From Vintage Guitar magazine – “The American Standard Strat might just be one of the best bargains on the used guitar market. And for a quality American-made Strat with great sound and features, this is 100 percent Gigmeister!”
Every company wants to improve its product, and Fender is no different. The early ’80s found the company back under private ownership and wanting to create new classics. While the ’57 and ’62 reissue Strats were selling well, the powers that be felt the need to address problems inherent on the old guitars. So they made some substantial changes, including –
- The American Standard uses a new trem fastened to the guitar top with just two bolts instead of the six used on the original.
- The small, easily rusted saddle on the original were replaced with heavier, smoother block saddles that made palm muting easier and more comfortable.
- The backplate routing was changed to allow easier string changing.
- The five-way pickup select was finally standard equipment, and the pots were also wired differently. The volume pot stayed the same, while the middle tone knob only affected the neck pickup. The lower tone control affects both the middle and bridge pickups.
- The middle pickup was reverse-wound and reverse-phased, eliminating hum in positions two and four. This makes the American Standard a great recording guitar and players will appreciate the lack of hum in noisy bars, near fluorescent lights, or with questionable electrical circuits.
- Access to the truss rod is now at the headstock, but without the ’70s bullet. This makes truss rod adjustments a snap and allows you to do so with the guitar strung to pitch – an impossible feat on the old Strats with truss rod access under the pickguard.
- The fretboard radius was changed to 9.5 degrees, making string bending easier, and larger fret wire was also employed.
Properly set up, this is one easy-playing guitar. The neck feels a bit bigger, with a subtly squared, yet rounded shape. A nut width of 1.6875″ seems to be a great average size – not too narrow or wide.
The American Standard Strat does all the great tones you expect from a Strat. With a properly adjusted nut, you can indulge in fairly serious whammy action without going out of tune. The flatter fretboard and bigger frets make for a comfortable playing experience.
Model Name: American Standard Stratocaster® Maple Fingerboard
Body Material: Two Piece Solid Ash
Body Finish: Urethane
Neck Material: Maple
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: 1.685″ (42.8 mm)
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt with Micro-Tilt™ Adjustment
Neck Finish: Satin Finish on Back, Gloss Finish on Front
Position Inlays: Black Dot
Pickups: 3 x Single-Coil Strat
Pickup Switching: 5-Position Blade
Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Block Micro Adjustable Saddles
Tuning Machines: Fender Standard Cast/Sealed Staggered
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs: Aged White Plastic
This USA Strat is in excellent original condition. It has some light expected scratching on the pickguard – only possible to see at a certain angle. Not a mark on the top. A few very faint scuff marks on the back, and not a mark on the neck. There is no tarnishing of any of the metal parts. It really presents as NOS (new old stock). AND it’s a lefty. There’s not too many proper left handed American Strats out there, and this is a good one.
This one has been played at home & in the studio, rarely gigged. It has been played-in & settled, and kept in superb condition. Weighs in at 8.5 lbs
Strats excel at so many kinds of music that it’s hard not to love ’em. Finished in beautiful black, this is a great looking lefty Strat with sound to match.
Comes with its original Fender hard case in new condition.