing players (Hendrix, Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Cobain among them), the Strat is instantly recognizable with its cool shape, and fairly small size when compared to other leading guitars like the Gibson Les Paul, and is compact and lightweight too. The range of Strat colours is mind boggling, I’ve seen very fetching red and blacks, purples with sparkly scratchplates and green glittery versions, along with the usual black and whites, cream and whites and red and whites. The Strat you are most likely to find in a small music shop is the Fender Squier Strat, which is a cheaper copied version of the original Strat. You can pick one of these babies up for just under two hundred, and they make ideal choices for beginners, because despite the price, they are pretty well made and easy to play. A genuine Fender will cost at least £500 and a top of the range model will go for maybe a thousand up to fifteen hundred at the very very most, which seems like a bomb, but is nothing compared to a Gibson SG, or, shock horror, a Les Paul (which can easily reach three times the amount of a top class Stratocaster). Obviously customs might be more expensive. Few modern objects can claim to retain their original design, and the Strat is one of those few. The shape and basic features have changed little since the first Strats went on sale in 1954), Fenders feature whammies plus three single coil pickups and three-or-five-way selector switches. Of course, like all electrics, you can get various types with extras added, hence the wide price variation. So, without further ado, here are my thoughts on the Standard Strat-
The look Strats are fairly attractive looking guitars, small and functional, and they have a very sharp, neat look to them. They lack the beauty of something like the Les Paul or SG, or even the distinctive look of the Jazzmaster, and the Strat shape has become a standard for loads of different types of guitar, so it isn’t quite so characteristic as it might have been when it came out. I suppose the Strats looks are more functional than sexy, but that can easily by remedied by choosing a jazzy colour, and it is beside the point now isn’t it! In conclusion, the Strat is very good-looking, just not distinctive. The sound The sound of the Strat is fairly jagged and biting, excellent for making Hendrix-esque squeals and roaring feedback. The three pickups determine the sharpness of the sound, and the neck pick-up has a rounder, thicker and warmer sound to it. The original three way switch models also had the option of leaving the switch in between two or the three pickups, giving a curious and interesting twanging, out of phase sound and now Strats have five way switches installed as standard. As with all guitars, experienced guitarists often tinker around with their strats and replace the pickups, or even the necks. I know one guy who still claims his is a fender despite the replaced neck, pickups, whammy and bridge! The sharp sound of the Strat does well with extended solos and complicated playing, although its still a perfect guitar if all you can do is bang out power chords (nothing like me of course…ahem). Quite a few people don’t like this spiky tone, but the advantage of a Strat is the five-way switch, so if you don’t like the glassy bite of the higher pickups, the neck offers a more mellow sounding option. Truthfully, the bridge pickup can cause significant ear ringing when playing loud. When compared to humbucker guitars, the Strat can sound a little weedy and whiny (the perfect instrument for a
weedy and whiny band- no names mentioned except Oasis, Starsailor and Elbow J), and even its lightweight feel reduces the sense of power behind it, so once again, as with a Les Paul, or any guitar I guess, the sound is a matter of personal opinion. Also, big amps and good effects units can counter the less powerful sound if you are so inclined, and willing to splash the cash. The ease of playing The most immediate thing you notice when you attach a Fender to your neck is the comfort factor. Fenders are lightweight, small guitars, which make playing for long periods a lot easier than doing the same with, for example, a Telecaster. The contoured back allows the guitar to sit on the hips without cracking any ribs, if you don’t follow the current of trend of wearing your guitar at your knees. The characteristic curly headstock minimises friction while playing, and although the action is a bit higher than your average guitar, it’s still fairly easy, and easy to tinker with should you feel inclined to lower it. The switches and whammy bar can be a bit difficult to manipulate while playing when you start off with this guitar, as with any, I guess. Unless you’re left-handed and do a “Jimi” (reverse your guitar and use your thumb to manipulate the controls), you just have to get into the swing of things really. Some players keep hold of the whammy while playing, but this takes a bit of getting used to. The slightly thicker neck can cause problems for more experienced lead players trying to hit more difficult notes, which makes the Strat pretty ideal for beginners. Advantages- It’s light and compact, yet pretty durable during heavy metal sessions (although its unlikely metal players would choose one in the first place) Both Squiers and genuines are fairly well made guitars They are very easy to play, in guitarist terms, not layman’s of course, you can’t pick up a Strat and s
uddenly turn into Eric Clapton! The pickups give a broad range of tones if you don’t like your pitch too high The size make it ideal for single note soloing, although see the disadvantage concerning Mexican models. As guitar prices go, Strats are pretty damn reasonable! Disadvantages- I can’t see many associated with this one, although the following might piss you off a bit- As I’ve said, some players find the sound pretty weedy, but this is pretty much a matter of opinion. The tremolo system is well made, but inclined to go out of tune if you like your riffs metally! The slightly smaller Mexican versions have the upper frets a little close for comfort, and that’s speaking as someone with fairly narrow fingers. If this is the case for you, its worth getting the extra cashola and going for an American model. All in all, whether a genuine Strat or a copy, this is a good guitar to start out with. If you fancy moving up to something heavier when you get more experience, then its easily done, or you might like to stick to your Strat or buy a higher class version of the same guitar, or upgrade your current one. After all, Jimi can’t have been wrong now can he???
Now I bought a squier strat as my first electric guitar about 2 years ago, just as I was beginning to learn to play. I though that it would be a nice guitar just to learn on. However, now, I still have the squier, and think it's pretty much useless. It was ok for a few months, but I quickly outgrew it and began to realize how crap it actually is. Ok, so it looks quite a lot like a fender strat, but it doesn't sound, or feel, anything like it. So my advice is, if you're considering buying a squier ... don't bother. You may as well save up a bit more money, and buy something a bit more decent. Try a les paul, personally I think they sound better than strats anyway.
I've been playing the good ol' axe for about a year and a half now and christmas past i received a squier strat starter pack thingy(technical or what!)and when compared to my acoustic guitar i started out on this guitar was immaculate!However i still think it is a quality guitar,it is often unfairly written off due to the thought of the cheaper the guitar the poorer quality which does not ring true all the time. My main reason for getting a squier and not a genuine fender strat is for a variety of reasons 1)i was just learning and a £500 guitar would not receive justice by a virtually new guitarist! 2)i don't intend to become a rockstar or guitarist god anytime soon so i won't need a gig guitar or anything its good enough for the massive venue of my bedroom! 3)i dont have £500 to spend on a guitar and i doubt my parents would appreciate forking out that amount of money! The guitar itself looks great the particular model i have looks exactly like strat in every way even the headstock is the same siz unlike the models i have seen with the large heads the only difference being visually is the fact it says squier strat on the head instead of fender strat. As far as sound goes i can't complain it obviously can't compete with more expensive guitars but i dont need hundreds of decibels for my room (as much as i'd like that!) in a way i'm lucky as i now have a multi-effects pedal which means the guitar or amp doesnt really have a great deal of interference with the sound. the action is also surprisingly good for a guitar of this pricing. It can also be customised i personally have the black body with white pickguard its still black but i changed the pickup colour and the pickguard it totally transformed it totally-so much so a friend thought i'd went and bought a new guitar! The components however are quite cheap and ive had to get mines totally re-wired before due to
a burnout but apart from that its very good quality.i do intend to invest in a better guitar when i improve but even if i do hit superstardom my squier will be coming along for the ride!
Like a couple of other people here, I'm actually giving my opinion on the Squire Strat, not the actual Fender version. Just in case you don't know, Squire produces budget versions of the classic Fender guitars. I bought this guitar about four years ago as part of a beginners 'Learn Electric Guitar!' set up. For 200 of your Earth pounds you got the guitar, a 15 watt amp, gig bag, strap and a videotape with the mullet-wearing man of rock Wolf Marshall explaining how to play 'Rock Guitar'. Now I'll make this clear right away, none of this stuff is quality, with maybe the exception of the video as I must have laughed solidly for about 15 minutes, or until I realised that there was no way I was going to learn to play guitar by watching this mulleted freak. If what you want is a Fender guitar then the squire will in no way satisfy your needs. It is a cheap guitar in every sense. However, and this for me is a big however, it is not marketed as a quality guitar. It is sold as a beginners guitar and in that role I think it works great. It looks the part, which I always found helped to get me to pick up the guitar and play in the first part. It didn't sound great, especially through the cheap amp, but it didn't sound awful either, and when you're learning to play guitar you don't make particularly nice sounds anyway. And so here I am, four years down the line, still playing my trusty Squire Strat. I think for a cheap guitar it is amazingly hard wearing as apart from changing the strings once in a while I have had to do nothing to it. I don't gig with it, so it hasn't experience that sort of wear, but I took it to university with me, and it suffered it's shares of knocks there. Admittedly, if I had the money I would go and buy a new guitar without a moments hesitation, but that is because I feel I can actually play guitar now, and know what I want from a new guitar. In
conclussion, if you are looking for a value for money, long lasting first guitar, I can recommend the Squire Strat to you whole heartedly. If you expect too much of it you will naturally be disappointed, but in my experience this guitar does the job it was designed for perfectly.
Fender has been known throughout history. They have had some of the most famous guitar players ever as their best advertisements; hence they need no television coverage or radio ads. They get all they need from the massive stars who stand, carefree in front of thousands of fans, playing the MOST famous guitar that will ever be built. It is an AMERICAN standard. The American Standard Stratocaster has every mark of a classic guitar, and more than that. It is not just a statement that you hold history in your hands, but a fact. Everything from the slight nuances of every guitar to the perfect sleek look simply adheres to great playability. Firstly, of course there are the finishes. Some guitars on a purely aesthetic level even fail, simply because their finishes are not flawless, or does not match the grain of the wood. With fender, you can be sure that this never happens. Whether it?s a white on black strat, or a candy apple red American hardwood buddy holly strat the finish is as smooth as a baby?s behind. The nuts, tuning machinery and tremolo system (the bit at the bridge with the whammy bar) are polished and usually silvery in colour, which adds nice effect to the overall look. The tone knobs are of course in classical styling, featuring numbers and a nice smooth motion. Secondly, the design itself. From the tone knobs again, you will find no crackle or nasty buzz, as is the case of cheaper guitars with bad electronics. Switching from one pickup to another will not lend any problems either, as again, the wiring is perfect. Each pickup has it?s own very decided quality, and they are part of the ?Delta Tone?? system as patented by Fender. This simply means that an American standard guitar is fitted with a very good set of pickups, capable of a very nifty sound. The shape of the Strat is more than just for looks though, the whole reason guitars of this shape are copied is because it fits snugly into the body. The play. Well, t
he feel of a strat is unlike any other guitar. Even if you?re into superstrats of les pauls, you simply have to appreciate the craftsmanship of a Fender Stratocaster. The neck is smooth and not overly thin, and the string height is just ?so? so that it retains that much talked about fender twang. That?s not to say it can?t play anything except twang, Strats have been used for everything up to an including light jazz, to death metal. The sound is quite simply remarkable. There are few words to describe the sound of the volume lightly rolled off, through a beautiful clean amp, with the neck/mid pickups engaged. It has an exquisite singing tone, not unlike that of an acoustic, but with all the power of an electric. A light tap of the trem will add depth and of course a little nuance to the sound, but it is also capable right off the shelves of divebombs that Eddie van halen would be proud of. Some say that stamping ?American? on what would otherwise be a guitar made in Mexico or Japan gives Fender a license to add about £300 to the price tag. I argue this is not the case. Sure, guitars that Fender make in the other countries are nice, but there is no case included, and the loss of the Delta tone pickups are a real miss. Few things can be truly made to sound this good. Thank God that Fender Strats do. Where would we be without the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Eddie Van Halen (who started on a strat)? PS: You may not be playing angel of death at 300bpm by slayer on the damn thing, but you get a real nice slab of wood for your money, and something which a lot of modern guitars lack: tone. It's almost like the spirit of this guitar, and this one has a lot of that! Sure, a good guitarist can make anything sound ok, but this can elevate a bad guitarist into new territory.
the first time i saw it, i thought over-priced rubbish, but then i played it. How wrong was I????? very wrong is the answer. Never before have i played a an instrument that sounds as good. Its what makes a good musician sound like an amazing musician. It really took my breath away, and does everytime i play it! It looks the business, and fits in any band or group. It comes in a wide variety of styles, and custom options. It sounds like a million dollars!! Its sound quality is totally unrivaled by anything i have played before. If you appriciate good quality instruments, then this will fit nicely into your collection. I know several people that have one, and they all feel the same way i do. very passionately. It is well worth the investment, and is a classic. I recommend this to anyone who can afford the hefty price tag.
A couple of years ago I decided I'd like to play the guitar - playing the air guitar is probably bad for your health and image. I managed to find my dads old acoustic guitar that he bought as a child, and tried to learn the basic chord shapes. The guitar just about killed me, with a few miles in between the strings and fretboard my fingers just about died - I carried on though - In reward of my perseverance and to save my fingers from the need of a major operation my dad bought me a standard Strat. My Stratocaster is Mexican made, black with a white front-plate. Although people say that Californian made Strats are better (being more expensive) I believe they are made from the same components - and have not been disappointed with the manufacturing standard. The standard Strat has three pickups which allow for a great range of sound, with a five-position selector switch. The sound ranges from bassy (top pickup), to tight and sharp (bridge pickup). It also has a tremelo bridge, for great wobbly effects. The action (gap between the strings and the fretboard) is good - My fingers are sore, but not badly damaged. All things considered the standard Strat maybe is not the best guitar in the world - However, perfect for beginners. After playing for over two years now I love my guitar, its stood the test of regular playing. I take good care of it, and it was probably one of the best presents I could have - It has provided me with many hours of enjoyment, and hopefully many more.. Jamie :-P
OK so I lied, I don't own a real fender guitar, its a squier (I say shamefully). I wish I could afford the real thing, but I can't so fenders own cheep replica will have to do. This was my first guitar, the one I learnt on and for that reason there'll always be something special about it. However thats probably all the value it has. We're talking very cheep replica, the pick ups are rubish, I'd really prefer a strat with a humbucker and two single coils. The actions better than some guitars I've played but I'd prefer it a bit lower. I suppose I could adjust the action but the nut isn't that great so I'd get a lot of buzz if I did. The nut is so bad that the low E often slips off it. The switch is sticky and it's beginning to stop working on the middle selection. The machine heads aren't too bad, they're pretty smooth and not too loose like some cheeper guitars. Putting aside all the bad points, it actually is a good guitar to start off on, mainly because it's cheep and you can buy it as part of a set that comes with a practice amp. I cerainly wasn't able to tell the difference when I started, but now I'm getting an ear for it I realise it isn't that good a guitar. I have also heard it said that you progress better on a better guitar as it's easier to play.
Often imitated but never matched, the Strat is a classic American guitar design.