Fender Standard Stratocaster - Brown Sunburst with Maple Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - Brown Sunburst
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A Real Strat. Why Settle for Less?

When Leo Fender introduced the world to his newest creation, the Stratocaster, nobody could possibly have known it would change the face of contemporary music forever. Now, it's back to the basics! Between the fast-action maple neck, comfort-contoured alder body, three single-coil pickups, and standard synchronized tremolo - this is where the tradition began, and it still carries on today in the surprisingly playable and affordable Standard Series Stratocaster.

Fender Standard Stratocaster Features at a Glance:
  • Lightweight alder body with 3-ply white pickguard and shielded body cavities
  • Vintage-style tremolo with high mass bridge block
  • Three standard, single-coil Strat pickups
  • Maple neck and fingerboard with modern C-shape and satin polyester finish

Lightweight alder body with 3-ply white pickguard and shielded body cavities
It doesn't get any more basic than this. The Standard Series Stratocaster 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 actually has shielded body cavities for reduced hum and quieter operation than you'd get with a vintage 1950s Strat. A 3-ply white pickguard completes the classic look. Oh, and that low sticker price is pretty nice, too.

Vintage-style tremolo with high mass bridge block
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. The Standard Strat comes with that vintage-style tremolo, but it also adds a high mass bridge block for improved sustain and tone.

Three standard, single-coil Strat pickups
The Stratocaster was the first production line guitar with three pickups, and it's no surprise that this basic configuration is just as popular today as it was in 1954. So your new Standard Stratocaster comes from the factory with three standard Strat single-coil pickups with vintage-style ceramic magnets. Way back in the 1950s and 1960s, players had to carefully fiddle with their 3-position blade switch to get those in between pickup combinations. Don't worry. Your new Standard Strat comes with a modern 5-way blade switch for instant access to all the cool Strat tones.

Maple neck and fingerboard with modern C-shape and satin polyester 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 Standard Strat has a maple neck and fingerboard that helps deliver the classic Strat spank and sparkle. In keeping with contemporary tastes, this Strat has a more modern C-shaped maple neck with a satin polyester finish.

Fender Standard Series Stratocaster Features:
  • Brown sunburst color with polyester finish
  • Maple C-shaped neck
  • Alder top
  • Fender/Ping standard machine heads
  • 25 1/2" scale length
  • Maple fingerboard
  • 21 medium-jumbo frets
  • Dot inlays
  • 3 standard Strat single-coil pickups
  • Master volume and 2 tone controls
  • 5-position blade for pickup switching
  • Vintage style tremolo with high-mass bridge block
  • Chrome hardware

A real Strat - and it's really affordable!
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 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 Fender/Ping standard cast sealed tuners
Number of Pickups 3
Neck Pickup Standard Strat Single-coil
Middle Pickup Standard Strat Single-coil
Bridge Pickup Standard Strat Single-coil
Controls 1 x Volume, 2 x Tone (neck and middle pickup), 5-way pickup selector
Strings Fender Super Bullets 3250L, (.009-.042)
Manufacturer Part Number 0144602532

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Smart purchase!

The complete transaction between the staff was phenomenal. Steph was extremely courteous and friendly and so were other staff members. Great purchase for me as I wanted to increase my playability by purchasing a strat and especially knowing the care, guarantee, and the stringent 55 point inspection by Sweetwater. These guys just don't sell instruments they want you to be completely satisfied.
Music background: Hobbyists, musician, lover of the musical arts

MIM Steps it up a notch (or two)

I actually got to sit down with one of these, and I knew it was never going back on the wall. Somebody took the time to get this guitar set up perfectly, which for me was a real surprise. Even the nut was just right. The neck was surprisingly flat, which is just how I like to set mine. Add the great sound of those ceramics and one of the most beautiful bursts I've EVER seen and it was really no decision, other than which Fender case it was going home in.And, all for half the price of a "Made in USA". By the way, I would have paid full price, or more, for a guitar that looks, plays, and sounds like this.
Music background: Hobbiest and part time pro, for over 50 years

Wonderful guitar,...excellent quality!

Being that this is my first Stratocaster guitar,I have to say it is wonderful and of excellent quality,...hard to believe it's made in Mexico. The action is light and the playability is smooth. Set up was perfect thanks to Sweetwater's 55 point inspection. I can't find any fault in this guitar at all. I play this guitar straight into a Hot Rod Deluxe III amp that I also bought to go along with this guitar and they are a great pair. I'm no Buddy Holly,but my Strat looks darn near identical to the one he used. And to top it all off,...you just can't beat Sweetwater's service. I HIGHLY recommend this guitar!
Music background: beginner/amateur

Fender Start!!!

Best Start I own, I own a few. Perfect out of the box. GREAT Setup and sounds great. Sweetwater makes it simple to order a bind ships fast. Couldn't ask for more.
Music background: hobby player


Incredibly amazing !!!!!!!!!!!! nothing else to say....
Music background: guitar player
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