Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS - Brown Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and 1 Humbucking Bridge Pickup - Brown Sunburst
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Classic Strat Styling with Modern Features

When Leo Fender introduced the world to his newest creation the Stratocaster, nobody could possibly have known that 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 and 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 can 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 that coil taps to the front coil and combines with the middle pickup in position two, 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 blonde maple necks and fingerboards became a Fender trademark, although the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards on most models. This Fat Strat has the maple and rosewood combination for those who prefer its slightly warmer sound and feel. In keeping with contemporary tastes, this Strat has the modern C-shaped maple neck with a satin polyester finish.

Fender Standard Fat Strat Solidbody Electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Brown sunburst with polyester finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Alder body
  • Fender/Ping standard machine heads
  • 25.5" scale length
  • Maple fingerboard with 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • Dot position markers
  • 2 standard single-coil (neck and middle) and 1 bridge humbucker pickups
  • 1 master volume and 2 tone controls
  • 5-position blade pickup switch
  • Vintage-style tremolo with high-mass bridge block
  • Chrome hardware

The Fender Fat Strat is a modern take on a classic design!
NOTE: This product is available in the United States only - no international sales.

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Stratocaster
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Alder
Body Finish Polyester
Color Brown Sunburst
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape Modern C
Fingerboard Material Maple, 9.5" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Black dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Synthetic Bone
Bridge/Tailpiece Synchronized tremolo
Tuners Cast sealed tuners
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Standard Strat Single-coil
Middle Pickup Standard Strat Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Humbucker
Controls Master Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way pickup selector
Strings Fender USA Bullets 3250L, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0144702532

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Fender Strat

When I unboxed this guitar it was so beautiful and it played awesome, some slight neck buzz but over all great instrument...
Music background: Hobby

im blown away

I give this awesome guitar a five star rating, my sales engineer dontae is the bomb when it arrived on time I let it acclimate for 24 seconds and unwrapped it immediately. dude I cant stop playing it, its the best guitar ive ever owned im playing it through my marshall 1/2 stack and it sounds so awesome the finish is spectacular the fret board is absolutely flawless, and the pick ups are outstanding, don't listen to these other knuckle heads you don't have to change these pick ups leave em alone the single coils sound bitchen and the humbucker cranks! dontae my hats off to you bro and you've got a customer for life, sorry guitar center im with sweetwater now and sam ash have to give you the bad news too. im with sweetwater for life and that's the name of that tune, good job you guys at sweetwater you know your stuff, god bless each and every one of you...
Music background: bad co and grand funk cover tunes we gig at tumbleweeds in huntington beach ca

wow!! the fender strat hands down is a kick *** instrument

I'll be honest with you... comming from having the ibanez RG321, i wasnt sure i was gonna get used to the feel of the strat. its a completely diff. feel. worlds apart. but the one thing that drove me to take that risk and give it a shot were the neck single coil pickups which I'M CURRENTLY OBSESSED WITH!!!!! i just cant get over the tone!!! there's something about the tone that you just cant describe in words... but to try to get as specific as possible, just think of funk/disco music. its 100% perfect for that. you know... sometimes when you buy something, in your head you over-fantasize how great its gonna be but when you actually get it, deep down inside your a little disappointed... b/c somehow your expectation wasn't met by what you actually got... HERE IT WAS EXACTLY THE OPPOSITE!!! before i got it i was a little skeptical about buying something totally new and getting used to something i never tried before... you know, the ibanez is forwarded towards the metal crowd, and the strat to the country, blues crowd, the feel and tone is totally different. i play a lot of funk/disco stuff so single coil is perfect for that distinct funky rhythmic tone that you couldn't get from humbuckers in a million years. NOW THAT I BOUGHT IT... I COULDN'T BE HAPPIER!!! BOTTOM LINE: WOW!! THE FENDER STRAT IS HANDS DOWN A KICK *** INSTRUMENT!!! btw, once we're at it, there's actually a sam ash about 20 min. away from where i live, i actually went to the store to check out the strat... but what got me to actually buy it from you guys was YOUR 2 YEAR WARRANTY!!! that gave me the confidence that if for whatever reason something happened, i can have the peace of mind knowing that at least i was insured. besides... YOU GUYS HAVE BY FAR THE BEST MARKETING SKILLS OUT THERE!!! NO JOKES!!! :) REALLY!!! you know, to be honest, i dont really know much about marketing n' stuff... but once i buy from you guys i don't want to ever buy from anyone else!!! over the phone you guys sound so friendly and like your always in a good mood or something and therefore makes it very pleasant and enjoyable to work with you guys. all in all... i love you guys! i love my instrument! and you can be sure that whenever i need to buy new equipment i'm only gonna come to you guys.
Music background: pro musician


This is a great guitar. With the humbucker at the bridge makes all the difference. Beautiful looking and the sounds you can get are great. From nice clean to fat and pounding classic rock. I'm sure glad I bought this.
Music background: Hobbyist

Fender Standard Strat HSS

Very nice guitar. I am completely satisfied with all aspects and features, and customer service at Sweetwater is amazing.
Music background: Former Pro Musician, current hobbyist and casual performing.
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars