The Fender Stratocaster is a legendary instrument. It has permeated the very core of the modern musical world, where you can encounter a stratocaster or an imitator on any step you take toward buying a new guitar. This is not surprising. After all the guitar design has proven to be the most popular to have ever been made. So let us now take a look at the Fender Standard Stratocaster and figure out what makes it so special that thousands of rock and rollers buy it, every year.
The body of the stratocaster is iconic, which is why you don’t need me singing praise to it. On the other hand I need to sing praise to this body design because, well, it is one of the best and most widespread designs ever created. Not only that, it is probably the most recognizable after the Les Paul. Or even more so? Whatever it is, the Stratocaster typical double cutaway body shape is beautiful and easy to play. The coloring of the Fender Standard Stratocaster is flexible, with the guitar being available in most designs that you could ever desire it in.
The body of the guitar is made of the ever so forgotten Alder. This beautiful tonewood has so many good qualities that are so painful to recount, because it has lost its prominence over the years to cheaper hardwood. Alder is known to have a bright, beautiful tone which, while slightly flatter than the maple, is nonetheless just as recognizable, unique and lovable. The hardwood is also known for its moderate sturdiness, being able to resist most damage, yet needing care not to dent or scratch it. The wood is also very lightweight, making for a great guitar tonewood that will not cause your shoulders and back to hurt.
The neck of the guitar is made out of Maple, the wood that is so well known for being extremely sturdy. This makes the guitar very well suited for being constantly played around with. Whether you are a traveler or just like a dance a whole lot, know that your guitar’s neck will not be giving out any time soon. The neck is bolted onto the body, which is not a bad thing in this guitar at all. The standard 4 bolt connection makes the guitar very sturdy and well aligned. The fretboard of the guitar is made of the ever loved Rosewood.
The bridge of the guitar is the 6 Saddle Vintage Style Synchronized Tremolo. The vintage design of the bridge keeps the guitar feeling authentically vintage, while also keeping the strings steady and the action lovely. The tremolo bar is a nice little addition that we all can get a little bit of fun out of.
The nut of the guitar is made out of synthetic bone. This material is of a slightly higher quality than plastic and does provide a beautiful, clean sound to the guitar’s strings.
The tuning machine of the guitar is designed in the vintage style and has a great tuning stability. You won’t have to worry about it going out of tune any time soon, after you tune it of course.
The guitar is equipped with a triple pickup configuration. All three of the pickups, at the neck, middle and the bridge of the guitar, are Standard Single-Coil Strat Pickups. This provides the guitar with a very smooth, warm sound that is bright and very energetic. These pickups also keep the guitar sounding a little on the vintage style. Definitely a nice, all Single Coil configuration many of us will find a use for.
The guitar sound rather amazing. The manufacturers tried really hard to keep the instrument feeling authentically vintage and this shows. Combined with the very recognizable resonance of alder, the guitar sound very true to the original stratocasters and it is amazing. A sound too easy to fall in love with.
Overall this is a very nice guitar .The original stratocasters kind of shook the world and this one brings back everything that was important about the instrument. Highly recommended whether you are looking for an actually vintage instrument, or just an instrument that sound great.