Fender Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo [2009-2014]
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Fender Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo [2009-2014]

Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo [2009-2014], STC-Shaped Guitar from Fender in the Standard Stratocaster series.

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All user reviews for the Fender Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo [2009-2014]

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Average Score:5.0( 5/5 based on 6 reviews )
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Value For Money : Excellent
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MGR/Jason10/22/2004

MGR/Jason's review"Fender Standard Fat Strat"

Fender Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo [2009-2014]
I bought this beautiful guitar under a month ago from a local music shop... I played a friend's American Strat, and so I decided to give Fender a chance. I usually play Epiphone because I've had one ever since my first guitar.

I love the slick neck on the Fat Strat, it's one of the easiest I've ever played... The color is also remarkable, I have the Sage Metallic Green, and it looks great. The best thing about this guitar, is the variations you can get with it. The modified coiled pickups to the humbucker gives you easy blues like B.B. King to hard distortion like VanHalen..

The only thing i truly dislike about this guitar, is the humbucker... But slap on a Dimarzio or Duncan, and this will be the guitar of your dreams.

This guitar is fantastically assembled... I took it to the shop for a standard tune up after I bought it, and they gave it back to me a few days later, with a $10.00 labor fee saying they only had to lower the action a little bit, everything else was perfect.

I recommend this guitar to anyone an everyone looking for a high quality guitar, I don't think I'll ever buy a different axe. And the price is remarkable, especially because it sounds just like my friend's American Strat!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Nate S.07/12/2004

MGR/Nate S.'s review"Fender Standard Fat Strat"

Fender Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo [2009-2014]
Bought from a Guitar Center in Richmond Virginia, for $399.

Above all, I like the quality you get from a fairly low-end price with this guitar. Fender makes their guitars rock solid, and just because the standards' are made in mexico doesn't mean this doesn't hold true. I love the bridge humbucker; if you want a great variety of sounds from a single guitar, from hard rock and punk to blues, from AC/DC and Nirvana to Eric Clapton and SRV, this guitar is perfect for you. This is what sold me on the fat strat rather than the regular strat.

Not too much to dislike...hmm. The wood on the neck is, in my opinion, the biggest down-grade in qualiy from the american fender strat. It is still VERY playable however. Also doesn't have the Fender engraving on the back of the metal bolt plate where the neck meets the body....but I'm just nitpicking now :)

Although all of the fender standards are made very well, there is a BIG variety with every one you will pick up, especially on the fretboards. I played over a dozen standard Fat Strats and I found that the fretboards would each fit into 4 or 5 different types. (I looked only at rosewood, my personal favorite). Although whereever I went the salesmen would claim there is no significant diference..there IS a difference.

So, my advice is do NOT order this guitar online, and if you can, try out at least half a dozen or more and see which feels best for you. I was lucky and found one with a darker rosewood fretboard, and I honestly can't tell much difference between my mexican fretboard and my friend's american strat rosewood fretboard.

The quality on the fender standards has dramatically changed for the better over the years, I have a friend with a much older one and it's nothing compared the standards fender is pumping out today. The fretboard wasn't that smooth, and the tuners were godawful (the tuners are now the exact same tuners found on the american)

Nowadays there are very few differences between the standard and the american, and it's up to you if spending $400 more for these improvements is worth it. The pickups can be replaced, and you can upgrade to locking tuners (only the Deluxe strats come with these) for much less.

On a sidenote, the guitar is extremely comfortable to play, the back is molded near the top to hug your chest, and it fits perfectly. It is a perfect weight, not too heavy so that your arms get tired, but not too light that you might lose control. It's right in the middle.

Fender has hit a homerrun with the standard strats these days. I am very very happy with mine, I've been playing for 5 years, and this guitar will be my top choice for years to come. If you're a beginner or an intermediate guitar player begging for great quality and sound at an affordable price, you really can't go wrong with the Fender Standard Fat Strat.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/David in Dale10/24/2003

MGR/David in Dale's review"Fender Fat Strat Mexico"

Fender Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo [2009-2014]
This instrument was purchased at Haugstom Musikk in Bergen, Norway. The price with Fender tweed gig bag, tweed patch cord extra string sets, picks & strap was Nk 5990,00 which is around $855.00. Outrageous in the USA but, well welcome to Europe.

I think this is, for me a great instrument. The pickups are noticeably a bit duller than than a Highway 1 Strat I tried through a Vox amp at the store. But that is ok for me as it better fits my playing style. But I must add that when I got it home and put through my Fender Princeton Chorus, well it just sounds beautiful...a real match! The color is one of the new ones for Fender, a metallic light green that, along with the rosewood neck, is a great look.

Can't think of anything other than the slight twinge of jealousy I feel when I see the price for this guitar in the USA.

Being a Fender Mexico, the workmanship is good but there are a few little flaws or blemishes, tho' nothing that has any affect on playing or sound.

This is a great instument and the humbucker pickup just gives an extra bit of punch. Lovely to hold and lovelier to play.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/Gibsonsareoverrated02/14/2003

MGR/Gibsonsareoverrated's review"Fender Standard Fat Strat"

Fender Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo [2009-2014]
I purchased this guitar at the Guitar center in San Bernardino, CA for $370.

Everything about his guitar is great. It sound wonderful is very versatile. It looks great with its midnight wine paint job and maple neck. This axe has absolutely no flaws in the way that its is built. This is the reason why strats are always compared to Les Pauls even though they are less than half the price.

Sometimes when I am pressing to hard on the bridge while doing a palm-mute, I get the tremelo effect.

FLAWLESS

THIS IS A VERY VERY VERY EXCELLENT COOL GUITAR. If this guitar is good for enough for The Who, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Tom DeLonge, Stevie Vaughn, Eric Clapton, Billy Joe Armstrong (the guy from Green Day), NOFX, Yngwie Malmsteen, my guitar instructor, Kurt Cobain, New Found Glory etc. etc. etc. etc. then it is good enough for me.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
MGR/dz02/20/2002

MGR/dz's review"Fender Standard Fat Strat"

Fender Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo [2009-2014]
My wife purchased this new through a fundraising auction for $350, supplied from local music store (Flood Music). She bid on this just because she knew I wanted a Strat, but didn't know what type. She liked the color, Midnight Blue.

Sweet sound using the humbucker pickup for lead riffs. I don't have to play it hard to sound good. I can stash the pick and finger pluck for more mellow sounds using the neck and center pickups. I play it mainly in our church's worship team, so no grunge sounds, but it rocks when it needs to.

A little more noise is noticed when single pickups are selected. I had some problems with the intonation at first, which Flood Music handled. I'm used to playing a 12-string acoustic, so it took awhile to get used to the lighter string action and using a pick again (I don't use a pick on the 12-string).

I haven't found anything bad about the build or finish. The dark blue/purple finish would show imperfections if there were any. It's pretty solid and stays in tune quite well.

I would buy another Fat Strat if I ever lost this one. I like the sound of this one and the general feel of a Strat. I first played a friend's Strat when I was in grade school. 30 years later, I'm glad my wife got me one!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
balx3408/01/2010

balx34's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Standard Strat HSS with Locking Tremolo [2009-2014]
Fender Standard Floyd Rose version 2010
Color Arctic White
Rosewood handle
21 jumbo frets
A Fender humbucker bridge
2 Single coils (neck and central)
Volume 1 General
2 Tones
A 5-way switch.

UTILIZATION

The neck of this guitar is really very nice with a satin finish (we like it or not) fingers marching alone, no hanging from the top to the bottom of the handle without worries.

Weight level is the same as a standard Fender.

Access to treble is also very good although we regret the absence of a twenty-second box (her sister owns the 22nd American box) but this is a detail.

The humbucker is a classic humbucker, but very effective and accurate! (+ Or maybe even accurate than its sister U.S.). The other two single coils are very well what they are asked, what are micro Fender Standard!

The 5-way switch and tone knobs are very good too.

The Floyd Rose is, to my great surprise, as accurate as its U.S. big sisters, I conquered.

Note that the words "Made in Mexico" is in the back of the stick to clear the front, which is not worse.

SOUNDS

I play all blues, funk, rock or metal (The Blues Brothers by Iron Maiden "place") and she is doing wonderfully! a treat! (All combined with a Marshall Valvestate 1988 and / or multi-purpose Zoom G9.2).
I personally think it could very well be an illusion to the metal present (with an amp that goes with it too!).

The good in crunch Heavy distortion and slight foot ...= Crunch!
The sounds are also very good light.

Really great allrounder! at the same time this is requested.


OVERALL OPINION

I've had it one month and a half now, I have acquired for my U.S. Fender Floyd Rose sits a little after 15 years of service, and well I do not regret my choice at all, absolutely not one second! !

Whether in studio mode and / or Live, it is very very good road.

The only thing that may surprise, especially for those who play on the U.S. is different varnish .... it surprised me at first, but we forget very quickly because the comfort is there. And the absence of the 22nd case ... but it is really to quibble.

I took it to 645 € at Thomann (between 800 € and 900 € in France) so excellent value for money! with a Fender gigbag that came with.

I would do if this election? ABSOLUTELY!