The Fender Stratocaster is arguably the most popular electric guitar ever designed.
In 1981, the American-made Stratocaster was renamed the Standard Stratocaster to avoid confusion with other models originating outside USA. In 1986, it was renamed the American Standard Stratocaster followed by American Series Stratocaster in 2000 and then the American Standard Series Stratocaster in 2008. In most cases, all of these Stratocasters can simply be referred to as the American Standard Stratocaster. As Fender's primary production Stratocaster, this model has stayed largely the same since the early '80s.
This is a straight up, great playing USA Strat in excellent overall shape and a nice set of upgraded pickups.
Features on this one include a beautiful sunburst finish, modern-style 2 point trem bridge with six individual saddles, and a great playing rosewood fingerboard. Solid contoured ash body, skirted control knobs and a 3-ply parchment pickguard. The original white pickguard on this one has been changed to a sexy looking black Strat guard – looking good !
Modern C shaped maple neck with a skunk stripe down the back and a neck tilt adjustment at the neck heel. Rosewood fingerboard with white dot inlays and a 1 11/16” nut. Sealed Fender tuners, 25.5” scale length.
Pickups are 3 x Sliders 59 SRV Strat pickups – made right here in Sydney by Rod McQueen. They incorporate Alnico 5 magnets, and the middle pickup is wound counter-clockwise so switch positions 2 and 5 are totally noiseless.
From Rod - The “59/SRV” re-creations are the same period correct 1959 set but given selected power adjusted AlNiCo and a small (secret) ”over wind” to nail Stevie’s power and warm/bluesy tones.
My 59/SRV ‘s are still a classic vintage voiced pickup, just tweaked a little to hit that clarity, warm up the tone and really drive that amp!"
They are simply great sounding pickups – totally vintage vibe with these. The original pickups are long gone & not included in the sale.
This guitar has been looked after and set up by noted Sydney guitar tech Alan Rigg, who also wired the lower tone pot to dial in an infinitely variable amount of the neck pickup into any switched combination of the other pickups. This is a very useful and versatile modification – so many subtle variations of tone available.
Apart from some light surface scratches on the pickguard, there are no dings, dents or other blemishes on this guitar. It is super clean. The fingerboard and frets are in great shape with only light player wear and tons of life left in them. The neck is straight with a very comfortable action. All electronics and parts are in perfect working condition.
A classic workhorse USA Stratocaster in fine playing condition, with another 50 years to go.
Comes in its high quality Fender hard poly case in excellent condition.
Video demo of Slider 59 SRV pickups - https://youtu.be/UMWAneXJncY