All user reviews for the Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS [2006-2008]
King Loudness's review"Decent for the price"
The design of this guitar is pretty ergonomic. I find the newer Mexican Fenders to be a bit lighter than some older ones which is definitely good. The body is reasonably ergonomic and the contouring is nice and slick a-la the older Strats. The neck has a nice thin finish that's not too glossy and difficult to maneuver around. The neck joint is the typical design and presents no real problems unless you just aren't a fan of the 4 bolt neck joint and prefer something like an Ibanez AANJ heel. Getting a good sound out of this guitar is pretty easy. It's nice in the sense that it allows a few extra/different tones because of the humbucking pickup at the bridge. This makes it more ideal than the regular model for rock or even some metal where the extra bite is an asset.
This guitar is pretty much your typical sounding Strat to my ears. The stock pickups are not the greatest in the world, but they do a decent enough job at nailing that classic Fender sound. Using a clean sounding amp brings in some nice chimey tones for blues, funk or country, and then the thickness is kicked up a notch with use of the humbucker. Bringing in some drive is great for getting that classic set of rock or blues tones, and you can really go nuts when you switch to the bridge humbucker for even some metal tones, though these pickups certainly don't have the output of say, some DiMarzio or EMG active models. It certainly does a decent job at covering the typical tones you would expect from a Strat for sure.
All in all I think the Fender Standard Strat HSS is a decent guitar for someone looking for a Strat with a bit of added versatility in the form of humbucker for a reasonable price. The quality is decent, the feel is actually quite nice from what I've seen from guitar to guitar, and the tones, while not the best in the world, do ape classic or modern "Strat" tones quite well. At about $550 new it's a decent deal and well worth checking into if you need a budget, yet quality S type in your arsenal of guitars.
Hatsubai's review"Solid, but be sure to play a few"
The guitar is put together decently, but it's nothing amazing by any means. The frets themselves could have had some more attention to them. The edges aren't sharp, but they need to be leveled a bit more. Getting low action on this is a pain due to the small radius, too. The neck joint had a slight gap, and that can potentially hinder tone in a negative way. The nut itself was cut properly, so no issues there. I'm not the biggest fan of the vintage tremolo, but it can work for certain things. I like to deck mine, personally. They seem to be a bit more stable then.
The stock pickups in this were a bit uninspiring. The bridge pickup sounded like a regular bridge humbucker. It didn't really jump out at me as something that blew my socks off. It was decent, but it's nothing to write home about. I think I'd swap it with a DiMarzio Andy Timmons pickup or something. The neck and middle singles were standard Fender singles, and they were a bit noisy for what they were. They're workable, but I prefer something with a little more power and oomph. The in between positions were great, and delivered a great clean tone.
Play a few of these before deciding on which one to get. Also, I'd recommend a pickup change to really get the most out of this guitar. Buying used is a good way to save money, but just expect to potentially pay for a nice setup if you decide to to that.
The presence of a humbucker makes this guitar suitable for many more styles than a "normal", three-single coils Strat -- don't expect the stock humbuckers to lead you through metal/thrash though.
This is a well-made Stratocaster so as far as playibility is concerned I think this says it all... The SSH configuration brings polyvalence, so finding a suitable sound is easy, just tweak the tone knobs a little while and here you go -- too bad the humbucker originally doesn't have a tone control...
Some people will tell you that a Strat with standard vibrato just can't be kept in tune: do NOT believe them, if you take your time and tune it properly then these variations will hardly be noticeable at all.
First of all let me tell you that the fact this guitar has a rosewood fretboard DOES matter. I once A/B-ed it with a 1991 US Fender Strat with a maple fretboard and guess what -- I preferred the sound that this cheap Mexican provided (both through my SansAmp GT2 and a friend's Marshall Valvestate). Even in using only the single coils, this guitar provides smooth mediums but can also deliver darker sounds, while a "classical" Strat will always keep that brilliance in sound that has made the legend of the model -- but which makes it less suitable for modern distorted rhythm sounds.
I wanted a guitar that could do the job for a variety of rock styles including blues, pop-rock, hard rock and (mostly) alternative/grunge rock. Even with the original configuration this guitar was well suited to my expectations. Then, I had the idea to have the humbucker (which was a bit too bright-sounding for me) changed for a Seymour Duncan SH-4 (the Jeff Beck one) and connected to a tone knob -- now the guitar sounds even better and metal sounds are no longer out of reach (provided you have what it takes). I mostly play power-chords rhythm so I also changed the strings for 10-52s.
I usually play it through several distorsion stompboxes and a Small Clone chorus into a SansAmp GT-2 & ISP Decimator noisegate, then direct to the mixer (yes, I use no "real" amp, and so what?), and I definitely LOVE the way it sounds. I can get from Clapton to Nirvana or even more "modern" metal sounds with no real effort, and the sustain is more than acceptable (hey, don't expect miracles though, this is a Strat, not a Les Paul!).
The single coils are noisy (as usual) but provide a very mellow sound (especially the one in the neck position) which will get you through the most beautiful sounding and/or country-like ballads -- a compressor, a chorus, a good reverb and here you go!
As said earlier the stock humbucker sounded a bit too bright to me, but it really is usable for vintage hard rock. With the proper mics installed on it I can hardly think of a style on which this guitar couldn't take, by the way...
I've had this guitar for 8 years now, this is the first (and only to this day) electric guitar that I've owned. With the aforementioned mods that I had performed on it this guitar is now perfectly suited to my intense use of power-chords-rhythm with heavy distorsion -- please note that I'm NOT a soloist or "technical" player in any way.
I had tried a few other guitars before choosing this one -- including a "usual" (3-single-coils) Strat and a few Ibanez (which sounded too metal-oriented to me -- I really wanted to be able to play different styles with the same guitar). I paid it approximately 530€ at the time and I think the quality/price ratio was really great. That's a choice I never regretted and most likely would do again.
nebs's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
- Alder body (heavier than a standard mexico
- Maple neck with maple soft key V very fast
- Vibrato with vintage engraved bridges fender.
- Mechanical fender us very precise
- 2 vintage microphones 60 'with a lot of grain and dual Fender Wide Range very typical Jazzmaster
- Exceptional finish for a strat mexico
One of the rounds of the fastest fender, soft and pleasant, it comes quickly tease the last boxes. Very soft frets.
This is a strat so there is no better level ergonomics.
For sound, we are in the registry vintage fender with a bonus of potato on the double.
The sound is crystal-slamming and nothing to do with European standard strat mexico. It sounds very vintage fender on simple ... A delight for blues and rock. The double wide-range sounds like a simple clean but once you put the overdrive, it takes a lot of body and magnitude. This is very roots but allows for more sustain and safe for leads. Besides all the guitar seems made for soloists fast neck, sonnorité on top, power microphones.
The moral of this guitar bought in 2007 really is a good purchase. So even put a little more, you are interested to products sold by Fender in the USA: they have a reputation to maintain and strat mexico sold there are assembled with US coins. A very good buy, nothing to envy the American standard.
The humbucker Wide Range is one of the best on the market, it offers grain and power.
NfDG's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
The handle is made with 21 frets Saddle (damn, he could make 22!)
the tremolo is all there is more classic (with a slight game thread of the stem)
Micro HSS (which I do not know).
remains a Start ...
It should virtually every style, though somewhat lgre for the metal. the rest is happening everywhere.
Saddle handle provides a more banging.
I use it for a year since I made my flight strat mexico I had for 15 years (if I wanted this swelling, he would leave with chicos and less) and I wanted the same. I took a little fat for a more versatile thanks to the humbucker.
I bought mine on thommann especially for an issue price => 200 less than in France plays. plus the guys or I'm stores are not very cool instrument and the ptent too. musicians certainly disappointed in not having pierced but certainly not the sellers ..
very good product for the price and I remade dja this choice because the flight ..
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Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
MADE IN MEXICO
Oulaah the rest I did not know, it's been 2 months I started playing the guitar.
- The handle is it fun? I think yes
- Access to acute (recent freight) is it easy? ditto
- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)? I love the shape
- Gets it easy to sound good? ... p'tit coupled with a Vox Valvetronix 15w of sound is simply deadly! I think I made the best couple for a beginner
- They are suitable to your style of music?
I like playing punk stuff that look like Santana, the sound is excactement that I wanted. I board Guibson tested the SG of a friend and frankly except that the SG is more comfortable (and more expensive) the sound is almost the same.
I play with a Vox Valvetronix 15watts
-Saturated sound, nothing to say
-Clean sound, same
-Favorite sounds: modern Uk
- How long have you use it?
- What is so special that you like most and least?
I find beautiful black and white, there is nothing I like least about this guitar, but I speak as a beginner.
- Have you tried many other models before buying it?
No, but the seller I was immediately advised that the, j'avous than others in the same price range did not make the weight!
- How would you rate the quality / price?
Fender quality at an affordable price that you ask for?
- With experience, you do again this choice? ...
Oh yes ... It is even the envy of my friends guitar
Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
- Body Poplar
- Maple neck
- Maple fingerboard (for mine) 21 boxes
- Medium Jumbo Frets
- Mechanical Fender oil bath
- 3-ply white plate
- 2 single coil pickups Fender Standard
- 1 humbucker Fender Standard
- 5-way switch
- 1 Master Volume Control
- 2 tone controls
- Vibrato standard "Synchronized Tremolo"
- Chrome hardware
I think it may lack a cargo of more ..
Note that many pieces are also found on Fender USA: the hardware (hardware), microphones, knobs, 5 position selector, the body of the guitar and the wooden handle which is the same.
It includes the traditional Fender neck narrow (I prefer the sleeves type Epiphone, Fender handles are better for solos) and access to acute is correct without being exceptional. Weight: it is quite heavy, though! I am satisfied that there are heavier guitars, but personally I find it heavy. I still want you to know that I put the tie rod is 9 / 42. I have not changed the pickups, why change them if I want to buy a second guitar more typical rock / metal? Remember that these are the same pickups as those installed on the Fender American ..
I play everything and I play with a Fender Princeton Chorus DSP. The pickups are very good and you can get a good deal if you know the sounds of a Start!
The humbucker was fishing, but not enough to the metal! (Is the Digitech Metal Master, which allows a sound to the metal with any amp, I used it!)
A Start has a very distinctive snapping sound, it feels all the microphones, on the other hand you can adjust the snapping with the tone knobs (that's what it is for those who did not know). I advise to put the tone knobs to about 6.
With my Fender Princeton Chorus (transistor amp by the way) are obtained crystalline and beautiful sounds slammin .. But we must not expect to have the sound distortion that kills.
I recommend this guitar for the pop / jazz / blues / rock / ska / funk / punk. So very versatile guitar!
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>I use it for 8 months, I like it a lot. This is my second electric guitar I got. The first was a Slammer by Hamer (I really recommend). I tried the Epiphone G-400 of the genre and Les Paul and the Fender Mexican HSS and HH. In the store there were two color Sunburst (610 CAD) and blue agave ($ 550 CAN, but I do not like this color). I took the sunburst with a maple neck (there was not rosewood). I think it's an excellent quality / price, it is worth the money (maybe more)! However, it has only 21 boxes, so a little limited for the solos. When I bought this guitar, I played mostly punk, rock, jazz and blues, so it was a guitar I was advised. on the other hand, a few months later I began seriously to metal, en bossa all the songs from Metallica ... this is where the guitar suited me the least. I continue to play blues, jazz, rock, punk and ... of Metallica! If I could (if I had money for), I would buy another guitar as more typical metal (Jackson, Ibanez), but I do not separate from the Fender because I love it!</span>
It was my first opinion.
<p class="bbcode-cite"> Quote: <span>It was my first opinion, now I think $ 610 CAN, a bit pricey! Now, I would have paid about $ 500 CAN, not more. My regrets: his 21 boxes. It limits me a lot, because now my influences are Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Andy Timmons, ... and they often go up in the box and 22nd in half the cases to a 24th box. Let the guitar sustain unwanted low-end amps. So it is essential to have a mid-range amp or high end. And finally, it's not a very guitar oriented my influences (instrumental, rock, metal). So I think to turn to Ibanez.</span>
It was my second opinion.
This guitar is extremely versatile (except for metal, I repeat). I will keep it because it is always very good and it's a mid-range guitar. But it is sure to join musical styles like hard rock and metal, I buy a second guitar, an Ibanez mid-range too. I currently have a punk rock band and I play the rhythm guitar, my Start is good but it is more typical for the lead. So maybe when I have money I'll buy the Gibson SG or Gibson Les Paul Custom!!
I put 8 / 10 for good quality of this guitar.
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