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Fender American Standard Stratocaster HSS - Sienna Sunburst, Maple Reviews

4.5 stars based on 2 customer reviews
  • from Wichita, Ks September 18, 2013Music Background:
    Hobbyist

    A non pro's review

    I am not a pro and only play for my own enjoyment, as such I have a somewhat limited exposure to other guitars so don't take this as an experts opinion.
    The guitar right out of the box was great, no flaws and tuning was right on the mark (I'm sure a thanks to Sweetwater's checks should be noted). I currently have only played this guitar through a Fender Mustang V amp, but I love the tones that this guitar produces. This being a 22 fret as compared to my 24 fret guitar I did notice that playing songs that have notes up in it's upper range are a not as easy as on the 24 fret guitar, but that is just my opinon. I would definitely redcommend this guitar.

  • from Kentucky June 13, 2013Music Background:
    A 60 year old man with a nice collection of guitars.

    Outstanding

    I boought it because it was in the Gallery and was posted at a very light weight for a Strat (under 7 lbs). The humbucker in the bridge position probably hurts the resale of the piece if ever I decide to sell/trade it, but I've always disliked the tinny timbre of the single coil in that position. In position 4 (bridge and mid) one still gets a signature strat "out of phase" tone, only with a bit more depth and dimension, a bit more funk. The grain of the ash in front mirrors the curve of the pickguard's shape, and the sienna burst is more subtle and darker than in previous years. I'd like to think the assembler had an eye toward making a piece that was unique.
    The fat 50's single coils seem to have more gain than previous American Standard pickups, and sound grittier. I like to achieve a clean tone, so I'm still adjusting amp settings etc. The neck seems a bit thinner than usual. I have a Squier deluxe basswood strat SSS configuration that I like almost as much. Aesthetically, I could not be happier: the sienna burst with the maple neck and the aged parts impart a richness and a somewhat vintage look. The guitar resonates well unplugged--something I look for in a solidbody. This is a stan-out for a Stratocaster.

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