La guitare Starcaster est de retour. Devenu mythique depuis sa première version produite entre le milieu et la fin des années 70, ce modèle singulier occupe une place spéciale dans notre histoire : en effet, il s’agit de la seule et unique guitare électrique « semi-hollow » disposant d’un corps asymétrique. Plébiscitée quelques décennies plus tard par une nouvelle génération de guitaristes sensibles à son style Fender ostensiblement non conventionnel, la Starcaster revient désormais intégrer la série Modern Player avec des sonorités, une construction et une esthétique encore inégalées.
Le mince corps « semi-hollow » asymétrique de la Fender Starcaster dispose d’une table et d’un dos en érable et d’ouïes en « f » au binding élégant. Son manche en érable profilé en « C » présente une touche en érable de radius 9,5” sertie de 22 frettes medium jumbo, d’incrustations de type « dot » noires, et de la crosse Starcaster aux courbes distinctives. Ses autres caractéristiques haut de gamme comprennent deux puissants micros humbucker Fender Wide Range avec sélecteur trois positions, une plaque de protection noire trois plis, quatre potentiomètres de réglage « à jupe » de style « ampli » (volume et tonalité pour chaque micro) et un chevalet Adjusto-Matic™ avec cordier « stop bar ». Disponible avec les superbes finitions brillantes Natural, Black et Aged Cherry Burst.
|Model Name:||Starcaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Black|
|Body Material:||Laminated Maple with Alder Center-Block|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Material:||Manche érable|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Shape:||Forme en C|
|Scale Length:||25.5" (64.8 cm)|
|Fingerboard Radius:||9.5" (24.1 cm)|
|Number of Frets:||22|
|Fret Size:||Medium Jumbo|
|String Nut:||Sillet en os synthétique|
|Nut Width:||1.650" (42 mm)|
|Position Inlays:||Incrustation de repères de touche noirs, de type point.|
|Neck Plate:||Standard 4 vis.|
|Bridge Pickup:||Micro chevalet Fender® "Wide Range" Humbucking|
|Neck Pickup:||Micro manche Fender® "Wide Range" Humbucking|
|Controls:||Volume 1. (micro manche), tonalité 1. (micro manche), Volume 2. (micro chevalet), tonalité 2. (micro chevalet)|
|Pickup Switching:||Sélecteur à 3 positions. Position 1 : micro chevalet. Position 2 : micros chevalet et manche. Position 3 : micro manche.|
|Bridge:||Pinned Adjusto-Matic™ with Anchored Tailpiece|
|Tuning Machines:||Fender® Standard Cast/Sealed|
|Control Knobs:||Boutons pour ampli "Skirted"|
|Strings:||Fender® USA, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Offset-Waist Semi-Hollow Body with Center-Block, Distinctive Starcaster® Headstock Shape with Black Accent Stripe, Bound Top, Back and “F”-Holes, Vintage Tinted Neck, Black Pickup Bezels, Vintage Style Skirted Control Knobs, Single Wing String Tree, Fender® Engraved Neck Plate|
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I won't repeat comments from two previous reviewers who nailed it. I'll add that Fender has provided a high quality "tribute" model in the Starcaster that is a pleasure to play and sounds great. I own lots of US and Mexico made guitars, and this model while not quite comparable in build spec/quality, yet is a fine Fender. Prevailing opinion on boards is that Fender branded Modern Player series is made in same Chinese factory as Squier, but focused on special specs, models, and quality maybe a step above. That said, some components are lower quality than US. The Starcaster did ship to me with a cracked tone pot (the pot was loose from the socket; 3/4" pot, not std 1" pot), which my guitar repair guy told me was over tighted at factory. I had it replaced and everything is now wonderful. The FWRH pickups are obviously not the 70's cunife threaded magnets, and probably once again removed from Mexico made FWRH, but the ones in this guitar sound great nevertheless - they sound somewhere inbetween PAF humbuckers and single coils, a more gentle open sounding pup, and they sound really creamy smooth when overdriven via amp or pedal. This guitar for the price is well worth it. Its a head turner and loads of fun to play.
Mark Engel owns this item
Let me first say this guitar isn't for everyone. Purists will scoff at the bolt on neck and off-center body. For me personally, dare I say I've mostly been a Gibson USA / humbucker guy. And while I love the tone on the Gibson semi-hollows... they just never felt right on me. I felt like a little kid trying to play dress up. I also never really loved the fatter necks. And so when this re-issue came along, it was exactly what I was looking for. The off-center body (with cherry burst finish) looks great and feels well balanced. As for the neck, it definitely comes down to personal preference, but I think the neck on this thing is perfect the way it is.
Now on to what really matters. Perhaps most surprising was the tone. When I saw this puppy was made in China, I chuckled but figured I'd give it a whirl. Plugged into a Fender blues deluxe and it was love at first riff. These WR humbuckers sound amazing, especially for the price. Coupled with a great percussive and natural tone, it brought out a sound that I did not expect from an "entry level" piece. I've been playing guitar for 20 years and perform regularly, and this just might be my new favorite ax.
So before you judge because it's not a true reissue, or because it's made in China, or because it's a bolt on neck, or because its not the original WR humbuckers... plug the thing in and let your ears be the judge. Great craftsmanship, great neck and frets... smooth all the way down. And did I mention versatile? Can't overstate that part. Thanks Fender for bringing something of incredible value to the market.
first-time-o-fender owns this item
The Starcaster is a damn fine guitar with bags of character and charm. It's as sonically arresting as it is visually and has one of the nicest playing necks I've tried for a while. And while I'm talking about necks; it's really quite odd to see a semi acoustic with a bolt on neck, but just another oddity that make this guitar so cool. Traditionalist seem to slag off these pickups as not being true to the originals but I'm hearing a really great squishy compressed alnico tone that's just great played clean or dirty. I love this guitar.
sean65 owns this item
I am about to own this guitar and I am buying it because I find the Starcaster one of the best guitars I have ever seen! It has an incredible, unique design, amazing specs, and, for what I can see from videos, it also has a greaat sound and is really easy to play! I really love Fender, and really love the Starcaster! Also the Starcaster, unlike most of the hollow bodys, has a great, comfortable to play, neck, wich might not seem very important, but infact, it is!
If you are in the same situation as I am, looking for a good hollow body guitar for a good price, go for the Starcaster instead, an amazing hollow body guitar for a good price!
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