Fender American Standard Stratocaster [2008-2012]
Fender American Standard Stratocaster [2008-2012]

American Standard Stratocaster [2008-2012], STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the American Standard Stratocaster series.

iamqman 08/08/2011

Fender American Standard Stratocaster [2008-2012] : iamqman's user review

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Fender is the top dog and no matter how many boutique builders there are out there, no one will dethrone the king dog. They have been played all over the world from beginner learning guitar players to the best professionals in the world. Any guitar who has ever been playing the guitar longer than a few year most likely have picked up owned a Fender Stratocaster at some point.

My very first guitar was Fender Strat but with the standard three single coil operation. It was the classic look of the three tone sunburst, but I have always love red guitars. The famous U2 song "Desire" is a big attribute to that. When Bono says " with a red guitar....on fire...Desssire"....and so on it just lasted in my head and every since I was a kid I have loved red guitars.



Neck Shape: Modern "C" Shape
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Black Dot Position Inlays
Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
Fretboard: Rosewood or Maple
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Headstock Face with Satin Urethane Finish on Back of Neck
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt™
Truss Rods: Bi-Flex™ Truss Rod System
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series Nut
Pickup Configuration: S/S/S
Bridge Pickup: American Strat® Single-Coil Pickup
Middle Pickup: American Strat® Single-Coil Pickup
Neck Pickup: American Strat® Single-Coil 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
Special Electronics: No-Load Tone Control
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. No-Load Tone Control (Middle and Bridge Pickups)
Hardware: Chrome
Bridge: 2-Point Synchronized Tremolo with Vintage Style Bent Steel Saddles
Tuning Machines: Deluxe Staggered Cast/Sealed Tuning Machines
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Switch Tip: Parchment Switch Tip
Tremolo Arm/Handle: American Standard Series Tremolo Arm


There is a reason why these guitars have been copied the world over and still remain one of the most classic icon on music history. The tone from this guitar is absolute top notch. This is an extremely versatile guitar with the 5 way selector and humbucking and single coil operation. Any old amp will do with this guitar. This guitar will connect with you like no other guitar can and probably ever will. I love the way this guitar sounds with a good old Fender Bassman or a Marshall plexi amp. Use an Ibanez tube screamer in front and an analog delay ad you will be set for a great classic rock tone. The soul from this guitar is just magical and pleasant. This fine instrument is so silky and smooth that is makes you amp sing like it was meant to be together.


These guitars range from around $999- $1300 depending on the features and setup that comes with these guitars. Some of them are higher due to the paint job and the specs. But all of them sound about the same and they all feel really good in the hands. I would recommend everyone who loves playing the guitar to own one of these fine instruments. They are such a treat to the ears.