Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck and Fingerboard, Two Single-coil Pickups, and a Humbucking Bridge Pickup - Arctic White
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Cool, Classic, Straightforward Stratocaster!When Leo FENDER® introduced the world to his newest creation, the Stratocaster®, nobody could possibly have known it would change the face of contemporary music forever. In the beginning, there was just one Strat® configuration with three single coil pickups. Today there's a Strat to match everyone's budget or their playing style. The Fat Strat is a modern take on a classic design with the addition of a humbucking pickup in the bridge position and special switching for a nearly infinite range of tones. So whether you play country, blues, heavy metal or R&B, the Fat Strat can deliver the sound you want.
Like most contemporary Strats, the Fat Strat features a lightweight, "comfort contoured" alder body which has actually changed very little since the first Strats rolled off the production lines in 1954. However, this new version has shielded body cavities for quieter operation and reduced hum, which is particularly important with single-coil pickups - they sound great but could get a bit noisy at times.
While there's no denying the fact that Leo Fender's guitar designs were an amazing blend of art and engineering, it was the erroneously named synchronized tremolo (it's actually a vibrato) that may well have been his most inspired bit of engineering. With it you could bend notes or even entire chords up or down without throwing the guitar out of tune. Even though Fender has continued to improve upon the tremolo, many players simply prefer the look and feel of the original. In the Fat Strat®, there's also a high mass bridge block for improved sustain and overall tone.
The Stratocaster® was the first production line guitar with three pickups, and that basic configuration is just as popular today as it was in 1954. While the Fat Strat has three pickups, only two are the original single-coil design. By adding a humbucking pickup with coil tapping in the bridge position, Fender has added some slightly more aggressive sounds to the Strat's sonic arsenal.
Leo Fender wasn't a guitar player. In fact, he got his start repairing radios. So he had no idea that guitars weren't supposed to have maple necks. In time, those blond maple necks became a Fender trademark. While the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards, this Fat Strat has a maple neck and fingerboard, which can deliver a little extra bite. In keeping with contemporary tastes, this Strat has the modern "C" shape maple neck with a satin polyester finish on the back and a gloss finish on the fretboard and headstock
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Mario, Indianapolis, IN
Reviewsbased on 5 reviews
You had me fooled.
by Jason Werren from Byron, ILIf it didn't say Made in Mexico on the back of the headstock, you'd never know the difference. This guitar is amazing for the price. Flawless and super comfy. Great selections of tones out of this one... read more [+]. Hot in the bridge to warm and mellow in the neck. I really like the addition of the full block trem. Super fun to play. The neck is amazing! Super confy modern C shape. Love the gloss on the fingerboard with the smooth flat finish on the back. Absolutely flawless. The setup was spot on when I got it. (Which was not a surprise) Thanks again Sweetwater!!! close [-]
April 5, 2013
Music Background: Air Guitar World Champion
by Tim Strepek from ChicagoSounds grate like a 67 wow and a grate neck
February 13, 2013
Music Background: Pro Musician Recording Engineer
Fender Standard Fat Strat
by Tom Porter from fl keysGreat guitar economically priced for a novice. Wide range of tones,was looking for that Jimmy Hendrix sound-found it (w/ marshall mg15cdr)
January 6, 2013
Music Background: hobby
by Michael from Kansas CityIn my opinion, Fender's build quality on their standard series is really at a high point right now. I purchased a previous model about 8 years ago. I can say, without hesitation, that, right out of ... read more [+]the box, this is a far superior guitar. This Strats acoustic output is quite healthy - it's got a good deal of that "zing" which Stratocasters are famous for. Hardware wise, all the knobs, and switches feel very smooth and stable. The neck and body feel very comfortable from the moment you pick it up. After a small amount of tweaking, the guitar is set to all my personal "sweet spots"; it both sounds and plays very well. I personally love the hot single coils in the neck and middle positions, but I have some reservations about the humbuckers sound quality. (That's pretty much why I went with the 4 & 1/2 stars) The bridge pickup is thin and not quite as musical as I'd like. I'll likely end up changing it later on down the road. Aside from that, there is not one thing about this guitar that I will change. It's a truly excellent buy for just about anyone looking for a great all around electric. close [-]
September 23, 2012
Music Background: Hobby, Garage bands, ongoing student
Really good starting out Guitar
by Dogman from Flagstaff, AZ USABought this guitar a year ago and still enjoy it as my practice guitar. on stage I use a Fender Showmaster which has way better pickups, alot cleaner sound. This Strat is a well built guitar, you can... read more [+]'t beat it for the price but, the pickups are a bit noisy, not a real clean sound and is not the quality of my Seymour Duncans on my Showmaster. The strings on the fretboard has the typical buzzing on the low string frets unless you raise the strings real high but, who would want to play it! close [-]
September 18, 2006
Music Background: Church Worship Team
Fender Standard Strat HSS (Arctic White)
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