Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS with Floyd Rose - Black with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, 2 Single-coil Pickups, 1 Humbucking Pickup, and Floyd Rose Tremolo - Black
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Supercharged Tone and High-performance Features!

Tailor-made for the modern guitarist, this Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS solidbody electric guitar delivers heavy, aggressive tones and high-performance features. In addition to two Standard Stratocaster single-coil pickups, you also get a ferocious Blacktop open-coil humbucking pickup in the neck position, giving you access to a variety of tones. On top of that, the humbucker features a coil-splitting push-pull switch so you can get plenty of classic Strat spank when the occasion is right. The guitarists here at Sweetwater absolutely love Fender's comfortable modern C-shaped necks, and this solidbody electric guitar gives you one along with a fast 9.5" radius fingerboard. Armed with a Floyd Rose Special tremolo, this Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS is a sleek, supercharged solidbody electric guitar!

Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • HSS pickup configuration delivers versatile, supercharged tone
  • Maple neck and rosewood fingerboard with modern C shape and satin urethane finish
  • The Fender Strat - an icon of modern music
HSS pickup configuration delivers versatile, supercharged tone

For this Standard Stratocaster HSS solidbody electric guitar, Fender changed out one of its typical Stratocaster single-coil pickups for a Blacktop open-coil humbucker, giving you loads of tonal variations. You can coax anything from classic glassy-clean Fender tones to aggressive, throaty humbucker tones out of these flexible tone machines. If that wasn't enough, you also get a coil-splitting push-pull switch built into this guitar's tone knob, giving you even more tonal versatility. This Standard Stratocaster HSS was designed to be a flexible guitar that's ready for any situation.

Maple neck and rosewood fingerboard with modern C shape and satin urethane finish

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, though the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards on most of its models. This Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS solidbody electric guitar has the maple neck, but it adds the rosewood fingerboard for a warmer, more traditional sound, look, and feel. In keeping with contemporary tastes, this Strat has a more modern C-shaped maple neck with a satin urethane finish.

The Fender Strat - an icon of modern music

First introduced in 1954, the Fender Stratocaster has become an icon of modern music. Rock, country, blues - you'll find a Strat at the heart of just about every musical genre. The distinctive Stratocaster design approaches the realm of modern art. The almost infinitely variable tones are achieved by using a number of combinations of single-coil and humbucking pickups. The roster of notable Stratocaster players includes surf rock pioneer Dick Dale, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, John Frusciante, Mark Knopfler, Yngwie Malmsteen, and hundreds more.

Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • H-S-S pickup configuration delivers versatile, supercharged tone
  • Coil-splitting push-pull switch gives you plenty of tonal versatility
  • Floyd Rose Special double-locking 2-point tremolo lets you twist, bend, and dive
  • Alder body provides you with a great-sounding complexity of tones
  • Modern C neck profile serves up outstanding feel
  • 9.5" radius fingerboard with medium-jumbo frets lets you bend up high without fretting out
This Fender Standard Stratocaster HSS solidbody electric guitar is packed with performance!

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 Gloss Polyester
Color Black
Neck Material Maple
Neck Shape Modern "C"
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Fingerboard Inlay White Dots
Number of Frets 21
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.650"
Nut Material Floyd Rose® Locking
Bridge/Tailpiece Floyd Rose Tremolo Tailpiece
Tuners Standard Cast/Sealed
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Standard Single-coil Strat
Middle Pickup Standard Single-coil Strat
Bridge Pickup Blacktop Humbucker
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone, 5-way pickup selector
Strings Fender USA, NPS (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 1149300506

Customer Reviews

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4.5/5

Amazon who?

I was skeptical when I picked this thing out and pulled the trigger on it. I'm more of a jazz player but I wanted something I could do some shred stuff on. I'm a longtime Fender fan, so I settled on another Strat and I'm super impressed. I placed my order around noon on Monday, and by noon on Wednesday, I was playing it. Sweetwater is giving Amazon a run for their money on the shipping. And don't underestimate the 55-Point Inspection. This thing was in tune right out of the box and hasn't had any issues since. I'm a guitar teacher, so I put my guitars through a good amount of use. This one will be no exception. The satin neck took some getting used to. As all my other Fenders have the glossy finish. But I actually kind of enjoy the new satin feel. The only reason I gave it 4.5 instead of 5 is because of the pickups. They aren't terrible. But they aren't amazing either. Everything was super clean, well packaged, and shipped super fast. Kenny Stratton and Sweetwater hooked it up as always.
Music background: Guitar Instructor
4.5/5

Love it.

Okay, so you're looking for a Fender Stratocaster with a Floyd Rose bridge. Why? I don't know, do you love dealing with Floyd Roses, or are you looking for a classic sound with a modern twist? Either way, you have found a great guitar. At this price point, I expected a product that is very near perfect. I got exactly what I expected, at least the second time around. At first, I was shipped a guitar that I thought sounded great and played well; however, I took it to my luther (very experienced guy in Nazareth Pa, location of the Martin Guitar factory and all it's guitar-playing employees), and he refused to set it up because the neck wasn't set in the body of the guitar correctly. Therefore, the guitar would not intonate... ever. My luthier offered to speak with the sales engineer and everything; however, I sent an email to Sweetwater and they were INCREDIBlE about the issue. The engineer felt bad, a new guitar was overnighted and delivered on SATURDAY and the return shipping was paid for. The second guitar got my luthier's blessing. However, even he admitted Floyd Rose set-ups are challenging, and an inexperienced guitar player may very well have not noticed the flaw on my original guitar. After my luthier set up the replacement, pretty much every chord plays beautifully on this guitar and there is no fret buzz whatsoever on any note. The only exception is that the F chord sounds a little "out," it's not really even enough for my ear to be bothered by it. This could be due to the fact that I put 10 gauge strings on it during its initial set-up. My luthier said if I wanted to, I cold just file a very lit a bit of metal out of the saddle, shorten the high e string by a hair, and the F chord should sound perfect just like the others; however, it was so close to being in tune I decided to just leave it the way it was in order to avoid taking the saddle apart. Really, my luther and I are the pedantic type, probably most other luthiers wouldn't have even noticed this. In conclusion, this guitar is fantastic. Floyd Rose stays perfectly in-tune as long as it's set up correctly. Just take it your local luthier for an initial set-up and inspection. It's a pretty interesting guitar and I'm sure they will like to talk about it with you. Also, Floyd Rose bridge systems are not suitable for tuning from standard down to Drop-d. Since Floyd systems "float" the elongating of the strings will throw the intonation out. However, there is a device called the "tremol-no" that can lock floyd rose bridges into an only down and hardtail position. I found out about this device after my set-up and I don't want to get my guitar set-up again because it entails removing the block the strings are hooked into on the back of the guitar. Regardless, if I would have known about this device before my initial set-up, I would have had it installed. I mean, I really only play in standard, but who wouldn't want to jam in drop D or even drop A if they have a floyd rose and a humbucking neck pickup at least once in a blue moon. Maybe I'll do it when I need new strings.
Music background: I just play... a lot
4/5

Great Strat

I was going to buy the Dave Murray Signature Strat but it had some deficiencies that I could not overcome. Namely, 21 frets and no routing behind the Floyd Rose bridge allowing for pulling back on the whammy bar. So what I did was buy this guitar and have the Dave Murray loaded pickguard with Seymour Duncan pickups installed (see my review of the Dave Murray loaded pickguard) and had Sweetwater add a 22nd fret for an additional cost. I then installed the original loaded pickguard from this guitar on a 1995 Mexican made Strat so I can still review it as well. The guitar itself is solid and plays great. The body is properly routed behind the bridge so you have a true floating bridge. The pickups are great. No complaints about anything except that Mexican Strats come with only 21 frets while American have 22. Well worth the extra expense to install extra fret, which, by the way, is flawless.
Music background: Guitar player for over 40 years
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars