In 1954 when Leo Fender introduced the world to his newest creation, the Stratocaster, nobody could possibly have known it would change the face of contemporary music forever. The fast-action maple neck, the comfort-contoured alder body, three single-coil pickups and standard synchronised tremolo – this is where the tradition began and still carries on today in the surprisingly playable, affordable Standard Series Stratocaster.
The Standard Series Stratocaster features a lightweight, “comfort contoured” alder body which has actually changed very little since the first Strats rolled off the production lines in 1954. However, this new version actually has shielded body cavities for reduced hum and quieter operation than you’d get with a vintage 1950s Strat. A three-ply pickguard completes the classic look.
While there’s no denying the fact that Leo Fender’s guitar designs were an amazing blend of art and engineering, it was the erroneously named synchronized tremolo (it’s actually a vibrato) that may well have been his most inspired bit of engineering. With it you could bend notes or even entire chords up or down without throwing the guitar out of tune. Even though Fender has continued to improve upon the tremolo, many players simply prefer the look and feel of the original. The Standard Strat comes with that vintage style tremolo, but adds a high mass bridge block for improved sustain and tone.
The Stratocaster was the first production line guitar with three pickups, and it’s no surprise that this basic configuration is just as popular today as it was in 1954. The Standard Stratocaster comes from the factory with three standard Strat single-coil pickups with vintage style ceramic magnets. Way back in the 1950s and ’60s, players had to carefully fiddle with their three-position blade switch to get those “in between” pickup combinations. But the Standard Strat comes with a modern five-way blade switch for instant access to all the classic Strat tones.
Leo Fender wasn’t a guitar player. In fact, he got his start repairing radios. So he had no idea that guitars weren’t supposed to have maple necks. In time, those blond maple necks and fingerboards became a Fender trademark, though the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards on most of its models. This Standard Strat has a maple neck and fingerboard that helps deliver the classic Strat “spank and sparkle.” In keeping with contemporary tastes, this Strat has a more modern “C” shape maple neck with a satin polyester finish on the back and a gloss finish on the fretboard and headstock.
- Colour: Black
- Body Type: Solidbody
- Lightweight alder body with three-ply pickguard and shielded body cavities
- Vintage Style tremolo with high mass bridge block
- Three standard, single-coil Strat pickups
- Finish: Polyester
- Neck Shape: Modern “C” shape
- Machine Heads: Locking Fender Tuners
- Scale Length: 25 1/2″
- Fingerboard: Maple
- Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
- Position Markers: Dot
- Pickups: Three standard Strat single-coil pickups
- Controls: Master volume, two tone
- Pickup Switching: Five-position blade
- Hardware: Chrome
This one is in mighty good shape for a guitar just past its 15th birthday. There are some barely visible pick swirls on the guard, two very small wear marks on the fingerboard, and not much else that could be called a blemish. The neck is straight with a fast, medium-low action. The locking tuners are rock solid, the bridge & trem are set up nicely, and everything works as it should.
A very affordable workhorse Strat in great condition – no issues, just a solid guitar ready for work.
Comes in an after-market tweed hard case in good condition.