Fender's Standard Stratacoustic™ has the classic Stratocaster® guitar body shape, headstock design and comfortable “C”-shaped neck profile perfect for electric players looking for a versatile acoustic instrument. The spruce top and one-piece textured fiberglass back and sides create balanced tone, with upgraded features including checkerboard binding and rosette and a “Viking”-style rosewood bridge for full-on Fender look and feel.?
Other features include quartersawn “X” bracing, maple neck with satin finish and dual-action truss rod, 21-fret rosewood fingerboard, vintage-style all-metal tuners, and Fishman® Isys™ III pickup/preamp system with built-in tuner.
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Straight out of the box, it was obvious that the action was too high, the frets were very rough and that the truss rod was slack. After taking a few measurements, I took the strings off and took 2mm from the treble side of the bottom of the bridge saddle and 1.5mm from the bass side. I then masked off the fretboard and polished the frets starting with 400 grit paper and finishing with 2500, then 0000 wire wool. The masking tape was removed and some lemon oil applied to the fretboard and bridge. The truss rod was then tightened to give the correct amount of neck relief. I would imagine that Fender doesn't apply these finishing touches to keep the price down, so if you buy this guitar, you will need a trip to your local guitar tech if you can't do the work yourself (assuming that they are all the same out of the box). I'm very impressed with the quality of materials used and the fit and finish of the components. The intonation is good, thanks mainly to the compensated bridge saddle. The nut is well cut to make playing near the headstock easy. Un- amplified, the sound is well balanced, not as loud as a dreadnought or jumbo, due to the narrow body, but nice and full, all the same. Using the Fishman pre amp, the sound is pure quality: clean, sparkling and full of harmonic content. The tone controls give a wide range of tonal variation and the tuner is easy to use and accurate. I really like this guitar, it is versatile, well made and I'd recommend it to anyone thinking of buying one.
Axel4444 owns this item
I just bought mine 3 days ago. I saw these when they first started coming out. I had played one but didn't think it played or sounded that well for the money. I saw one at Guitar Center and it sounded real nice and easy to play. I was impressed. I had some stuff to trade so I got a good deal. I love the fact that is lightweight an has real good tone. And it cranks when I plug it into my amp. I've always liked fender guitars. Leo was my guitar hero when I was growing up. Thanks Fender. D.Jammer
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As a loyal Fender customer I think this guitar is a real hoot. Where else do you get a piece of history like a Strat neck(excellent) and Strat Body shape for $300 dollars? It sounds okay acoustically for practice, but sounds really good through any Fender tube amp. Just watch the settings, acoustics will tend to resonate. It plays great with the Strat neck once you correct the super high action, (sand down the bottom of the bridge to the correct string height). This has a beautiful rosewood fretboard, not richlite or bakelite but real rosewood with a rosewood bridge. Be sure to get one before they are gone forever. This is a must have for any Fender devotee especially for $300.00. Keep on Rockin'.
Doc Brice owns this item
I bought my Stratacoustic several years ago as a retirement gift to myself and it has become my main acoustic guitar ever since,even though I own several more expensive models.The feel of the neck is unequaled for an acoustic due to the famously comfortable Strat neck and the action is perfect right out of the box.The glass fiber back is even more comfortable than the best of the shallow-bowl backed Ovations and allows endless hours of comfortable playing.The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars in every category was that when played acoustically, the tone and volume are a bit on the thin side and far from the tone and projection of a dreadnaught.When the guitar is played through an amp you can easily forgive and forget any of its acoustic shortcomings because when put through a good amp it absolutely booms out the most tremendous tones that you could imagine.The size of this guitar belies its ability to ring out heavy bass and mids that you'd expect to hear coming from a D-28 or a SJ-200 plus the highs ring out clearly too.When I plugged into my Blues Jr. for the first time the monster tone that came from it-even from this small an amp-just amazed me.The Fishman electronics do a more than adequate job of turning this guitar into way more than just a pretty face. I wouldn't hesitate for one second to use the Stratacoustic as my main acoustic not only at small intimate settings but due to the incredible fidelity of the amplified tone I would gladly use it at a venue on the scale of Woodstock....should I be so lucky,lol.
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|Model Name:||Fender® Stratacoustic™, Black, Stratocaster® Headstock, "C" Shape Maple Neck, Fishman® Preamp with Built-In Tuner|
|Body Material:||Laminated Spruce|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Urethane|
|Body Binding:||Aged White|
|Body Back:||1-Piece Fiberglass Back/Sides|
|Body Top:||Laminated Spruce|
|Body Width Upper Bout:||2.125" (54 mm)|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Urethane|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||21|
|String Nut:||Graph Tech® NuBone™|
|Nut Width:||1.69" (42.9 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Pearloid Dot|
|Controls:||Built-In Chromatic Tuner with On/Off Switch, Volume, Bass, Mid, Treble|
|Special Electronics:||Fishman® Isys III System with Active Onboard Preamp and Tuner|
|Bridge:||Rosewood-Based Vintage-Style Fender® "Viking" Bridge with Compensated Graph Tech® Nubone™ Saddle|
|Strings:||Fender® Dura-Tone® 880L (.012-.052 Gauge)|
|Unique Features:||Oval Sound Hole, Dot Position Inlays, Stratocaster® Headstock, Fender® Body Shape|
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