Standard Stratocaster® HSS


Model #: 0144700502

Standard Stratocaster® HSS, Rosewood Fingerboard, Lake Placid Blue, No Bag

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The Standard Stratocaster® HSS guitar offers legendary Fender® tone with classic styling. Features include one humbucking/two single-coil pickup configuration, synchronized tremolo with high-mass bridge block, shielded body cavities, medium jumbo frets, tinted neck, parchment pickguard and control knobs and '70s-style headstock logo.

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If you a want a first guitar that's a little nicer

(5.0)
max5ilva on September 12, 2014 (updated September 15, 2014)
Blues Funk Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Folk Reggae/Ska

This is the first guitar I've ever owned. I knew I wanted a Strat; it was just a matter of price. I didn't want to spend too much, but I also didn't want to sacrifice a lot of quality. Luckily I was able to find a MIM HSS (Lake Placid maple) in practically brand new condition for $300, and it's my favorite big purchase in recent memory (a big purchase for a college student, anyway).
My favorite part of this guitar is the feel. The neck is easy to grasp and the contours make it comfortable to play for an extended time. My hand and wrist are feeling stronger every day I play, so I assume any hand/wrist discomfort I've had is from being a beginner rather than the shape of the neck. I like the controls because they're not as basic as most Teles yet not overwhelming like a Jaguar. The sound is great too. I usually play in position 1 because I love that clean humbucker tone, but I'll fool around with the other four when I want a heavier sound and it'll still sound good. And last but not least, it just looks pretty. I've many ";entry-level" guitars that even look cheap, and that is not the case for this one.
The guitar along with a hard case, amp, and accessories cost me a mini fortune, so I won't be upgrading anytime soon. However, I'm totally fine with that, because I love this Strat. I will be wasting away for hours at a time on this thing for years to come, and I look forward to seeing and hearing the wear I'm sure to produce.

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It is the best price and quality guitar

(5.0)
ecologico2011 on May 15, 2014 (updated May 16, 2014)
Blues Funk Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

I love best its price, and its sound quality is unmatched.

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Fantastic guitar for the price range

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MisterMystify on February 21, 2014 (updated February 25, 2014)
Semi-Professional Blues Funk Jazz Rock Classic Rock

You just cannot go wrong with this puppy.
I got it as an impulse buy around 6 months ago when a previous guitar died and I'm pretty darn happy with my decision.
If I could go back and make a different choice, I'd simply pick the SSS version instead, I don't really get along with humbuckers.
On the subject of pickups, I would like to say that position 4 (middle +bridge) is pretty much unusable if you value good tone. Perhaps some of electrical components could be of better quality because the two pickups just don't blend well together. At all. Perhaps because the output of the humbucker is a lot higher than the other two pups.
The neck feels exceptionally good in the hand, with natural maple finish rather than some nasty gloss like other models seem to adopt.
One other little annoyance is the included trem arm
It's tiny. Really short and close to the body. Some people may like it but I certainly don't.
Apart from those two little problems, it's very much worth every penny.

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Excellent guitar

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jorgesanes10 on January 3, 2014
Semi-Professional Blues Funk Alternative Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal Folk Classical Punk

I had never played a Fender guitar before I bought my Standard Strat (Arctic white, maple fingerboard) and I just loved it. After that when I play another guitar I just want to go back to my Strat (even after playing my Tele). It's gorgeous. It sounds great and has a wide array of tones. It's the most comfortable guitar I've played. It has a fast neck and its body is contoured so it fits perfectly with your body. Great clean and distorted sounds.

Recently I changed the String Tree but I think it's the only modification it needs.

I recommend this guitar to anyone, beginner or professional.

Also its price is unbelievable for the quality you get.

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Great place to start with a Strat!

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marc59 on July 31, 2013 (updated July 31, 2013)
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock Country

This was my first Strat! It is a great value! I had started playing with an Ibanez AF-75 hollow body because I could plug in or just play it without an amp. Once I had played for a couple of years I needed to upgrade and make some changes. The first try was a Fender! After I had tried one , it was now Strat or Tele. I decided on this style Strat after visiting and playing several models. Then it was narrowing it down to what can I afford. After going through a couple of major life changes, this MIM Strat, provided me the upgrade I wanted in sound and quality. It became a stepping stone to the American Standard Strat that I now play in combination with my Fender Blues Deluxe Amp and Hot Rod Deluxe Extension Cabinet!

If you are looking for a Strat that is a great value for your first guitar, this is it!

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Once tweaked, it's the best axe I've ever owned!

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danrafter44 on June 4, 2013 (updated June 5, 2013)
Amateur Rock Classic Rock Country

After I bought my HSS Strat, the first thing I did was swap out the strings for a set of Elixir Custom Lights. After some playing time and getting used to it, I wasn't satisfied with the stock pickups. I replaced both singles with Lace Sensors and put a Seymour Duncan in the bridge. While I'm not crazy about the Lace Sensors, overall, I love this guitar. Easy to play, great action, good tone, good tremolo, stays in tune, the neck is straight, and it's lightweight.

I'm not sure what I'll do to it next...but I know I'll have it forever. I may add other guitars to my collection but this Strat will probably always be my favorite.

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traded in

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lady33blue on May 12, 2013
Amateur R&B Pop Rock

I had a Chris Shiflett deluxe telecaster, but traded it in for this strat.No regrets and i have loved this strat the moment i touched and played it. I can play great funk on this and combinated great with my blackstar ht40 club. The only is those strings, they loose tone very quickly. Maybe Fender should provide the Ernie ball or elixer with this strat.

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The Best Strat for the money

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blindguy on March 25, 2013
Beginner Rock Pop Rock

I really love the sound of the bridge pickup on this Strat. It has quite a bit more punch than the two single coils, but that is to be expected. The craftsmanship and finish are perfect. You can't beat the price for such a nice playing and nice looking HSS Strat.

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love this guitar!

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musicguy1993 on March 15, 2013 (updated March 21, 2013)
Amateur Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Country Punk

I originally wanted to get an american strat but working part time i really couldn't afford it. so i started looking into cheaper models and when i came to this one i was glad i gave it a try. it is amazing - from doing anything from the sounds of a modern day rock to the feel of classic rock. The pickups it comes with are standard and the tremolo is 6 point, alder body. Though when you are using high gain it sounds good, its clean is amazing, esp on the neck pickup. i must admit that this guitar is great lead guitar for almost any style of music, it is not the greatest rhythm guitar in the world, but that is just the nature of the strat. mine is a 2011 and i paid 600 for it new. i highly recommend picking one up if you are in the market.

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I Love These So Much That I Own 3

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debraehart on March 13, 2013
Professional Blues Gospel Rock Classic Rock Country

I own three of these Fender Standard Strats. Two are SSS, and one is HSS. They are 2002, 2003, and 2004 years production and have the vintage fret wire on them, which I prefer, and I bought them when new. These are priced well, and they give you a lot of quality for the money. They are solidly built, and are workhorses for me. I always shield them, with star grounds, replace the jack with a Switchcraft, add in some extra copper shielding tape on the back of the pickguard, and I've upgraded and replaced the pots (only because they wore out) with CTS 250k's, replaced the switches with Fender 5-ways when they were damaged or wore out. I love the stock neck and middle pickups, and leave them alone. I put a Hot Rails in the bridge for an SSS version, and the HSS bridge pickup stays stock. I have thought of trying a set of the Super 55 pickups in one of them, and I might. The only issues I've ran into with any of mine has been a need for a new set of tuners on one guitar, and a few single replacements on the others, and 2 bushings. I've replaced the nut on all three with a hand-cut bone nut because the original wore down and needed replacement. I've also had to level the frets on 2 of them, but that is to be expected. I play the heck out of these guitars, and I love them! Thanks Fender!!

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Feels so good.

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kennethlee4 on February 23, 2013 (updated February 23, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues Funk Jazz Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country Bluegrass Classical

You can emulate sound and tone, but you can't imitate the feel of a guitar. I've played many brands and models but none feel as good as a Stratocaster. I am biased because I've had this guitar for 12 years, but the combination of the parallelism of strings to body, the placement of knobs and switches and the cut-away and shaping of the wood that contours to your body - you can't beat it.

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White HSS Strat. Humbucking goodness.

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VintageBrit on February 22, 2013 (updated February 26, 2013)
Semi-Professional R&B Rock Classic Rock Folk Country

I have 3 Teles that fulfill my need for Twang and I have a number of Squier Strats that give me the well known Strat sound.
The HSS Strat gives my sound so much more versatility. The humbucker gives the Strat some Les Paul fullness but without the spine deforming weight.
It is great quality, with thoughtful touches like the satin back neck but gloss fretboard. The tremolo actually works, unlike some of the cheaper Squiers where the tremolo is for appearance only.
It plays great straight out of the box.
The price is also great. I see no need to buy an American Strat when the Mexican Strats are now doing such a great job.

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Can't put it down

(5.0)
ryan51 on February 20, 2013
Professional Rock Heavy Metal

I really love this guitar. The price is just right. The sound is great, The feel is great. I love it. I play it through an RP1000 through a B-52 amp head and Marshall cab. LOVE the tone.

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Ready to play, right out of the box!

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wayneroxu on February 20, 2013 (updated February 20, 2013)
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal

Hey Guys,

The Fender Standard Stratocaster is now and always has been a superior product. They play like a dream, the tone is fantastic and so is the price. The Stratocaster is so versatile, from Buddy Holly tunes to Black Sabbath. Flip right over to the blues in a split of a hair. This guitar and all of Fender's guitars are amazing. I am always thrilled at the finishes that are available. So many choices! I also own a 2004 (1954 Relic) 50th Anniversary Gold Stratocaster, (MIM), one of the most amazing guitars that I have ever owned and I have had several!

Anyway, my friends at Fender, I do not have a single negative things to say. In fact I am a happy camper. Now, I am outta here, I have to play my Stratocaster with my 15 watt tube, screaming and warm, Blues-man Jr.!

See ya later!

Wayne Woodward
Colorado Springs, Colorado
wayneroxu@aol.com

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Standard Strat

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jdillon356 on February 20, 2013
Amateur Blues Jazz Pop Rock

I must admit, this guitar plays easily and smotthly, but the pickups are very shrill. I have a Blues Jr. amp, and even turning the bass way up and the treble way down, it sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard. I have tried a G***** LP and it sounds great. Maybe it's because of the price point?

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That Strat "Quack" for a little Smack!!!

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IdahoRed on February 19, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Classic Rock Country


This is the 5th Fender Strat I've owned and 1st mim. It is one of my Fav's. I never thought I would like the ceramic p/u's but I was really surprised by the sound. The only thing I would like to see is a toggle to split the HB'r to get that single coil sound on the bridge p/u when I want it. But I have 2 Tele's for that. I had a mij HSS Strat with the Floyd Rose and it had one. I prefer the vintage Fender Tremolo over the Floyd Rose. I may upgrade the P/U's to CS's in the future but I'm pretty happy with it just the way it is.

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Simply a great guitar

(5.0)
mkskud on February 19, 2013
Amateur Blues Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Punk

This is a go to guitar, a classic instrument that will serve you for as long as you want. The HSS combination provides everything you need for any style of music you want to play. The quality of the guitar is great. The neck is fantastic, love the profile, the smoothness of the satin finish on the maple neck. Frets are nicly finished, bridge is quality, everything about this guitar is quality, and the price is great value.

The pickups are really good, not the best, but very good for the price of the guitar. The singles are nice and punchy, but can be smooth too. The bridge humbucker, for me, could have a little more output and punch. But, thats what a JB is for!

I'll keep this guitar forever, the quality, versatility and value of this guitar really does everything I would want it to do.

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HSS 'Fat' Strat

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PeteDiggins on February 19, 2013
Amateur Blues Rock Heavy Metal

Ok, so I'm a bass player. But a bass player needs a guitar, right? I bought this new, in 2010 (I think). It's awesome. I've owned cheap replicas and copies over the years and doodled around on them, but now I have no need to ever buy another electric guitar.

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good price, very good guitar!

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mobe7 on February 19, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Alternative Rock Pop Rock

this strat is a very playable, very good guitar! only thing I don´t like so much is the bridge pu, maybe I have to change it!
overall you get a very good guitar for a great price!!

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Great intermediate guitar

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ccannon1 on February 18, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Punk

This was my third guitar, and for the first few months I was very happy with the stock pickups but promptly replaced the bridge pickup. The neck feels great, but mine came with frets sticking off the edge. This is probably the best guitar in it's category.

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Model Name: Standard Stratocaster® HSS, Rosewood Fingerboard, Lake Placid Blue, No Bag
Model Number: 0144700502
Series: Standard
Color: Lake Placid Blue

Body

Body
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Polyester
Body Shape: Stratocaster®

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck with Gloss Urethane Headstock Face
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 21
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.650" (42 mm)
Position Inlays: Black or White Dot
Truss Rod Nut: 3/16" Hex Adjustment
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Standard

Electronics

Electronics
Bridge Pickup: Standard Humbucking
Middle Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat
Neck Pickup: Standard Single-Coil Strat
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Middle Pickup)
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade, Position 1. Bridge Pickup, Position 2. Front Coil of Bridge Pickup and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle/Neck Pickups, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: HSS

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo
Hardware Finish: Chrome
Tremolo Arm Handle: Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm
Tuning Machines: Standard Cast/Sealed
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs: Parchment Plastic
Switch Tips: Parchment

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA Bullets® 3250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
Unique Features: Special Switching, Fender Transition Logo, Parchment Plastic Parts
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