Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS - Brown Sunburst with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and 1 Humbucking Bridge Pickup - Brown Sunburst
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Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS - Brown Sunburst with Rosewood Fingerboard image 1
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Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS - Brown Sunburst with Rosewood Fingerboard
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A Very Cool Straightforward Stratocaster!

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 Fat Strat Solidbody Electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Brown Sunburst
  • 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 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 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 0144700532

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INCREDIBLE !!!

The only thing this axe cannot do is chop wood!!! all jokes aside Obviously this guitar is not for metal heads but it does "Rock" well. I use for modern worship and Christian rock and it is superb, very clean sounding, and also carries a warmth I haven't heard in other guitars I have had. Ibanez, Jackson, Tradition, etc. I have medium size hands and the neck fits me well. only gripe maybe is the tone knobs don't offer much in certain positions but for me that is not a real concern , there usually on 7 or 8 and forgotten.
Music background: full time worship musician/ hobbyist
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