Standard Stratocaster®

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The Standard Stratocaster® guitar offers legendary Fender® tone with classic styling. Features include three single-coil pickups, synchronized tremolo with high-mass bridge block, tinted neck, shielded body cavities, medium jumbo frets, parchment pickguard and '70s-style headstock logo.

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How it holds up: great!

(4.0)
Hockeyplaya43 on July 17, 2014
Blues Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country Reggae/Ska

I have had my mim standard strat for 4 years now. I know some people worry that the non american guitars aren't going to hold up well, but they do! The neck on this thing is one of the most comfortable I've ever played. Pickups are great (not quite as good as american standard ones, but still good) with a nice tone. The only problem I have with it is the trem. As soon as I try some whammy bar action, the guitar goes out of tune. I actually had it re setup as a hard tail, and everything is perfect. The only reason I see to buy a more expensive strat is either for a tad better pickups or a usable tremolo system. Overall, my favorite current axe, and for a great price too

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Best bang for the buck in Guitardom

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guitslinger on May 21, 2014 (updated May 22, 2014)
Blues Alternative Rock Classic Rock Folk

The longer you own a guitar, the more accurate a review you can give. I have owned my lefty Standard Strat for over 10 years and I can say without a doubt that it's an exceptional guitar in every way. I flipped mine for righty because I'm into Hendrix and a flipped guitar is essential in order to do some of his tricks; Anyway even though the vibrato arm assembly isn't as substantial as that of the U.S. models, it can take a lot of aggressive punishment. The guitar came from the factory perfectly set up and intonated, of course it had to be intonated after the strings and nut were flipped. The neck feels much like the mid '60s "L" series Strats ('62-'65) shallow "C" neck and the pickups have a quack and sparkle that's much like the "L" series. The 9 1/2 radius makes for very easy bending and you can do 4 step bends quite easily without fretting out. The finish is flawless and remains so after over 10 years and the satin finish on the neck is holding up well as are the frets despite all these years of playing. The Standard Strat is an incredible bargain and is by far, much better than just about all other guitars in its price range and it even betters guitars-even Strat copies-that cost hundreds more.I wouldn't hesitate using my Standard Strat professionally and as a matter of fact my nephew who is constanty gigging and recording uses nothing but his standard Strat for both. People have often asked him if it's a Custom Shop Strat, an Artist Model or if he has Seymour Duncans etc. in it, they are quite taken aback when he tells them it's a MIM Standard Strat. I heartily recommend the Standard Strat to anyone, whether you want it as a first guitar, a backup to your main guitar or even your main gigging guitar, it will serve any purpose perfectly.

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Standard

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Nicolas Taussac on March 27, 2014 (updated March 31, 2014)
Blues Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

This guitar is everything a strat have to be, it's like an industry standard to me, but not in the bad way! You got alder body and a maple neck (glossy maple fretboard on mine) well built and painted (the paint work is just perfect). You will find here solid hardware that does the job right, meaning that you'll be totally right with harmonics and stay in tune as long as you won't abuse too much on the trem (vintage, so keep it easy). So as a guitar, she is totally right and the price is correct for the quality work here (no cheap basswood here, we got the real thing). It's about the electric part I am more doubtful. The ceramics pickups are good, but really not special, no special character nor charm. So I think you have to consider the price of this guitar including a new pickup kit. My question is why didn't they put the tex mex on this guitar? it would be a minor cost raise for a grand difference that will make this guitar being one of the best buy you could have on your corner shop!
Well, I forgot to tell, this guitar plays great!!!

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Stock Pickups are Awesome!

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DgMencoff on March 22, 2014
Blues Classic Rock

This is a follow up to my previous review. I want to retract everything negative I said about the stock pickups. They're incredible, with fantastic tone. Because they're so high output they just need to be adjusted lower than usual to obtain a classic, vintage Strat tone. When set almost flush with the pickguard, they really come alive. Crisp and clear, with plenty attack and bite, but always sweet, never harsh or shrill. And fat and woody at the same time. All the best attributes of the best Strat pickups, with none of the flaws. One of the best Strat pickups I've ever heard. Pure Texas blues tone!
So, the Dimarzio Area 61s went into an ESP LTD Strat whose pickups were causing that out of tune magnetic pull that was driving me crazy. And they sound great in it.

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Standard Strat

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Wancten on January 31, 2014 (updated January 31, 2014)
Amateur Blues Pop Rock Country

I have an 2006 Standard Strat. I purchased it 8 years ago. It's a very good quality instrument. Mine looks like Clapton's Blackie guitar. Very playable and sounds like a very expensive instrument. I play some concerts in pubs and long nights at home. It's the best guitar for me. :-)

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An amazing guitar

(5.0)
naetharu on January 22, 2014 (updated January 23, 2014)
Amateur Blues Alternative Rock Folk Reggae / Ska Punk

This is a fantastic guitar. I spend a good while in the shop trying out the various guitars in the Stratocaster range. I compared this to the 50's Reissue, the Road-Worn, the American Special, and the American Standard. While all of these guitars were nice in their own way it was the Mexican Standard that really stood out for me.

Its less than half the price of the American Standard and yet the differences are really not all that great. The neck on this guitar is utterly fantastic. I have the maple neck version and it feels a dream to play. The gloss board is hard and makes fretting strings very easy while the satin back lets you move around with great speed.

The electric's are clearly different from the American guitars, but I would not say that they are worse. Rather they are just different. They sound very nice and are a little hotter than those on the American Standard; they make the amp growl a little more. The pots and switch are great and make no nose when used.

The hardware is also very good. The machine heads are smooth and accurate, and the bridge is well built and easy to use. I have been very impressed at how well the guitar holds its tune. I find that even with lots of blues playing (i.e. big string bends etc.) it tends to stay perfectly in tune. I've had the guitar for around four days now and played for perhaps 15 hours in that time. I've had to tweak the tuning on the B string a couple of times but that is it.

In conclusion this is a fantastic instrument and at under half the price of the American Standard it is a very sound investment. I always thought this would be a stopgap while I saved up for my American Strat; now I think I will probably keep this one for the long haul.

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AWESOME TONE

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zedacaxadagua on January 11, 2014 (updated January 13, 2014)
Semi-Professional Blues Gospel Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country Reggae / Ska

I'm really impressed with my fender. As my first Fender Product, I'm really happy with an absolutely fantastic playability and an awesome design that just makes this the best guitar that you can buy in this value.

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As good as US models

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harpjohn on January 7, 2014 (updated January 7, 2014)
Professional Blues Jazz Alternative Rock

I have owned several Stratocasters since the 1970s, a design that I love the Strat for all the usual reasons. In recent years, I owned a first-series Jeff Beck with the Lace Sensors – fabulous tones – and a neck too thick for my thumb to bend round. So I got a 2nd series Jeff Beck Strat with Noiseless pickups. I should mention, I don't like standard Strat pickups with staggered poles so much, as my ear always hears the G string much louder than the B and E strings (something Hendrix neatly avoided with his reverse stringing...). Well, this mint Beck was just too perfect for crowded pub use. Then I saw a white Standard Strat (MIM 2011) on eBay, fitted with Lace Sensors. I bought it, set it up and... well, first, it's definitely as well finished as the Becks, everything just right, which I did not expect but it is so. The rosewood fingerboard is a delight to play (thumb goes round), and the Lace tones are again a delight to my ears – as they were to Beck and Clapton on their first signature models. And the trem, tuning: with five springs and the bridge against the bodywork, it goes back in tune after trem use... another surprise! (And I would fit an LSR if necessary.) My advice: don't think the USA models are always better because they're pricier. Check the Strats out one by one. I am very impressed with this Mexican made model.

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MIM all the way!!

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FredLeal on January 2, 2014 (updated January 3, 2014)
Semi-Professional Blues Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Punk

I've been playing for over 23 years and after playing a gig with a friend's Jeff Beck edition I decided to buy one of those. Other friends talked me out of it and told me to try a MIM which I admit, I always had prejudice against and regarded as "second-class guitars". So one day I decided to "experiment" and purchased this white/rosewood MIM and replaced the string tree (installed a roller one), installed an LSR nut, brand new hot noiseless pickups and used Dunlop 65 lemon oil on the scale.

The guitar is FANTASTIC now.

Every single guitar in this planet will detune but after the LSR and string tree replacement it's way better... simply night and day!

I agree with the reviewer who wrote "best mexican strat ever".

Don't be afraid to buy MIM.

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Best Mexican Strat ever?

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Martin91 on December 27, 2013 (updated December 30, 2013)
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock Classical

Probably the best standard series made in mexico of all time. Great value, tone, finish and the look is as amazing as the american ones. I got mine in arctic white and maple fretboard (2013 made). So easy to play. Best neck finish i've ever touched. Feels like you play this guitar since you were born.

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great buy

(5.0)
tomj14 on December 13, 2013 (updated December 18, 2013)
Amateur Blues Funk Alternative Rock Classic Rock

great guitar got it with maple and Arctic white and is very impressive, very happy with the buy.

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Cool Blue

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Bro-Man on November 25, 2013
Amateur Blues Rock

I bought this guitar slightly used in 2010 in Lake Placid Blue with a rosewood fingerboard, it is a 2008 model. I upgraded the pick-ups with Texas Specials, changed out the front pickguard and back plate with mother of pearl pickguard and back plate, changed out the neck plate with one that has a fender "F" on it and this thing looks and plays just like one of the big boys. I wanted the SRV strat for the longest time, but it is not in my budget. So, I did what I did to mine and it really does work just fine. Just a little side note, if you cannot afford the American Strat, don't fret ( ha ha get it)?, the only thing different between the Standard Strat and the American Strat is the wood and the Standard is assembled in Mexico, but the hardware and pick-ups coming with it are exactly the same as the American Strat and for the money these are worth every dime!!!!!!! So, to sum up, Used Standard Strat($450.00), Texas Special Pick-ups(on sale $175.00), Front Pick Guard($35.00), Back Plate($20.00), Neck Plate($30.00)=$710.00. Not bad for a Custom Strat in my Opinion

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Can't wait to get mine

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Caolan Teague on November 18, 2013 (updated November 18, 2013)
Amateur Blues Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

I played one in arctic white with a maple fretboard in a music shop, and I just fell in love with it. I'm getting one in midnight wine with a maple fret board for Christmas. CAN'T WAIT!

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Great Guitar Nice Price

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Beemer57 on October 31, 2013 (updated October 31, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues Rock Classic Rock Classical

I went to the Fender Dealer and tried out different Strats including the HSS and American Standard but kept coming back to this one. This guitar was my choice with excellent comfort, tone, and output at a low price.

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Great value, amazing sound

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BodyMovement on October 9, 2013 (updated October 9, 2013)
Amateur Blues R&B Funk Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Folk Punk

Wow. This guitar. I didn't expect it to sound so good, with such a low price. A couple of my friends have Made In USA Fenders, but they're all jealous of my MiM strat.

Let's start with sound. It has a real clear, sharp sound. That's how I like the sound of my guitars. The sustain on this specific model is amazing, too. It's just an amazing piece of work. You can go so many ways with this guitar, whether it's Blues, Rock, Funk or Punk, you'll always get the right sound.

The output of this model is quite high, so watch your gain if you want a clean sound!

This guitar will never leave my side. It's just so versatile and sounds just.. perfect.

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A lovely Surprise

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sacredgeometry on October 5, 2013 (updated October 7, 2013)
Professional Blues R&B Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Heavy Metal Folk Country Bluegrass Classical Rap Reggae / Ska Punk

I went into the shop looking for a strat, I played the most expensive American and then a few more. This played, if anything, better, at less than a quarter of the price. I didn't even plug it in until I got home, knowing that pickups and hardware can be swapped out. I got home expecting to need to swap out the pickups and ... well what a wonderful surprise! I would have preferred if the body was finished in nitro and if the fender logo was the spaghetti but those two things aren't really enough for me to form a valid complaint.

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My Very First Electric Guitar

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RedPlect on September 26, 2013 (updated September 27, 2013)
Beginner Jazz Pop Rock

Being a big Hank Marvin/Shadows fan way back in the 60s,I always wanted a Fender Stratocaster but could never afford one. I gave up playing for over 40 years. Then fortunes changed for me, and I made my very first purchase of a guitar, a Fender Sunburst, as my preferred Fiesta Red MiM was no longer available. Very slowly, with the help of a pro, I've gotten back into learning to play, and thanks to the sheer tone, feel, action of this model, I cannot put it down. The pro says I've made rapid progress, an achievement for me. Thanks to it, I've gone on to purchase a CS Fiesta Red, an American Deluxe, and a 50s Classic Series Fiesta Red, and a T-Bucket acoustic. But this one will always be my favorite. It is outstanding value for money. I will not be trading this one in.

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Decent Quality Guitar

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Draxy on August 7, 2013
Beginner Blues Alternative Rock Pop Rock Punk

If you are looking for a decent Fender Stratocaster for a reasonable price don't look any further. These guitars are made in Mexico but that doesn't mean they aren't worth their money. The quality of the guitar I own exceeds the price I payed by far. The modern C-shaped slightly thick neck in combination with the famous Stratocaster body design makes you never want to put down this guitar. It generates this magical ability of a great instrument to be more than a tool, to be a part of your very self. It has all the feautures you want on a Strat, again with great quality. The floating tremolo bridge on this guitar is more than mere decoration like on a budget Squier but don't expect to dive in deep without losing tuning stability. In this case and for my playing style I chose to lock the bridge to increase tuning stability and sustain.

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First Guitar

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Stratocaster<3 on August 4, 2013 (updated August 5, 2013)
Semi-Professional Rock Heavy Metal

My first electric guitar is a 2011 Standard Strat and I love it.

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In Brazil the Fender is Queen

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Anderson Nunes on July 10, 2013 (updated July 15, 2013)
Amateur Rock

Yes this is a true work of the Gods! Its playability is indescribable. In Brazil this is the mother of music!

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Burst / Maple My #1

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UncleMoe on June 23, 2013
Professional Blues Jazz Classic Rock Heavy Metal Country Classical

I bought my standard as a project guitar and it turned out to be so much more. The burst finish looks more 50s vintage than modern burst. Great playability, quality build.The fretwork was great also.... Just as solid as a US with an added bonus of extra cash to customize it ( i added dimarzio 67'/injectors& a toneshaper).
I also have a white US standard w/ EMG DG20 pickguard and my burst just feels and plays way better and is my go to. For me this one is a no brainer. Even the vintage style trem stays in tune better than any ive seen....
The ONLY downside i had with it was the saddle height adjustment screws. The stock screws are a little to long for palm muting comfortably with a low action setup and the metric size (m3) makes it really hard to find stainless steel replacements, but when you do its a $4.00 fix ...
It's called the standard for a reason, a true workhorse that's meant to be played and looks as great as any "display"guitar.($$$$)...

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Perfection

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bdittmar on May 26, 2013
Amateur Alternative Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal Country Punk

I bought a used navy blue Standard Strat about 2 years ago. I was just getting into guitar and I had no knowledge whatsoever about the materials used, the quality of pickups, etc. I just bought what I liked, and man, was I lucky. This guitar is a work of art. It's very well made, sounds great, and holds its tune. I was extremely lucky that I chose this Strat over the other inferior products that also appealed to me at the time. No, it's not an American Standard, but its price accurately reflects that. It is very versatile, and can hold its own when playing rock, jazz, metal, or whatever else your little heart desires. I personally am a classic rock fanatic, and playing classic rock on this guitar sounds like a dream. If you're looking for a guitar in this price range, nothing beats the value and versatility of a Standard Strat. Happy shopping!

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Wonderful guitar for the money and excellent quality and playability!

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KC9SYJ on May 15, 2013
Amateur Gospel Country

Haven't had mine very long at all,...three days,...but hey,it is a very good guitar and it's my VERY FIRST Strat. I was going to go with another Tele originally,but went with this one since it is a bit lighter in weight and better balanced,plus I like the contoured body better than the Tele,...I'm not saying the Telecaster is bad,...No,...not at all,...but the sound of the Strat is what I wanted for 'praise & worship" music,along with southern gospel and old hymns of the faith. I am just coming back to the guitar after being away from it for over ten years,and I wanted a good quality guitar without breaking the bank,...I found that in this one. With good care and maintenance,I expect her to last a long,long time! You can't possibly go wrong with a guitar in this price range!

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Made an old Man very happy

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blueray on May 10, 2013 (updated May 10, 2013)
Amateur Blues

Got the Midnight Wine, Maple Fingerboard version during the Fender Spring Break. A silly price for a heap of guitar. The variety of tone is what you'd expect from a Strat, unique. The hardware, pickups and cosmetic upgrade all compliment the guitar. Don't know whether the set-up was as 'Factory' or tweaked by the shop but whatever, just so light an action. Easy for my Arthritic fingers. Barre Chords? Bar none now. Will snobbery ever get me to chase after the US model? Why, got everything a Strat is supposed to have right here. It IS a Fender Stratocaster and not a distant cousin. Close inspection invited :>)

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Perfect for worship

(4.0)
bhenrik on April 20, 2013 (updated April 22, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues Gospel Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Country

this guitar is perfect for worship! it stays on tune very well, lightweigth and its in budget!

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2012 Midnight Wine w/rosewood Fingerboard

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Art1 on April 16, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues R&B Classic Rock Country

Awesome guitar. If I could only have one guitar, this would be it. I love my Jags best, but this one is my blues guitar. I can't rate it any better. This was my Christmas gift to myself.

All of my amps are tube with the lone exception of a 1995 Fender Performer 650. This Strat even rocks through that solid state amp. But it kicks serious butt when played through good tube amps. (yeah, all Fender amps.) It's a dream to play and was set up perfect. Sweetwater did a great inspection before delivering. I wish it came with a case but it's a "steal" even without one. Classic Fender Strat tone!

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Everything a strat should be

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dnorman123@live.co.uk on March 28, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Gospel Jazz Rock Classic Rock

This guitar is super reliable, stays in tune well, looks great, feels great and is a true 'strat' at an amazing price. A no-brainer really :)

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The Baby before the Baby

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JonWBradley on February 26, 2013 (updated March 1, 2013)
Amateur Blues Jazz Rock Classic Rock Bluegrass

I'm a hobbyist, so no gig-worthy comments here, but it works for me. Picked up this MIM Strat in 2002 as a post Tax Return gift to myself. Always wanted a Strat, so I treated myself. The specs are standard except the installation of a new bone nut (installed after a toddler with a wrench attempted to fix the broken string one day). The neck is great, the weight is perfect, and the electronics seem to be solid. This thing stays in tune like a champ. I live in the Piedmont of NC and experience quite a difference in humidity during the day as well as temperature swings in the winter. Thing still stays in tune. I've used it almost weekly since I bought it and the electronics still work without any noticeable issues. While I plan to pick up a few higher level (and dollar) Strats in the future, this one is and always be the baby.

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2006 60th Anniversary Standard Strat

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Art41 on February 24, 2013 (updated February 24, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues Classic Rock

I love this guitar! I got this guitar used from someone who did not know what he had. Being a 60th Anniversary model it isn't your average Standard Strat. When I got this beauty, it needed a lot of TLC which I was more than happy to give. After cleaning it up and discovering its awesome Red Chrome color, I then discovered that it came stock with Tex-Mex pickups, which was a special thing Fender did for Anniversary model guitars. It also has a small pewter emblem on the back of the headstock denoting Fender's 60 years. The guitar has monster tone. I think the Tex-Mex pickups are very underrated myself. The guitar is a little on the heavy side as compared to my Deluxe Roadhouse Strat, but I like its heavier feel. The neck is smooth as silk and very fast. The guy I bought this guitar from regrets selling it to me now! Everyone that I have let play it wanted to take it home with them. Can't say that about any of my other guitars and I have 4 others. I have always loved Fender guitars... this one is by far my favorite, I will never part with it. New this guitar was $571.00... ( I have the tag) seems to me that would have been a steal!

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I Own 3 of These

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debraehart on February 22, 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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Guitar for the Masses

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Fat tele on February 20, 2013 (updated February 20, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues R&B Jazz Rock Country

My strat is a 2002 sunburst with rosewood fretboard that I bought used. I set it up with 10's and added more springs to the bridge. It stays in tune even after long journeys. I also replaced the pickups with Fender Tex-Mex single coils and are the best strat pickup for the money. I love the contours of the stratocaster because it looks like it's playing fast sitting still.

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Strat Standard - candy red w/maple neck

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zot on February 20, 2013 (updated February 20, 2013)
Beginner Blues Rock Classic Rock

I tried out a couple of American made Strats along with this one and being a relative novice (re-learning to play), I found that this was no different feeling and sounding than the others. I have smaller fingers and have a hard time playing 6 string bar chords but not with these. If the shoe fits, wear it! I would like to have an American Strat one day!

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My Main Guitar

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

This type of Strat is MY favorite type of strat. It is my main go-to guitar. I just love the way it sounds and handles. The tone is awesome. I have it set up and it stays in tune much better. I love the s/s/s. And most of the time I put the selector switch at the number 2 postion, it works great for harmonics. I'm planning on installing a Super-vee bladerunner tremolo on it. I love the midnight wine color on it. Snag one these for yourself and you won't be disappointed.

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2011 Stratocaster Maple Fretboard SSS

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almungo on February 20, 2013 (updated February 20, 2013)
Amateur Blues Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country Classical Reggae / Ska

This is my go-to guitar for events and traveling. It represents great value for money, and with the right amplification, has the classic strat sound. The 2nd and 4th pickup positions do the quack very well, and a large variety of tones can be had from combinations of volumes, tones, pickups and playing techniques. The neck is comfortable and fast, although may take some getting used to for those coming from a thicker neck background. It usually stays in tune well and for a long time too. It's good to play standing, with a good balance.

My only gripe would be the pickups-whilst they can sound great, there is a noticeable volume drop on the 1st string, meaning that solos and rhythm work can be lacking in upper end sparkle. I believe that this is due to an issue with compatibility, certainly on the 2011 model, between the width of the pickups and the string spacing. There is definitely a visible mismatch here.

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Great value for the money

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Elkjer on February 20, 2013
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock

I've bought this guitar a half year ago. I like it a lot.
It has a great neck, that makes it easy to play.
I have nothing to say about the finish. It looks great :-)
The sound was fine, but I changed the pickups to some Texas Special instead. That just gives some sound that fits better to my ear :-)
I think this guitar gives great value for the money :-)

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'07 model midnight wine rosewood fretboard

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mojjett on February 20, 2013 (updated February 20, 2013)
Amateur Blues R&B Gospel Jazz Rock Classic Rock

This is a summary of a review I made in '09, slightly edited,

This is an '07 model purchased in '08. Midnight wine. IMO very beautiful color. I think everybody knows the features of a no frills standard MIM strat.

According to the ad, this is a vintage style, upgraded model, whatever that means. On the label on the pickguard, it says it's electronics are shielded. Which is probably why this is fairly quiet for single coils.

This was pulled out of the box before my eyes. I honestly didn't find any flaws anywhere. The finish is as close to perfect as possible. The action was exactly what you would expect for a light stringed strat. Truss adjustment spot on & so on. All it needed was new strings.

Now in 2013 going on 5 years, I did swap out the pups for some vintage designed pups. But the stock ones were pretty good in mine. I could have done w/o the swap & been perfectly happy. I would've liked a bit more width in the nut area on the neck. e.g. like the American Standard model. As it is this guitar's tone is great, & it's comfortable & fun to play. It makes me smile.

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Title: Really good Guitar

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Software-Pirat on February 19, 2013 (updated February 20, 2013)
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock

Design: The guitar looks like a typical strat, nothing special. But that's how a strat should look like and the guitar is doing this. So, five points.

Features: I always wonder why you can't control the tone for the bridge pickup. Okay, that's traditional but need this be so today? I've changed this on my own guitar. The pots works fine, also the mechanics are good. The vintage vibrato system is a little bit tight but it works good and the guitar stays in tune. Because of the not controllable tone of the bridge pickup I give four points.

Playability: I like this neck. It feels really good in my hands. The string height can set up comfortably low and the body shaping gives a good play feeling. Also the frets are well processed and don't encumber during playing. All in all the manufacturing is really good. Only one bad point, the string tree. The traditional string tree led to some problems during tuning the h- and the high e-string. Both strings behave a little touchy during tuning. I think the string tree of the American Standard would work better. On my Strat I replaced the string tree with a roller string tree. Works fine. But I've to rate the stock instrument, so I give four points.

Tone: The standard pickups are not so great. Their sound is good, but nothing more (or less). The instrument has more potential than the stock pickups could call. I replaced the stock pickups with the Red House from Leosounds, a small german pickup costum shop. Now the instrument sounds really good, like I expect from a Strat. The stock pickups look a little cheap with a big magnet on the lower side. Normally for single coils the polepieces are the magnets. But cheap pickups and a good instrument is better than the other way around. Because of the pickups: Four points.

Value: The Standard Strat is a really good guitar. Overall I've gave four points. For my strat (in candy apple red) I would give five points, but I've changed the pickups, the string tree, changed the electronic setup and replaced the mechanics with Fender locking mechanics. And now I own a really good instrument.

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Workhorse

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Kavan on February 19, 2013
Amateur Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Folk Punk

I own two of these, the first a Japanese Standard that I bought new in 1990, the second a Mexican that I bought new in 2001, I've bought and sold many other guitars over the years but I still have these and I'll never let them go.

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My dad's guitar

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Dave_efc on February 19, 2013
Amateur Blues Funk Jazz Classic Rock Pop Rock

My dad bought this MIM standard strat in 1995. It has a metallic red finish (I think crimson red metallic bought I can't be certain) and a rosewood board. My dad played it a few times but generally it just lived on it's stand in the spare room. He gave me his axe when I started playing and it's still my main guitar 18 years later. I've replaced the pickups with texas specials and it's awesome. I own more expensive guitars but this one is 'the one'

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2009 MIM Fender Standard Strat - White - Rosewood

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BeingLouder on February 19, 2013
Amateur Blues Alternative Rock

My evolution/Motivation as a guitar player - composer exploded the moment I touched this guitar, lovely to handle and its tone made me think twice before I plug in any pedal between this brutal beauty and my (sorry) Mar#$#"all tube amplifier. I've tried other brands/types before, but for sure, this guitar inspired me to do a lot of new things, it is like it begs to be abused somedays and others it gently invites me to play it softly. I really love it.

Suggestions (probably out of line due to cost issues)

1)- Is it too crazy to think about plug and play passive single-coil pickups? From time to time I would like to remove one pickup and insert a texas special without removing a single screw.

2)- Is it to crazy to think about a small touch sensitive region on the pickguard to control effects - effect settings by gestures? Maybe I want all the action to happen on my guitar, coz it is really nice to touch every single inch of this smooth - perfect guitar body while playing.

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Awesome Axe for little money!!

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volhooker on February 19, 2013
Semi-Professional Jazz Pop Rock Country Bluegrass

I bought this guitar several years ago. It has never let me down! I did dress it up a bit with an American Flag pick guard laid against that Arctic White Body is BEAUTIFUL!!! The tone is always on lock. The action has always been very easy which is a welcome change from my Tak accoustic which most people I know can't even play because it hurts their fingers how tough the thing is on the fingers!!

I was very leary about buying the Fender at first because it was made in Mexico, but, I didn't have the money to drop on the American Made Strat. Let's just say that if the American Strat is better than the Mexico Strat...It would only be played by the angels in Heaven!

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Fabulous guitar

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Captainstempy on February 19, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

I bought this guitar used but as new, still had the protective film on. Mines a MIM but I've upgraded it with Fender Custom Shop '69 pick ups which give it that wonderful vintage Strat tone that you cannot mistake as these don't have the reverse wound middle pup and sound all the better for it. I also had a steel trem block fitted and Fender locking tuners which fit straight on. The addition of a Fender mint green scratch plate and back cover give it a bit of individuality and contrasts well with the wine red body. It is such a beautiful looking instrument and sounds just as good as it looks.

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A great first Fender!

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texasguitarslinger on February 19, 2013
Professional Blues Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country

My first Fender was a 2004 Standard Strat. Later, I acquired a 1992 Standard Strat so I actually own two of these. There are some differences between the ones I own and the ones in current production. Current Standard Strats have a different logo decal (mine are silver, new ones are black), medium jumbo frets (before 2006 they had vintage style frets), and a more sturdy tremolo block. Given the fact that I'd take larger frets over smaller ones and a better tremolo block any day of the week, I actually like the current production Standards better.

But that's not to say I don't like mine. I love the feel of both of their necks, my 2004 Strat blew me away when I tried it in the store for the first time seven years ago. I didn't have any need to try any other guitar there, I knew that was the right one. And you really won't find any other guitar or Fender knockoff that's a better value in it's price range. My only problem with them is that I'm not a huge fan of the ceramic magnet pickups. I'd prefer something with Alnico magnets, but the great things about Strats is that they're easy enough to modify! Just swap the pickups and you have a legit Fender Strat all for way under a $1k.

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A all in all great guitar

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treav0r on February 18, 2013
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal Country

I got my Standard Strat in CAR with a maple fretboard and so far, it is a great and very comfortable guitar to play with. It has 3 single coil pickups , wich have cermaic magnets, but i would change them to AlNiCo-V vintage-style pickups.
All in all a great Stratocaster, which features an exellent build quality and a great versatilitiy with the ceramic pickups.

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Sweet Strat

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Bubbha on February 18, 2013
Amateur Alternative Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal

I bought this instrument just months before I acquired the Dave Murray signature strat. Even after acquiring that sweet instrument, I still enjoy playing on this model. The sound is great, the action is nice and if I had to buy only one guitar it would be this one. My niece has taken up learning guitar and I've promised to give her this strat once she learns a Maiden song!

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Aged nicer than I have.

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SwiftPickins on February 18, 2013
Amateur Blues Gospel Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country

I picked this up as one of my first serious guitars via a garage sale with a frontman 15r amp, the old style with the metal grill. This was bought by someone who wanted to learn how to play, they gave up and put it in the bag (yes they used to come with the bags), and stored it in the closet. His girlfriend took it out and tried to learn how to play and gave up, back to the closet. Literally a closet queen. Great candy apple red and you can make out the metallic flecks in the paint. This one is a 1996 model. I have owned newer but nothing older. Maple neck. I love the feel of this guitar. Smooth play up and down the neck. Stock everything which is rare for an older strat. The knobs and pickup covers have yellowed with age giving it a vintage look. The neck also has tinted with age. The tone is typical fender Stratocaster. Even though I picked it up for a fraction of what it costs new, I still can not bring myself to sell it or trade it for something different. I can't say that about some of the other gear I have churned over the years. I now own 4 different Stratocasters, all made in mexico. A 2000 standard with a custom paint job and upgraded pickups, a surf green 50s series, this 96 candy apple cutie, and a special edition HSS ash with mid boost circuit.

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Classic

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dogsbrekky on February 18, 2013
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Country

MIM Std Stratocaster built in 2012.. very nice quality on my Arctic White with maple fingerboard model.... very versatile.. I play Ian Moss, Cold Chisel, Neil Finn, Johnny Cash, Glenn Campbell, The Sweet and even some Deep Purple, Stones etc... I really like the easy feel neck and beautiful glossy fingerboard...

My set up was ideal rigt out of the box and I am a tinkerer so am adding some Fender Vintage noiseless Pups to the middle Pup and a Dimarzio area 58 to the neck Pup for some added fun...

Very well made indeed... I went over mine with a fine tooth comb and it is flawless..

I really want an Eric Clapton Strat but for the same price own my own modded MIM Standard, a Fender T Bucket.... a Mustang II amp, a Frontman 10G (for my apt) and a Bernie Marsden guitar

My Strat is my fave... and I own an old Jap Squier 1987 Vin (S Vin) and a late 90s MIA Strat

Great job with all of my 2012 Fender products... keep up the great work

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If you can own only one guitar . . .

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IronWill on February 18, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Funk Rock Heavy Metal

If you can own only one guitar, this is it. The craftsmanship is very good, the instrument is easily playable, and the three pickups give you a good variety of sounds, and, you have the tremolo which gives you access to yet more sounds.
If you can own only one guitar . . . It will be a Strat.

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The Best for the Money

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whd1952 on February 18, 2013
Amateur Blues Rock Classic Rock

Bought mine while in Iraq in 2011 and brought it home. Arctic White with a maple fretboard. Sounds great through any amp and the ease of playing rates it above anything in the price range.

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Great for Rookies!!!

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jkage on February 18, 2013
Beginner Blues Jazz Rock Classic Rock Heavy Metal

Great guitar for the price and Quality.. I love mine...

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Should of got one earlier!

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MexiTele on February 18, 2013
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One of the easiest playing guitars on the planet. Wonderful tone from the stock pickups. I haven't felt the need to swap them out like most others do. Pair it up with a nice Fender valve amp and you have an unbeatable team. Highly recommend these MIM Strats. A lot of bang for your buck and it is a true workhorse. It has never let me down.

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Classic style and tone

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wrains on February 18, 2013
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Love this guitar! Classic strat tone and plays great!

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Mexican Strat Standard

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shryke on February 18, 2013
Amateur Blues Classic Rock Heavy Metal Country Punk

Great guitar. I have owned a few Fenders from Squiers to a signature SRV Strat and I LOVE my Mexican strat. Great workmanship and excellent playability. Sounds great too.

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Awsome

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therobertcollins on February 18, 2013
Amateur Blues Jazz Alternative Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock Folk Country Classical Punk

This is a really great guitar.
mines a '94 waynes world and it is my favorite.
It is cheap but it is just as good as an american.

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Only 'Standard'?

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LiamBrightman on February 18, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues Rock Classic Rock Country Punk

The classic Stratocaster has so much to live up to, and without a doubt it exceeds these expectations. It runs so smooth in your hands and fingers it feels as if you are simply brushing it. I use it for Beatles, Rolling Stones, Oasis, Smiths and Johnny Cash songs and it has its own persona for each one. Would highly recommend it.

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General

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Model Name: Standard Stratocaster®, Maple Fingerboard, Black, No Bag
Model Number: 0144602506
Series: Standard
Advertised Price: $499.99
Color: Black

Body

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

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Front
Neck Shape: Modern "C"
Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
Fingerboard: Maple
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 Single-Coil Strat
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. Bridge and Middle Pickup, Position 3. Middle Pickup, Position 4. Middle and Neck Pickup, Position 5. Neck Pickup
Pickup Configuration: SSS

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

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Strings: Fender® USA Bullets® 3250L, NPS, (.009-.042 Gauges)
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