Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS - Lake Placid Blue with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, and 1 Humbucking Bridge Pickup - Lake Placid Blue
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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 HSS Fat Strat Solidbody Electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Lake Placid blue with polyester finish
  • Modern C-shaped maple neck
  • Alder body
  • Fender/Ping standard machine heads
  • 25.5" 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 bridge 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 Lake Placid Blue
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 0144700502

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MIM = A1 quality

I now have owned American Standard and American Special Strats. I traded the Special a number of years ago and have wanted an HSS for the varied tones the HB pup offers without paying $1,300 for the MIA models. I acquired the MIM HSS a couple of months ago - Lake Placid Blue with the rosewood fretboard. and the quality is as every bit as good as the MIA model . Three years ago, I had an enjoying tour the Fender plant in Corona ,CA a great and informative experience, We even got to meet master builder John Cruz. Many of the Corona skilled crafts people are of Hispanic descent and are a vital part of the skilled, caring, dedicated work force. I was blown away with the skill of the woman installing the frets. With all respect to the exceptionally skill crafts people in Corona, the MIM guitars are every good as are the MIA. I like to say, when buying a Fender guitar we have two excellent choices, both of which will result in a fine instrument and pride of ownership. I give the highest compliments to the crafts people in both factories. Best of all you can own a high quality Fender MIM for as little as half price of the MIA model. Kudos to the Fender execs for instilling and I hope rewarding the skill levels of their MIA and MIM builders! Well done Fender!
Music background: Hobbyist

Sweet Fender sound

I was very pleased with how fast It arrived. I have played a lot of Fender guitars and this one was up to my expectation. Just because its a Mexican strat does not mean anything good product for the money and a joy to add to any collection whether its you're first guitar or your 20th.
Music background: Over 20 years of stage experience
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars