Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS - Black with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and 1 Humbucking Bridge Pickup - Black
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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 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 that coil taps to the front coil and combines with the middle pickup in Position 2, 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-shaped maple neck with a satin polyester finish on the back and a gloss finish on the fretboard and headstock.

Fender Standard Fat Strat Solidbody Electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Black
  • Polyester finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Alder body
  • Fender/Ping standard machine heads
  • 25 1/2" 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.
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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 Black
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 Standard Humbucker
Controls Master Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way pickup selector
Strings Fender USA Bullets 3250L, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0144702506

Customer Reviews

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5/5

Great Guitar

Fantastic neck action, electronics, and construction.
5/5

loved this hss

small fast neck enough for my small hand
Music background: novice guitar enthusiast
4.5/5

Great MIM Strat for the money!

Good sound for the money MIM Strat. Ordered and recieved mine in Nov 2013 so I have had it for almost 6 months long enough to give a fair rating. This guitar came set up ready to go from the sweetwater shop just had to set for my style of play. I wanted to try the HHS for the Humbucker pick up and it is what I expected. The pick ups are just a little weak but for the price they will do fine I probobly will up grade to Seymour Duncans later but as a whole I think you can't go wrong with this guitar!.
Music background: Hobbyist 25 years playing experience
4.5/5

Fender Standard Fat Strat

Great guitar economically priced for a novice. Wide range of tones,was looking for that Jimmy Hendrix sound-found it (w/ marshall mg15cdr)
Music background: hobby
4.5/5

Just beautiful

In 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 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.
Music background: Hobby, Garage bands, ongoing student
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars