Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS - Arctic White with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and 1 Humbucking Bridge Pickup - Arctic White
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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 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 HSS Fat Strat Solidbody Electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Arctic White
  • Polyester finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Alder body
  • Fender/Ping standard machine heads
  • 25 1/2" scale length
  • Rosewood 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 Standard 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 Arctic White
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape Modern C
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 9.5" radius
Fingerboard Inlay White 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 0144700580

Customer Reviews

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Very Nice MIM Strat !!

Have a 2005 American Strat and I constantly pick up the mim and play it more often. Like Jerry said 20 years ago MIM Strats lacked in the quality area in many ways!! No excuses anymore Strats made in Mexico are very well made and I would say just as good or better than the American. Can't wait to order another one. A beautiful guitar that I can't seem to put down. Nicely done Fender and of course Sweetwater is the best !! 55 pt inspection and 2 year warranty ! No one gives you that !! Will be buying from Sweetwater and no one else from now on .
Music background: Gigging Musician

HSS Versatility

I was between a MIM standard and a Squier Simon Neil. After playing a CV at a store, I much preferred the satin neck on the MIM over the sticky gloss neck on CV line. The MIM also felt more substantial and had better feeling (more solid) switches and knobs and was only $120 more. My wife surprised me with the HSS version for Christmas and I gotta say that I love having that humbucker at the bridge. I find myself playing around with the HB tones a lot. I love the arctic white and it will only get better with age. Thanks to Sweetwater for delivering a great product with great service!
Music background: Novice

What a great Strat

I own 2 other Strats but I was curious if the workmanship on the Mexican made guitars were as good as the American made guitars and the answer is YES!! In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if someone of the craftsman that work on the American made Strats also work out of the Mexican plant. The parts are the same and the Strat sounds great. And when you compare the prices, I say ole` for the Mexican version.
Music background: Hobbyist
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars