Fender Standard Stratocaster - Black with Rosewood Fingerboard

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Alder Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 3 Single-coil Pickups - Black
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The Standard Strat - Timeless Quality!

More than any other electric guitar, the Fender Strat is all guitars to all people. What more do we need to say about the versatility of an instrument that was adopted by the guitar players with both Lawrence Welk and Pink Floyd? The Fender Standard Stratocaster is where the tradition began and still carries on today. Featuring a fast-action maple neck, comfort-contoured body, three single-coil pickups and standard synchronized tremolo, the Fender Stratocaster has triumphed as both a working musician's tool and as an international cultural icon.

Fender Standard Stratocaster at a Glance:
  • Select alder body with black polyurethane finish.
  • Three standard single coil pickups with five-way switching.
  • One-piece maple neck and rosewood fingerboard* with modern "C" shape.

The beauty of this guitar lies in its attention to the details. It incorporates several player-centric refinements into the timeless design of the Strat like hand-rolled fingerboard edges, three staggered single-coil pickups, five-way switching and a two-point synchronized tremolo along with a very wallet-friendly price tag.

A Timeless Classic at an Affordable Price

Though the original Stratocaster was first introduced more than 50 years ago, it's unquestionably more popular now than ever! It's also available today in more configurations than Leo Fender ever dreamed of when he first designed it. The Standard Stratocaster combines the guitar's sleek, elegant lines with the perfect blend of old and new features. You start with the classic custom contoured alder body in a black polyurethane finish, then add a three-ply white pickguard, knobs and pickup covers. The two-point synchronized tremolo is the very latest design, so you can bend notes or full chords up or down and still stay in tune. The three single coil pickups deliver all the "spank" and "sparkle" you'd expect from a Strat. Best of all, you get all of the ageless vibe without a hefty price tag attached!

The Trademark Strat Sound

The original Strat had three single coil pickups, so it was able to produce sounds that no other guitar could deliver, particularly once players discovered they could lodge the three-position blade switch in those "in-between" positions to access neck / middle and bridge / middle pickup combinations. These were often erroneously referred to as the "out-of-phase" settings. The Fender Standard Stratocaster comes with three sweet-sounding single coil pickups but with a five-position blade switch, making it a snap to access those glossy Strat sounds with a simple flick of the finger.

Fast Playing Modern "C" Shape Maple Neck

Leo Fender wasn't afraid to "think outside the box" when it came to guitar designs. In the 1950s and well into the 1970s, the blond natural maple neck became almost synonymous with Fender guitars. The Standard Stratocaster keeps the trademark maple neck and adds a rosewood fingerboard, a comfortable modern "C" shape, and a 9.5-inch radius. The rosewood adds a very slight mellowness to the tone of the neck, whereas the maple fingerboard is sightly brighter. In keeping with contemporary player preferences, the back of this fast playing neck is finished with a smooth satin polyurethane.

Fender Standard Stratocaster Unique Features:
  • Vintage styling
Fender Standard Stratocaster Features:
  • Color: Black (polyester finish)
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple, modern "C" shape (satin polyurethane finish)
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood 9.5" radius (241 mm)
  • No. of Frets: 21 Medium Jumbo Frets
  • Pickups: 3 standard single-coil strat pickups (ceramic magnets)
  • Controls:
    - Master Volume,
    - Tone 1. (neck pickup),
    - Tone 2. (middle pickup)
  • Pickup Switching: 5-position blade
    - Position 1. bridge pickup
    - Position 2. bridge and middle pickup
    - Position 3. middle pickup
    - Position 4. middle and neck pickup
    - Position 5. neck pickup
  • Bridge: Vintage-style synchronized tremolo
  • Machine Heads: Fender/Ping standard cast/sealed tuning machines
  • Hardware: Chrome
  • Pickguard: 3-ply white
  • Scale Length: 25.5" (648 mm)
  • Width at Nut: 1.650" (42 mm)
Fender Guitars

You could easily make the case that Fender electric guitars were responsible - at least in great part - for the birth of modern rock 'n' roll. Originally designed to be easier to build, and thus more affordable, Leo Fender's masterpieces, which include classics like the Stratocaster (is there a more distinctive guitar shape in the world?), the Telecaster and the original Precision Bass, were at the core of a musical revolution that spawned everything from surf to country to punk!

In the 1960s, when Fender guitars first hit bandstands and stages all around the country, it was astonishing to see that trademark Fender maple neck and fingerboard. Though the company eventually offered rosewood fingerboards as standard or optional on its entire line of instruments, those first "blond" necks really shook things up. Others have picked up on the maple neck theme, but it's clearly yet another of Leo Fender's"firsts."

Today, no other manufacturer can match Fender for the sheer number of options available throughout its entire line. While vintage Fenders can command astronomic prices, the company now has the widest range of quality instruments in the world, along with the highest profile players like Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan, all of whom are legendary.
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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 Black
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 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 0144600506

Customer Reviews

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vintage, but yet still very modern

when I switch from position 2 and 4, i don't know if i'm on that position. I know someone might take that as a negative, but I found the,"sweet spot" on the pickup selector to find where it is. I've had the guitar for more than a year but I just found this sweet spot.
Music background: clarksdale,MS

Another Beautiful Strat

My second Strat from Sweetwater. Absolutely gorgeous with the rosewood fretboard. Even nicer in person and Ben Eller was a great help ordering it.
Music background: Hobbyist


THESE GUYS ARE JUST AMAZING!!! Very cool store ready to help, the strat iis blowing me away their quality, very resonant and attetion to detail they turn around the industry, the wood is very good, I have no complaints, yes the pickups are noisy but also the American strat so to stay away of that you need to install noiseless pickups... Very nice guitar.
Music background: Guitar

Fender Mexico Rocks!

I bought mine over 4 months ago with the sunburst finish and rosewood fretboard,and after doing a mild set-up,I decided that this is the guitar for me.No ifs ands or buts about it.Fender has done a amazing job updating the standard or Mex Strat as it is more commonly known by.The jumbo frets make string bending a breeze,while the shielded compartments get rid of that annoying hum that used to be so prevalent on the older models,and finally,the trem block is larger,allowing for more sustain and a much clearer tone.For my money,This is just as good as a American made strat.I couldn't tell the difference.Plus a free gig bag? What the hell's going on? Seriously though,props up to Fender for putting out a product that will stand the test of time,and is very affordable for those of us on a limited budget.This is a keeper,and I do intend to get another one very soon!
Music background: Pro Musician
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Fender, Fender Solidbody Guitars