Fender American Stratocaster HSS [2003-2007] : iamqman's user review
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This color combo on this guitar is very cool. I love the silver and black hardware/pickguard. Fender Stratocaster is probably my favorite guitar in existence. Of course I'm talking more about the super strat of the Fender Stratocaster series with the humbucker installed but nonetheless the whole body shape and feel and the tonal balance is just perfect for me. I am just absolutely in love with the shape and overall voice of this guitar. It's one remarkable guitar that has been influential to guitar builders for decades now. It's a simple design yet produces such great results.
Neck Shape: Modern "C" Shape
Number of Frets: 22
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
Position Inlays: Pearl Dot Inlays
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5"-14" Compound Radius (24.1 cm-35.56 cm)
Fretboard: Rosewood or Maple
Neck Material: Maple
Neck Finish: Satin Urethane
Nut Width: 1.685" (42.8 mm)
Scale Length: 25.5" (64.8 cm)
Neck Plate: 4-Bolt Neck Plate with Micro-Tilt
Truss Rod Nut: 1/8" American Series Nut
Pickup Configuration: H/S/S
Bridge Pickup: Atomic Humbucking™ Pickup
Middle Pickup: Noiseless™ N3 Strat® Middle Pickup
Neck Pickup: Noiseless™ N3 Strat® Neck Pickup
Pickup Switching: Position 1. Humbucking Pickup w/ Coils in Series, Pos. 2. Middle Pickup/Inside Coil of Humbucking Pickup in Parallel, Pos. 3. Middle Pickup, Pos 4. Neck/Middle Pickup in Parallel, Pos. 5. Neck Pickup
Special Electronics: S-1™ Switch
Controls: Master Volume, Tone 1. (Neck Pickup), Tone 2. (Bridge/Middle Pickup)
This guitar has a great sound and feel with the added humbucker and deep rosewood finished fretboard. The tone is darker as well much like any guitar that would have a humbucker in the bridge. These guitars do have a brighter tone so the the mix with the darker fretboard is a nice touch. It is not overly dramatic is tonal change but really subtle. I primarily play a Fender Stratocaster with the Marshall style amplifier. Couple that guitar and amp with an analog delay pedal or even an analog chorus pedal and you can get some solid 80s and modern new music tones. I primarily keep the Fender Stratocaster pickup selector in the neck pick up position. I really like the tone of the Fender Strat in the neck position because it gets a good chimy bluesy tone.
At new you can find these for right around $999 which is a great price for this guitar. if you are looking for a good solid super start then this is about the best price that you can find. Only if this had a Floyd Rose tremolo on it then it would be perfect! This is a great guitar for the money and a super guitar for the tone.