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Fender American Standard Stratocaster (2012) - Jade Pearl Metallic with Rosewood Fingerboard Reviews

5.0 stars based on 2 customer reviews
  • from Ligonier, PA June 14, 2012Music Background:
    hobbyist, classic rock, blues

    Awesome Strat!

    I have been playing the guitar for 26yrs. I have owned 8 American Standard strats in that time. They have all been good but this has been the nicest sounding strat I have owned by far. The custom shop pickups are a great improvement and I would recommend buying one to anybody.

  • from Providence RI April 19, 2012Music Background:
    43 years experience,

    2012, a good year for the american strat

    I've wanted a Strat for many years now, decades, really. I have been contemplating some of the reissues, roadworn, etc., but settled on the american strat. I was hoping that 2012 would bring a change in color selection and was rewarded with the jade pearl metallic. I never thought I would like a green guitar but this color is special changing with the light as the metallic works it's magic. I snapped this one up from a showroom floor and was glad I did as now they are impossible to get.
    The guitar had a pretty good setup and I only had to adjust e and b string height a bit. Workmanship throughout is very good with CNC toolpaths doing much of the heavy lifting when it comes to shaping.
    The fat 50's pups are really nice. Honestly, I dont know where you would go from here unless you were stuck on noiseless. They have all of the virtues of vintage original types with a bit more punch. The no load tone control is OK, but frankly, I would rather see the greasebucket circuit here.
    I like the aged controls and covers and white pickguard in conjunction with this color body. The rosewood board is very dark and reminiscent of Brazilian stock - could be a dye job, I don't know.
    My only gripe is that the frets are not recrowned after leveling, but this is true for custom shop guitars, also (my friend has a Gilmore). It is an expensive procedure.
    Anyway, you know all the other stuff about the saddles, copper infused block, and so on...
    One great guitar that is killing the used market.

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