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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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.
MisterMystify owns this item
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.
jorgesanes10 owns this item
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!
marc59 owns this item
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.
danrafter44 owns this item
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.
lady33blue owns this item
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.
blindguy owns this item
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.
musicguy1993 owns this item
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!!
debraehart owns this item
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.
kennethlee4 owns this item
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.
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.
ryan51 owns this item
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!
Colorado Springs, Colorado
wayneroxu owns this item
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?
jdillon356 owns this item
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.
IdahoRed owns this item
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.
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.
PeteDiggins owns this item
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!!
mobe7 owns this item
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.
ccannon1 owns this item
|Model Name:||Standard Stratocaster® HSS, Rosewood Fingerboard, Lake Placid Blue, No Bag|
|Color:||Lake Placid Blue|
|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 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|
|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|
|Bridge:||6-Saddle Vintage-Style Synchronized Tremolo|
|Tremolo Arm Handle:||Vintage-Style Tremolo Arm|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Cast/Sealed|
|Control Knobs:||Parchment Plastic|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bullets® 3250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)|
|Unique Features:||Special Switching, Fender Transition Logo, Parchment Plastic Parts|
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