The American Standard Stratocaster® HSS is the same great best-selling, high-output hot-rodded guitar it has always been, and now it's upgraded with aged plastic parts and full-sounding Fender Custom Shop Fat '50s neck and middle pickups in addition to the Diamondback™ humbucking bridge pickup. The latest incarnation of the modern workhorse Strat® with an added measure of muscle, it's now more graceful and powerful than ever.
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This guitar gives me chills every time i play it. Ive always wanted a Stratocaster since as long as i can remember. I was up at school just last year and walked into this very small music shop. I remember it hanging there, only Fender they had in the shop! It was slightly used but still beautiful with its added character. My first of two Stratocasters so far, and still my all time favorite. I stay up real late or play all day with my buddies and it speaks to me. What a great guitar!
I have been playing over 30 years and have never owned a new strat because I thought they were over rated. I tried a new HSS American Standard and was surprised by how well it played and how versatile it was with a humbucker in the bridge position. I can reproduce 90% of the sounds I need with just one guitar! This strat is now my go to guitar and is very comfortable to play whether sitting or standing, something that is important as I get older. The action and intonation are just about perfect right off the rack, and yes I am impressed. This guitar has made me a Fender fan, something I thought would never happen.
Forest Tech owns this item
PEOPLE........CHILL.........GUITAR PERFECTION IS HERE
Hi everyone, I just picked up a 2012 model of this incredibly beautiful machine.
'I - AM - IN - TOTAL - AWE'. If there is such a thing as 'Guitar Perfection', then this is it.
Played it for 14 hours straight after collecting it, missed meals and work, and nearly had a divorce on my hands! Was it worth it?.........Bloody Right It Was. I may even sell my house / family / dog, or all three, just to get another one. The guy that served me in the shop where this beauty was found said, 'You've just gone and bought the only guitar I've seen this year that I really,really wanted, Cheers mate!!! ( Miffed or what! ) Sorry Stu!
Anyway, if you want a guitar that speaks to your soul, then you need one of these bad boys. The quality and the workmanship is beautiful to behold, and it plays like a dream.
My STRAT - FANATIC best mate is searching like a demon to find another one.
Everyone should have one of these.
Irish Rick owns this item
Ok, I have been playin a long time. I have had many high end guitars over the years and have been sad to see some of them go. The reason they left is cuz they weren't for me. The thing is, a guitar brand doesn't make a player, it's the guitar that fits the player that makes it all happen. This guitar felt like an old friend from the minute I picked it up. The neck is fast and so buttery smooth and Fender has finished the edges beautifully. The clean tones from these custom shop pickups are incredible! I ordered the Metallic Jade Pearl with a rosewood neck. By far, this is the coolest color I have ever seen on a Strat! This particular HSS model was exactly what I was looking for as far as classic Strat tone with a bit more edge if I want it. Buy this...or drool over mine!!
What a wonderful guitar. As beautiful as this guitar is it plays even better. I have had no issues with the playability or getting the desired tones I want with this guitar. My one and only gripe about this guitar is the aged white plastic pieces. I would have preferred parchment white.
rkreisher owns this item
Bought a NEW 2012 Closeout, essentially the same Strat as the 2013, but 600 Bucks Less. I hate LONG, drawn OUT self ABSORBED reviews, after all, I'M JUST AVERAGE Joe, Not anyone Special, and All I can do is SAY What I Thought of the Guitar.
OVERALL, in the last 30+ Years I've played, I've owned More Fender Guitars/Amps than I can count. THIS GUITAR IS AWESOME!! Tone, Harmonics, maybe because of the High- Mass Trem Block, It doesn't just have one or 2 "Sweet Spots,...IT IS FULL OF THEM!!
Get one of these before Fender comes to their senses and RAISES THE PRICE on the American Standard. The ONLY Thing I would have LOVED on this guitar,was an LSR Nut, BUT, it would have been the USA DELUXE and MORE $,.... I can get along without it.
THANKS FENDER, From the added Extras and the INCLUDED DELUXE CASE, really NICE one TOO! YOU Hit this one OUT of The PARK!!
I LOVE THIS GUITAR!!!
whatthefrigg owns this item
I used to have a 2011 S/S/S American Standard Strat that I regretted trading and so I decided to grab the HSS in the awesome Jade Pearl Metallic finish with the maple fretboard.
The Stratocaster just feels like an extension of your body, and for me the frets are perfectly spaced. Initially the neck felt thick when I was first shopping for a better guitar, but I was comparing it an Ibanez neck which of course is one of the thinnest in the market.
All in all it is a great value and the quality is 2nd to none. When you buy a Fender product, you can always count on a quality built instrument.
I took some points off for value and tone because I'm in the process of replacing the pickups. I loaded a DiMarzio Super Distortion in the bridge because the Diamondback wasn't hot enough for me. I'm changing the single coils out with two DiMarzio Virtual Vintage Heavy Blues 2 pickups so I can retain the Strat sound but achieve a greater range of tones for different genres from metal to blues.
craigjames4 owns this item
I own an ESP EC1000 in blue that is one of the most beautiful guitars I have ever owned and plays quite well. However I played a friend's custom strat and got his input and finally bought what I always wanted. I have owned quite a few other varying quality and brands over the years as well. Some very excellent opportunities to know the difference from a guitar player's guitar verses a guitar that makes sound.
This guitar is by far the easiest playing with smooth neck for fingers to shred. I love it!!! The sound/tone with the custom shop pickups really is great through any amp. I know this because I have a few of those as well. Did I say WOW yet because thats how I feel when I play it.
The only thing better would be to have David Gilmore's black guitar!!! Oh yes his talent would be awesome also!!!
emanon3323 owns this item
A few months back I was looking for a new guitar to replace my Epiphone LP, which i had been playing for about a year. So with some money saved up from a summer job I went done to my local guitar shop. Initially I had planned on buying a MIM Startocaster, but I completely changed my mind when I picked up the Am Standard HSS. The neck is very comfortable for my big hands and fat fingers and the sounds it can produce are great too. I'm really glad I bought this guitar thanks fender!
sbailey1 owns this item
Nothing much to add except to underline the awesome playability of this quality instrument and the solid tone regardless the Amp used. I use mine for live and studio work. A total keeper.
The G string is a Half octave high from the 1st fret to the 8th. even when the string is in tune. it has been setup by a Fender factory rep twice.
told that is just the way strats are.
tblrck owns this item
I bought mine back in the fall of 2011 after literally YEARS of waiting, researching and playing everything I could get my hands on. At the time, I had been a strictly acoustic player, but I wanted to get an electric. Since money is a big issue for me and I don't plan on having more than one or two instruments, I wanted one that I knew would last me forever. I also knew I needed something that would be versatile enough to play anything.
I admit it, it was this gorgeous Sienna Sunburst finish that originally got my attention, but when I took it off the wall and played a few riffs, this baby blew me away.
The neck is perfect. So comfortable! I initially had the trem blocked off to lock it back down and left it this way for about a year. I was concerned about tuning stability and since I was new to the electric I figured I wouldn't be doing much with the bar. Lately, however, I've taken the block out and let it loose. Much to my surprise, I have had very little tuning issues!
The pots are good. A slight adjustment gives good variance, so with the five position switching, the humbucker in the rear and the two tone pots like this, I have all that versatility I was looking for.
The only thing I wish is that there were a little more balance in the output of the two singles with the humbucker in the back, so that when I throw it from the beautiful neck-middle position all the way down to the bridge humbucker alone there wasn't such a drastic "boost" effect. That was first of two reasons I gave it the 4/5 in the tone category. I know there should and will be some, but I would prefer a little less than there is. Perhaps in the future I'll replace the stock single coils with Fender's hot noiseless pups to help with this balance.
The noiseless pups will be nice too. Since I play a lot in very brightly lit rooms not dark stages, the hum can be a bit too much for use so I really only have two hum canceling positions available. Not really a problem for me, but it would be nice to have the other options available. That was the second reason for the 4/5 in "tone".
All-in-all this is an awesome instrument. I have no serious complaints and absolutely no regrets after owning this for well over a year.
unnotedn8 owns this item
Love this guitar and love the Sienna Sunburst finish but every one I found in the stores was WAY more red than the pictures I found online.
Wish it wasn't so red but overall love the product.
Also I was a bit thrown off when I found the serial number tag on headstock covered in white out and a new serial number written over it. I called the customer service and they tried to reassure me that it was nothing to be alarmed about. They said the neck probably had to be replaced at the last minute. It still kinda ruined the excitement of opening a brand new Fender HSS American Standard Strat. Cheapened the experience a bit.
I'm just a player and I know what sounds and feels good ;) I'm not going to go in to the tech stuff as its clear to read for all to see.
I had my hands on one these sexy beasts the other day , stroke it , thrashed it , hit some soulful tunes and then some.
Can't believe how Fender keep coming out with such high quality piecfes of art time and time again ????
Simple thank you for making me happy ;) people go forth and see lol
|Model Name:||American Standard Stratocaster® HSS, Rosewood Fingerboard, Bordeaux Metallic|
|Neck Finish:||Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Front|
|Neck Shape:||Modern "C"|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (648 mm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (241 mm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Synthetic Bone|
|Nut Width:||1.685" (42.8 mm)|
|Truss Rod Nut:||1/8" American Series|
|Neck Plate:||4-Bolt with Micro-Tilt™|
|Bridge Pickup:||Fender Diamondback™ Humbucking|
|Middle Pickup:||Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat|
|Neck Pickup:||Custom Shop Fat '50s Single-Coil Strat|
|Controls:||Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck and Middle Pickups), Tone 2. (Bridge Pickup and Bridge/Middle Pickup Combination)|
|Pickup Switching:||5-Position Blade: Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup|
|Bridge:||2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Bent Steel Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed|
|Control Knobs:||Aged White Plastic|
|Switch Tips:||Aged White|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bullets® 3250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||New Bent Steel Saddles with Elongated String Slots, Copper Infused High Mass 100% Metal Bridge Block, Thinner Undercoat Finish for Improved Body Resonance, Tinted Neck, Aged Plastic Parts|
|Polishing Cloth:||Polishing Cloth Included|
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